Posted by X_ander on March 19, 2009, at 11:10:14
In reply to Re: Treatment for emotional numbness??? » metric, posted by JadeKelly on March 17, 2009, at 16:24:57
Wow, firstly Jade, thanks so very much for obviously caring and posting with emotion like you do. Having emotions back is definitely empowering you. It can be the difference in a lot of ways especially because in the state I'm in, I'm almost necessarily vague and indecisive...the numbing makes it hard to know what's good and bad essentially, what you like and dislike.
I agree with pretty much everything you have said.
On money I agree. Depression is expensive. You lose your life whilst being alive...depending on severity. So money mext to mental health is a distant second.
My only real worry is how do you find that kind of fantastic, knowledgable, innovative, creative but still abundantly competent and careful Pdoc. I mean it's not like they have next to their names in the phonebook, "specializes in MAOIs and augmented medications"...or something similar you know...? I've seen 4 pdocs and a clinical psychologist. All as conservative as the last.
So yes, finding that kind of pdoc who is willing to listen and understand the difference between symptoms which respond to SSRIs and those which require dopaminergic meds is paramount, but not all that straightforward.
Whe you were looking for your Pdoc, was it literally just picking up the phonebook, randomly choosing a doc in you area and trying for a month? Or were you able to find out somehow what they were like before meeting them?
Yeah look rEEG is a bit of a grey area I think. It has to be, because I respond at least partially to ritalin, esp with black coffee actually. So I'd imagine carefully augmenting parnate or selegiline would have better results than caffeine. It's just that most pdocs would recoil in horror at the thought of that combination.
Thanks everyone for contributing. Really.