Posted by uncouth on August 17, 2009, at 19:18:50
In reply to Re: Not doing so well right now...but pushing, pushing, posted by bleauberry on August 17, 2009, at 18:35:27
bleuberry thanks once again for your insightful post. i'm not against going off meds...but what got me into trouble in the first place was a slow taper off effexor and lamictal I did 4 years ago. i've never been able to replicate my success on that combination.
for what its worth, i've had ECT, rTMS (i'd consider both of them failures), so i too wonder where the real depression is coming from, and if it's simply not something that can be treated.
i did well on parnate last year. i shouldn't have gone off. silly me wanted to be on a stimulant for my adhd symptoms, and going off parnate led to the severe depression that necessitated ECT. i do think about going back on parnate, but am giving my doctor one more try with this SSRI/bupropion combo. i think there is something about withdrawing from an MAOI that is far more dangerous than any other sort of med switch, and doctors don't appreciate how significantly it throws off the brain. you cant just replace parnate with effexor+adderall, as I unfortunately now know firsthand.
you're right. absolutely right. medication has become my idol, and something has to change. i spend too much time on pubmed. i pray that somehow or another it does, by the grace of God.