Posted by Lou Pilder on January 25, 2011, at 5:59:44
In reply to What's new for depression/bipolar II?, posted by Tabitha on January 25, 2011, at 3:55:49
> Anything? I think I need another trip on the medication merry-go-round. I've been off psych meds since 2009. I was getting a boost from an unconventional hormone treatment (timed release T3 hormone), but I can't cope with the alt-med thing anymore. There's just no long-term safety data on it, my blood levels with the treatment make normal docs freak out, and I'm tired of the alterna-doc pushing a whole boatload of additional unproven treatments on me every time I visit. I hoped the whole thing was placebo effect, but now that I'm tapering off it, I'm regressing. If I'm not going to do this route, I need something else.
> I so hope there's something I haven't already tried and found to be either (a) ineffective or (b) somewhat effective but intolerable side effects over the long term. But I doubt it.
You wrote,[...I hope there's something I haven't already tried...].
For thousands of years, people have sought to find a drug that would alter their moods to make them feel good. And there are drugs that do that, as from injesting opium, to drinking wine, to inhalents of weeds, chewing cocoa leaves, and taking in chemicles from other sources.
There are synthetic substances that mimic the natural substances from plants and such, like industrial solvents, chemicals used in rocket fuel, insecticides, and dyes and such that have an effect on the mind when taken. These chemicals act on the nervous system in that they could speed up or slow down or alter the way the nerves function in some way that could be unbeknownst to those that take them, or to those that manufcture the chemicals or even to those that prescribe them to others.
Now one could go to extremes with all kinds of schemes that could fall apart at the seams, while risking death or obtaining a life-ruining condition from taking psychotropic drugs.
You see, we also have a heart that we are born with that can be addressed like the nervous system but without taking psychotropic drugs. So something that you may not have tried, that you are hoping to find, could be to have a new heart.
This new heart could be a heart that is young, since it is new. A new heart could give you a new life, that could get more exciting with each passing day.
For those whose heart is in depression, could it not worth every treasure on earth to have a new heart?