Posted by zonked on August 26, 2011, at 21:11:25
In reply to 40%, posted by SLS on August 23, 2011, at 6:42:25
> Hi All.
> Apparently, my brain has taken another major step in its process of recovery and healing. I am perhaps 40% improved. It has been a year since I began taking Nardil. I was afraid that I might be "stuck" at 35%.
You've no idea how pleased I am to hear this. Your patience with Nardil in part has made me stick with it through the initial blip. If I hadn't found someone else whose advice and wisdom I trust going through the same thing, I may have thrown them in the trash and demanded buprenorphine or something else rather drastic.
So, what explains this protracted process? I haven't encountered anyone else who has had to wait so long to recover from MDD or BD depression. My doctor feels that this is the product of severity and the length of time spent in the depressive state.
I think your doctor may be right, and it *may* also be true with me (just a hunch, my MD did not say so) but of course, the length of time you've been dealing with this greatly exceeds my own.
Scott, have you had your testosterone checked? I am assuming you have. You've seen my recent threads, I'm sure - but this does not feel like placebo effect. I have had more energy, drive, appreciating the weather, actually logged into Facebook, etc. - than I have in a long time.
As if I could know what placebo effect "felt" like. :-)
But it appears subclinical low testosterone ("normal" enough for two previous psychiatrists to not prescribe me it) may play a role in my recovery as I have felt better the last two days than the last 60. I don't recall the exact number, but my testosterone was in the low 400s a year ago; I forgot to ask the recent result but it was also "low normal". I am 29.