Posted by SLS on October 6, 2011, at 5:41:46
In reply to Re: 40%, posted by huxley on October 6, 2011, at 2:46:01
> > > I hope you don't take this post as an attack or that it is offensive to you.
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> > > Have you thought that maybe you have damaged your brain with the amount of drugs you have taken and that your extended depressive state is actually caused by the very thing that is purporting to cure it?
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> > > Seems to me that it would be quite easy to destabilize the delicately balanced complex brain equilibrium.
> > No offense taken. I am extrememly happy and feel fortunate that you should offer me feedback about my illness. To a great degree, you are absolutely right. It seems rather obvious that repeated antidepressant drug exposures induce a resistance to an array of treatments. Unfortunately, my treatment resistance and pattern of tachyphylaxis (poop-out) showed up with the very first drug I tried: imipramine.
> > As you so accurately portray, I have grown more and more resistant to treatment. My only extended remission was achieved using a combination of Parnate and desipramine. My doctor at that time proceeded to withdraw these medications after 9 months of remission out of concern for the appearance of mania. Of course, in retrospect, this was a decision that was to cost me two decades of my life. I never responded to that treatment ever again, despite trying it multiple times.
> > Question: What better choice did I have but to treat the depression with what has been available?
> > Thanks for your thoughtful feedback.
> That is the million dollar question isn't it.
> For myself I have found that a life with no nicotine, no alcohol, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise keeps me well enough.
That's great. I wish for you that you remain in good health.
I wish I could say the same for myself. I have tried what you describe, and it just doesn't make a dent in my condition. That is not to say that your methods don't work for some people. They do. Just not me. Perhaps bipolar disorder is less responsive to exercise.
> I just strongly suspect that medication is making many of us far worse of than we would be without it.
In the future, it should be possible to choose drugs based upon genetic tests. This should predict which drugs will help and which drugs will hurt.
Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.
- George Bernard Shaw