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Re: What do you do when meds don't work?

Posted by ensoul on July 10, 2002, at 23:06:31

In reply to Re: What do you do when meds don't work?, posted by LostBoyinNC1 on July 10, 2002, at 22:50:10

> > Have you looked for organic causes of depression, such as a thyroid problem, diabetes, or low adrenal function?
> Yes, this is the first thing that should be done when your antidepressants "poop out." Checking the thyroid is particularly important in women.
Yes, I do have hypothrodism and have treated for it for over a year now

<< Basically a full physical done by your family physician is in order, although you may find that having your psychiatrist test your thyroid is best.>>
Also check vitamin B levels, B-6 and folate.
I take complex vitamin supplement and I do see my dr fairly regulary because of allergies and asthma

> Coffee can aggravate anxiety however.>
I don't drink coffee, have a maxium of 2 cups of hot tea a day...thats my only caffenine intake & I don't drink pop
> >
> > And then, there are the studies proving that daily exercise is as effective as antidepressants.
> For mild depression sure, daily exercise maybe all thats needed. But exercise is never a replacement for medications in severe forms of depression.

right you are! if it were only that easy
> >
>> After youve been checked out physically, if everything checks out OK and meds do not work the usual thing to do is to have ECT. Some may respond to MAOIs. But generally, ECT is the treatment reserved for people whose medications "poop out" severely.

All ready done MAOI's...started on ECT, had an allergic reaction the 2nd time around to the anthesia, Pdoc said that was impossible, but my family dr and pulmonogist said it was slight change in the anthesia and it was an allergy

I won't touch ECY, having seen 2 friends go through and saw the permanent memory loss


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