That sounds like some pretty painful stuff!
I know what its like to be in really bad pain and how urgent it was to get it under control.
I got burned pretty bad once and it was pretty horrible.
All I wanted was for the pain to go away and I didn’t care how.
The worst part was the de-breeding – i.e. cutting the burned, dead skin away so I could grow new skin and heal.
But the de-breeding was worse than getting burned all over again and involved cutting and scrubbing until the wound was a painfully bloody mess.
That process took weeks and all I wanted was for the pain to go away.
The down side of it is that after my skin healed I kept taking the pain killers.
I didn’t need them for pain. I just felt I needed them.
I had developed a habit and was reluctant to break it.
Luckily I could see what such an addiction to drugs would lead to, so I stopped taking them.
It wasn’t easy at first, but I prayed about it and “got by with a little help from my friends.”
I’ve been reading about those types of depression you mention.
Dr. Peter Breggin has a good book about depression.
I forgot the name of the book, but maybe you can cross-reference the author’s name.
I think I’ve gone through a few bouts of that “situational depression,” and I reckon a few of my friends have too.
The bright side of that is that it is usually temporary.
I’ve also read about the type of depression associated with a “chemical imbalance.”
I’ve often wondered if that type of depression is temporary too, or do folks just get impatient because they want the pain to go away.
There is a lot of books about that too.
My favorite is one by Dr. Joseph Glenmullen.
But I can’t find any books or literature about how they test for chemical imbalances.
I know it has to do with neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, but I’ve yet to find any descriptions on how they test for it.
Can you recommend any books or research publications that describe that type of lab test?
How did they do it with you?
Did they use blood samples? Spinal fluids?
Can something like chemical imbalance be determined with a CAT scan?
Do they use the results of the lab tests to determine what medicine to prescribe and what dosage to use?