Hi to all the wonderful, knowledgable members of this board.
I have posted here before, but not since about
the beginning of the year or so. I am hoping maybe some of you have some advice for me regarding my situation.
I am 21 years old, almost 22, and have been on and off antidepressants since I was 16. The first time I was on them was for a very short period, less than 6 months, so I barely reaped any benefits. I went on them again when I was 18, and quickly gave them up due to a lot of positive things in my life, even though it was not the best thing for me. I thought cause of the happy things, I did not need the medication, but I now see that I did. In September 2008, I started antidepressants again after one of the lowest points of my life, and have been on them since.
Here's the thing - I have been on 4 different ones since September, but I do not feel much better, and see little improvement in my day to day mood. I suffer from GAD as well, and I have seen a vast improvement there, but not so much on my depression. September-December I was on Zoloft, January-April I was on Celexa, and then at the end of April I was given Lexapro, which is what I am on currently. I also started Elavil to take at nights in the middle of March and I still take that. That has helped my anxiety and sleeping immensely, as well as some depression, yet it has put a decent amount of weight on me. I may need to go off that medication, even though it has helped, because my doc told me I need to lose weight - I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and may become insulin resistant or be at risk for diabetes. This is upsetting to me since the Elavil has helped. But anyways, the SSRI's have seemed to have little effect.
So, I am concerned. I plan on seeing my psychiatrist in the next week or so to address this concern. I forgot to mention above that I was also on Paxil and Prozac when I was a teenager - so that encompasses almost all of the widely used SSRI's for the treatment of depression today. I am scared that I have a depression that is resistant to treatment and am not sure what else is out there for me in order for me to get better mentally and emotionally.
What would you suggest I tell my psychatrist? Should I get a second opinion? Should I give it more time?
Thank you for taking the time to read this post.