Depression & finding the right medicine...

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 6/8/2009 11:50 PM (GMT -6)   
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. :-)

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 20279
   Posted 6/9/2009 6:38 AM (GMT -6)   
hi i am jamie,
been on just about every ant-deps out there, well been dx with mdd 4 20 plus yrs. maybe an anti-dep with a sedating element may help with the gad, effexor xr is good, everyone is different. some meds put on weight, and yeah i empathise with your situation as i am a type one diabetic!! the seroquel i take puts up my bsl. i also have a dx of severe borderline personality disorder along with a myriad of other medical issues. 2 past partners also have pcoc, the syndrome, not so sure on the info, due to pcoc these ladies became infertile, hormones play a big part in how we feel, men and women, i am infertile, since birth, as i am testosterone deficient, thus i would seek input regarding pcos.
i wish you well, welcome back, i look forward to further conversations in the future.
jamie, male, 37. an old man!! lol smilewinkgrin

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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 6/9/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello blue,

I have had more problems with the SSRI/SNRI drugs causing weight gain...........also exercise and eating healthy are a must when on these drugs.

I used Nortriptyline ( same class as Elavil) for years and that was the best med I was ever on.

I would talk over your meds with your physician.  The AD's may cause weight loss, weight gain or be weight neutral..........and it really seems to be an individual thing with each person.

I know how you feel about the weight gain issues.

Take care and good to see you back posting.



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