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pinch weasel
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   Posted 1/16/2011 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Do any meds help depression? I am beginning to think not. First of all the side effects of them are horrible. Zoloft and Celexa gave me anxiety, insomnia, and low sex drive. Effexor XR made me mad, irritable, and zombie like. Wasn't on Cymbalta that long because made me really nauseous and aggravated my GERD. I take Klonopin to help deal with the side effects of these meds but it doesn't really do much. I am about to give up. I am thinking it isn't worth the hassle of finding one that actually works. None of those helped my depression. Do i keep trying meds or resign to living with depression and do my best? confused

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/16/2011 3:37 AM (GMT -6)   

HI PW. I WOULD DEFINATELY HAVE A CHAT

WITH YOUR DR. THERE ARE A LOT OF MEDS YOU CAN TRY, MAYBE IT IS A CERTAIN TYPE THAT EFFECTS YOU BADLY, THUS MAYBE SOMETHING DIFFERENT WILL HELP. IT DOES TAKE AWHILE TO FIND THE RIGHT COMBO, IT DID ME!! DON'T GIVE UP, HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THE POSSIBILITY OF THERAPY? I AM ON MEDS AND SEE A THERAPIST, AND IT IS HELPING ME VERY MUCH. PLS KNOW THAT WE CARE. HANG IN THERE, THINGS ARE BOUND TO TURN AROUND.

WITH COMPASSION, JAMIE


SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.

getting by
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   Posted 1/16/2011 3:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Jamie is right,

Keep trying. It took me a while too. I took buspar, zoloft, paxil, serzone, prozac and effexor. I took effexor for many years without any problem, I now take pristiq. I also take a mood stabilizer with and anti anxiety meds. So don't give up. I know it is hard, but there is something out there for you.

Hugs, Karen
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red lightening
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   Posted 1/16/2011 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
It took me 15 years to find the right combo. and I finally hit on it. Going off meds makes it harder...best to deal with a change of meds though I know it's hard. Don't give up. Use your intuition, research meds to find what might be best for your unique symptoms. Be your own health advocate. Allow time for the meds to work. Generally speaking it takes most people at least two years to find the right med cocktail.

Geosojda
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   Posted 1/17/2011 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
How long have you been on the meds before you get off them? I found that i had some bad side effects that lasted around 2-3 weeks gettin on what i am on now but after that i got used to the drug and have been good on it ever since. Still have some side effects everyone once and a while but usually none. i'm on Lexapro and Wellbutrin.

pinch weasel
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   Posted 1/17/2011 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I am really bad with staying on the medications long enough. I haven't stayed on any of them longer than a week and a half. This time i am staying on Celexa long enough to see if it helps. It has been 2 weeks and so far it hasn't helped but just gives me anxiety and insomnia.

getting by
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   Posted 1/17/2011 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
It can take six to eight weeks for a medication such as this to reach it's full potential. I hope that you give it that long. And about two weeks for side effects to subside.

Be patient.

Hugs, Karen
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It's Genetic
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   Posted 1/17/2011 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, Pinch Weasel,

All of the members of the forum who are posting are giving you their
experiences with medications, and they are right up to date about
what works and how long you must persist in taking them to feel the full effects.

I have been there, too, and learned a lot by experimenting. For one
thing, (which started me on my search for a better way to eat-  that
has been neglected lately)  is that all medications are digested as acidic in your system. There's no getting around that. Feeling tone is radically affected by foods that have a high acidic value or residue in digestion.   For example:

Do you drink a lot of milk? (Cut back on it; it's highly acidic.)
" " eat a lot of cheese (of all kinds) or use butter or cream often in your diet? All are highly acidic in digestion.

Do you use artificial sweeteners? They are highly acidic and have been shown to cause cancer. Only one of them (Stevia) has been indicated to be harmless in the diet to date.

If you eat or drink anything with caffeine in it, stop it, please. Caffeine makes the illness worse. (That means chocolate, tea, coffee,
or any over-the-counter medication containing caffeine.)

If you drink alcohol, please stop that right away. It makes the illness worse, deepens depression and makes it more difficult to recover from depression.

Finally, try to eat more salads and green vegetables, and include large
amounts of water (with lemon) if you really want to help your liver to
detoxifiy. You will renew your feeling tone so much more quickly and
even be able to tolerate drugs more readily. Water is going to help
remove the acid residue of medications.

Often, it's the acidic digestion that causes problems in trying to stabilize depression or sensitivity to drugs. If you don't pass the threshold for acidic foods and meds, your body is going to respond by giving you a superior feeling tone, even making it possible for you to
tolerate the antidepressant drugs much more readily.

It really helps.
Good wishes,

It's Genetic
 
P. S. Forum members:  I'm gearing up for surgery tomorrow A.M. and
will be back posting in two or three days, I think.  Have fun and help
everyone whom you can.
 
Good wishes,
 
IG

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 1/17/2011 3:44:09 PM (GMT-7)


pinch weasel
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   Posted 1/17/2011 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Its Genetic,

Because of my GERD i can't have caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods. I also don't use artificial sweeteners or anything made with them. I never have milk and barely ever cheese. I live on salads and vegetables and drink 3 liters of water a day minimum. I appreciate all the good suggestions for decreasing acidity, trust me I have unfortunately learned all this the hard way and wish I didn't have GERD, gastritis, and esophagitis. I have to be so careful about what I eat or I will suffer. Can't have fatty foods either or big meals. I will try to stick out the duration of the med tp see if it works but I can't see anything lifting my spirits. Hopefully I am wrong. I do start seeing a therapist in 2 weeks.

I appreciate all of your good advice.

Colls
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   Posted 1/17/2011 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi PW~
There's an alternative treatment out now. It's specifically for treatment resistant depression and is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. It was approved by the FDA in 2008. It's pretty expensive and many insurance companies don't cover it yet (too new). Who knows, it may be something to look into.
Good luck!

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 1/17/2011 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
and ofcourse ECT. (RESISTANT TYPE DEPRESSION) it helped me back in 04. i was not eating or drinking/sleeping. it is the last course of recommended treatment. i had 6 treatments, known as a course of treatment. maintenance etc is also available as well as the above mention TMS. tms is still fairly new though. jamie.
SCHIZO-AFFECTIVE DISORDER, EMOTIONALLY UNSTABLE PERSONALITY DISORDER, BORDERLINE TYPE -AXIS 2 , BI-POLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER AXIS 1

REMEMBER TO LOVE YOU. BE YOU AND BE TRUE.
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