Tired of the medications.

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   Posted 6/11/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on the antidepressant rollercoaster for nearly thirty years.
It's time to get off.
Sure, I function every day, but it's joyless and boring.
The antipressants I've been on (and the list is huge) have not helped.
I'd really like to have ECT therapy, but can't seem to get my doctor to reccomend it.
 He acts like I have to be either suicidal or catatonic before it could even be considered.
Well, how about if you've been on every antidepressant there is and haven't found any (or any combination) that worked?
Am I just supposed to go through the rest of my life miserable?
What does it take for someone to listen to what I'm saying?
I'm not getting help from the medications and want to attempt something else.
Why is that wrong and so difficult achieve?

getting by
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   Posted 6/11/2011 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you sure you have exhausted all meds? There are new ones coming out all of the time. Maybe there is something new out there that you haven't tried. I had to take about seven different things before I found what was right for me. Plus added a mood stabilizer. We have a member that has used ect. Hopefully he will see this thread and he can tell you a little bit about it.

Know that nothing worth working for is easy. It is very frustrating and exhausting at times. Try to recognize the smaller things in life. Nature and all of it's wonders.

Best wishes to you.

Hugs, Karen
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   Posted 6/11/2011 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
hi i am jamie, karen was refering to me. yes it is for serious resistant depression and is used for catatonia as well. your best bet is to get a referal to a psychiatrist, there the ones who perform it. it really helped me, had a course of treatments in 2004. it saved me. i wasn't eating or drinking, and suffering badly. the meds were doing nothing, hence i went into hospital and had the treatments. a course is 6. you can have more and you can have less. you can have like 1-2 (maintenance) and stay over night and go back home as well. dependant on your psychiatrist. you can have one polar of the brain done or both, i had both, due to the severity of my depression. some residual memoty loss is common, as is a sore and fuzzy head. but it gets better as time passes. contray to popular beleif you don't lose your memory!!!! you may have some short term loss. this is standard. i hope this helps you. with much compassion, jamie

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