tried so many, ready to quit

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   Posted 10/21/2006 10:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on so many different medications for depression that I am just about ready to go off them all and try exercise, diet and meditation or prayer to cope. I will do well for awhile on a med but after about 6 months or so I start backsliding and then we start all over with another. The longest I have been on one successfully, is 1 year with Cymbalta.  But it started not working a couple of months ago and now my doc wonders if I might be mildly bi-polar ( I hate that name).  So I have started on Lamictal.  I really don't think it is working too well either. I am just so so tired of this and I am tired of always feeling "medicated".  I have had a weight problem ever since I started with antidepressants about 15 years ago, and that makes me depressed!  Has anyone gone off meds and been able to deal with depression on their own??

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   Posted 10/22/2006 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Beckisue, I wanted to welcome you to Healing Well forum, we are happy to have you.  I have had depression, anxiety/panic and PTSD for many years and done very well on antidepressants.  There have been a few that didnt work for me at all and that I had bad reactions to but not all meds work for everyone.  In reading your post I see that you have a diagnosis of depression and have been on many medications that didnt work long term.  That would be a sign that perhaps you are what is known as treatment resistant.  Meaning that the meds do work for short periods of time then lose their effect as they build up quickly in your is your body chemicals that is fighting off the antidepressants basically.  Granted I am not a doctor and am not diagnosing you here...just giving you an idea to research and maybe take to your doctor before you get saddled with a diagnosis of BP.

If your thinking of going off the meds be very careful and do this under your doctor supervision as there are side effects of do so.  I havent been able to manage my depression for more than a year without medication but there are many who through careful diet, exercise, and meditation are able to balance themselves.  I am sure you will get some positive responses to your post regarding this.  Please do feel free to continue to post here this is a wonderful site for information and support.  Take care and keep us posted... :-)

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   Posted 10/24/2006 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Beckisue,

I can relate- I have tried many medications for depression and anxiety. Usually they have side effects, but they work well when I am in a crisis. I would be careful with Lamictal though, I think my doc way over medicated me on it and it made me really "out of it" and dizzy. I think it contributed to me getting in a car accident, one of the worst moments of my life. So if you feel over medicated, please communicate this to your doc.
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