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   Posted 7/6/2007 1:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
     I have posted here previously about my brother who has been suffering from depression for over 6 months now. He has a history of depression and the last time he became depressed he was given ect and this helped him recover. In January and February this year he was in hospital and had a course of ect (10 sessions) and they did not help him at all. The doctor wanted him to have more ect, but he had had enough. He came home from hospital in March and he has been on the same meds for the last 3 months with no improvement. He has not worked for many years now and he has this great sense of urgency about getting a job, but he believes he is unemployable. He cries for hours every morning and I told him to ask his doctor to change his meds, but the doctor said he does not know what to prescribe. I suggested he should ask the doctor to admit him to hospital for observation so the staff can see what is happening with him. I even suggested that he should change doctors as this doctor does not seem to understand how to treat him. I am even wondering if he SHOULD have further ect as one of the treating doctors believed he should have. I really would like some input from others out there as to what you believe would be the next best move. I am at a total loss at present. sad
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   Posted 7/6/2007 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

On a personal level, I disagree with ECT. Its just something that is personal to me but I can accept that other people (including health professionals) use it quite openly. Has your brother tried other forms of therapy? (Such as Cognitive behavioural Therapy - CBT). Personally I would change your doctor, as I agree that he doesnt sound like he is too sure about what he is doing. An observation at a hospital is a great idea as it gives them a much clearer picture on your brothers condition. At present, I would change doctors and push for the observation. Hopefully the observation will lead to someone knowing which med to use.

I hope this helps


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   Posted 7/7/2007 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   


This is Kitt. I would strongly suggest you find a psychiatrist that is willing to work with your brother instead of one who says I don't know what else to do?

I also think inpatient in the right facility would be a plus for your brother. Make sure he is in a program where he is not left sitting in a room all day and just receives his meds from the staff.

I admire your advocating for your are truly a loving person.

IMHO your on the right road to helping him.

Safe hugs.

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   Posted 7/7/2007 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, definitely change doctors. This may be easier said than done, I know, but your brother sounds in a very bad place. I also admire you in your advocation for him. You are definitely above and beyond. He also sounds like he should be in a hospital setting where there is an active program. Hope things work out. sincerely, denali
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   Posted 7/8/2007 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   

I agree with everyone's advice about changing doctors. I hate it when they basically give up without sending the patient to someone that can actually help.

I hope your brother realizes how much of a great person you are to stick by him.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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