I was watching a psy Dr talk about Lyme and mental illness last night and she showed how seratonin is basically converted into a neurotoxin in tick borne illness's. So it's not an uptake issue that standard medication can really fix. Which makes sense.
I'm sorry you have to deal with this illness, especially while raising young ones. I have a sick Mom who is now like a 5 year old regressing to a toddler due to Alzheimers.
Before I was sick I was extremely ambitious and a nerd-athlete.
And now my family leans on me like I'm still going to be the successful one that fixes everything with money and/or brains.
Or they take out their rage and frustration on me for not being strong anymore (as a moral failing rather than because of chronic illness) which of course makes me more physically ill.
I'm in therapy now because my family just doesn't understand that I'm sick and can barely handle every day stuff for myself, let alone caregiving.
As for the above quote, I have tried almost every SSRI and they either don't work or make things worse. I have heard from more than few sources that psych meds simply do not work with Lyme disease n co.
The two things that work for depression, pain and fatigue for me anyway are: Tianeptine Sodium (blocks Cortisol and alleviates pain) and Phenylpiracetam (provides energy, mood lift and focus for several hours). I also take Trazodone and it does help me get REM sleep during my sleep apnea machine use.
These aren't prescribed here in the US. I had to find them on my own.
Otherwise there are hobbies I used to be super stoked, jazzed and passionate about
that now that I feel little or no motivation to partake in. This anhedonia that every one here is talking about
: I have little energy or desire to do anything either.
It's like 1 household chore drains my entire battery, and my body's energy system stores has like a weak battery that barely holds a charge in the first place.
This symptom (as if all the other symptoms don't severely affect quality of life) is real.
It's like my body wants to just go into septic hibernation.
Sorry again that you have to deal with this. I can relate.
I have avoided extended family get-togethers and they haven't come around much since I've been sick n broke.
And to think I should talk with them about
arranging for my Mother's needs if my Dad(dies) or Brother (can't or won't).
And what if I must live alone for my own health and sanity?