I have no history of any prescriptions to treat said "chronic depression". I also have no allergies to any medication. I am skeptical about taking man made medicines, if I were to consider asking my Dr. for a prescription, what prescription would be best suited to treat my chronic depression?
I am a 19 yr old male with a long history of chronic depression?
- 23 May 2013 by mrnatural
- 16 Aug 2013
- depression, allergies, dysthymia, medicine, chronic, prescription, medication, male
Added 24 May 2013:
Are there any type of natural alternatives to AD's that may not require messing with the chemical balance in my brain?
There are too many antidepressants from which to choose. Psychiatrists use algorithms to determine the best fit and then it is still a trial and error sort of ordeal because no too people are alike. There are 5 basic types of antidepressants. The newer ones affect serotonin (SSRI's) or serotonin and norepinephrine (SNRI's). Starting with one type such as the SSRI's which are the simplest would probably be a place to start. Without knowing all your symptoms naming specific meds is real difficult.
Your Dr. should help you decide based on your med history and family history. Unfortunately with these drugs what works for one, might not for another. Some anti-depressants actually have anti-anxiety qualities too so hits both problems. Some are too strong for some people, some too weak. Try something though and if it doesn't work, try another. After 16 yrs I vote for Effexor but I'm a lightweight as far as drugs are concerned. Prozac I lost my memory, Pristiq did nothing, Wellbutrin nothing, and many others. If nothing esle, be very honest with your dr. on how you are feeling - all symptoms - then they can try the best option. 2 weeks should give you some idea of what side effects you will have. It takes 30-60 days for something to WORK though so be patient. Hope this helps.
Hi, mr! There really is no simple answer to your question. As Laurie has said there are several classes of ADs that affect specific neurotransmitters in different ways. And any given medication can affect each person differently. While it may work very effectively for one it will have no effect at all for another.
Your doctor would need to evaluate your symptoms and medical history and possibly have bloodwork done to rule out any physical problem that might be causing or contributing to your depression before making a recommendation.
There is no specific test available to determine what type of AD you need so you may have to try several before finding the one that works best for you.
The fact that you've reached out today for advice tells me that you realize that you have a problem and that it's interfering with your life. I hope you will follow-up and consider talking with your doctor. There's no reason to be miserable when there's help available.
Good luck and best wishes! WCV
I want to make this short, but I need to say a few things; my first bout with depression was when I was 10 years old. It was well masked. By the time I was 19, I had been through at least three that I can determine. None were diagnosed and now at 60, I would give my right arm to be where you are now.
You are young enough to rewire your brain using medication, therapy and a lot of hard work. Do it!
Take your meds. Go through the therapy and do the work to change the way your brain works. It may take you a few years, but at your age you have a chance to not be where I am now. I will be on meds and in therapy for the rest of my life. This is not a bad thing. It will keep be functional and alive. I kind of like that. Dysfunctional and wanting to die is not any fun and it hurts too many people that you don't want to hurt. You can't help it, you hurt people when you are sick.
As to which prescription, only your psychiatrist will know. It may take a couple of tries to find the right medication. Take your time. It is worth it. YOU are worth it.
Not as short as I wanted, but I hope I made my point.
mrnatural - Since you don't have a history of taking anti-depresents, I would make a very detailed list of how you feel at your wordt, at your best, how your sleep is, appitite, all that is affected by the depression. If you ask for a certain thing, most docs will label you as a "seeker". Not a good thing. Give them as much info about YOU and how you feel, as this will help them direct you towards the meds more suitable for you. Sometimes it is trial and error, we have to give something a chance to work, and if it doesn't, try something else. Just be honest about how you feel, asking for a certain thing is a red flag... Be well as can be
For natural remedies have you asked in a health supplement store?
I use L-theanine and that keeps me pretty upbeat. There is also SAM-e which is supposed to help or 5HTTP. Find a good Health Supplement Store that has someone who practices naturopathic healing.
The best thing for me is a therapist as most of the time just having a non-judgemental person to talk to helps and guides me to feeling better about me.
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