... not helped me I feel now as I have always felt, I believe that I was never depressed so how can a` doctor know when one is depressed ?
There is usually a set of questions that you would answer that is rated on how you answer then. It is also based on physical and psychological symptoms, duration and past history. You can look on the internet under signs and symptoms of depression. It may help you understand depression.
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Hi, enzo! By subjective testing, history, observation of mood, mannerisms, and behaviour doctors are fairly well able to determine a patient's state of mind. Sometimes blood tests are run to rule out underlying physical conditions that may be contibuting, such as hypothyroidism, Vitamin D deficiency, etc.
It's not uncommon for one drug to work for one person (or many people) and not others. In fact, about 2/3 of all patients will need to try at the very least two medications to find the one that works best for them.
Here's what confuses me. You say you don't believe that you're depressed but the medication isn't helping. You must have some symptomology that leads you to believe that something is amiss that SHOULD be responding to your medication ~ an antidepressant.
Perhaps another consultation, open and honest, with your doctor is in order.
Feel free to post anytime. We'll be happy to lend support in any way we can!
Best wishes, Wildcat
enz; As already said there are many ways,And you don't say how long you have been on the Cymbalta it can take as much as 8 weeks to reach the blood level where you feel the benefits you should if it's been over that then Talk with the doctor again.Like was said it is very common to have to try several different meds to find the one that you well notice the improvement. Also, they use Cymbalta for several things do you have anything like chronic pain or nerve pain.Just a benefit of what this medication can do for you. Wish you luck and a second opinion is always an option.Chuck1957
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