... shrink and she put me on wellbutrin, i started getting more energy but also started feeling suicidal so she took me off them. then i went to another doctor who put me on lamictal, again i could function on it, but still felt suicidal. now i am on lithium and am weaning slowly off lamictal, i feel very depressed and still feel suicidal, i just don't want to go on anymore and nothing is helping
You're not taking anything for depression. I'm wondering if the MAO inhibitors would be better for you. I have the feeling if you can get thru the suicidal ideation and be on something long enough you will feel better. One thing you have to stick with the one dr. Every time you see a new one they'll have different ideas and you will never get straight.
There's hope,I would say too many chefs in the kitchen, jumping form med to med like this will cause you to feel worse. Are you getting non-medication related help? Counseling? Groups? Activities to keep you busy? Learning about how you can rebuke these thoughts rather than allow them to control your life? You do not have to be a slave to your mind, ever hear that oone?
I agree with the other comment about too many cooks in the kitchen. First, you need to be sure that you are giving these meds long enough to work. Wheneger you are not happy with your dr you certainly should consider another, but then you need to give ea one at least a chance. Also agree that counseling might work. If you cannot to go there are free support groups you can go. You can try DBSA which is a nationwide organizing specifically for people suffering depression. They have support groups all over the country. I have suffered from bipolar and can tell you that it can take quite a while to come up with the right drug cocktail to work. It took me 5 yrs which is not uncommon but I worked with the same dr the whole time.
I can also say from experience that many insurances may offer 20 visits but your therapist can contact your ins company near the end of those and request more visits. My therapist has had to do this numerous times. Also, if you find you are unable to work, consider applying for Social Security Disability. You will also then qualify for Medicare after a while. This is what I have had to do. But keep in mind, there is no magic pill that will make all your depression just go away, it will still require some work on your part, which can sometimes be hard. There is help though, you just need to find the right dr and the right. In addition to other meds I take, one is Lamictal which is a mood stabilizer, not an antidepressant. However it helps me a lot in conjunction with my other meds. Have they given you a specific diagnose, that would make a difference too on what meds might be appropriate. Good luck. Persevere even though it's hard and be your own advocate. You know your body better than anyone else. Just be up front with your dr, that's important.
Please don't give up hope. There is an answer and it won't always be this way. Have you tried Lexapro or Zoloft? They are hardy drugs and work much faster than say Prozac... which can take 30 to 45 days to get into your system. A combination of the proper drug, along with prayer has helped me. Also getting out and staying active, rather than laying in bed
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