Hi guys. Well, I just got out of the Marine Corps and during my time in I was diagnosed with panic disorder w/o agoraphobia, PTSD, OCD, alcohaul abuse disorder ( havent touched drink in a year and a half), depression, insomnia and some other things mentally. Well, I've been on anti depressants for two and a half years and have not found a single one that works for me. I have been on up to the maximum dose of these meds and tried each one for atlease 2 to 3 months under a pshychiatrist and phycologists supervision. Effexor, wellbutrin, Abilify, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Klonipin, latuda and there are others im forgetting. Theres been so many. Well I'm tired of the doctors I go to tell me that all they can do is give me anti depressants and it's obvious that non have been or are working for me. I am a stay at home dad now because I'm retired and it's so hard to move and get out of bed and deal with my son and clean the house and all those things. I can't focus, concentrate and I have no motivation. I've been through it all and I'm ready to be on something that can help with all this. Of course I know that medicine alone is not the answer and I do go to a pshycologists once a month as well and it helps during the session, but I cant seem to focus on the advice I'm given long enough. Any ideas? What should I be asking of my doctor? I've been thing that a stimulant like adderal might help motivate me to get out and do things, but I just dont know. Please help.
I would like to say congrats on staying sober and thank you for serving our country. I'm not sure I would go the stimulant route especially if you have a tendency toward addiction. I'm wondering if you have ever tried a combination of meds to help control your illness. I take a cocktail of 5 meds for my mental illness. It has taken years to find what works for me, but I've been stable now for many, many years. Changing our thinking through talk therapy is a slow process. It does take conscience effort to incorporate what we learn about ourselves and those around us. You might benefit from seeing the psychologist more often at least until you feel more grounded. I have been working on my mental health for 35 years, give or take a year or two in there, and I see my psychologist twice a month and my doctor every other month. Treatment plans are to be individually designed, maybe yours needs some adjusting.
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