I have been struggling with depression now for 15 years and in the past couple years anxiety has?
- 11 May 2013 by gakricket
- 14 May 2013
- depression, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder
... arisen as an additional issue and now almost eclipses the depression. It seems like I have been on every category of anti-depressant (except for MAOIs- I can't give up cheese!). About 6 months ago, I was prescribed a mood stabilizer (Lamictal, now 300mg) and have had a modicum of success, but nothing substantial. My previous Psychiatrist is no long working so I had to find a new one. My newest one has added Temazepam and Adderall to my therapy; which seems to have helped as much as the first time I was placed on Wellbutrin and Effexor (those are no longer effective for me). I no longer feel like I'm constantly agitated and fidgity; and for the first time, the act of getting off my couch and doing anything at all (even small things) doesn't seem so overwhelming I cry. I actually want to see my friends and interact with people. Now I'm wondering if the depression/anxiety is an undiagnosed ADD or if they were concomitant and the ADD had just never been noticed through my other issues? Or maybe it's just that my depression has been so treatment resistant that it's necessary to think outside the box for treatment options. Does anyone have any thoughts or experience with this?
I don't have the 'answer,' just my hopes for you. First I hope you have a good psychologist on your team. They are one of the three doctors you must have. Second I hope you have a great psychiatrist that is aware of the newest medications, like Viibryd, to treat major depression. Lastly I hope you have a great GP or internist to treat the rest of you as thing that go wrong anywhere else can effect your brain.
I have suffered from major depression since I was 10, 40 years now. I have received treatment for only the last 14. Finding the correct medications is difficult job, but it can be done. Clinically speaking, major depression is one of the most treatable of the mental illnesses. It is rare in the extreme that a drug and therapy regiment cannot be found. Keep working with your team, or create one, and you will get there. I promise.
Hello g and welcome to the forum,
I spent many years of my life on an
anti-depressant that was doing its work well enough. My long term psychiatrist psychiatrist/med school prof retired and I was very, very sad about having to find a new Dr. I recall a couple of initial appointments that weren't a good fit. To make a longer story short, I found my present MD, who fairly soon changed my primary med to Viibryd and diagnosed adult ADD. I was initially quite skeptical, as I was a very accomplished over achiever! I leaned that one didn't have to fit any traditional
profile with ADD. Straterra was added to my medication regimen and in fact, my dose was recently raised. I'm very grateful for the diagnosis. It had made a big difference in my life. I likewise wish you well on your path.
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