... depressant in 5 months. Im not getting any better. I have major depression/ anxiety disorder with PTSD. Dr says he is going to put me in a different" class" of drugs. I get overwhelmed, cant hold a job very long,trouble sleeping, crying. Is there anyone out there that can relate? Thanks C
Wellbutrin XL - My psychiatrist put me on 100mg wellbutrin and 100mg trazodone. This is my 6th anti?
- 25 Jan 2014 by hummingbirdgirl
- 27 January 2014
- wellbutrin xl, depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, insomnia, trazodone, antidepressant, psychiatry
Added 27 Jan 2014:
I've suffered for nearly 35 years off and on (mostly on)
I have no experience similar to yours however at this point in the situation I think perhaps if I were you.. I would consider or explore the option of another DR. Or at a minimum sit this DR down and ask him why nothing is working and impress on him that you want and greatly need relief. I'm sorry I can't offer any other info to you and I hope you feel better.
Antidepressants don't work for me either. I am on mood stabilizers which actually control my depression and anxiety. It took me awhile to find the right cocktail, but once I did, my whole world opened up. I haven't been depressed in eight months. With the addition of Xanax, I can actually leave my house without freaking out. I wish you the best of luck.
Oh, yes I can relate! I have treatment resistance to antidepressants. I'm now on welbutrin, Effexor, and Abilify. It has seemed to help finally. So don't give up! There are hundreds of combinations out there. You will find the right one.
I know it's hard to find the right drug that'll work and I do get the depression: when mine gets bad it becomes suicidal and debilitating. I'm not being critical, but I have a question: most anti-depressants take 6-8 weeks to start working, to build up to therapeutic levels. So I wonder if you or your doctor have given them enough time to work?
Another thing to consider is some kind of therapy in addition to anti-depressants. It seems that both together do better than either one alone.
Little hummingbird, I can certainly relate as I've been on drug after drug for a good part of my life ~ some helped somewhat, others nothing.
For one thing, five antidepressants in 5 months? You couldn't have been on any given one for more than a month and a 6-8wk trial is usually recommended.
Part of the problem is that there are some 2 dozen classes of antidepressants that affect different neurotransmitters and receptor sites in different ways. There is no test yet available to determine where your imbalance is and so, if your norephinephrine is off kilter you could take every serotonin inhibitor on the market to no avail.
Each class (SSRI, SNRI, SMS, TeCA, whatever) may have several different drugs that act slightly differently.
It sounds daunting and not worth the effort, especially when you're down and out, but the solution is out there and you CAN crawl out of that pit. Some people need more than just an AD and antipsychotics and mood stabilizers are good options.
You mentioned lithium; I'll tell you that my personal experience with lithium is that it did and is saving my life ~ literally. Almost immediately my depression started to lift, my rage and hostility disappeared, and panic attacks stopped. ABSOLUTELY NO side effects and it's dirt cheap!
Try to hang in there, birdie. You have lots of options to explore and a lot to fight for.
Feel free to post here anytime. If you have questions or just need to know you're not alone in this ~ we're here!
Best wishes, WCV
Hello... I understand what you are going through because Ive been through it and have tried everything under the sun!!! Now I am on Effexor and its helped me so much. I tried to get off at 1 time and went right back to the crying non stop and couldnt sleep all of your symptoms and couldnt take it!!! I hope evrything works out for you I know its not a easy road to go down. Best ofluck.
Hi I had overwhelming anxiety and depression - the want to die kind.
Pace, walk the floor, cry, lost all interest in everything, no shower etc. One of the big points that has been made ... meds and take 6-8 weeks before you know if they are going to help you, nothing helps over night or in a couple of weeks. I seriously question your doctor and his knowledge. It took me quite awhile to find the right mix, wasn't a pleasant experience but what choice did I have. Therapy was a big part of my fix! Self talk can make you feel worse. Exercise, a walk, is helpful. Comedy. There are many of us who know exactly where you are.
Hi - I went through trying some 28 different psych meds In 28 years - some I was taken off of within 2 months. It was insanity! I finally got some help with a new doctor and she had me sssslllloooowwww everything down, stick with a medication for a good long time - and she helped. We learned that I can't change any medication quickly. Being in therapy helped a lot also. Kind regards,
SNRI's (such as Effexor, Pristiq, and Cymbalta) are more potent than SSRI's. They are more likely to work but also harder to get off of. If you are really in dire need and can't wait, might as well try an SNRI
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