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Is anyone here only on 1-2 meds with success in chronic Depression diagnosis? Many people here are on quite ALOT of medications.
My goal is to be on 1-2 only & I'm wondering if anyone has had success treating the low energy, no motivation, BORED, apathetic depression with just 1 medication? I'm talking the kind of depression where you aren't crying/upset/sad, reactive, anxious or irritable. The kind of Depression where everything is an absolute CHORE - you are always "going through the motions" feel no pleasure, interest, initiative or engagement in ANYTHING for months. The kind of depression where you can minimally function at a job, but come home and collapse because it takes every ounce of energy to do it and deal with people....
This is the state I'm always in (mood swings go in remission) it never lifts with the meds I've tried. pdocs claim when i get to this state that it's means I am "recovering or BETTER" and it's only a "low level of depression" or there's nothing else they can do to help this... What are your thoughts?? Should i just lower my expectations and accept this as my "new healthy normal"???
Bipolar2 (primarily depressed with short rapid-cycling spells of intense dysphoria, but never manic). Over the last 20 years, I have taken all of the SSRI’s, SNRI’s, Antipsychotics, Lithium, etc with intolerable side effects and horrible withdrawal syndromes. I had a med-induced psychotic episode 20 years ago which prompted my psych at the time to load me up with Antipsychotics, then added Antidepressants which made me much, much worse (I was either sedated, exhausted & brain-dead, or a restless/anxious insomniac). I could not remain on meds due to all of the side effects i had (with no benefit!!) The acute psychosis eventually resolved within weeks (and a hospital stay), however, the side effects & lengthy withdrawal syndrome from all of the meds rendered me practically disabled until I was off of everything and recovered.
The ONLY med that has really touched my Depression/lack of interest/no motivation/no pleasure has been Ritalin SR which NO DR WILL PRESCRIBE anymore (I moved, doctors here are against stimulant treatment for Depression or Bipolar). I actually slept very soundly when taking it and experienced very little irritability. I took strictly as prescribed along with breaks on weekends for about 8 months. I felt motivated, focused, calm, productive and highly functioning, which in turn alleviated much of my depression and anxiety.
I was on Lamictal 10 years ago, it took away the intense mood cycling, but it didn’t do anything for my underlying depression and noticeably slowed my cognitive abilities (major brain fuzziness, forgetfulness, spaciness, clumsiness). I've started Lamictal yet again to see if it helps. Has anyone else here been in this predicament??? I'm afraid the Lamictal with balance my mood but it will not treat my main underlying issue of Depression. I already have issues with disorganization and inattention which has cause me to be fired from several jobs. I have a feeling that the prolonged use of SSRIs & SNRIs depleted my Dopamine stores or something.
Any similar experiences or advice here???!!
Please help. New to this board. I’m Bipolar 2 - have NOT found effective treatment, spent long periods of time (not on any meds and fairly stable), but still always Depressed. Main issue severe Depression (along with some misc ADD-type issues) I’ve never experienced Mania. I had a SSRI-induced psychotic episode 20 years ago and for the last 5 yrs experiencing troublesome, erratic “cycling” of intense depression, anxiety, irritation/aggravation, passing suicidal thoughts, my doc thinks this is because my Bipolar is untreated & I need a mood stabilizer.
Over the last 20 years, I have taken all of the SSRI’s, SNRI’s, Antipsychotics, Lithium, etc with intolerable side effects and horrible withdrawal syndromes...Ritalin is the only thing that helped my Depression & motivation issues (but since moving, no doctor will prescribe it to me.)
Only med I agreed to try again right now is Lamictal due to it’s low side effect profile. I have some concerns though:
1.) Does it make you MORE tired (already struggle with low energy and fatigue)?
2.) Does it effect your Cognitive abilities (i.e. memory issues, ability to think sharply & quickly process info, I have focus/motivation issues!!)?
3.) Has anyone taken this during pregnancy with no issues? We hope to try in the upcoming year once stabilized.
4.) Has anyone taken Lamictal & Ritalin simultaneously to treat both the cycling and depression/inattention issues?
5.) Withdrawal - Been reading increasingly of bad cases of Withdrawal from Lamictal… has me very worried if I try to go off it!!!
Hi I'm new here. Don't really know why I'm posting...I just know I'm having a hard time I guess.
I've been experiencing high anxiety for over a year it started at work, it was a very mentally and physically demanding job working with special needs children). I had mentioned my anxiety to my doctor however, she told me she couldn't prescribe me anything to help me with work stress because "everyone has work stress". I now know the stress of that came home with me but I honestly didn't recognize or realize that at the time.
Early this year I discovered that my husband (together for a total of 10 years), had been seeing someone behind my back for nearly a year. He blamed my anxiety/depression/work situation and stress for it even though he never once talked about anything being wrong. I've carried the weight and blame for the ending of a marriage I never thought would fall apart.
Within 3 months of our separation, my stepdad committed suicide in the same way my dad did 10 years prior. I had my mom come live with me in the house (my husband was staying elsewhere). Less than two weeks after that, mom fell down stairs in the house, resulting in a 3 week hospital stay and a traumatic head/brain injury. During her hospital stay, my husband started doing things to purposely affect me mentally and emotionally. Silly things like watching for when I left to go to the hospital so he could cut the power to the garage and all outside lights as well as telling me my mother could not stay in "his house". He also went so far as to come over with a friend at a time he knew I would be asleep, and just start video taping me after I was terrified that someone was randomly in the house but of course the video stopped before he punched me in the face (no mark so police couldn't do anything).
I ended up leaving, but couldn't get all of my belongings before he found out and changed the locks on me.
Anyway, I ended up applying for university in September because I can not afford to live on my own with a grade 12 education. I quit my terrible job and started taking courses but have since been denied student aid. I'm now struggling in the courses, it's overwhelming to be in school after so long. I know that I can't do this. I'm not saying that because of the depression, I just know deep down that I can not do this. I looked at jobs today and there is nothing that will pay the bills.
I'm so overwhelmed with the events in my life this year, on top of not being able to do these courses, pay for the courses and pay the bills. I feel like I'm drowning. I feel like I fail at everything I wan/ttry to do. I literally feel like the weight of the world is right there on my shoulders. I can't sleep. Every muscle in my body is tense. I feel like I can't breathe, I can't relax and I have to pretend I don't feel this way because no one can help me in any way that can calm me down.
Hello everyone, last 5 days i feel depressed, but not "clasical" depressed, i've anxiety,irritiabilty,anger, high energy, i want to do something,but can't focus on just one thing what to do. Sleep is distrubated,fragmentary. body feels exhausted,but mind is active, i also have suicidal thoughts.