What to do when depression medication doesn't work

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Avatar m tn He was very good and after a couple of meetings he prescribed me with medication for what he called a chemical imbalance in my brain that caused depression. The meds worked and I definitely wasn't as sad most of the time. So for seven years I've taken meds. More recently I've started to feel, emotionless and even angry (on the inside). Im not suicidal like I was in middle school, but I definitely don't feel good.
Avatar n tn But yeah, when you go to your appt just tell the doctor everything you are feeling and that you think Prevacid is causing this. I'm sure they'll know what to do and will try something new. My Dad has been taking Nexium for years and he says it's absolutely great and doesn't have any effects.
Avatar m tn I am so very sorry you are in the situation you are in, and it is difficult to know what to suggest. I can support you, as I know what depression is like. I lost a lot of things because of my illness, job, house, relationship. I struggle, as I have to. I have taken an overdose in the past, and been in a psychiatric hospital. I have been on many different anti-depressants. Some gave me bad side effects. All of us here suffer in different ways.
Avatar f tn I know that you stated that these did not work work for you in the past, however, when the second agent is added to them they become a very effective anti-anxiety/anti-depressant combinations. One other piece of information you need to have if you ever switch off of Paxil is that it is very possible that you can have withdrawal side effects, so hopefully your doctor will move the new one in as you slowly come off of it.
Avatar f tn That seems like a good amount of time to commit to. You should be able to get a sense of the results by then. When folks ask me if they have to take medicine "forever" I never say "yes". First, who can predict what might change in the future, for them, for our ability to treat them... And also, whether they take it long term is obviously going to depend on whether it helps them, which we don't know yet...
Avatar n tn Prior to diagnoses and as of today, nothing seems to work for me. When I was in the hospital the only pain medication that worked for me was morphine and it was through an IV. In fact, it worked so well I was asleep most of my stay, which I really could not stand. I am just really confused, since I have never taken any drugs or street drugs for that matter, so am confused as to why they don't work for me?
Avatar n tn No, I am sending the posts from work. I have work passes and use the net here before I start my day. We don't even have a TV at the mental ward as one of the more uncontrollable patients yanked it off the shelf a few weeks ago. I have been playing my music tapes I brought in and we have been jamming and dancing instead of TV.
1435895 tn?1304294841 I'm scared because the symptoms are getting worse and i don't like to take the meds as they make me tired, but i can't take the pain, its so bad i have to go to bed and can't d/t i work full time. neuro said to try topamax but he said that interacts with the compazine and amitriptylline i take omg. so i haven't tried topamax yet and i'm afraid to.
1136436 tn?1261829761 Unless you have identified and corrected problems and issues in your life that were causing depression that is. Depression doesn't just disappear because we want it to. You have to work hard with treatment to achieve that. Therapy is the best method but medictaion is necessary for many to be avle to cope day to day. The real answer to your question is ask your doctor as they know you and how well you are.
Avatar m tn I have suffered from anxiety and depression for a long time, and I've never felt any stigma from getting help. You have to always do what's going to benefit your children. Your children deserve a health and happy parent. It's hard to be the best parent we can be when fighting these illnesses, which is yet another reason to get help.
Avatar m tn It's impossible to attribute good or bad to a med if there are a number mixing you see. Be in charge and tell the doc when it doesn't work and ask to change. Sometimes up to 6 weeks is needed but mostly you know in about 2 weeks, once side effects start to settle down.
Avatar f tn I know this may sound ridiculous but its the best ive felt in a long time. Years ago when i had to take this medication i had the same feelings. Is there any reason for this? Is there anything that i can take that does not alter the mind or your chemical structure in your brain that can just cause this kind of relaxation in the same way?
8924846 tn?1410576501 I took zoloft while 2-8 months pregnant. It's completely safe to take while pregnant....
Avatar f tn I have had depression two times and that doesn't sound like depression. What do you take those medications for?
Avatar f tn 25 mg of xanax daily, if this is anxiety, why aren't these feelings going away with the meds? Do I need to try a higher dosage? Or what? I just want to be normal again, I worry everyday of my life that I have MS, I twitch, tingle, and chest feels like its vibrating inside.
Avatar n tn this sounds like a nasty case of postpartum depression, it can affect how you feel for a long time and i suggest you seek help.
411389 tn?1230128077 I am posting in the hope that you may be able to enlighten me as to what medication is normally recommened for anyone suffering from Social Anxiety/Depression/Panic Attacks. I have been on Diazepam for about 10 years and recently was prescribed Effexor. I stopped taking the Diazempam and started on the course of Effexor (37.5 mg daily) and I've felt my life been turned upside down ever since.
Avatar f tn i mean im a medical student i studied a psychiatric course and what i read from many lectures about depression is it says one of the etiology is genetic! so do i have higher risk for depression than someone whose mother is not depressed?
Avatar f tn I am so very sorry that you are feeling so poorly. Perhaps Prozac is not the medication for you. We all react differently to drugs. What suits one person may not suit another. For instsance Prozac made me very, very ill and I had to stop it within the first few weeks. I found another anti depressant that suited me just fine and got rid of depression, anxiety and panics. It was the beat meds I ever took.
233622 tn?1279338505 I think that with all of the deaths in our circle and trying to get ready to go was the straw that broke the camels back. I do wonder however, what would the poor comedian on that show think? tee hee Keep well honey and don't forget that it is healthy to vent and this is the place to do it!
Avatar f tn I know I'm more stable than I have been in the past, but it's still really hard. Why do we have to chose between the mania and depression? Why can't we fix both??? I am also afraid to change my "cocktail". The times before that I have changed it, I had bad reactions. Geodon and Abilify were HORRIBLE for me. I thought I was losing my mind. I just wonder if I were given the correct AD, would I be able to get out of this? Is there a good AD that we can take?
Avatar n tn It is possible with the help of a psychiatrist or therapist to get over the depression, but can take a long time, depending on the cause. Medication allows you to function normally while going thru this and to just make dealing with it all easier. If it is due to a chemical inbalance then medication is the only thing that will help you.
Avatar f tn Well im bout to lose my medicaid and im pregnant and already am thousands of dollars in debt in hospital bills. And i lost my food stamps. I just dont know what to do anymore. My boyfriend said hed figure out why they are talking crap behind my back. If i cant use the address i live at. Then what am i suppose to do?
Avatar f tn Seems the doctors and psychiatrists have given up on you. Well I do not know what to suggest you do next, seems to me you have tried so hard. Keep posting here, and at least there are people who will befriend you, and who understand about depression. I admire your fighting spirit so much.
1442059 tn?1340244552 Thank you so much u give me courage and insight and I am so grateful I am going to ask someone here in town to take me to the nearest bus depot Monday and do what you said be honest with my doc and find somewhere to stay so this treatment will work. I really wish I could give u guys a hug thanks for the advice and the words of encouragement I needed. I promise I wont let u down..
Avatar m tn There is no shame in doing so, and you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It took me decades to finally get over the message from my family that depression was a character flaw and I should just suck it up and deal. When I finally got on an antidepressant and talked to a psychologist my life got exponentially better. I could kick myself for waiting so long! All those years of self-imposed misery were totally unneccessary.
Avatar f tn I'm a student, so I'm always so stressed, so busy. We work for our degrees, no matter what the TV says. I want to work my arse off, but I'm fighting myself. I have to fight myself to dedicate myself to the subject I know, deep down, I massively love. I do hope that a CBT programme is slow but has results. I am so tired of being like this. I have clarified that she's capable, but unwilling, to prescribe most standard drugs, but seriously?
Avatar n tn I fantasized for a second or two about jumping off the roof of the building but it never manifested or materialized into serious thoughts ....... I f*****g hate Seroquel ...... and I dunno what to do To maintain minimum functionality at work (I work in IT so I need to keep focus all the time) I have been gulping lots of coffee (risking a cardiac arrhythmia attack, which I suffer from) but no avail ........ I cannot take a leave since all my days off for this year are depleted .......