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 f tn Ive been on Lexapro twice first time it worked quit it and started it again when I had my first anxiety issues,didn't work for my depression. Effexor- intensified whatever mood I was in. Zoloft- same as effexor Anxiety meds Buspar- didn't help Finally my doctor put me on paxil and monitored me on ativan for breakthrough,which I went from taking a few times a week to now few times a yr. So my question is stay on paxil and is there a depression medication I can take along with it?
Avatar n tn Since it doesn't affect your reuptake of serotonin maybe it cannot be enough to treat depression used alone this is why it is widely used as an add-on medication to a SSRI or SNRI. Zoloft in the literature have no significant data of weight gain. Might be a good option. Maybe combine both if one don't work well. Anyway it's all thing that must be discussed with a qualified physician. Personally when it comes to meds I highly suggest a psychiatrist rather than a GP.
Avatar f tn Does it make sense to take medication in order to be "mentally loose" for therapy? Have had a really bad week but are feeling calmer due to ?splitting. Cried a lot on Sunday and was probably able to do a bit of grieving. I think I might be understanding stuff on a slightly deeper level which may also be helping. Had an emergency psych appt on Monday which was pretty unhelpful but I guess indirectly helped me to get where I am now.
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 We use pamelor a lot with the hospice patients for nerve pain and it works well. Tricyclic antidepresants are crap for depression but work really well for nerve pain that is chronic. They often prescribe that as a topical med. Wonder if it is applied to the neck if it would target better than if ingested orally..... My doc is so closed to suggestions I have been affraid to ask him about this stuff. But I have seen it work wonders on our brain tumor patients.
Avatar m tn Medication comes in if other means have failed and your life is unmanageable. This is basically any form of medicine -- you do the least invasive first and if it doesn't work then you look into the more invasive. Good luck.
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 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 m tn Thank you. Since I had my HIV"risk" nearly 2 years ago it has intensified a lot. It was oral sex on a man when i was drunk, stupid. It still scares me to this day, every little feeling in my groin or armpits but mainly when my partner starts coughing and that. I was also abused as a child which i try to mask with alcohol. Sometimes i feel like killing myself but i am too scared of dying thankfully.
Avatar f tn Don't worry, just try it and see how it goes. And if it doesn't work, tell your doctor and they can try you on another. Lots of people find Celexa to be great, and lots of people don't, so they have to try another, and maybe even more before they find what works right.
Avatar f tn Your attitude, in part, will determine whether they work. If the anxiety is causing the depression, then work on the anxiety instead. Of course I have no medical training so this comes with a great big disclaimer. You need to work with your doctor to find something that works for you. They differ in several ways but a significant benefit of taking Klonopin is that it is less addictive than Valium.
8924846 tn?1410576501 Plus I just started a great job and I don't want to lose it, and I can't afford time off because I really need the money. I was diagnosed with depression when I was 8, but have always had friends and medication to help me cope. Now I'm 20, and pregnant so all my friends are away at school or working all the time, have kids of their own or just in general busy. And there really aren't any depression meds I can take that would be safe.
Avatar n tn I would never recommend an anti-depressant but when these horrible meds turn ones brain chemicals upside down it is best to find a very good psychiatrist to work with! I never thought I would need an a-d but when I turned suicidal - UGH! It was awful trying to find a good psych let alone an a-d to work for me. All a-ds are awful but when your brain chemicals are destroyed and you are suicidal I don't think there is any choice. I found a great psych and an a-d that worked for me.
Avatar f tn I know medications work differently on individuals but I'm currently taking Adderall XR 60mg, Mirapex and Clonazepam when needed. Is there a depression medication that you are aware of that does not have any interactions with the medications listed above.
411389 tn?1230128077 And he/she is also incorrect in telling you that if the Effexor doesn't work, then you will have no alternative but to go back on the Valium! I've just changed my mind..........I think you should fire your doctor NOW! There are so many options out there! It's not really our place to recommend medications for you. This should ONLY be done by a doctor or psychiatrist who specializes in anxiety/panic disorders!
Avatar f tn Hi My mother is a known case of depression and i was wondering if depression could be inherited..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 n tn i need help... ive had depression since i was 6 yrs old but i was diagnosed with depression when i was around 13 or 14 yrs. i dont take meds at all but i also think im bi- polar. im always very angry. my mood swings change rapidly.i can be happy one min and the next im sad...
9171934 tn?1405183632 I am really sorry to hear this. Depression is very hard and when pregnant, it can be even worse. You are exactly right, the hormones can push mild depression to a new level. There's criteria that doctors use to diagnose depression that often includes things like feeling this way every day for at least two weeks. The mention of suicide in your post really worries me. Honey, that is something to absolutely discuss with your doctor.
Avatar n tn He is the enemy of all that is sweet and good and wonderful---all of which marriage and family is. Please keep talking to us, and please see someone who can help you work through your depression. You probably need to be on medication to straighten out the chemicals that are out of whack in your body. My prayers are with you sweetheart! I know how rough depression can be!!!
Avatar f tn I have sat there in tears time and time again, I got mad once and told the Pdoc that he only cares about taking the fun stuff away and doesn't care at all about me feeling suicidal, he just sits there and nods when I tell him I don't want to be here! Then he just goes on about hospital, or getting support..but sometimes I am depressed just because I have Bipolar not because of what is going on in my life...arrghhh its so frustrating!
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 It is one month since I have been medication free, and I feel really well. I am hoping depression will not return, and I will never need to go on anti depressants again. Keep in touch, as I am really interested as to how you get on. I would like to offer friendship to you if you are agreable.
Avatar m tn and never experienced a lick of depression. As soon as I graduated though everything just went to hell. Lost my friends due to location, lost my gf. That was mostly my fault I was a crappy bf. However, I cant get a girl to look at me now for the life of me. I do have hhigh standards and am just in a living hell. I cried about 10 times this year and i havent cried since like i was 4.
Avatar f tn Once you have the baby, monitor that closely and take medication again if you drift to depression as post partum is a hard time for some women. If there is anything I can do to help, I always here.
1442059 tn?1340244552 He is trying to force me to leave and soak all the debt.Which right now seems like the only answer but where do me and my doggy go when u cant work? Hes got me between a rock and a hard spot. I am almost 50 I cant go bankrupt.I even told him that we could work out some sort of deal. He thinks my contributions which have been costly and hard work are worth nothing.