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Re: Depakote for dysthymia?

Posted by phillybob on January 13, 2001, at 9:39:47

In reply to Depakote for dysthymia?, posted by JahL on January 12, 2001, at 13:51:49

John, I find your following breakdown very interesting: "Anhedonia is often times a completely separate beast from depression. Though it is a core symptom of depression, it can also be a condition all its own."

What would you consider your diagnosis? Have you found long-term success or soley temporary respite with the particular meds that you have suggested for the anhedonia alone or other complementary diagnosis as well? I believe much of this information would be helpful in trying to evaluate next steps for us all. (Now that I've been apprised of what anhedonia is, thanks Jah, I now know the technical jargon for one of my symptoms).

Jah, with the way John had beautifully dissected anhedonia from double depression, etc., I guess, you'd kind of have to figure out whether you'd like to try and attack them both at once, or one at a time or one and then the other? My mood stabilizer trial as monotherapy is an attempt for an even keel (balancing the double depression/dysthymic type symptoms). Hopefully, eventually, I'll be able to partake in pleasure again ... I know thus far, things are less stressful due to them be less depressing and less stable which in some ways is, in fact, more enjoyable.




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