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Re: depression, etc. » Elizabeth

Posted by sid on February 9, 2002, at 9:03:21

In reply to Re: depression, etc. » sid, posted by Elizabeth on February 9, 2002, at 0:13:32

> > Saw my doc today. She gave me something to help me sleep (fall asleep, has 4 hours of effect only)
> Ambien? Halcion? (Don't make me play this guessing game. :-} )


> > Wel,, she was recommended to me by 2 people she treated for depression, and I notice in her waiting room, there's a lot of info on mental diseases. She may not be exceptional, but it seems like people go to her a lot for depression.
> A lot of people go to their GPs for depression. HMOs don't like specialists. I don't think most GPs have much experience treating very severe mental disorders like agitated, psychotic, or melancholic depression, bipolar I, schizophrenia, etc. (Bipolar II is apparently such an all-encompassing category that I'm sure that GPs are now diagnosing and treating it.)

Well, I'm in Canada and thank God we don't have HMOs. We can go to any doc we want too. So some GPs kind of specialize through experience and interest. For e.g., my obgyn is really a GP, but all she does is obgyn. She refers you to a real obgyn if needed, but otherwise, I deal with her. And this GP I go to for my depression treats a lot of people for mental illnesses. Of course she'd refer me to a pdoc if my case became more complicated than it is now. I used to have another gp whom I'd go to for colds, the flu or a sprained ankle, but I didn't feel at ease to go to him for my depression - he knows my entire family and that would have been weird. Plus, I'm not sure he has that much experience with depression. Anyway... all this to say the situation here is a bit different than in the US.

> > I never took any drug before except aspirin, birth control pills or antibiotics.
> Do you think that had anything to do with your initial reaction to Effexor?

From what I read here, the more ADs you took before, the less effect they seem to have. So yes, it might have something to do with my initial reaction to Effexor and the fact that it's effective, even at a low dose. I may be wrong here, but that's something I picked up on by reading posts and reading about ADs in general (although I limited that to a minimum).

> BTW, birth control pills gave me a really bad time (depression relapsed while on Parnate). So I don't think those are necessarily lightweight drugs!

I know, I had to switch brand last spring because I was getting depressive on Diane-35. What I meant is I never took benzos or ADs before. And I've been taking birth control pills recently only (past year) because of major PMS (suicidal 3 days per month).

> "Psychomotricity?" Is that a word? :-)

It is in French anyway. I freely translate sometimes. Psychomotricité.

> Constipation is pretty difficult to manage.

Del Montes's prunes in juice work well for me. Oh, and humongous, delicious navel oranges. They're expensive, but MMMMMMMM they're good!

> Yeah, one day we'll all reach OK. (I wonder if the Oklahomans are ready for us? :-} )

lololololol !

Take care, elizabeth. And take your meds. :-)

- sid




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