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Re: Struggling without medication ╗ Alara

Posted by BrittPark on October 15, 2002, at 11:42:24

In reply to Struggling without medication, posted by Alara on October 15, 2002, at 6:51:52

I'm sorry you're feeling so bad. I concur with Bill L. You need to get back on appropriate medication. An antidepressant at least, probably not Effexor since it had stopped working for you. You could try an SSRI, or perhaps Wellbutrin which is activating and therefore might be more helpful for your Atypical Depression presentation. If you give your antidepressant a fair trial (4-8 week) and are not responding or only partially responding consider augmentation with a stimulant, anti-epileptic (Lamictal seems to producing good results for a lot of people on this board), a second antidepressant of another class, T3, or an atypical AP.

You will be able to find a treatment that works for you.

One last word, don't be afraid of APs. When used as augmentation agents for antidepressants, small doses are given and the risk of Tardive Diskenesia is low. For some people, not necessarily you, they are life savers. Also, if possible see a psychiatrist rather than a GP. GPs on average don't have the expertise to treat depression as well as psychiatrists.

Feel better,

Britt


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