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Re: Atypical depression vetted out of studies? Ines

Posted by FredPotter on March 18, 2007, at 7:03:52

In reply to Re: Atypical depression vetted out of studies? River1924, posted by Ines on March 18, 2007, at 4:53:41

Ines well I'm not convinced that my GP recognises atypical depression either but my pharmacist does and he knows that MAOIs are best for it. Which is why I'm going through the throes of effexor withdrawal so I can start on Nardil after 7 days.

Atypical depression for me is pretty bad and goes hand-in-hand with anxiety. But being atypical doesn't mean I have any insight into it. Also anger against treatments that don't work and their apologists, and anger against people who's sum total of suffering is a sprained wrist or hayfever. A friend is recovering from a hip replacement and my! how the queue stretches up her path to her door! I'm there too as she needs practical help. But no-one comes to my door. How about you? The stigma has gone they say. I believe it's just not spoken out loud anymore.

Atypical for me also means sleeping too much, generally saved till the weekend when I can get my "natural" 12 hours. But that may have been Effexor, as now during withdrawal I either don't sleep at all or I dip in and out of shallow dreams in which I cry, to awaken with encrusted eyes. It also means sleepiness in the day and limbs and brain cells that feel like lead. I don't hyperphage though (why don't they say over-eat?)

Now what the hell was I talking about? Yes - atypical depression responds to MAOIs like Nardil and Parnate, though Moclobemide doesn't tend to work well. The downside of these is they cause anorgasmia and other sexual difficulty and you have to cut out all your favourite foods like pickled herring (?), broad pean pods (?) etc and weight gain can occur although I'm hoping the lift of the depression will lead to a more active lifestyle. One thing that (almost) annoys me is my ability to chirp up when conversing with people. This confirms to them there's nothing wrong with me.

I forget where we started now. All the best to you and let me know how you get on. Yes atypical depression constitutes 40% of all depression including bipolar tell your GP




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