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Re: Just want to feel alive again losing hope FrustratedMama

Posted by SLS on October 18, 2011, at 5:43:56

In reply to Just want to feel alive again losing hope, posted by FrustratedMama on October 16, 2011, at 20:49:27

> Med after med after med ... Trying to survive is getting harder by the day and although the medication helps me get to work that's all it does. No enjoyment anymore - angry and tired all the time.

I know the feeling.

Please keep fighting. I know how much of a challenge it is to remain hopeful in the face of mounting treatment failures. I bet there are quite a few combinations that you have not tried. For some people, multiple drug actions are necessary to produce a therapeutic response. Unfortunately, Wellbutrin makes me feel worse, but a great many people respond to drug combinations that include it. I wonder how well a combination of Wellbutrin + (Zoloft or Effexor) + nortriptyline would work. Effexor + nortriptyline produced a partial response for me. However, I was taking only 1/2 the amount of nortriptyline that I discovered was necessary for me to obtain therapeutic blood levels. Right now, I place a certain amount of hope in the idea of revisiting this combination, but using the higher dosage of nortriptyline. It is simply something that I have not tried yet.

Right now, my partial response to the addition of Viibryd to my treatment regime is inadequate. I am not placing too much hope on its working. Logically, I cannot exclude the possibility that it will still produce a robust response with continued treatment. I have been taking Viibryd for 23 days. Antidepressants often take longer than this to work. My doctor mentioned that, in his experience, Viibryd can take longer to work than other antidepressants. I hope that he is right.

I get depressed about being depressed, too. The first depression is a normal reaction to having the abnormal condition of the latter. I make it an imperative to battle the first so as not to make worse the second. Besides, any kind of depression is a miserable experience. Since I have some control over depression #1, I know that it is not futile to process the issues that cause it. So far, I have been pretty lucky in my ability to resolve situational depression; the situation being that I have a stubborn case of a biological depression (bipolar).

Currently:

Viibryd 40mg
nortriptyline 150mg
Lamictal 200mg
Abilify 10mg
lithium 300mg


- Scott


Some see things as they are and ask why.
I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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