| | Depression, PDD, ADs, and Lab test Qs
A few questions to those of you who have experience or knowledge about ADs and other form of therapy:
What tests were conducted to you (lab work or therapy) before being told that your depression stems from a chemical imbalance?
What is/are the diagnosis/es given to you?
What is/are the mode of treatment/s suggested to you?
Why does AD cause someone to gain weight? Is this because you eat more when you take them, or what?
I recently attended a counseling session a few weeks ago and have seen another counselor just a few days back, both of which agreed that I am suffering from mild depression. They both referred me to a psychiatrist for medication; however, I personally do not advocate the use of medications early on, especially because I do not feel that they have exhausted all means to get to that intervention. Now I understand that medication + therapy works well in most occasions, but for mild depression, I do not see why they would want to rush you into taking the mind-altering ADs... Truthfully, I am a bit (ok, maybe a bit much) leery about taking medications without really knowing what is really causing my depression. Both counselors stated that I am exhibiting symptoms of classic depression (of which I am aware of) and that I am suffering from a chemical imbalance. I must tell you that I am not easily swayed by this opinion, I need proof. Sure they say they are the experts and that I should listen to them, but I honestly believe that if I am going to be given medications, I need to see the hard evidence (blood work and all that would indicate that I indeed suffer from some chemical imbalance). We have discussed that I am also suffering from PDD (premenstrual dysmorphic disorder). Isn't this something that is also diagnosed using lab work? Tell me if I am right or wrong. This is the first time that I am actually pursuing this kind of treatment so you can understand why I am extra cautious.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post and for answering my questions.