Re: 2 questions
The meds are suppose to make you feel "normal" on a daily business, I have days for what ever reasons one of my meds or more are off I don't feel right. Each med is going to effect people differently so it is really hard to say. I take six different prescription meds daily to reach an almost daily level of productivity. Now on the same hand when I hit a rough patch I know something is not right and I have to be really concious of my actions so I do not do anything stupid (I have self harm issues) but the meds are suppose to keep the bads not so bad but at the same time your goods are not as great as they should be.
What happens when the meds don't work. There is therapy, alternative medicine, ECT, VNS - this one is still pretty new, light therapy. Some doctors will insist the meds will work by adding more meds to the mix. A lot of people here take more than one med.
hope this helps
Major Depressive Disorder With Psychotic Features
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder