Hello board! I've read through some of your posts and they have been encouraging.
However, I am still concerned that AD's do not work for me.
I was prescribed Celexa, stuck with it for 3+ weeks and felt nothing but nausea.
So I switched to Wellbutrin. The good news was there were no side effects, the bad news
is that I didn't feel any better. I stayed with this, on a fairly large dose, for 3 weeks.
Has anyone else had a similar experience?
They say that AD's work 80% of the time.
What if I'm in that 20%?
In your experience is the number for those it works for bogus? Maybe they just haven't found the "right" one yet?
I'm not sure what you mean by " works ". If you mean they make you feel 100% then I'm sorry but really none of them do that. Some of them can take 4 to 6 weeks to give benefits. Your doctor is the best source of info for this.
What they are designed to do is to stabilise our moods, depression, anxiety and anger to a point where we can start taking some control of our lives again. And get to a stage that we do not rely on drugs anymore.
A/D's do work in that regard. But it is up to us to learn how to take over from the anti d's.
We are all in the drug resistant category until we learn to think positively ( that's the hard part of course ).
Well, 4 weeks is a standard "full trial." But anyway, you've only tried two ADs so far. If Tricyclics don't work then one might worry ... but Wellbutrin and Celexa are far from the end of the road for ADs. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
BTW Joe B I don't need any "mood stabilization" personally, I need mood elavation. My mood is very stabley seated in the "unhappy" position. :P Also some of us have chronic depression and probably will be on meds our whole life, but that doesn't bother me much.
I really think you stopped the Celexa too soon.Whe I first started taking prozac I was getting real discouraged because it wasn't working at 3 weeks, then at 4 and a half weeks it kicked in and I was so happy that I didn't give up at 3 weeks.Maybe you should try the prozac.Good luck.
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First of all, there ARE med(s) out there that will work for you. I know how frustrating it is, but there is a "right" med for you, you & your doc just have to find it.
I spent 2 years in a severe, suicidal depression, was on 5 different meds, all made me worse & gain major weight & one made me suicidal.
I check myself into a Mental Health Crisis Unit & the docs there got my meds RIGHT and between the meds & the therapy program that I am in (also thru county mental health), I am recovering. 5 weeks ago I had a gun in my lap and now I'm much better and moving towards wellness.
Don't give up. If you're going to a GP, try a psychiatrist, they are the experts with these meds.
I've trisd 5 diffrent Ad's this year alone and I have had to stop for various reasons,but I know that there are so many Ad's available now,so I will find one that helps!Are you in any type of therapy?This helps alot too!Don't give up,you'll find something to help,but you are the only thing that can make you get better!Kristi
Chas here in England. Don't give up hope. There's a whole host of anti-depressants out there to try (I'm about to go onto my ninth one!). Have you ever tried therapy? I've had CBT and counselling. My counsellor today suggested that I buy some funny videos to watch, so I went out and spent £80 on comedies to try and make me feel better. Only thing now is that I can't be bothered to put them in the video recorder to watch them!!!!.... but atleast I know they're there if I feel the need to have a laugh. May sound silly but it's just a suggestion to help you get through the day. Just hang on in there. Thinking of you.