So good to see you are still posting here,
! As usual, you make some very good points!!
As far as the diuretics go, if an electrolyte imbalance resulting from the diurectic is causing the depression, adequate fluid intake and nutrition may remedy the problem. But based on my own personal experience, some of us just aren't cut out for a diuretic---athletes for instance, and those of us who just sweat alot.
I don't want to give diuretics a bad name as they can be wonderful, effective, and inexpensive meds...but other meds may have fewer side effects for some of us.
Diuretics are only one class of about 5, is it??, families of antihypertensive blood pressure medication. Before getting a new rx from the doctor, I would tell the doc that I had problems with depression with some meds. When the doc gives you a new rx, BEFORE having it filled, check with the pharmacist and do some reading to see if depression is a side effect. If it is, have the pharmacist call the doc and write a new rx for something else.
Again, from personal experience, for me, a beta blocker (atenolol) caused me the fastest onset, most intense depression I had ever experienced...but it went away completely about 6 weeks after discoing the med.