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October 6, 2015 10:12am CST
medications I have taken. This is after a life time of chaos, depression, panic, anxiety, etc. and no medication helping me that much or for very long. I was diagnosed with severe depression with panic attacks some time in 2006. ( I took a early retirement in 2007) Since then I have tried these anti-depressants and sleep aids: Paxill Wellibutrin Effexor XR Provigil Cymbalta Lunestar Lamictal Zoloft Remeron Trazadone Citalopram Pristiq (Spring of 2014) Lithium (Spring of 2014) I have been trying different medications since the early 90's due to one form or another of depression. I feel I have been depressed for as long as I can remember. I finally had a psychiatrist diagnose me around 2006 and put me on Remeron at that time. Nothing else has helped me any. The Remeron is mostly for the panic attacks which are much more acute without it. I got the DNA (genomic) testing in 2014 and the last two meds listed were what it listed that would be best for me. I took them for several months with no change in mood what so ever. This has been very frustrating for me. To have nothing help is horrible. I now just take the Remeron and it helps the panic attacks and I feel more balanced when on it and am even less apt to have the attacks while on it. The side effects have been the only thing I have felt. I have given up and I just take the Remeron and do some bio feedback techniques and that is all.
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• Boise, Idaho
6 Oct 15
Not really. I live with it every day. Fall and Winter are the worst. I have the seasonal disorder too so it is worse in the dark months. I am less sensitive to the panic attacks and anxiety while I am on the Remeron. But it doesn't do much for my mood.
• Defiance, Ohio
6 Oct 15
I have taken three of those medications. I can't afford to pay for my meds. So, I don't take them any longer. Pristiq was the only one that worked for me. I moved to Ohio from Florida and the Ohio doctors refused to give it to me. Even when I asked. As it not only helped my depression, but at the time was being studied to help with my nerve pain in my right calf.
• United Kingdom
6 Oct 15
That's terrible, it sounds as though you've tried just about everything the medical profession can throw at the problem. Have you tried any other approaches? It may sound silly but many people find that more time outdoors benefits their mental health. Gardening has been shown to help, or for some people working with animals. Is there any way you could get involved in something like that?
• Pea Ridge, Arkansas
7 Oct 15
I have this problem too, the meds helped my mood a lot but they made me sick too. Maybe a more natural medicine could help. Do you know where the old saying stop and smell the roses came from? It's because the scent of rose release chemicals in the brain that improve the mood making you happy. Lavender oil will help to improve the mood as well as lemon balm. You can add them to your diet or simply smelling them will help. I use lavender oil daily. I add it to my bath water, drip some on my wrists, I even pour some down my back as it helps with pain too.. lack of sleep can add to depression too. For this i drink passion flower tea, passion flower works best for me some people prefer camolmell or jasmine. I read an article stating that magnesium deficiency leads to a lot of these problems, unfortunately there is not yet a test for it.
• Boise, Idaho
8 Oct 15
I have tried St. John's and a couple of others. The natural ones are very expensive. You have to use so much of it to get any help. Some people build up a resistance and then they have to use more. Etc. They are more helpful, for me anyway, in relaxing me and helping me with the anxiety. Seems like a lot of help for that but not the depression.
• United States
7 Oct 15
I tried a few of those, as has my husband. They had bad side effects on him. I tried one that worked really good at first, but then wore off quickly and I felt like normal again. I was really hoping the effects would have lasted longer because that felt great! I'm not on any medications now.. I just try to deal with things.