ARE YOUR MEDS HELPING OR HINDERING YOUR DEPRESSION?

Posted by grandmaR @grandmar, Apr 23, 2019

Good Morning All!

I was cleaning out my saved messages this morning when I came across an article I was saving to share with my doc.
I might have shared it with you before, can't remember.
Even if I did, I think it is worth another share.
Many of us are on multiple meds for multiple conditions.
Although they might be helping for that specific ailment, can we be sure that it is not having an impact on our mental health?????
As I re-read this, I realized WHY I kept this article; I am taking many of the meds on this list (for other ailments).
Can these meds not only make my anxiety worse, but impact my ability to wean down from my Effexor?
Food for thought.

Have a happy mental health day………..
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)
https://www.aarp.org/health/drugs-supplements/info-2019/depression-side-effects-prescription-drugs.html?cmp=EMC-DSO-NLC-WBLTR—NMCTRL-031519-F1-3638047&ET_CID=3638047&ET_RID=8426170&mi_u=8426170&mi_ecmp=20190315_Webletter_NM_CTRL_Winner_685000_1009402&encparam=JhroBFvDhdqKSRvuiZYWnFU93kHt%2fyyxTjsBbtXPqkE%3d

Nearly any medication can do this. I was recently on an antibiotic which has affected my gut flora and my mood. Takes a while to get things back in sync. When this happens I use a quality probiotic. It helps me.

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@gingerw

It is my humble opinion that medications may help or hinder depression. There are so many different medications these days for the same diagnosis and my belief is that because each body can react differently to the same medication you have to have a variety. Sometimes it's a matter of trial and error to find the right combination. I do agree there are pharmaceutical companies that will give a bonus to doctors or clinics or hospitals if they promote a specific drug. I've seen it happen and it's shameful.
Ginger

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@gingerw I have seen this too. Yes, it is shameful. Grrrrrr.

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For me, lexapro 20mg is helping a lot more than the previous 3 that I tried. There's another secret that most of you already know about meds. I try to exercise/walk or go to community center for 1 1/2 and work out. I also go you 2 men's meeting a week to talk about different subjects. I have tried talk therapy but I first found out that I have to get rid of the anxiety attacks and the overwhelming anxiety of every event in my life. So, in conclusion, THE right
med for you will work but it needs to be supplemented with exercise, talk therapy, yoga, etc, etc so that your body endorphins also are generated. Your body knows what to do. Keep working with what works for you.

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@stsopoci

For me, lexapro 20mg is helping a lot more than the previous 3 that I tried. There's another secret that most of you already know about meds. I try to exercise/walk or go to community center for 1 1/2 and work out. I also go you 2 men's meeting a week to talk about different subjects. I have tried talk therapy but I first found out that I have to get rid of the anxiety attacks and the overwhelming anxiety of every event in my life. So, in conclusion, THE right
med for you will work but it needs to be supplemented with exercise, talk therapy, yoga, etc, etc so that your body endorphins also are generated. Your body knows what to do. Keep working with what works for you.

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@stsopoci You have expressed well what has worked for you, thank you. I agree that each person finds the best combination. Never be afraid to try different things to find to reach the comfort level that you feel the best with.
Ginger

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