drug-resistant depression (DRD)

Posted by godsgirl1969 @godsgirl1969, Jan 16, 2018

I apparently have drug resistant depression : I have been on antidepressants for 20+ years some helped for awhile and now it seems like nothing helps. I also talk to a therapist once a week talking helps a little at least for that day. I am really wanting some insight from others that have struggled with this. I have been looking into ketamine injections or transcranial magnetic stimulation? Has anyone out there tried either of these and if so I would love to hear the effects it had? I’m tired of crying and tired of trying to get through every day!

@godsgirl1969

Has anyone tried Abilify? My Dr. wants me to start on this along with Effexor xr

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@godsgirl1969 I have a friend that swears by Trintellix.

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@jimhd

@charlie75 @godsgirl1969

I’m alive today thanks to good therapists and psychiatrists and the meds they’ve prescribed. I tried a string of meds and landed on Wellbutrin for my antidepressant and Klonopin for anxiety. Abilify didn’t do anything for me, but it helps many people. There’s a cheaper alternative. I recently started taking Mirtazapine as a secondary medication for depression, and it’s helped. It’s quite common to take a combination of antidepressants to achieve mental stability. I take pain meds, as well.

Jim

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@jimhd Hello Jim. May I ask how you found your good therapist and phychiatrist?

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@charlie75

Hi DRD,
I can understand your situation as I’ve done a lot of research on medicines, etc, and how the meds treat different types of mental illnesses. Since I have no idea what your diagnosis might be, it is difficult to discuss treatment options. I have bi-polar 1, and I’ve tried to play doctor and treat myself. I would research different drugs and then discuss the drugs with my Doctor and most of the time he would change my meds. and then I would find myself in a worse situation. My Doctor had recommended a mood stabilizer sometime ago, and I nixed that idea due to the stigma of taking that type of drug. I finally found myself in a psych hospital and feeling suicidal. I decided to quit playing Doctor and listen to my Doctor. My Doctor prescribed a lesser dose of antidepressants and added the mood stabilizer. I have responded to this medicine and haven’t experienced the highs and/or lows that had filled my life for so many years. I hope you can find a solution that works for you.
charlie75

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Have you considered looking into Genetic Testing for Psychotropic Medications and also Cognitive Behaviour Therapy? I would try those.
Best wishes
Ainsleigh

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