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I have been on so many antidepressants over the past 35 years

Posted by @pj1959, Feb 27, 2016

I have been on so many antidepressants over the past 35 years and nothing seems to help.
All I want is to feel normal again.
I can’t stop the racing thoughts.
I am now on 100mg of Sertraline but it isn’t doing its thing.
I just need to know other people are having these same issues and that I am not alone.

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Hi @pj1959. Welcome to Connect! You are certainly not alone. It can be difficult to find the right combination of meds, though I know the process can be really frustrating! Do you have a psychiatrist you feel you can trust? Are you also seeing a therapist? I’m tagging @mlemieux, @joeallen, @barsta, @airtruck54 and @afterthetreatment who have also mentioned struggles with depression in the past and may be able to offer some support! Hoping you find the community you need here. We are here for you!

Can someone talk to me PLEASE

Hi @pj1959,

Sorry it took me so long to respond. I was admitted to the hospital for other unrelated illnesses…

I know exactly what you’re going through. Many years ago, I too went through a number of antidepressants with no effect. Due to being on medications for most of my life, new meds don’t perform as they would normally on others. I’ll bet after 35 years, this is a similar situation you’re facing as well.

If I may, what if any, have specialists said that was the source of your depression?

Have you tried meditation? Local help groups? Home remedies?

My mind used to race all the time, In-fact, I would be up all night because I couldn’t calm my mind. The only thing that’s helped so far is changes in my diet, and daily meditation. Home remedies help as well, for example aromatherapy (incense, etc.).

Anything you can tell us about how you’ve tried to cope with your depression can greatly help. You are not alone, I promise.

Regards,
Martin

Hey @pj1959! I wanted to check in and see how you are doing? Did it help to know you are not alone in this? We are all here for you!

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and I find that the concept of Mindfulness works well with patients who have a long-standing history of depression. This Cognitive Behavioral Theory encourages patients to live in the moment, and can be very effective.

@kelseydm

Hi @pj1959. Welcome to Connect! You are certainly not alone. It can be difficult to find the right combination of meds, though I know the process can be really frustrating! Do you have a psychiatrist you feel you can trust? Are you also seeing a therapist? I’m tagging @mlemieux, @joeallen, @barsta, @airtruck54 and @afterthetreatment who have also mentioned struggles with depression in the past and may be able to offer some support! Hoping you find the community you need here. We are here for you!

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I hope this info will help. Mayo in Rochester has a PGx/Genetic test that helps find medications that may work better for you. They test 12 Genes that can tell you medications that may work better for you.

I feel your frustration like millions of people. The PGx testing is amazing. We offer this to all our patients in my Home Health Care practice and has been very succesful. It is covered by most insurace companies so I recommend it highly.

I too have tried just about any anti-depressant out there since the age of 13. I can say I most always hold on to hope for the present and future for new developments. Today I read about keratine again which is being researched. It works in hours or 1 day to relieve depression not like the 10 weeks it can take for some antidepressants. I also use alternative therapies like mindfulness and music therapy. I sit under a sum lamp daily which my dr also believes helps.

Hang in there and pls stay connected.

@jbyrd

I too have tried just about any anti-depressant out there since the age of 13. I can say I most always hold on to hope for the present and future for new developments. Today I read about keratine again which is being researched. It works in hours or 1 day to relieve depression not like the 10 weeks it can take for some antidepressants. I also use alternative therapies like mindfulness and music therapy. I sit under a sum lamp daily which my dr also believes helps.

Hang in there and pls stay connected.

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Ketamine?

I just joined this site and saw your post. I had gene testing done and it was interesting to see how the different medications will work with my gene type. I too have been on so many different types of antidepressants and none really worked that well. I just started taking 100mg of Wellbrutin SR a few weeks ago. I haven’t had any negative side effects so far but it will take a few more weeks to see if it is helping at all. I suffer from major depressive disorder.

New to this site as well. I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember. Towards the winter is when it is usually the worst and when spring/summer comes I get some sun and this seems to alleviate it. But this year I cannot shake it even with the med I am taking. Sertraline HCL 50 mg. I am just barely functioning. just wanting to lay around and sleep. Cannot really afford therapist. wondering I f anyone out there can steer me towards solutions. anyone using supplements that may work. I am at a complete loss at this point. It sometimes get so bad I can feel the anxiety in the pit of my stomach. To all out there suffering I truly understand how everyday living can be so trying. Thanks to anyone in advance that has any suggestions. If I find anything I will be sure to post here as well. Best wishes to all!

Hi @kari_a. Welcome to Connect!

That gene testing is so interesting! Is that where they got the idea to put you on Wellbutrin? Can you share some info on the others meds you have tried and your experience with them?

I’m tagging @twinklejem, @robynjac1, @lizzieanne and @dwjohn who all have experience with Wellbutrin and @towanda, @catw1101, @ejean and @oplifetrials who all have experience with major depressive disorder.

You may also find this post interesting: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-do-you-do-for-major-and-socially-phobic-depression-and-anxiety/

@djabber

New to this site as well. I have suffered from depression for as long as I can remember. Towards the winter is when it is usually the worst and when spring/summer comes I get some sun and this seems to alleviate it. But this year I cannot shake it even with the med I am taking. Sertraline HCL 50 mg. I am just barely functioning. just wanting to lay around and sleep. Cannot really afford therapist. wondering I f anyone out there can steer me towards solutions. anyone using supplements that may work. I am at a complete loss at this point. It sometimes get so bad I can feel the anxiety in the pit of my stomach. To all out there suffering I truly understand how everyday living can be so trying. Thanks to anyone in advance that has any suggestions. If I find anything I will be sure to post here as well. Best wishes to all!

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Hi @djabber. Nice to have join our Connect community! Sorry to hear this summer is particularly difficult for you. I suffer from seasonal depression as well, so I get it. Have you talked to your doctor about upping your dose or trying a new medication? You may also ask if there are low cost therapy options in your area. Sometimes psychology students or community mental health facilities offer discounted therapy… worth checking out.

Also, I hate to say it because I have a hard time taking my own advice, but exercise and getting outdoors really does help. Try to resist the urge to couch it even though I know that is so hard when you feel so down.

Glad you are here!

@kari_a

I just joined this site and saw your post. I had gene testing done and it was interesting to see how the different medications will work with my gene type. I too have been on so many different types of antidepressants and none really worked that well. I just started taking 100mg of Wellbrutin SR a few weeks ago. I haven’t had any negative side effects so far but it will take a few more weeks to see if it is helping at all. I suffer from major depressive disorder.

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@dawn_giacabazi I know you are a big advocate for gene testing! Anything to share with @kari_a ?

Thank you @kelseydm I will definitely check to see if there are any lost cost options available in my area. Also my next visit to my doctor I will have to address my concerns. Thank you responding so quickly!

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