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10 hours ago · ARE YOUR MEDS HELPING OR HINDERING YOUR DEPRESSION? in Depression & Anxiety

This discipline in the practice of medicine is truly a “practice”, and the fact that any drug therapy or psychotherapy works is an exercise in the unknown. I’ve been dealing with depression/anxiety for over 30 years, a genetic gift from a parent. I have tried too many medications than I wish to enumerate, some worked, others recently put me on the brink of Suicide. I have had psychotherapy with pastoral counselors, psychologists , social workers and psychiatrists. The benefits are all over the board. We have humans, dealing with humans, and the human brain is neither predictable or understood. I’m doing the best I can, and it is not bad as I write this. I am 71 years old. I will do what I can. I am convinced that only the end of my normal cycle of life will afford me the peace which has been so elusive in my life. Heaven help those who are stifled by the societal stigma, the money to get help, or a condition which doesn’t let them know there is an issue to begin with.

1 day ago · Brintellix in Depression & Anxiety

Curious as well. I want someone to have a wonderful experience to offset my difficulty. My beloved bride characterized me as meaner than a snake while taking it. I am held in better stead around the house these days. Prozac is an older drug, and I am and older patient. Perhaps we have reached equilibrium…

Fri, Mar 29 6:16am · depression/anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

Time to see a different radiology clinic. I had a tumor removed at Mayo 60 years ago. My parents had been told by the local surgeon that I had a tumor in both ears, and were understandably distressed. Had the exam at Mayo, and the second tumor turned out to be a shadow on a poorly executed x-ray. Only one surgery, and great relief. I pray that you take advantage of a second opinion.

Tue, Mar 26 7:35pm · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

My apologies. I didn't wish to sound dismissive, nor group everyone under the same tent. I think you may concede that there are those, for what they believe to be their own good and sufficient reasons, feel the need to self un-medicate to their own peril. I have changed anti-depressants several times, and the last experience was truly unpleasant. Trintillix did not serve me well, but a change from that to Prozac seems to have done well. As for Klonopin, i will continue and count my blessings. My best to you and all those who are experiencing issues which are drug driven as you seek to establish some equilibrium in your lives. My apologies again should my remarks be offensive to anyone.

Tue, Mar 26 8:39am · Klonopin taper in Depression & Anxiety

I’ve been taking Klonopin in various dosages for over 25 years, and have no idea why I would wish to stop. Ideally, I would like to not have to take any medication, but there are good reasons for that which has been prescribed. I am not calling out those whose physicians present a valid medical reason to taper off Klonopin or any other drug. I do observe that many of us for whom anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications are appropriate that there is a desire to stop, often without medical supervision. I don’t understand why.

Sat, Mar 23 8:45am · When Depression "Flares" in Depression & Anxiety

The best way I have found when depression visits, is to just go with it. You know what it is, and you know it won’t stay and you’ll get through it. I don’t discount the physical issues, and if concerning enough, certainly have your vitals checked. Chances are the physical and emotional are linked, but be sure you are comfortable with the relationship.

Mon, Mar 18 8:26am · MEDICATIONS, HELP OR HINDER?? in Depression & Anxiety

Medicine has what they have to take care of issues. Some may or may not contribute to depression. Many of these meds keep us going, depression or not. Depression & anxiety are a part of many of us, and more than many will admit. It has to be dealt with, and the social stigma silenced. Therapeutic doses of meds for other conditions are what keep people alive.

Tue, Feb 12 6:26am · Cholesteatoma in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

Cholesteatoma tumor? I had a tumor of a similar name in the mastoid area of my ear removed at the Mayo Clinic when I was 10. I’m 71 now, and have had no issue. Memory serves me that this tumor, as most of its type, was benign.