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Sat, May 11 10:17pm · Anxiety attacks in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @worbington5 – First things first. I would suggest you have a medical to rule out anything physical .If everything is okay then you could discuss next step(s) with the doctor. In the event that he feels you are having anxiety attacks it is important to know that these are nervous symptoms and while they are distressing they are NOT dangerous and there are various ways to deal with them.
best wishes
Ainsleigh

Fri, May 10 8:00pm · Lost Hope, Last Resorts... in Mental Health

@tricks– Yes- my Grandson took the genetic test.It indicated he was on the wrong medication .His doctor weaned him off and put him on one in the category the test indicated was good for him.
Hang in there!
Best wishes
Ainsleigh

Fri, May 10 3:33pm · Lost Hope, Last Resorts... in Mental Health

@tricks– Hi Robbie- My heart aches for you for all you have and are going through! No wonder that you are discouraged- anyone would be !
Have you undergone genetic testing for psychiatric medications? If not I would suggest you do that. Also I would try the Ketamine and then if necessary the ECT. It seems theses treatments have helped some people who have not had success with others. Don't give up there is still hope!
Best wishes
Ainsleigh

Wed, Apr 3 6:35pm · Why Genetic Testing for Mental Health Meds is Important in Depression & Anxiety

hi mpm1- We used CAMH (Canadian Association for Mental Health). Their Impact Study re genes and medications was free.( If some places charge
insurance plans may cover the cost.) It did tell which meds would work best as well as if it could be negative.
Ainsleigh

Wed, Apr 3 1:45pm · Teenager tried to overdose in Mental Health

Hi again @kaybird– I have been thinking about the fact that the doctors are not optimistic and this is how it is. Frankly I am appalled that they seem to have given up. I think that giving up is NOT the way to go. I would search out every possible way of dealing with her illness even ECT if that has not been tried. I would go through every post on depression and anxiety and mental health on Connect. I would also research these subjects at any other site I could find eg Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins etc. Research is how I found out about the genetic testing which was news to our family. If possible I would look for a doctor who will not give up on her.
With very best wishes
Ainsleigh

Wed, Apr 3 10:21am · ~ My kids ~ in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @merpreb– Here is my suggestion for what it is worth. Write a letter to each of your children with whatever information you would like them to have. Put it in sealed envelopes, give it to them and tell them it is there for them if and when they are ready.
Best wishes
Ainsleigh

Tue, Apr 2 4:16pm · Why Genetic Testing for Mental Health Meds is Important in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @cookie6845– In the case of my Grandson it was done through CAMH in Toronto (Impact Study) and was free. It showed he was on the wrong med. and as a result is now on a correct one for him so it was well worthwhile and he seems to be doing well.
Best wishes
Ainsleigh

Tue, Apr 2 11:16am · Teenager tried to overdose in Mental Health

Hi @kaybird– I would suggest that you try to get genetic testing done asap to find an appropriate medication. My Grandson was on the wrong one until we did that and is now on a right one. Also he went for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and said he found it helpful. If you need to ask me about the gene testing do not hesitate.
Best Wishes
Ainsleigh