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In short my GP and the last two therapists that I have seen have told me I need medication to get better. I’ve been working with a Psychiatrist since last year and I’ve tried Prozac, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Trintellix, and Lamictal. I’ve had horrible side effects with each one, even at low doses (my Lamictal rash was so bad I had to visit the ER). My psychiatrist doesn’t recommend that I try anything else. I know, right? Meanwhile my therapist and GP are rolling their eyes at me because “it works for everyone else!” Hey, I would love for something to work. Really, I would, but the side effects were so much worse than the depression. The only relief I experienced was getting off of the meds. Even when I was able to take them long enough to feel something it was only emotional blunting, no sense of well-being or anything positive. Any other super-sensitive people out there?

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What is your diagnosis? Anxiety or depression or ? There are quick and effective meds for anxiety, but managing depression takes many trials and you to determine which side effects are ok or not. 

My rule  of-thumb for my life is deal with anxiety first, sleep depravation, then depression, then anything else....... cymbalta was good for me with just a few side effects that go after a couple of weeks. Your pdoc should be ableto guide you, or a pharmacist.....

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Thank you for responding! Major Depressive Disorder is my diagnosis. The only thing that brings me any relief at all is intense exercise, but the meds either take away all motivation to do anything but sit on the couch (Trintellix, Zoloft) or make me so sick that I can’t exercise (Wellbutrin, Prozac). That was why being on the meds was so bad. Not only did they not fix the problem, they took away the only effective form of treatment that I had 😞 My psychiatrist does not think that there is a med out there that will be side-effect free enough to let me exercise. His advice has dried up, and yet my therapist and primary care physician say meds are the only thing that will work. 

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I have had the same experience as you. I have difficulty tolerating antidepressants even at low dosages. Currently I’m on Trintellix and experiencing terrible headaches (just increased my dose from 5mg to 10mg so we’ll see how that goes!) I’ve pretty much tried all of them. I just had some genetic testing done which shows that I have a genetic defect with serotonin transport and also have increased risk of side effects from SSRIs. I think some people just can’t tolerate antidepressants. Maybe you and I are one of these! I wish you luck. How are you doing now?

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I'd been through similar with Paxil, Zoloft and, to my surprise, Prozac (2nd time around that suddenly put my anxiety thru the roof).  For the time being, however, I've been relatively under control on Trazodone.

During the transition period (Prozac - Trazodone) I'd considered GeneSight testing.  Google it.

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Markinthedark, I did the Genesight testing but my doctors keep putting me on the same meds. My issue is horrible headaches, some increased anxiety and increased depression! I’m two weeks in on Trintellix and ready to quit! Everyone is so different in how they respond to these meds. I have a friend on Trintellix and she’s doing great. 

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@Wheredoistart

Hi, I read your post and am also having a terrible time with meds. I would love to connect with you and find out how you’re doing. I’ve been taking Trintellix for just over two weeks and feel absolutely awful. I had my dose increased from 5mg to 10mg a few days ago and feel so much worse. I’ve had bad experiences with almost every med I’ve tried. I also have quite bad depression and anxiety and would love to find something that helps but can’t go on feeling this way. I’m starting to think the answer isn’t in medication. Hope you’re hanging in there. 

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So, you have depression right? Trust me the side effects of meds are really harmful. Why don’t you get an emotional support animal for yourself? The presence of an animal can relax you and divert your mind. Depression can make even the smallest of things challenging. Well do you have a favorite animal?

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On 5/30/2019 at 8:17 AM, Hpal said:

@Wheredoistart

Hi, I read your post and am also having a terrible time with meds. I would love to connect with you and find out how you’re doing. I’ve been taking Trintellix for just over two weeks and feel absolutely awful. I had my dose increased from 5mg to 10mg a few days ago and feel so much worse. I’ve had bad experiences with almost every med I’ve tried. I also have quite bad depression and anxiety and would love to find something that helps but can’t go on feeling this way. I’m starting to think the answer isn’t in medication. Hope you’re hanging in there. 

Trintellix was the absolute worst for me. All it did was cause horrible GI issues, so I’m with you there. I was able to tolerate Sertraline for a couple of months but it didn’t help with the depression at all. It only made me tired and unmotivated. I’m trying escitolapram now, and so far all I’ve felt is anxiety, but it’s better than the migraine that fluoxetine gave me, so that’s something. I guess it’s all about what you are willing to tolerate. Honestly the best thing I ever did for depression was very intense exercise, unfortunately I’m not able to do that level of intense training anymore without serious consequences. I guess it’s a battle that never ends. 

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On 7/23/2019 at 5:41 AM, Andrea Harris said:

 

 

So, you have depression right? Trust me the side effects of meds are really harmful. Why don’t you get an emotional support animal for yourself? The presence of an animal can relax you and divert your mind. Depression can make even the smallest of things challenging. Well do you have a favorite animal?

Hi Andrea, oh yes, I’m well aware that the side effects of these meds are harmful. More than once I’ve told my GP, Phsychiatrist, etc. that it all just feels like poison to me. The only reason I’m trying them at all is because I’ve been bullied into it. Several therapists refused to treat me unless I agreed to take meds. Thankfully (after many attempts) I found a therapist with whom I can connect. Sadly, my living situation will not accommodate pets, but I appreciate the suggestion.

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It always felt like poison to me too.  I tried for years and will never try again.  Medication isn't anything close to where it should be at this point.  You hardly ever hear someone say this pill is great.  You mostly hear complaints from people.

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Aaaaand Lexapro is making my hair fall out. A quick internet search reveals that this is a very uncommon side effect. This is very distressing. I just can’t seem to find a tolerable medication. It feels like everything I try to do makes the depression worse. I can’t stand it.

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On 3/27/2019 at 7:17 PM, Wheredoistart said:

In short my GP and the last two therapists that I have seen have told me I need medication to get better. I’ve been working with a Psychiatrist since last year and I’ve tried Prozac, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, Trintellix, and Lamictal. I’ve had horrible side effects with each one, even at low doses (my Lamictal rash was so bad I had to visit the ER). My psychiatrist doesn’t recommend that I try anything else. I know, right? Meanwhile my therapist and GP are rolling their eyes at me because “it works for everyone else!” Hey, I would love for something to work. Really, I would, but the side effects were so much worse than the depression. The only relief I experienced was getting off of the meds. Even when I was able to take them long enough to feel something it was only emotional blunting, no sense of well-being or anything positive. Any other super-sensitive people out there?

I dont think the medication is the issue. I think you need to work on what makes you depressed. Medication works on the brain, it doesnt do anything to you, emotionally or mentally. It doesnt change your personality. It works with chemicals and "brain juices" It can help you physically in ways, but it doesnt change the mentality. Confront whatever is making you depressed. Work on changing whatever it is and the mental comfort will help you be cured of depression over time. 

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