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treatment resistant depression
meems165 posted:
I have had panic and depression off and on for the past 33 years and am at my wits end/ Most anti-depressant drugs work for awhile and I need the highest dose available but that is even true with novacaine for dental work. It seems that since I was diagnosed with breast cancer 9 years ago I haven't been the same. I know how lucky I am to be a survivor and am extremely grateful for that but still feel like I am carrying a cloud around with me. My shrink doesn't seem to care and I have to give him suggestions he usually follows which doesn't seem to faze him. Is this the way it is supposed to be with psychiatrists? There aren't many others around here so I don't know what to do and I am tired of taking pills and don't need shock treatments. Help!

wall_flowers responded:
I wouldn't really consider your depression "treatment resistant,"
It's actually very common that an anti-depressant works for a short time before brain renders an ''immunity'' towards it. I think that you should consider new psychiatrist, or tell yours how you're feeling. There are several other treatments available than just anti-depressants... I suggest researching some more and seeing if you can find anything that sounds helpful... However, in my opinion, I don't believe that severe depression is ''treatable'' or ''curable.'' Because you mentioned breast-cancer it's assumable that yours could be situational. --best of luck
whatsupbuttercup responded:
With therapy in general, a lot of it can be patient driven. This usually means though that the client will say what issues they would like to focus on, and the therapist or psych will offer suggestions for how to fix it. Ultimately though, the client must be ready to do the work to heal with guidance and support from their psych. This being said, it seems like your psychiatrist isn't meeting your needs. Is it possible to find a new one?

Have you done other calming techniques such as meditation and yoga? I find yoga very helpful when I'm depressed. It's a gentle way to focus on my breathing and how my body feels, and also get some physical exercise. Worth a shot if you haven't tried already!

Also, a grief counsellor may be more effective for you!

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