Posted , 4 users are following.
I have clinical depression caused by the last general anaeshetic I had in 2010. It was like flicking a switch. I'm not the kind of person to have depression / be depressed, it needed a trigger and the anaesthetic was that trigger for me. My Psychiatrist told me that it happens to about 1 in 100 patients he sees, a side effect possibility which wasn't ever explained to me. I believe ther are two main types of depression. One is circumstance based, e.g. you break up with a girl or something like that and the other is a chemical imbalance in the brain. This is what I call clinical depression and is what I have. My advice is that if your depression is in the first category, put things right, e.g. get a better girlfriend, job, whatever is getting you down take positive steps to put it right. If it's in the second category as mine is, get the right tablets for you and there's only one way, trial and error 'til you find the right one. To cut a very, very long story short, I ended up on Mirtazapine. This helped a lot at first. When I increased the dose as advised, after a few weeks my depression strangely got a lot worse. I now have it self tailored to 2x one half of a 15mg tablet daily and about 7 hours apart the first taken at about 8:30am. It's not perfect but I can cope with this level of depression. Be careful with the Mirtazapine as if you take too much "for you" (we're all different) then it can make matters worse, only in my opinion for that was the case with me. You'll gradually get to know what your dose should be yourself.......the doctors don't understand this low dose I'm on nor how more can make me worse.....my Psychiatrist confirmed this and he's an expert so GP's have no chance! By the way, anyone with depression should not take Statins, again only in my opinion, they do lower mood and when I stopped taking them during a course of anti-biotics (they can't be taken together) my depression got a lot less severe immediately. The GP said that they do lower mood, so why prescribe statins for a patient with depression??
My advice to anyone with depression would be to start doing your family tree, it really does absorb you and takes you out of the depression as you are concentrating so much on finding historic stuff. It also makes you soon realise just how insignificant we all are in the grand scheme of things....when you see all of the people who came before you who are no longer here and realise we're next in line! So make the most of every day.........Ken
3 likes, 8 replies