severe depression

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Im suffering really bad at the moment and i cant get myself out of it i dont no what to do or where to turn any help will be appreciated. I have seen my doctor a few times and have tablets but this hasnt seemed to help

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    Hi kev. May I suggest going back to your gp and telling them your medication isn't working? There's a lot of different types out there... The ones your one are obviously no use to you. Also maybe ask about some counselling, sometimes talking about things can help.
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    I've been feeling lousy for months.  My NP and I started a shift from one ad to another(fluoxetine).  I noticed a slight improvement finally as the transitiion continues and  see room for actions which could improve me even more in this.  It takes some time and doing but it's possible to get past all this.  I'm doing it with meds but some people find a combination of meds and therapy helps.  I guess the important factor is patience.
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    Sometimes i feel like i might have bipolar as my mood seems to have drastic cganges all the time but at the moment nothing seems to make me happy
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      Wow. I cannot give you more advice. It's all been said already. But I can reassure you that if your mood swings are as rapid as you say, it is unlikely that you have bipolar. Mood swings with bipolar are much slower and last for weeks at a time.
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    Perhaps the tablets you have been prescribed are not the ones for you.  It can take time to find the right anti depressant that suits us.  I had depression for 30 years and in that time was on many different anti depressants.  We are all uniquye, and what suits one person may not suit another.

    If you have been taking the tablets for a long time and you feel no better, then go back to your doctor and tell them. 

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    Hello, I can really relate to this. I do am feeling the same, tried so many different tablets, none seem to help. Started CBT which is not an instant thing. Question to others as well, how long do u leave it until you move onto next meds? It is just a very tough illness. Not on your own x
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      I think Dr's usually suggest trying the meds for six weeks before re-evaluating. Some Dr's depending on what you are prescribed, will up the dosage in two weeks. Usually, Dr's will try to increase a dose till a therapeutic level is reached, and if a dosage is increased with no signs of symptoms easing they then might suggest trying something different. Also the dosage you are initially given depends on the severity of your symptoms (IMO). For example, I first started seroxat (paroxetine) on 20mg, this worked well for me for  a period of years. But I think I grew a tollerance for it. The seroxat was then upped to 40mg then 60mg etc over a period of months -I did have a measure of relief from the dosage increase but not enought to live 'normally'. I was then switched to Citalopram 20mg etc, no good so then dosage increase etc etc, until I went through several SSRI's over a period of probably a couple of years. (Started at 14 yrs old and I'm now 31) At this point the Dr's then tried me on venlafaxine and then cymbalta, but the dosage they recommend is lower than what a psychiatrist can prescribe.So I referred to the Mental Health specialists and they prescribed venlafaxine on a higher dose, with no releif, so switched to cymbalta, higher dosage, same again, then MHS try combo's of ad-on meds to boost the effect of the AD. I was on cymbalta 120mg and taking olanzipine which did nothing. So cymbalta then trazadone etc, and it goes on. I had a period of the Dr's saying perhaps my depression was event related and I should try CBT or yoga (LMAO).  Eventually, after some arguements and a compassionate Pdoc I was put on a tricyclic (again I started on 70mg of lofepramine, I now take 280mg)and am now much better. I wish they had tried me on this earlier. Sorry for the lengthly reply, but hope some of this helps?
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    Hi, can I ask what medication you currently take? What you have been prescribed before? How long you have been on the current medication and on what dosage?
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      Hi, i am currently taking citolapram in the morning and amertryptiline in the evening i havnt had any others as i keep going to the doctors and they say give it time but it has been 4 months
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      These things do take time, but really it's down to how bad your feeling that should negate what they do about the dosages and also the dr and how they view treatement.

      For example if you just feel generally low with no motivation, but still get up ok and still do some normal things and have some interests, it may be that they see your depression as not too bad and so treat you with a low dose and wait to see if that has an affect.

      Or it may be that the dr is not truly understanding how you feel, they may underestimate how bad you are at the moment. Are you working? Full-time? Or are you a student? How are you doing at the moment? Is it just low mood, or do you get periods of feeling quite hyper/happy? Or when you say bi-polar is it that your mood is changeable through the day/week?

      Are you on like 10mg-40mg? citalopram? 10mg-40mg amitriptyline?

      And do you go to the same dr each time? It may be that you could try a different doctor if you feel your current one is not listening to you. Or, you could write a list of how you feel and how this currently impacts your life so they have a better understanding of how bad things are for you?

      Another thing to consider is that, if you have mentioned that you get hyper sometimes (I'm assuming from the bi-polar statement) it may be that they want to be very careful with the dosages they give you, as they are afraid to send you into a manic phase.

      If you have been feeling really down constantly, and it is effecting all areas of your life, and you have had no relief from the dosages you are on, then I would definately go back to a dr and insist they do something.

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      Kev if the tablets have had no effect in 4 months then they are not working.  You will need to go back to the doctor and tell him this, and hopefully he will prescribe something thsat is more effective.  Not all anti depressants work for some of us.  It is a matter of finding the one thsat helps.  What suits one person may not suit another.  I have been on many different anti depressants.

      I do hope you do go back to the doctor and tell them what you have told us. 

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    1 of the big problems i have is that i have no one to talk to that understands also i tend to worry ALOT about things that havnt happened yet or may never happen but i cant help it
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      Well were all here to help and advise you as much as we can. Also if you just want a general conversation, id happily chat to you about day to day things if that's what you wanted. Its normal to worry about silly things, I do it a lot myself. I do hope you go to your GP tho and tell him all these things
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      i just dont no how to change my mind set like sone of the things i worry about are ridiculous and i would love to chat. I have made an appointment for tomorrow morning to see a gp
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