First bit of advice from a long time sufferer for very severe depression and anixiety dissorder: FIND THE MOST EXPERIENCED AND BEST PSYCHIATRIST YOU CAN LOCATE.
You can not allow a regular doctor to treat this condition at this level. They simply do not have the experience or training to do so effectively.
Second bit of advice: I am also VERY medication resistant. My depression and anxiety are off the scale severe, and if I can find a combination of medications that work I have full confidence that you can too.
For people like us it takes some trial and error with combining various medications to get relief. It is not going to be a one medication fix and will take a lot of time to get "right again."
You can do it, but you MUST find an expert in the feild of Psycopharmacology and Neurology that can fully understand the dynamics of your illness.
It can be controled and you can feel better, but YOU MUST BE PROACTIVE IN YOUR SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT PSYCHIATRIST.
Medication Resistant deperssion and anxiety is nothing to play around with and ONLY an expert in the treatment of it can produce results.
The above advice is spot on.
Another thing to suggest is therapy. I don't know what you've tried so far but you would almost certainly benefit from a combined approach of meds and CBT. good luck. x
I was diagnosed in 2004 with PTSD, which is Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, I am afraid to take medication because I have one kidney.
When I was first diagnosed in 2004 I was 3 years into the worst nightmare of my life, a divorce.
I didn't have the monies for a psychiatrist then and I still don't have the money, sometimes death feel close and sweet.
I agree that a combination of medication and therapy will help you. I learned a lot with relaxation therapy with biofeedback. I discovered I never knew what relaxation was until I was hooked up to the machine and they could tell me when I was going in the right direction. It was very empowering to discover that a feeling I thought was bad (it felt lazy or sleepy, but when you can make it happen at the proper time, it's great) was actually good.
What bipolar meds were you on, and do you remember the dosage of the drugs? I'm bipolar and I know some refractory(hard to treat) Depression patients are treated with mood stabilizerrs rather then Anti Depressants.
Who gave you these meds a GP or a psychiatrist?
I too suffer from severe anxiety and depression. I have been on 40mg lexapro, wellbutrin (don't remember dosage), 20mg prozac back in 04 was on 6 month therapy. it is 2008 and everything has come back to fold i am now on 40mg prozac and esgic for my headaches. neither is doing what they are suppose to. lol if i could quit assuming the worst of everything and everyone i think i could cope. these headaches though are awful they hurt so bad my teeth hurt. a little in sight to what happened back in 04, i had some awful repressed memories sneek up on me in the wrong place at the wrong time and it has messed me pretty good. thought i was doing good with no meds, had this little security bubble going then my husband and i split and all that came crashing down. now i feel like i am going insane and like i said my head hurts so bad. any advice?
So here is an update to my situation, I am seeing a therapist, and a pdoc. My medicine has just changed last week, I am weening off of Effexor XR and stopped Xanax, i'm on pristiq and Valium, which has calmed me down alittle, i've been to the therapist a few times and every time I just break down and cry, which for me is kind of embarassing, normally I just keep to myself because nobody cares anyways. I am going through a very sad spell right now and nothing in my life is going right, my job is terrible, I just want to run away and my family is not very supportive, my dad passed a few years ago and I still havent forgave him for his alcoholic behavior towards us in the past. I really want to get through this, but I am having a hard time, I just want to run away. I dont have any friends and the ones I did have I ignored because I wanted to be alone. I have always had issues with depression and anxiety but I guess since nothing is right, it is terrible. I hope everyone gets through their depression and let me know how you did it, thanks for hearing me out
I can't seem to get my medication right either and I go to a medical doctor who treats me because I can't afford a psychiatrist. I have been on many different medications for depression as I have a hard to treat kind as of right now I am taking 30 mg of Celexa and .25 mg of Alprazolam, which I know is addictive so i would like to get off of it.
I am suppose to call my Doctor in a couple days and i think he's going to add a low dose of Lithium to my antidepressant. I noticed something else that is strange that has recently started, it's like I laugh hysterically then start crying as I am laughing, not just tears but cry.