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TOPIC TITLE: Marital Problems due to depression
Created On 4/18/05 9:00 PM
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ernie55B
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4/18/05 9:00 PM
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Edited: 5/14/05 at 10:23 PM by ernie55B
 
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motcha
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Have you told your psychiatrist about this? Theres a time released Depakote. Would that help? Ask your psyciatrist, no? Maybe he could try u on another med.
 
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ernie55B
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Edited: 5/14/05 at 10:23 PM by ernie55B
 
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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4/28/05 1:40 AM
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Ernie,
I do not recall if I have responded to you before (different icon) or if you are a different person. In my experience, sometimes people with a depression or anxiety diagnosis are actually sufferring from PTSD. People who suffer from PTSD often manifest symptoms of depression and/or anxiety but these symptoms are often treatment resistant by chemical agents. My theory is that since the problem isn't a "chemical" one, the drugs don't work that well for PTSD patients in terms of effecting a cure (masking symptoms or sedating a person is not a cure, from my viewpoint). To make matters worse, many clinicians don't ask about abuse or trauma, which I think perpetuates a "don't ask-don't tell" scenario, which often results in misdiagnosis and improper treatment. Perhaps this is an area you can explore with your doctors? Feel free to respond to me privately if you wish.
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az
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A Lynn,
Your response to Ernie hit home. I experience PTSD and the PsyD I was seeing referred me to a psychiatrist for meds to help control my intense anxiety and major depression. I was put on lexapro, highest dose, still no improvement in the depression. Then a host of other meds were given their fair trial, including concoctions of various sorts. I can recall some names of meds:effexor, valium, zyprexa, zoloft, prozac, risperdol, and others whose names I don't recall. I have a family member for whom one of these meds brought about relief of her depression. I was amazed at her "recovery, since my experience with 2 years of different med trials was so different. I became more depressed, tired all the time, gained 20 pounds, was left feeling worse on the meds than off. My therapist agreed that I was better off without the meds. Boruch Hashem, with the effects of the drugs gone, I felt better,and Hashem helped, I began to be able to do collaborative work in therapy. Interestingly, the family member for whom zoloft had worked so well eventually found herself in a therapist's office when the zoloft could no longer keep her depression at bay. I believe that working through her childhood traumas will be more effective than zoloft at this point. Don't get me wrong, I'm not med-bashing, I'm only relating personal experience.
Kol Tuv,
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Dr. Lynn, Psy.D.
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AZ-
I sent you a message on another post- to look into emdr treatment. They have a website- emdr.com. It is not a guarantee but I think it merits exploration.
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