My Forum Comments
January 18, 2019 at 3:59 pm in reply to: Trintellix + Dextroamphetamine: Recipe for Anxiety? #107051
Penny, I’m going to see my doctor on Monday. I discussed this with my therapist yesterday and she said that she found it unusual that Trintellix and Dextro weren’t working together. Suggested that I discontinue dextro and continue Trintellix at 20mg, I’m trying, it’s not easy. I’m wondering if it would be beneficial to adjust meds inpatient because it’s not easy at home. I’ve only lived here for 6 months, we haven’t settled in because alot of furniture was damaged and destroyed by the moving company. I come home to boxes and can’t make sense out of it. My husband and I argue because of these issues and our own issues…. Monitoring my meds has gotten harder at home because it’s just a really confusing place to be. Any thoughts? I appreciate your feedback. Haven’t made any friends here obviously, my meds were changed the day we moved in! No family here either. And my family doesn’t understand mental illness, they don’t go to any doctor and I know my mom has something, but she insists on being tough, “tough” and just not dealing with it. It’s a fruitless effort to confide in my family, and my husband doesn’t understand mental illness either. Feeling alone in all of this.January 16, 2019 at 4:10 pm in reply to: Trintellix + Dextroamphetamine: Recipe for Anxiety? #106888
I’m fearful, but I’m thinking the same. I have tried a generic methylphenidate (for Ritalin) ER, no great results, it made me jittery. I appreciate your response, I have a feeling I’m going to have to stay away from stimulants as well. Gotta hold out until Monday!
Also, does it help ADHD? Indirectly, it does. ECT is a treatment for depression, not ADHD. When your depression starts to lift with ECT, you are more able to effectively cope with the symptoms of ADHD and depression, if that makes any sense. Hope this is helpful. Don’t give up.
If I could, I would try ECT again! But I would have to be 100% positive that my psychiatrist was on board and working with me. My psychiatrist was awful in Vegas, she really let me down when I needed her the most. I’ve since moved to another state and ECT is not administered in my area. I’d have to go to another city to do it.
I have had 14 sessions of ECT, am diagnosed with PTSD primarily. I have suffered from depression, like yourself (and hate when people tell me I don’t need meds or a doctor and to just get over it). I was depressed to the point where I was in a catatonic state, the medications I was on for 8-9 years have very little effect on me, changes to them became taxing because I had tried so many (like yourself). I also struggle with ADHD, which wasn’t being treated because I lived in Vegas and every doctor is hesitant to prescribe stimulants for ADHD because of the major drug crisis there. I sat down one night and decided that a lobotomy was impossible and I needed something effective… ECT was the option next to TMS.
I highly recommend ECT, it helped me a lot. I continued taking the medication I was on and I began to break out of my depression slowly. I am one of the lucky people that did not suffer from long-term memory loss after ECT, but have met others that sadly have. This particular person told me that the benefits of ECT outweighed the memory loss; he was OK with it because he was able to live again.
The reason why I stopped ECT and didn’t progress to a full recovery was because my psychiatrist was not a part of the process, she was with the VA, I was receiving ECT at a local hospital and the management of ECT is up to you and your psychiatrist. I think ECT would have worked well for me if my psychiatrist at the time had more involvement. But the VA is inconsistent and I could not be seen as often as I should have been during ECT.
In summary, ECT will most likely help you. There are risks, and I had to consider those before I decided to do it, as you will too. The benefits of ECT are greater than the risk; and living with depression that is so crippling that you cannot function and all medication has failed is worse than not giving it a try. ECT is like a medication, you start slowly, unilateral, and you progress to bilateral; you may begin with one treatment a week and slowly increase. When you decide to start ECT, make sure your psychiatrist is on board with you 100% of the process, beginning to end, and he/she should also be following up with you to assess your mood/symptoms so that ECT/medications can be adjusted accordingly. It does help, it is done very safely and is very effective with extreme depression.
Good luck, if I don’t get a response. I hope that you try it because it is safe and the benefits definitely outweigh the risks.