Antidepressants are disappointing August 20, 2013Posted by indigomind in Alternative medicine, Chronobiology, Diet, Exercise, Medicine.
Tags: Antidepressant, Anxiety, Major depressive disorder, Venlafaxine
At this point I have tried most classes of antidepressants, exercise, three mood stabilizers, and a two antipsychotics. Despite a rather thorough tour of psychiatric medicine I don’t think much of antidepressants. Since taking my last antidepressant, Venlafaxine, I only improved from severely depressed to moderately depressed. Venlafaxine works quite well for my anxiety but is not impressive when it comes to depression and fatigue. As far as exercise is concerned, I’ve noticed some improvement however it is rather transient and I have been skipping it lately due to the heat.
When I meet tomorrow with my pdoc I’m not sure if I should tell him what I really think about this antidepressant or not? Psychiatrists should be aware that their drugs often don’t work but admitting that a drug doesn’t work is depressing for both the patient and the doctor.
What to try next? Perhaps I will attempt to try meditation in the form of yoga or just by itself. Occasionally I’ve been successful with meditation and by successful I mean that I noticed a substantial improvement in my anxiety ,mood and physical well-being. Meditation, diet and sleep alterations are the three things that have consistently produced the best results for me. My experience appears to be backed somewhat by this meta-analysis of mindfulness-based treatments.
MBT is an effective treatment for a variety of psychological problems, and is especially effective for reducing anxiety, depression, and stress.
In the end, I regret spending so much money experimenting with antidepressants however I think it was worth the time and money to treat my anxiety and psychotic symptoms. Hopefully some new treatments for depression will come in the future.