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As I understand it there are different types of depression: situational, chemical imbalances, and bipolar. I have been in all three catagories at one point or another. Right now it is a situational depression with a lot of symptoms of GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I am on Sertraline, Viibryd, Clonazepam, and Trazadone for sleep. I have been trying with three different psychiatrists to change the Sertraline but none of them will change it and I don't understand why. It does not work well, I've been on it for 5-6 years now. I guess they think it is a good SSRI. and feel there is nothing in that category of drugs any better. I was a severe BIPOLAR as a child and teenager and young adult but untreated as a child. Then I was put on an antipsychotic for many years. I've had 50+ ETC treatments, to no avail, except for lost of memory. I have spent a total of 5-6 years in hospitals, 30 days at a time, minimum. I was also diagnosed with Schizo-affective Disorder. At the time, I was under the care of an excellent doctor, but she stopped seeing patients and ever since it has been a toss up as to my diagnosis treatment. I am confused and not getting any better because of a stressful living situation and several incurable, but treatable, chronic conditions that I am not adapting to very well. The symptoms are getting worse and I get very little support any more. I do know there is no cardiac component! My pulmonologist and neurologist are following me closely and doing what they can. I am just so tired of being everyone's caregiver and having no one to support or help care for me. (A note of self-pity, if you will.) A very dear friend and one I did a lot of caregiving for, as she was an invalid, passed away just before Christmas. I flew up for the memorial service and stayed on to help the widower to go through her things and clean and rearrange furniture. It was physically and emotionally challenging and I spent 3 days in bed recovering. But, I am trying very hard to focus on the small things in my life for which I am very thankful. God has been very good to me and He watches over me. Keeping me safe. Providing food and medications, and good medical care. I lack on friends, but I am to focus on Him and His provision, so I do. Depending on humans leads to disappointment so many times . God never lets you down. bbnrse

January 23, 2013 - 7:42pm


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