EllySmelly

25d

Does anyone have experience with Treatment Resistant Depression? I am at my wits end and feeling extremely hopeless😞

Depression

Chronic Pain

Venlafaxine

Bipolar Disorder

Complex post traumatic stress disorder

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  • Snoose

    25d

    Yep. And the anxiety makes it that much worse. You’re not alone ❤️

  • EllySmelly

    25d

    Sorry to hear you're also going through it. Hope the world allows a little bit of light in for you!

  • Josephine2356

    25d

    And cPTSD with med resistance depression is even worse still. I suffer from cPTSD and chronic depression

  • EllySmelly

    25d

    They're quite the combo tbh. I've tried at least a dozen different meds and plenty of natropathic remedies. My therapist recently mentioned Ketamine Therapy and I've looked into a bit since then. I am very hesitant to try it bc I was given it in the Emergency Room once when I was around 14 or 15 and it totally freaked me out. I was hearing voices, couldn't see anything at all, and it lasted a LONG ass time as well!!!!

  • InsightQueen

    25d

    Not personally but I am aware of people who do experience it. And I have an interest in the options open to them when they are truly resistant, ketamine injections being one. I urge you to really do your research though.

  • InsightQueen

    25d

    Also I have learnt the hard way my mental health may not actually be completely just mental - I am actually currently being trialled on HRT as I have nearly every symptom of the menopause transition - despite being only 38 and confirmed by my endo biopsy pipelle. So could very well have been hormonal all along and my 337.5mg of venlafaxine may be unnecessary after all

    • EllySmelly

      24d

      yeah, Effexor helped my brother a lot so I was put on it as well. Does absolutely nothing for me unfortunately. I've tried at minimum 8 meds for my depression and a couple helped for very very short amounts of time and then nothing even after dosage increases. I've looked into Ketamine treatment therapy recently and it sounds like it has very positive outcomes for treatment resistant depression AND my insurance will actually pay for it (idk for how many treatments they'll pull through on tho)!!!!! The only thing holding me back is the reaction I had to it as a teenager.

  • ickyichthyosaur

    25d

    I don't know what qualifies as treatment resistant but I've been at this for years with so many med changes, hospital and residential treatment, and any perceived improvement doesn't last. Sorry to hear you're stuck too

    • EllySmelly

      24d

      maybe try to bring up treatment resistant depression at your next Dr's appointment? Fortunately for me I have an amazing therapist who advocates for me consistently and that really has helped a lot. I honestly didn't even realize how much push back I was getting from most of my Dr's because I was used to it. As a woman, I am often brushed off or considered to be exaggerating my symptoms bc of my gender and there are actual statistics on this topic. Hope you get some relief soon!

  • Becky_G

    25d

    Yes. The only thing that helped induced medication-induced seizures. I hope you find someone that finally works.❤️

    • EllySmelly

      24d

      sorry to hear that, friend. I suffer from seizures as well and it is not easy to live with. Best of luck to you!

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