Chronic and treatment resistant depression
I'm at a loss as to what to do next. I am currently trying the Neuroresearch amino acids regime of a Dr. Hinz, now deceased. First a D.O. was prescribing these but I am now working with an N.D. prescribing the amino acids.
Telling me to wait a month should not be a big deal but I am struggling with getting out of bed and dressed 99% of the time. Numerous efforts for many years on medications does not bring help, thus being told I have "treatment resistant" depression and anxiety.
Herbs do not help. Talk therapy does not help. I've tried acupuncture even though I'm very needle phobic so the stress of that defeats any potential benefit. I also have very low adrenal function that has yet to be helped after years of trying herbs and supplements.
I eat extremely healthy due to many food allergies and sensitivities. I do not want to end up like some of my family members taking numerous meds and still barely functioning.
I am unable to work, barely taking care of our basic needs. I am a walking dead woman.
To say you feel like a walking dead woman is very powerful and descriptive for sure. My heart goes out to you. It sounds like you have really been working hard at finding a solution to no avail.
Treatment resistant depression can be tricky and is certainly more complicated to treat then more common forms of depression.
You state that you have tried medications. Were they prescribed by a psychiatrist by any chance? I am not
a big fan of meds and I feel so many people think it is the "magic bullet" that will make them feel joy .. not realizing that the depression itself is typically a mask to other repressed issues. As a result, the pill won't help a person deal with the issues - the root cause.
With that said, with treatment resistant depression usually requires meds carefully prescribed and under the care of a psychiatrist. I would not recommend using a primary care / family physician for treating a mental health disorder.
Also, keep in mind that anything else you take may not fair well with a medication for a depressive disorder. You mental health professional can evaluate everything you are taking, at what doses and ensure you are getting what you need.
They will do a thorough evaluation .. are you taking the right meds, the right doseage, could one med be paired with another to help boost results, do you need more time for the meds to kick in?
I know don't want to be on meds. However, getting on the right meds prescribed by a well qualified psychiatrist can make a world of difference. He/she can also provide you with a well rounded treatment plan that can accelerate your progress.
I commend you for trying so many things. You are strong and courageous and this can be treated. Don't give up hope!
Don't forget other things you can do for yourself like some exercise, a good nights sleep and be sure to stay away from alcohol and drugs.
With light and love,