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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Should i be on medication for my depression and what medication is best?

    Im 25 and ive always been depressed and getting worse and worse the older i get. And feeling more and more like there is no hope for me. Tried everything, natural meds, talking to a counselor, friends, get excersise, tried to be positive but i feel like theres no point to me being alive. Im also worried about my relationship. Im too much of a burden and even a friend turned to me and told me im getting worse n i should be on medication. Ive tried a bit of meds but didnt stick to it. Should i try and stick to it? How do i get on the right one? Ive already felt like ive tried so many options and techniques that i prefer not to do the who trial and error on meds alone. How do drs determine what medication ia best?
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  • My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease ... View Profile

    My suggestion is to talk to either a psychiatrist of a GP who is experienced in working with clients who have mental health issues (the beyondblue Web site (http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?) has lists of such GPs).

    Matching the “right” anti-depressant to the “right” can take a while, especially as they usually take weeks-months to kick in fully. This is sometimes called “being on the medi-go-round” :-) .

    An experienced health professional should be able to use his/her clinical experience to prescribe one that will meet your needs.

    Good luck.

  • Anonymous

    Hi

    I would only be on medication if I start experiencing physical symptoms . Once you are at that stage you have no option but to be on medication . In terms of medication well i suggest make an appointment to see a GP to refer you to a pychiatrist , depending on the GP , you can choose the psychiatrist of your choice too .

    The sooner you start the better as if you leave it with the physical symptoms unfortunetly it will get worse so you would be better of with medication .

    The most important thing i believe from my experience is to have faith in god and god is the one that helps and guides a person . Do not rely and become attached to the psychiatrist .

    I hope this helps you and good luck in everything .

  • elyseharvey

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    I just seem to think im always going to suffer like this in general. Ill never be able to change and i just feel so hopeless right now

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    Anonymous

    It would benefit for you to look at cognitive behaviour therapy as you sound to be a very negative thinker, the way you think can be a huge reason for your depression. Change the way you look at life, be more optomistic, and positive, it works wonders

  • Anonymous

    You do sound as if you are suffering from depression.
    You must go to see your doctor, he will properly diagnose you and put you on a course of medication. True, it can take a couple of weeks to kick in but it will work. Stick with it.
    Ask your doctor if he thinks you should have talking therapy as well.
    Do be totally honest about how bad you feel, the doctor cannot read your mind and there is no point being brave.
    You are very young and there is a whole new world waiting for you out there, once you feel better, and you will, you can start to enjoy all that life has to offer.
    Good luck

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    My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease ... View Profile

    I would like to endorse what anonymous has said.

    There is *a lot* of good evidence which shows that a *combination* of anti-depressants and talk therapy (eg, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, though there are others) is more effective in helping people to recover from depression than either is in isolation.

    That has certainly been my experience.

    So, I suggest that you consult a psychiatrist or a GP with a track record in helping people with depression. They will be able to help you with meds and should also be able to give you a referral to a clinical psychologist.

    Clinical psychologists can not prescribe meds but they are health professionals with expertise in talk therapy.

    All the best.

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    beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia.beyondblue is a bipartisan initiative of ... View Profile

    Both talking therapies and medications can be helpful. The best treatment for you will depend on factors such as your personal history and the severity of your depression. A good GP can assist with this, one who has specialist training in mental health is best. A good assessment is the key to getting on the right track.

    Many of the things you have tried may have limited effectiveness. As suggested, cognitive behavior therapy can be really effective and can be provided by a psychologist. You may benefit from medication too, but it's important to take the medication regularly so it has a chance to be effective.

    So I would start with finding a GP you feel comfortable to talk to. You can help the process by making a note of the symptoms you are experiencing.there are some good therapies online also (check out the beyondblue website) which offer free treatments on line. Some people really like this, for others, they prefer face to face.

    Don't suffer any longer. There is help out there, and altough it can take a while to work out what works best for you. You can also get more information from the beyondblue info line 1300 22 4636 and they will help you with information and finding local services. As you are young, headspace is also a great option for you, and they will be able to provide you with an assessment and recommend appropriate treatment.

    Best wishes,

  • Dr Clive Jones

    Counselling Psychologist, Counsellor, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Sport Psychologist

    Dr Clive Jones is a registered psychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of mental health issues and disorders and High Performance Sport psychology. He ... View Profile

    Working closely with your GP and psychologist is important. If you don't have a GP or psychologist I suggest you get them. You have to feel comfortable with your GP when talking about how you feel so make sure when you book in to see the GP you explain that you would like a long consultation relating to mental health. That will ensure they leave enough time to talk it through with you properly.

    To get the most appropriate help you need to be straight up front in letting your GP know. Once you flag your need the system can work well for you. In Australia when obtaining a Mental Health Care Plan from your GP this will allow you 16 consultations with a psychologist with a significant subsidy from Medicare. Some psychologists will bulk bill the 16 sessions if you are financially strapped so you can potentially have a great opportunity to work through with a psychologist on the key issues that are getting you down over a few months.
     
    Working with a psychologist, while working with your GP on the appropriate medication, can unfold in to quite a positive step forward.
     
    Feel free to email if you would like any further info or anything clarified.

  • My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease ... View Profile

    I am not sure what the point of your post is and I note that you have done a copy and paste of it many times elsewhere in this forum.

    The mental health professional members of healthshare will be able to comment on what you have raised.

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    dark41

    Healthshare Member

    I see no conclusions from that article. What is your agenda?

    It states that alternatives to drugs are often overlooked. It also states that drugs can be life savers in some cases. None of that stikes me as news. It's the combination of drugs and therapy which have kept me alive for the last several years.

    We as individuals are all different, as are our conditions. There is no “cure all” drug, therapy, or combination of the two that I'm aware of. There are many different possible solutions because there are many different conditions. Don't rule out medications, therapy, a combination of both, or changing counsellors, as it only limits your options for success.

    Continue with your exercise. Things can turn badly quickly without it.

    Depression is an illness of the mind. When we look for reasons to give up, we find them. Depression is all about looking for the negatives too often.

    But, when we look for reasons to keep fighting, we find them as well. Keep looking for the positives, as hard as it may be at times. We all have the capability to beat depression inside us, although we may need help finding that capability through medications and/or counselling.

    The moral of my story is to never give up. Finding what works for you is well worth the time and effort involved for yourself, and for your loved ones. We owe it to those who love us to keep finding the positives in life and continue to fight through this illness. I hope you find what works for you soon. Its a terrible illness to have to deal with daily, but it can be overcome.

  • I am a psychologist in private practice.I also lecture and supervise psychologists/psychology students at University.I work with clients who suffer from depression and anxiety. I ... View Profile

    it sounds like you're really suffering at the moment I suggest you see your GP about a referral to a psychologist and also about the possibility of medication.

  • Max is a consultant psychologist working in the public and private health sectors. He currently holds several appointments at Monash Health where he provides specialist ... View Profile

    Hi there,

    I would suggest that you speak with you GP about this in the first instance. Depression is variable and each case is unique. It may be that you will benefit from linking with a psychologist in conjunction with medication, or as a stand alone treatment.

    Best wishes,

    Max.

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