This is my first post so I hope it's OK!
For years, I have taken SSRIs to try to help with anxiety and depression. I've done CBT, and I know all the usual stuff to try to deal with depression but my GP says that it's a chemical problem with me so I probably will be on anti-depressants my entire life. I accept that, and it's not a problem.
However, I am finding that the SSRIs I've been treated with do not really help much and lately I have been getting more extreme emotions. I've tried all sorts of different ones: Seroxat (Paroxetine - probably the best one for me but causes sun allergy and other side effects), Sertraline, Prozac (nightmare), Citalopram and, currently, Escitalopram (10mg). I also tried an SNRI but had a horrendous experience on that (Venlafaxine).
I wondered if anyone has tried other types of antidepressants that have worked better for them? I occasionally take a tiny dose of amitriptyline for migraine and nerve pain and wondered if that could be helpful? I was given it once years ago but it made me so exhausted I couldn't move. But perhaps I didn't give it long enough to get used to?
I've sent an econsult in to my practice. My usual GP has left and I don't know now who to talk to about this. I have been worried that perhaps this is bipolar because what I have noticed lately is that I have a general undercurrent of dread bubbling along (I can't face getting up in the morning - I really feel like I can't face the day) but am better when I do. But it's horrible to feel like that. But recently when I have been dealing with very upsetting things I get so overwhelmed that I feel I don't want to go on with life, that it keeps getting worse, and that I wish I could just sleep and not wake up. The next day I usually feel less grim but then I panic at how low my moods drop.
I am under pressure but I should be able to cope on meds so I don't know what is going on.
Anyway I would be very grateful to hear if anyone has found any other antidepressants effective!