Larry Godwin's Blog: Transcending Depression
October 27, 2020
If you decide to go off an antidepressant, withdraw slowly in consultation with your physician. Allow your brain to adjust to the change so you reduce the risk of a rebound and other distressing effects.
Published on October 27, 2020 10:42 • Tags: depression
October 26, 2020
Don’t despair if your body is grappling with a medication’s side effects. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a different suitable one with fewer undesirable results. If not, keep in mind you may not have to take the drug long-term – a short trial may suffice. And in the meantime, a more body-friendly drug may come on the market.
Published on October 26, 2020 11:44 • Tags: depression
October 25, 2020
If you're depressed, be patient. Although some treatments, including a few antidepressants, can yield results within a day or two, many take weeks to make a difference. Follow your physician’s directions – don’t exceed what he or she recommends. Look for gradual improvement rather than significant changes overnight
Published on October 25, 2020 12:54 • Tags: depression
October 24, 2020
If you’re taking medications but haven’t found relief, NEVER GIVE UP. You’ll find dozens of antidepressants on the market, including SSRIs, SNRIs, tricyclics, and MAO inhibitors. Even within each family, every drug behaves a bit differently in its effect on the brain’s neurotransmitters. Also, the FDA approves new antidepressants every year. If your doctor suggests a drug that’s still on patent, ask if an older, cheaper generic might do instead. Fortunately, pharmaceutical companies offer patient-assistance programs that lower the cost of patented drugs for low-income people. Don’t forget to ask your doctor for samples.
Published on October 24, 2020 11:35 • Tags: depression
October 23, 2020
If you're feeling depressed, change doctors or therapists from time to time. Each healthcare provider possesses his or her own area of expertise and personal experience to draw from, and brings a unique slant to your symptoms. If one doesn't seem the best fit for you, try another.
Published on October 23, 2020 11:52 • Tags: depression
October 22, 2020
Get personal support. Confide in those you trust, whether it's your spouse or partner, a relative, or a close friend, as well as your healthcare providers. You can also join a support group, either a face-to-face one in your community or online. At the same time, be selective in how much you disclose about your illness when a casual friend or acquaintance asks how you are.
Published on October 22, 2020 10:17 • Tags: depression
October 21, 2020
If you're depressed, don't suffer in silence. Call up a warmline, which is a free, peer-run listening line staffed by people in recovery themselves. Check out www.warmline.org. Or call a hotline to speak confidentially and anonymously with a trained support staff member or volunteer. Google “depression hotline” to find Internet chat and toll-free phone options. Your local mental health center might also provide recommendations.
Published on October 21, 2020 11:40 • Tags: depression
October 20, 2020
Get help from a professional. Don’t figure you’ll get better on your own. Make an appointment with a healthcare provider, whether it’s your family physician, a licensed mental health professional, or a psychiatrist. Choose one you feel comfortable with. If you can’t afford the cost for a private visit, call your local county health services department or mental health center for assistance. Or check out the SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Locator at www.findtreatment.samhsa.gov.
Published on October 20, 2020 11:22 • Tags: depression
October 19, 2020
Recognize that depression is not a sign of weakness. Unfortunately, many people don't understand this. A stigma can discourage us from getting help, but know you are not alone. Millions, including celebrities as well as everyday people, have talked about their struggles with depression, received help, and are in recovery.
Published on October 19, 2020 11:32 • Tags: depression