mesomom
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HI mesomom,

Nice to see you. I am glad you checked in with this good question.

It sounds like you are not yet getting the results you need from you medications. I have a couple of thoughts for you.

First, you might have noticed that I used the word "yet." It has been my experience that getting to the optimal regimen can be kind of a trial and error process. Two steps forward, one step back, until you find a regimen that works. This takes a lot of patience, and a lot of team work with your doctor or treatment team. I have had clients that went through quite a process, trying different medications, dosages, and combinations of medications, until they found a regimen that worked for them.

I am not sure where you are in your treatment. But whether you are just getting started, or much further along, I do encourage you to keep working with your doctor and see what you can come up with together. I am optimistic about the potential of medication but, again, it can be a process.

So that is one consideration.

I have also had clients who found that being on medications, in conjunction with psychotherapy, was the one-two punch they needed to get more relief from their symptoms. So I also encourage you to consider finding a therapist you feel comfortable with, and who can help you, if you haven't already.

Clients have also talked to me about alternative therapies, including ECT, when they weren't getting enough help from medications. I can't make a recommendation here, but I have talked to clients about what they and their doctors are considering as an option. This is a discussion to have with your physician.

My basic message here is to encourage you to keep going, to not give up on the potential of finding the right treatment. And again, work closely with your doctor to determine next steps.

Take good care of yourself, my friend. I hope you will stay in touch and let me know how you're doing.

Gary

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