More meds, more problems


I have been working with my doctors and NP’s to figure out the correct medication and dosages in my battle with depression and anxiety.

A year after I started anti-depressants, I find I am still struggling with a lot of issues. I haven’t been all that happy with my psychiatrist since he notoriously overbooks, leaving me and everyone else waiting for hours for a five minute appointment. Then he doesn’t even bother with getting to the root of my problems. He just sends the refill notice to the pharmacy. He also requires me and all his other patients to do this every two months.

Of course, my insurance had enough of that and now requires all my prescriptions be three month supplies. And while I love my therapist, she doesn’t have the ability to prescribe anything to me.

I then made an appointment with a nurse-practitioner, hoping to find more answers. I had read that some physical ailments can mimic mental health issues such as fatigue, mood swings, crying, etc. She ordered some labs for me but also listened to both my symptoms and my story. Like really, truly listened.

Our conversation proved to me she is really knowledgeable about depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. She added another prescription to my daily mix of meds, a mood stabilizer no one had ever suggested before.

Unfortunately, after a month on this, it did nothing but make me dizzy and nauseous. I am now off that medicine but still feeling residual problems. Apparently, both starting and stopping that drug cause the same side effects.

At least I have an answer from my labs. Everything came back normal except for the fact that my Vitamin D levels are low. I have to take a dose of that every day as well. (And deal with all the sexual innuendo from Diesel because that’s just how his mind works.)

I am hoping the effects from my not-so-stabilizing ex-meds wear off soon. Now would be great. In the meantime, I am going to go enjoy the rest of my day and pray I have enough energy to keep up with my wild, darling son.

Author: stepbackandbreathe33

I am a writer, mother, wife, and fighter in the battle against depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD.

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