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I have no more patience

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AeonIlluminate

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Hello all

So basically I'm totally fed up with dealing with mental health issues and treatments. It's been three years since I first saw a psychiatrist and in that time I have attended a CBT group, had counselling and seen a psychologist for about a year. I have also been on citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, duloxetine, mirtazapine, quetiapine and now sertraline. I'm not even sure at this point what my diagnosis is as I've been variously told that I have depression, mood dysregulation, hypomania and anxiety disorder. These various professionals also contradict each other about medication. One doctor suggested that escitalopram wasn't useful after it was prescribed by another doctor. One doctor also said that quetiapine is primarily for anxiety and not mood, totally the opposite of what the psychiatrist said.
The way it seems to go is that I feel okay for a few weeks, then dangerously suicidal for a few days, then fine again. Sometimes I can feel really suicidal then really optimistic and confident an hour later. I've been discharged from community mental health twice during periods when I've been feeling fine only to have to see them again when I feel terrible. In the three years I've been getting treatment I've made very little improvement. I've started university again and I'm already thinking of dropping out for the fourth time because I can't handle it.
Whatever issues I'm dealing with, the treatments I've had have not been effective, and some of the medication has made me much worse.
I genuinely don't know what to do, as these issues are dominating and ruining my life and none of these mental health experts have managed to do anything to help.
 
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MarlieeB

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Maybe you are one of the people who is better off medications. I don't mean go cold turkey etc I mean that some people actually cope better without medication.

What counselling did you have. Was it a short term thing or more than that? Maybe it is something to think about, going back to counselling with someone else.

What do CMHT think?

xxx
 
Rod Whiteley

Rod Whiteley

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Yes , maybe you will be better without medication. Or maybe you just haven't yet found the right medication for you.

Counselling and group CBT are generally lightweight treatments for mild problems. It sounds like serious psychotherapy would be worth a try. It doesn't have to be long term, but it would have to be with a therapist who knows what they are doing. Whether that's available in your area is another matter. In many places there are long waiting lists.
 
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