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If someone has had severe treatment resistant (bipolar II) depression for many years, what is the point of continuing to take anti-depressants?


Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.

Treating you with anti depressants may be the way your doctor feels would help you hold off depression related to your Bipolar. But if it is not helping, you might need to either try other medications that you have not already tried, or add alternative therapies.

If you have not tried Lithium, it is the most prescribed medications for Bipolar. You can also take Depakote as well. You can also try an SSRI, which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It works by preventing serotonin from being reabsorbed back into the nerve cells in the brain. This helps prolong the mood lightening effect of any serotonin that has been released by your brain. That helps alleviate your depression. You may want to ask your doctor again about your medications.

You may also want to consider alternative treatments for Bipolar along with your medications. If you have not already, try therapy. The support alone can help you cope with your symptoms. You might also want to try taking Vitamin B 12. It has shown in studies to help improve your mood through changes in the brain. Ask your doctor about your options with how much you should take and if he/she feels it would work for you. Omega 3 may also help.

There are other things you can do to help yourself. Here are some links to help you:

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/bipolar_disorder_medications.htm

http://www.he lpguide.org/mental/bipolar_disorder_diagnosis_treatment.htm

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/bipolar_disorder_self_help.htm

http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/self-help-strategies-for-bipolar-disorder/

Also, consider support groups either on line or in person. Talking to others who have the same symptoms as you can help you feel less alone and provide much needed support.

I hope this has helped you,
Kate
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you for your thoughtful and compassionate advice.

You are very welcome! Take care.

My best to you,

Kate