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SEVERE CLINICAL DEPRESSION FOR 50+YEARS ELEC SHOCK/SSII MEDS

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SEVERE CLINICAL DEPRESSION FOR 50+YEARS ELEC SHOCK/SSII MEDS AND COUNSELING OF NO HELP. CURRENTLY ONLEXAPRO 30MX OD AND DEXTROAMPHETAMINE 45MG. DAILY. STIMULANT OFFERS SME RELIEF BUT NOT A CURE. iS THERE ANY HELP FOR ME? ALSO,SEVERAL SUICIDE ATTEMPTS OVER TIME AND INPATIENT IN MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES. iSTHERE ANY HOPE FOR ME?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Ralph LMHC replied 7 years ago.

Hello,

Your depression is certainly treatment refractory. I would contact the nearest university teaching hospital where the latest protocols are used. If you have insurance and can arrange to attend a facility like the MAYO clinic all the latest medication protocols can be tried. There is a treatment that is being tried experimentally at Emory University in GA which is similar to ECT, but without the convulsions and short term memory impairment that you may wish to try. Contact NAMI for information on how to get the treatment that you require.

http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=your_local_nami

Best wishes and good luck.

Sincerely,

Ralph LMHC

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