Hi - I'm looking for some objective opinions. I'll try and keep it short. Battling depression for about 10 years. Tried a variety of anti-depressant. Then diagnosed soft bi-polar. Use a variety of meds. Two different therapist strongly disagreed with Psychiatrist on that. Then diagnosed as ADD (no hyperactivity).
I am on Cymbalta (60mg), Lamictal (200mg), Concerta(72mg) and Provigil(400mg). It's been about a year for the first three, with doses going up over time. Provigil was added this past October due to excruciating fatigue. But not much effect.
I can barely wake up to two audible alarms & two lights on timers. One is a powerful light box. I can sleep 12 hours if unabated. Don't drink anymore, smoke anymore, not overweight, history of heavy endurance sports. Fatigue, extreme sleepiness, aches getting worse. I gave up on active social life because its too tiring and sick of canceling due to severe need to go home and put my feet up. Thankfully I can take the money from entertainment, travel & sports to get talk therapy, cleaning, garden, organizing, bill pay & laundry services. Can't fend for myself seems like. Such craziness. I laugh at least.
Also, I just got a battery of allergy tests. Waiting for results. Liver asgot (?) just tested high. BP & cholesterol is up again. Had sleep apnea surgery 18 months ago and going back this week for another overnight sleep study. Also, got fitted for hearing aids due to a lifetime of water sports (thus ear infections) catching up with me at age 40.
Nice job, nice home, money is fine, have pets. But, brother with MS, sister with severe depression/alcohol issues and her son, my nephew died 4 months ago of Leukemia at 22 y.o., Mom passed with cancer 14 years ago. Dad had, but conquered, prostate cancer about 8 years ago.
OK, not too short here! But trying to think of all the details that may paint a picture other than the diagnosis of Major Chronic Depression & ADD. Meds, caffeine and tons of sleep just aren't doing it still!
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