Depression & Meds - Need Help
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Q:  Depression & Meds - Need Help

I have mild depression. The antidepressants dont work for me because I overdose on them(but I dont take any other pills).I wonder if it would just be better if I saved my family and self the hassle and just stop taking the pills altogether.The main question is will my temper be under control well enough?Im 19 now.I used to throw fits sometimes when I didnt take antidepressants but that might of been just teenage angst because I remember some times when I made a scene when I was on Depakote.I need some real help and I dont want wind up in an asylum.I dont even care if I get really sad because Id rather have people talk to me and help me out than try to hide.

Dear Mr. G' --
"Rather have people talk to me and help, instead of hide": you've got the right track there for sure.  This is the kind of thing that a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner is supposed to be able to help you figure out.  If you're still having episodes while on these kind of medications, it's time for a review of them and consideration of other approaches (if your diagnosis is bipolar disorder, you can find a discussion of those approaches in the treatment section of my
site on BPII).  There are many options so the important thing is not to give up looking for the one that might work for you. 

Dr. Phelps

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