Posted 17 November 2004 - 11:48 AM
I tried Remeron when it first came out to help with SAD (during gloomy Seattle winters). I loved the antihistamine side effect but couldn't take constant sleepiness from that drug. When I told my doc "not Remeron", he told me that he'd read studies about liver damage side effects. Of course the manufacturers will discount any of those side effects as 'rarely occurring' to get FDA approval. Then I tried Serzone which numbed my passion for life even on sunny day.
Since I went off all meds, I've confronted the issues which made me feel sad and put in full spectrum lights (and a 'Sunray' table top model) to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Although antidepressants numbed the intensity of my emotions, confronting and changing the beliefs and attitudes which influenced my feelings did so much more to help me overcome sadness from unresolved grief, daily frustration and stresses. I believe antidepressants are a great adjunct to 'talking' therapy to cope with depression, but too many docs, who have no time to listen to their patients' problems, prescribe drugs without considering side effects. Having long undiagnosed celiac disease symptoms, which many doctors ignore or discount, is depressing enough, without taking antidepressants which increase uncomfortable abdominal symptoms.
Gluten, dairy, soy, egg, cane sugar, vanilla and nutmeg free. Enterolab diagnosed gluten/casein intolerant 7/04; soy intolerant 8/07. ELISA test diagnosed egg/cane sugar IgG allergies 8/06; vanilla/nutmeg 8/06. 2006-10 diagnosed by DNA Microbial stool tests and successfully treated: Klebsiella, Enterobacter Cloaecae, Cryptosporidia, Candida, C-diff, Achromobacter, H. Pylori and Dientamoeba Fragilis. 6/10 Heidelberg capsule test diagnosed hypochloridia. Vitamin D deficiency, hypothyroiditis, hypochloridia and low white blood cells caused vulnerability to infections. I now take Betaine HCl, probiotics, Vitamin D, thyroid supplement, arabinogalactan and DHEA to improve immunity.