Our expert says:
With any complicated Depression and ALL bipola Disorder, a person should be seen and assessed by a specalist psychiatrist, whi can confirm the diagnosis and plan the treatment - this should not be left entirely to the GP. And GPs should NOT be doing blood cortisol levels in diagnosing Depression - this is NOT the recoomended or revognized procedure at all.
I am not surprised that the psychiatrist nearly fainted - thank goodness you're seeing him now.
You need to discuss the treament plan with your psychiatrist. COnvulex is useful in many people to help stabilize mood swings, though it is not an antidep[ressant as such - presumably your psychiatrist will also be treating you with an antidepressant if you are now currently so depresse. On a new AD one may need to wait 2 to 3 weeks to see the full benefits or before considering changing the AD, though you may feel better before that.
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