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I don't understand this at all - are you actually seeing a qualified specialist psychiatrist ? Blood tests for serotonin are not done or recognized as useful in managing depression, not at all. A tiny dose of Cipralex at night is not a great treatment for Depression, and Aterax is a very very very old NON-psychiatric drug, with no proved benefits in any psychiatric disorder, but is very sedative and may calm someone who is anxious or agitated. It should not help depression at all.
Psychiaric diagnoses are made by a skilled VERBAL assessment, and not by blood tests.
I do not understand why so many docs are prescriin Cipralex, when there are so many effective antidepressants to chose from. 5 mg a day is a VERY low dose, and not enough to poperly treat a depression - presumably your doc has intended to increase to dose to an effective level soon ; don't asume that your depression won't respond just because you don't feel noticeably better on such a low dose. I haven't come acros hair loss as a side-effect, especially at this dose, but there are many causes of hair loss.
Your condition is concerning, especially the suicidal thoughts, and deserves good treatment with medication and psychotherapy.
Maybe it would be wise to get a second opinion, a re-assessment independently by a different consultant specalist psychiatrist, and then discuss those findings and potential treatment with him / her.
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