Our expert says:
Thanks for your good wishes, Jesse. Part of the problem, I think, is that GPs , while they can be good at using antidepressants to treat Depression, often don't recognize that there are forms of sadness which either don't respond to ADs, or which need more than ADs, and those include grief and sorow as such. In suh matters, counselling, especially of the CBT variety, is more effective.
And there is also a poblem, at times, that some GPs switch medications without waiting for long enough on a sufficient dose to know whether it will be effective.
I'm not sure why I would combine Lorien AND Paxil, if indeed you were on them at the same time. But if one has been on them for a time and suddenly stop either of them, one could indeed feel wobbly. Personally, I am also very cautious about adding a sedative like Bromazepam or especially Aterax, in depression, and especially not in grief. It is usually not particularly helpful.
Is there a possibility of aranging, perhaps with the help of a friend, to isit another town for an assessment, diagnosis and treatment advice from a specialist pychiatrist ? That would probably be best. Otherwise, it may be worth sitting out at least a couple of weeks on the new combination, as it takes that long before antidepressants are functional enough for their benefits to be assessed. And try to locate a source of counselling close to where you are, as this may well be the missing ingredient
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