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Posted by: Carol | 2010-08-24

Morning depression

I have suffered from depression for a few years now but have weaned myself off anti-depressants as the side effects were just not worth it. I am extremely depressed when I wake up but as my morningI starts I start feeling good again till about late afternoon when my mood takes a bad dip. I recently read a newspaper article which talked about this specific problem.It also mentioned a new anti-depressant for this exact problem which had fewer side effect. Unfortunately I forgot the name of this new pill so would appreciate it if someone could help me find out more

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There is NO new antidepressant specific to any specific type of depression, and ALL new antidepressants claim less side-effects. Sadly, no SA newapaper I know of has a dedicated and suitably expert scientific / medical / health correspondent able to properly assess such potential stories and to decide whether they are valid or simply Publuic Relations puffery. Far too many newspaper and magazine writers just re-print whatever handouts they receive.
That said, what you really need is to see a properly expert psychiatrist for a full assessment of all your symptoms, to identify the variety of problem or depression you haven, and to discuss with you your various treatment options, which can include a wide range of antidepressants, new and old, and also CBT style counselling / psychotherapy, which can also be very helpful in depression ( and of course it lacks the side-effects !).
Some mood problems are indeed sensitive to mood shifts related to time of day, or even time of year, and to exposure to bright light.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010-08-25

There is NO new antidepressant specific to any specific type of depression, and ALL new antidepressants claim less side-effects. Sadly, no SA newapaper I know of has a dedicated and suitably expert scientific / medical / health correspondent able to properly assess such potential stories and to decide whether they are valid or simply Publuic Relations puffery. Far too many newspaper and magazine writers just re-print whatever handouts they receive.
That said, what you really need is to see a properly expert psychiatrist for a full assessment of all your symptoms, to identify the variety of problem or depression you haven, and to discuss with you your various treatment options, which can include a wide range of antidepressants, new and old, and also CBT style counselling / psychotherapy, which can also be very helpful in depression ( and of course it lacks the side-effects !).
Some mood problems are indeed sensitive to mood shifts related to time of day, or even time of year, and to exposure to bright light.

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