Our expert says:
Remeron as an alternative AD may be worth considering - it's not a mood stabilizer, though, as you point out, and can't replace those if they are needed.
Managing these disorders is far more complex than we might make it sound when trying to describe the rationale. NOTHING, for instance, helps anxiety, or depression, as such. They all influence specific brain chemicals, some more than others - but then if you increase or decrease the activitity of one chemical that in itself influences the levels of others, and so on. Generally, the chemical effects of the chemicals we use as AD tend to be helpful in depression, but among their possible effects can be some ( like nightmares ) that are inconvenient.
Its good that you are also working with a psychologist, because I think too many people, especially psychiatrists who might happen to lack and therapeutic skills, ignore the need for psychotherapy as well as whatever meds they use.
Dependency is always to be borne in mind with any of the benzo's ( which is why some use small doses of prinarily anti-psychotic meds instead ), but needn't be a major problem. The SR formulation might or night not be easier to come off of more smoothly, but wouldn't be in itself less likely to produce dependency, as I see it.
Am plotting to take the cat to a vet for posible surgery. Though supposedly speyed before she came to me, it's clear that vet botched the job, and she has been left with highly over-active ovaries, and has now been on heat since before Christmas, with only an occasional one-week break of near normalcy which we both really enjoy !
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