Our expert says:
I'm not sure what test your shrink did, as I'm not aware of any stress hormone that can be measured in the blood. You'd have to ask him about that. Measuring thyroid function makes good sense, as thyroid problems can complicate the management of Depression, and very low thyroid activity can mimin Depression.
If one is significantly Depressed and takes an antidepressant ( AD) then yes, stopping after 3 months is too soon, and usually leads to a return of the Depression, such as you experienced --- generayll one ought to remain on them for at least 6 to 9 months.
Low thyroid function can cause a set of symptoms rather like depression, and can also complicate the treatment of depression, making ADs less effective. ALl antidepressants have some possibility of reducing on's libido ( interest in sex ), though fortunately none of us seem to have that effect on all of them.
But the situation you describe sounds so complex, that you really need to sort out in your own mind all the questions you have, and then when you see your psychiatrist, take the time to get a satisfying answer to all of nthem
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