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May 21st, 2013, 22:19
When you consider the biochemical structure of the brain and how that effects our cognitive and emotional states you can understand the complexity it creates when trying to treat it.

We are all unique, and how our systems process drugs, food, or allergens, is individual. Treatment is based on symptoms, but is always to some extent trail and error. Whether it is psychotherapy or medication, there is no way to measure any aspect of a living brain and say "this one is low on xyz".

But people do need to be sure physical conditions have been ruled out first. Most of that can be done with simple blood tests. B12 levels, blood counts, thryroid functions, electrolytes, are checked as standard practice when treating depression just for that reason.

Those with true depression. (meaning it is more then just a blue day) are handicapped by their own disease. The helplessness, hopelessness, and total lack of energy or motivation makes seeking help one more thing that you don't have the energy to try nor do you think it would do any good anyway.

This forum could not cover all the possible in's and outs of this disease. But it is a disease………one that can be treated for most people…….one that is complex and mandates each person be treated individually.

The only thing that is universal for every person fighting it, is that you seek help, make sure any medical conditions have been ruled out, and don't wait to complain if something is not helping. You are unique and need to find what works for you.

Bart and Corwin should just admit that when it gets down to it, I will have the final say.
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