Thursday, May 11, 2006

It's Alive! It's ALIVE!!!

Brain function is returning, albeit slowly. Posting will remain infrequent for a while, as I get back up to speed. Speaking of which, my next post will most likely be from my new digs. I'll post a link here to let those who care know where I've gone.

And speaking of those who care, thanks to all for the good wishes. My blog friends are important to me, and I value your concern and well-wishes.

I've written about this in the past, but I think its a point that needs to be stressed, since there are still a lot of people, including many, many doctors, who don't understand that depression has two parts: a mental part, to be sure, but also a physical part. Often, a lot of the mental symptoms are a reflection of reduced neuron efficiency in the brain and reduced activity in the hippocampus, which controls higher brain functions.

It is vital to get treatment for both sides of the disorder. For that reason, I encourage anyone who has Major Depression to go see a psychiatrist. They have MD's. They are familiar with neuro-anatomy and neuro-chemistry, andthey keep current on medications and their physical effects. A GP who just throws Zoloft or Prozac or, today's favorite, Paxil at you is not doing you any good. You need a doctor who can evaluate your specific needs carefully and find just exactly the right medication(s) and dosage(s) that you need. It's different for just about everybody.

It took my psychiatrist and I nearly three years to get the right combination. I have taken nearly every anti-depressant and anti-psychotic (they help me slepp better) currently being prescribed. I went through some bad times with side effects, too, but I'm glad now that I did. Now that I have a pretty firm physical base to stand on, we can start doing some really effective therapy.

You might find it strange that I would say that after going through nearly six weeks of unrelenting depression. My conclusion, and my psychiatrist agrees, is that this particular episode was brought on simply by fatigue and stress. My brain had to withdraw for a while in self-defense, to avoid much larger problems later. Cortisol kills.

I'll be around and about more as time goes by.