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I am seeing a new therapist because my old therapist said he can no longer treat me, he did not think he was helping anymore. So I have a new therapist now and so far there is no improvement. I went back on medication in December of last year and every medication they gave me since then, I have not responded to. I gave each of them roughly 4 weeks, but did not continue them because they either made me worse, the side effects were too much, and on top of it none of them helped. I was hospitalized back in February, and they changed both my meds at the same time and that did nothing as well. I am really starting to think that no medication will work for me, and my brain is taking all the hits every time they raise or lower the dose, or they change the meds. I am at the point where I do not even feel like trying any new medications. Maybe going off them and trying some alternative treatments. I am seeing my therapist twice a week and still on medication, so I may continue to try different meds, but I don't really know what to do. I am going to try though.
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I hope you can find something that will work.
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I wish you the best, I relate to being treatment resistant. For me, Lamictal, Wellbutrin and Ketamine infusions have helped the most. Good luck.
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I have treatment-resistant bipolar I and I am being told that Clozapine is pretty essential. I have restarted it today. Based on what you described, you seem a candidate for Clozapine, but you have not named the medications you have tried. Do you remember what they were called?
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Thank you aspiringauthor for the pretty nice and informative post.
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If you can afford Ketamine Infusions, that was the first thing in three years that heled at all. It's expensive though. How about TMS? I have heard that can be pretty helpful also. I couldn't get approval for it because I had already done ECT and it didn't help. Personally, I don't recommend ECT although I understand it has helped others. Not me, it just screwed up my memory really bad.
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I think "treatment resistant" should be related to both you and the treatment offered, not just you. If the treatment does not help, it is not necessarily your "fault".
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Treatment resistant is not our fault.
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I have TRD and managed to have intranasal ketamine prescribed. It has helped when nothing else did for many years.


It costs $65/month-not covered by insurance but way cheaper than infusions and totally worth it.
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