She tells me that when she resumes some counseling (therapy?) in a few weeks that if they prescribe something she is willing to try it again. Not sure if I mentioned before that she has an appointment with a new psychologist coming up that she is hopeful she can stick with.
Unfortunately I do not know what meds she tried in the past and don't know how I could find that out without divulging to her I am online chatting with strangers about her!
Not sure she would entirely dig that? But actually, she would probably find it ok since it is anonymous and I am only doing it because I am desperate to find a way out of our current cycles of behavior.
I appreciate your insights and will make note of the difference of antidepressants vs anxiety. Not sure she was aware of how one makes you tired and the other does not.
From the above I assume that a psychiatrist prescribed the meds? My wife and I got ours from our family doctor who, IMO, is better able to address the tiredness.
I don't recommend deceiving your wife, but our discussion is simply you researching various meds that may be appropriate for her. We are not talking about her as much as the pros and cons of the various meds and the process for finding the best medical care. I learned in the past 5 years that we are the best ones to ensure our health. You need to be active in your own care and if you have the ability, active in the care your wife receives. No one will care about her health as much as you.
I take zoloft and wanted to switch because of some sexual side effects. I asked the doctor about Wellbutrin (wife takes that one). He said one works on serotonin and the other on dopamine. He was not optimistic it was what I needed but agreed to let me try it. As I mentioned, I am very experienced with meds (career wise) and personally (wife takes 15 different pills a day). Well, I definitely had side effects. I looked them up (after taking not before, my mistake) and I clearly had the side effects listed. I was part of the 22% that was affected. So I dropped the Wellbutrin. You have to try different meds, not just try 1 or 2, have mixed results and stop. There are MANY meds to address these two issues (anxiety and depression) and the generics have been prescribed for decades for millions of people. Each drug will have different effects and different side affects. If your wife gets tired, your family doctor may be able to address that - Vitamin D-3, or Vitamin B supplements, for example, or varying the time of day she takes the pills (morning vs evening)
My wife sees about six different specialists due to a major physical health issue and all prescribe pills. Often the pills from one with interfere with pills from the other or have side effects. I prefer to have a single doctor that prescribes all the meds or at least is away of them all. That should be her primary care physician.