Personal Dilemma: Advice Needed

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Re: Personal Dilemma: Advice Needed

Postby soundwave106 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 4:19 am

selfinflikted wrote:
BonsoWonderDog wrote:Serious question - if anti-depressants work for humans, why wouldn't they work for depressed dogs?

They do. And vets prescribe them for dogs, cats, and who knows what else. :thu:


This is interesting in that anti-depressants really don't work that well in humans. :lol:

(Or rather, they will work very well for certain types of depression, but they don't work well at all for many other kinds. Doctors don't care, they make money either way. :facepalm: )

I'd give it time to make sure it isn't a mild, temporary type of blues due to adjustment stress or something. That's one type of depression SSRIs do not handle very well at all.
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Re: Personal Dilemma: Advice Needed

Postby BonsoWonderDog » Sun Oct 12, 2014 1:41 am

Not all antidepressants are SSRIs. There's a whole bunch of different kinds.

Just choose your desired side effect/s and off you go!
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Re: Personal Dilemma: Advice Needed

Postby soundwave106 » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:39 pm

BonsoWonderDog wrote:Not all antidepressants are SSRIs. There's a whole bunch of different kinds.


Yeah, SNRIs, tricyclics / tetracyclics, MAOIs, "atypical", etc. of course.

But as far as I know, almost *all* of these categories work by preventing the reuptake of neurotransmitters (particularly, but not always, serotonin). I'm not convinced that the lack of neurotransmitter availability is the only cause of depression. Certainly not the mild temporary kind in many cases.

The major exception is MAOIs, which work by preventing neurotransmitter metabolization, not reuptake. But they also have nasty side effects because this also effects the metabolization of other chemicals. I don't think they are prescribed often for this reason.

From what I hear, other mechanisms to treat depression are being worked on, but are not out of the lab yet.
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Re: Personal Dilemma: Advice Needed

Postby Plink Floyd » Sun Oct 12, 2014 7:57 pm

Based on his avie, I feel we can trust medical advice from sw106.

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Re: Personal Dilemma: Advice Needed

Postby ElectricPuppy » Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:23 pm

True, Plinky. There's nothing like an Andromeda to lend credence.
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Re: Personal Dilemma: Advice Needed

Postby Plink Floyd » Sun Oct 12, 2014 8:31 pm

NO, IT'S TEH SPECS THAT DOES IT FOR ME
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Re: Personal Dilemma: Advice Needed

Postby soundwave106 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:07 pm

:grin:

All I need is TV show, I canz be next Dr Oz.
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