Dealing with Depression/Medications


Hi! I am wondering, if a medicine seemed to work then stopped working, is it possible it just needed a higher dose?

I have been on different medications and they seem to stop working after awhile. Zoloft, Effexor, Paxil, Celexia, and now Prosac. I do feel like it doesn't help me as much, especially with my anxiety issues.

I mean is there a way to know if a medication will never work for you?

Hi Kelly,

Antidepressants can, all of a sudden, stop working.  Personally speaking, my husband
has had this problem for years.

Since everyone has a different chemical brain/body, it is trial and error to see what works and

what does not.  Sorry, but that is the way it is.   It is a frustrating, and expensive problem.

For anxiety, ask your doctor about the oldie but goodie "buspar."

Dr. Pat Schafer  

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Patricia A. Schafer, Ph.D.


I received my Ph.D. from Kent State,in Ohio in Counseling.I specialize in various forms of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and forms of addictions such as substance abuse,eating disorders and gambling. My licenses are: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor -Supervisor(LPCC-S) and Licensed Professional Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) My experience includes counseling substance abusers, families of alcoholics/drug addictions, and codependency issues. I also specialize in social phobia; stress; anxieties; women`s issues; grief and adjustments to life changes. Some therapeutic techniques used are: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviorial Therapy)REBT (Rational Emotive), SFT (Solution Focused) and 12-Step, etc. If you live in the Cleveland area, you can contact me at my office for an appointment at: 440-349-4521. I accept insurance and EAP programs.


Twelve years experience as a professional clinical counselor; 30 years member of Al-Anon.


Experiences of prejudice among individuals in African American and Caucasian Interracial Marriages: A Q-methodological Study (Doctoral Dissertation - December 2008; Wilsnack and Beckman's book: Alcohol Problems in Women (1984). Alcohol use and marital violence: Female and Male Differences in reactions to alcohol(pages 260-279.

Ph.D. in Counseling - Kent State MS in Counseling - John Carroll University BS in Psychology - University of Pittsburgh

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Previous president of NCOCA (North Central Ohio Counseling Association); previous president of Chi Sigma Iota. Two years VISTA volunteer on Navajo reservation in Inscription House and Shonto.

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