Let me throw my few cents into the conversation (I’m never shy on doing that…)
First, my personal experience - if I went into detail the reasons that I have for being depressed and anxious strictly in terms of the physical things that are wrong now that weren’t last year and that weren’t 4 years ago (lost a bunch in 2018 and then again earlier this year), I think I would have to call my doctor and up my anti-depressants and anti-anxiety meds. Yes, I’m on them. Yes, it’s not an exaggeration when I say that I firmly believe that they have saved my life. I have no intention of giving them up. Period. So, as someone who is closing in on 43 years of battling this AVM crap, I recommend them very much and believe they are very important for the recovery of someone like me (and most of us) who has lost substantial physical abilities because of their AVM.
Now to add a couple of additional thoughts:
- Make sure that all of your doctors know about whatever meds you might be looking to add. Dr. Depression might think that it’s okay to add _____________ but Dr. AVM says that taking that med with onyx in your head from embolizations could cause problems.
- Mike raises a good point - make sure you are aware of what possible side effects the drugs could have so that you can watch for those. I asked one of my doctors, "Dr. S, it appears that if I’m getting any side effects from any of my meds, they are almost always the weird, odd, hardly anyone gets them type of side effects. Is that because I’m weird or is it because the nature of an AVM and the Onyx and such tends to bring out the rare side effects? He didn’t know but his thought was a combination of both. So then watch for both.
In short, keep your eyes open in terms of strange reactions, side effects etc. and keep in touch with your doctors on those side effects and also what sort of positive effects they might be having.
And now, since I don’t always, the question that I try to ask a lot more than I used to, “Does that make sense?”