My aunt was diagnosed with PD a few months ago and is really struggling. She has always struggled with depression and anxiety but for some reason, has never been able to tolerate anti depressants for long as she says they make her feel worse. She usually tries them for about 1-2 weeks and gets so overwhelmed by this suicidal blackness, she stops taking them. She has now started Senimet (spelling?) and is on 3 tablets a day. At first, she really improved and was walking faster, feeling better, but now she says she feels as though the internal tremor is getting worse and she feels that the drug is making her very sick. Recently she's had a couple of meltdowns where she's been almost hysterical, saying the way the drug makes her feel is not worth it.
Because of her long history of depression and anxiety, for us it's hard to distinguish how much of this is PD and the drug stabilising her system and how much is really extreme anxiety. It is very difficult to watch, feeling powerless to help. We do not want her to stop the medication - but obviously she's experiencing quite some stressful side effects. The doctor and PD nurse so far haven't really been much help - they almost seemed to imply 'that's just the way it is - deal with it'.Just wondering, is this normal? Is there anything else we can do? Could the drug make an internal tremor feel worse?