SSRI response prima facie evidence of infection? + help finding a Central NJ physician
14 Feb 2011
I've experienced persistent anxiety, brain fog, and depression for about four years now. I've tried various treatments in response, but the most clearly helpful (particularly with anxiety) have been the SSRIs (or one, anyway--Zoloft in my case).
The strange thing is, though the SSRIs (as noted in the comments above) are supposed to take upwards of 2-3 weeks before they even start to have a noticeable positive effect (either through promoting new neuron growth or down-regulating serotonin receptors), in my case I noticed anxiety relief nearly immediately (within a few hours).
Given that most depressed people take two or more weeks to respond to SSRIs, low serotonin can't be the only thing going on for them. In my case, though, given the quick response, maybe it is. So, I'm left suspicious that my brain fog and depression has an infectious origin.
Paul Jaminet, who seems pretty knowledgeable generally, notes on his blog that "thus common symptoms of a bacterial infection of the brain are those of cognitive hypoglycemia and serotonin deficiency." http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=1479&cpage=1#comment-16165
He doesn't provide any references that might help convince a physician to try the CPN protocol, so I'm wondering if anyone in the community has any helpful ideas.
Or, more directly I suppose, whether anyone could suggest (through PM) the name of any doctors in the Philadelphia/NYC corridor (specifically Central NJ) who are experienced and/or receptive to checking for a potential brain infection and, if found, using CPN protocol as a treatment.