Another reason that allergies cause depression: I went back to the allergist today for my 6-month followup appointment from my original diagnosis, which showed that I have heinous allergies to all things fungal. The doc thought the allergies were severe enough that I should take Allegra and Singulair, as well use a nasal spray and get allergy shots once a week. (Add this to 2 anti-depressants plus a hodge-podge of "as-needed" meds plus my exorbitantly priced vitamins and supplements.)
Umm, yeah. My kids don't really need to eat.
I told my doc that I had stopped taking Singulair because it was too friggin' expensive, but he insisted that I need to take it at least 2x/week. Sounds more doable. Except when you do the math:
Effexor - $25/month
Wellbutrin - $10/month
Allegra - $10/month
Veramyst Nasal Spray - $25 / month
Singulair - $130 / month!!!!! (that's for daily dosage, but taking 2x/week, let's call it 1/3 of that price, which would be about $43 / month)
Optivite Vitamins (the absolute best on the market): $20 per bottle (one-month supply)
Omega Brite (high potency omega 3 supplement): $20 / month
Vitamin D3 (1000-2000 mg / day): $10 / month
And yes, these are ALL doctor prescribed and doctor "recommended" (i.e. my doctor said of the vitamins and supplements: "you have to find a way to afford these because your body is so depleted") My doctor is not a quack. He is a close family friend and he knows our situation: he would not ask me to spend more than I needed for my health.
In any case, we have no idea how to afford to get me healthy.
You do the math. I'm too depressed to do it.