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Re: tired of it catachrest

Posted by Penny on February 16, 2004, at 14:12:27

In reply to tired of it, posted by catachrest on February 16, 2004, at 14:03:38

Yes - we've all been there. Not that that makes you feel any better, but just know you're not alone.

Believe it or not, there really are things that work, but, as you've probably seen on this board, there is no one 'right' treatment - what works for me might not work for you - and it sometimes takes a LONG time of trial and error to find the magic combination of meds and/or therapy to get depression under control.

I wish I knew what to tell you, but what I can say is to keep posting on this board, as it is a wonderful support for many of us, find a good psychiatrist (pdoc) you can trust, find a good therapist if that's something you are interested in continuing with, and don't give up.

And realize that you can't just snap out of it. Despite what you might have been told - depression is an illness, and you can no more snap out of it than you could snap out of having diabetes. And most people, IMO, who have never suffered from depression don't understand that very important fact. But those of us on this board do understand. That I can tell you for sure.

Don't give up after only trying one med - many of us here have been on so many, and it often takes a combination (cocktail) of meds to be effective - hence the importance of a competent pdoc. And don't give up on your first therapy experience either - perhaps you are right, that this particular method of therapy and/or therapist aren't right for you. But that doesn't mean you won't be able to find the right therapy for you.

And, above all, DON'T BEAT YOURSELF UP. That's something that I can guarantee is only going to make you feel worse. In fact, it's symptomatic of the disease.

Do you have a good support system?

P


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