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BILL60 Posts: 365,106
3/25/13 7:54 A

Welcome to SP and the very best on your journey.

SLEEPYPANDA85 SparkPoints: (823)
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3/25/13 2:00 A

Thank you for sharing the link. I just signed up yesterday and didn't realize there was a resource for depression. I'm definitely going to take a look at that. Also, I've recently just got back on track with exercise which I'm going to continue. Eventually I will try to find a new counselor, as you said there are many good and bad. I'm actually feeling a little bit better than I did earlier today. I know that giving up hope is never an option. Thanks again! :)

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3/24/13 11:50 P

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There is a whole Depression Condition Center on here that has a ton of helpful resources:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_condit
ions.asp?condition=6


And, exercise has been shown to be effective in treating depression. For some people, it is more effective than medication. Definitely give that a try! Also, personally, I would give therapy another shot, especially if you are dealing with additional issues at the moment. There are a lot of good therapists out there (and unfortunately a lot of bad ones). It's really about finding a good match.
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3/24/13 10:33 P

I've had problems with depression and anxiety since I was a teenager. It feels like it has been a constant battle, and I've tried so many medications such as Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Effexor, Topamax, and Wellbutrin. Right now I'm on Lexapro and Lamictal and this has probably controlled the depression and anxiety better than any of the other medications I've tried, but it is still not completely under control. I feel myself slipping into another dark period due to a recent family crisis combined with regular stress in my life like work. I'm not what I should do. I'm hesitant to try any other medications like antipsychotics such as Abilify due to the higher probability of serious side effects. I've tried therapy in the past, but I have not had any luck in finding an effective therapist and I've lost hope in this area. Any advice would be appreciated.

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