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I am on medication, and I've found coming here to SparkPeople and encouraging others is another way to assist me on my journey. Thanks for the article. Report
I suffer from chronic depression and for a while about 15 years ago suffered from major depression. I was on Prozac for about 5 years and gradually weened off them. I found my government funded (I live in Canada so some psychiatrists are covered by our health plan) therapist completely useless. I have heard of friends saying they found better results with private doctors and you need to find the best fit for you. Not every therapist will connect with you. Unfortunately I couldn’t afford it. The drugs worked, and now I no longer need help, but I still get blue days. I have changed my brain chemistry though so now if I get blue the therapy I use is to just get up and do something. Usually I can get over it by the next day. Often it comes around my period which is a form of depression on its own similar to post partum. Hormonally triggered. I have learned how to recognize the signs and use nutrition and exercise to combat it most of the time. It doesn’t mean that I will never need medicine or therapy in the future just that I’m finding holistic ways to deal with it by myself Report
Please update article to reflect TMS ( trans cranial magnetic stimulation) as a therapy. I had it over a year ago,and haven't used anti depressants for over 8 months. Report
Sorry that I asked a question. Didn't read above first Report
most of these are old. I'm Bi Polar Was told July 2000 but I know that some was wrong in my teens. I've got the help I needed and I'm still going some of the meds I take the side effect is weight gain. Which sometimes I think of not taking, but I know better I just have to try harder but sometimes I feel like it's a battle I'll never will win. Want group would be good for me? Need Help Report
I want to reiterate that if you think you could have depression, please get help. I thought I was fine for years & had "normal" troubles - until I started having hallucinations, losing control of my body, and majorly hurting myself (biting my arms, pulling out my hair, hitting myself, etc). It turns out I had Borderline Personality Disorder, which is a marriage of PTSD and depression. It's half genetic, so it's really nothing that someone can control.

If I would have gotten help sooner, I wouldn't have had to go through all of the self-harm that I did. It really hurt my entire family & scared my children to see their mom like that.

I have a family member that has similar symptoms (no self harm) and refuses to get help because she's too proud & worried about the stigma associated with it. No one has to know if you're worried about it (medical records are confidential), and my loved one will continue to liver life sub-par because of that pride. Please, just try to catch it early before things get worse. You're always better safe than sorry. Report
I am bi-polar. I was not diagnosed until I was 53. I spent a lot of years medicating myself with alcohol and other drugs. I feel so stable now and marvel still how good life is. Good talk and good drugs have made me "normal" like everyone else. Don't be afraid to reach out for help even though your mind set at the time makes everything seem hopeless. P.S. I am also epileptic. Report
My depression comes and goes. Growing up being 'depressed' was a bad word being that my Grandmother was often hospitalized for her depression.
I attempt to read positive things and exercise to overcome it, but today at work it I am not able to. Report
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You did not mention "reactive depression" which results from having many stresses thrown at you all at the same time. My Dr. told me I had that when I was a newlywed many years ago. Report
I'm surprised this article doesn't address so-called "atypical depression." It's probably the most common type of depression; it's just called "atypical" because it doesn't tend to respond to the same medications people were coming up with for major depression.

Some of things that distinguish atypical depression are constantly overeating, sleeping too much, and feeling like the limbs are far too heavy for exercise. Seems like it'd be worth mentioning on a site for people who've been having trouble eating well and getting fit. Report
I know that this was meant as information but I think this is a discussion that one's self and their DOCTOR or PSYCHAITRIST / PSYCHOLOGIST to be having. Report
To begin with, saying that "alternative therapies ... are most effective when combined with medication and psychotherapy" is like saying stone soup is better with cabbage, carrots and a ham bone. The working ingredients are the medication and psychotherapy. Which treatment you get may depend more on who you go to than on what would work best for you.

Non-M.D. psychotherapists are not allowed to prescribe drugs, so they give you talk therapy. That takes a long time to work. Because medical reimbursements are limited, you could be forced to quit before the psychotherapy has done its work, if it would even work at all. But if talk therapy works for you, and you can finish it, you could stop treatment and walk away from the problem.

M.D. psychiatrists have to earn back the cost of their training. If your medical plan is paying them, psychotherapy will take many hours with limited payment and you might have to quit before you're better. Medication, if it works, shows immediate results, and it pays better because they can prescribe medications after a relatively brief consultation and see more patients. Drug companies profit from medication, not from talk therapy. Their profits come from your drug plan, and when the drug plan stops paying and you stop taking the medications your depression will return.

Since the profits and costs of medication vs. psychotherapy accrue to different persons and groups, nobody has an incentive to invest in studies that compare their cost and effectiveness. You're on your own, and if you're already depressed you're not likely to have the resources to make an informed choice. Report
Thank you for this article. I have never been a part of a community like this before, but, I am learning that it is important to open up and share, or the entire life experience as a whole can swallow me up. Now that the 40's are upon me, I have found that I am not only overweight - which makes me constantly self conscious of my appearance, but, I have been chronically depressed for some time. I have been struggling with reaching out for help and this article has helped me know that I am not alone. I have had a lot of regret in my life, have always worked hard to live to a standard that would make others proud of me and have not taken time to appreciate all that I am blessed to have and embrace it -I am even learning, now that it is important to embrace the mistakes and tragedies my life has had, because they have made me stronger, and wiser. I am going to seek help for my problem with depression. My husband, and my children deserve a wife and mom who can enjoy them. I find myself so terribly irritable for reasons I don't even understand, and my reactions to life seem to be overly reactive - more so lately than ever. I have been so ashamed to admit that I have this problem, and have become exhausted with "covering" it up...I am truly inspired to get some help from somewhere so that I can begin living life, and not just existing in it. Thank you for this website and this is reaching out and helping people like me take stock in my life, and own up to not appreciating it like I should. Report
That's great! You've found the right "formula" , one that works for you and has made your quality of life not merely tolerable, but - from the looks of the happy mom in the picture, on the beach with her two children - I'd say wonderful too.

I suffer from bipolar type 1, so you can probably imagine that yes, I would have major depressions. But I also have dysthymia, even when I'm "level" which I've managed to control with a very basic method necessity taught me after the birth of my first child, my son, Ian, at 41. It's your standard "fake it 'til you make it" attitude and lot of self taught behavior modification.
wake and as soon as I've shaken off enough of the fairy dust to realize what day it is and how soon my responsibilities to others are going to start I roll my eyes, take deep breath, head for the coffee machine and count my blessing every day.
I'm a concoction person by nature (who ever heard of peanut butter mayonaise and tomatoes on 7 grain bread before?) so I guess it makes sense that each day I need to take a kind of medication soup mix. I have fibromyalgia and need meds for that too, and one of them is (guess what?) an antidepressant that works on pain - one of the tricyclics.
The I take Wellbutrin which alone doesn't work for the likes of me so they got about the big guns and added Effexor, and finally Topamax to help with my bipolar disorder, and of course, to "elevate my mood". And as if that list isn't long enough, I'm on Methadone
FOR PAIN - not for any addiction problem, Abilify s the primary med for the bipolar,
and occaisionally Ambien for sleep.

But at 47, with a five year old child recently diagnosed with high functioning Autism, I am mindful of my diet, I practice yoga and exercise, have a house and a part-time job as I try to hone my skills as a writer of short stories and plays, and a car and all of those basic things we all want - and then some - and I have to say, I'm having the time of my life!

Depression - be it dysthymia or major depression or both, has taken the lives of too may good people with promising futures they couldn't bear to wait for.
I still struggle with the blues periodically but try to let it run a time limited course like that of the common cold before I simply refuse to participate in it anymore.
I tell myself I have no choice but to attend to my life - and to tend the life of my child !
At that point I make a decison to think about all the good things, all the luck I've had in my life, and about the future which, like a good book, I just have to know how it's going to turn out.! I can't just put it down or throw it a away because I'm at a difficult part to get though or which I don't understand. I figure, sooner or later it will all become revealed somehow and I want to be around til the end.
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