Patient Comments: Depression - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your depression?

Comment from: olivegirl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I am 21 years old and genetically predisposed to clinical depression/major depressive disorder. All my life, I've suffered from it, but the symptoms became more obvious when I was 13. It was then when I was diagnosed. I was prescribed Prozac, but I did not take it as my mother was concerned about its side effects. A few years later, I visited another therapist who prescribed me an SSRI called Cipralex. It did not suit me at all. I gained a lot of weight, felt anxious and groggy all day long, had disturbed sleeping patterns and lost a lot of hair. Last year, I began treatment with another therapist who prescribed me one of the milder SSRIs called Cipram and advised me to exercise for at least half an hour daily. I take half a tablet every evening after supper. It has helped immensely and suits me well. I used to cry for hours every day, but now I don't even remember the last time I did! As far as the side effects are concerned, I am only prone to occasional mild headaches, decreased appetite (but not so much) and drowsiness at night after I've taken the dose. I hate to admit that I don't exercise at all these days, but when I used to, I felt a rapid improvement in my life. I intend to start exercising once again. I must mention that my two best friends and my boyfriend have provided me with unconditional emotional support, which is virtually half the treatment. For all those in the same boat as me who are reading this, my therapist said, "Fake it until you make it." As weird as it may sound, it actually does help! I wish each and every one of you the best of luck with your treatments. If I can “make it,” so can you.

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Comment from: olmsted73, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 10

I have suffered severe depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and insomnia for many years. I've tried Cymbalta, Paxil, and Effexor. Recently, my doctor prescribed Prozac, Ambien, Abilify, and Xanax. This combo seems to work well, although I still have severe insomnia. I'm hoping he can suggest something in combination with the Ambien or increase the dosage; otherwise, the symptoms have dramatically decreased for me.

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Comment from: Mindful thinking, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I had suffered from severe depression and anxiety every day for 3 years. Over the last year my depression has really lessened for me. The worse years did not improve until I was hospitalized for 3 months during which I gave my permission for electronic current therapy. Slowly I sorted my way out of the darkness until one day I was sitting at home in the sun and felt the warmth of the sun and felt the connection of my first happy moment in almost 3 and a half years. After hospital I was lucky enough to know/meet earth angels who were of great support to me who were great listeners with only positive comments in regard to me, one in particular had experienced depression first hand. For me that gave me great comfort knowing that someone totally understood where I was in my depression at that time, it was great to hear that what I was feeling was normal and that my problems just felt bigger than to someone without depression, to me most things scared me, so having someone who understood was the start of real improvement my recovery started to move forward. I also walked with a friend everyday, she started work at 7am but would get up at 5.30am and encourage me mentally and physically. All these things aided my recovery including Efexor anti-depressant, and anti anxiety medication which I have managed to come off a little of the high doses over the past year or so. (only with Dr advice of cause) But lastly apart from writing myself positive reinforcement thoughts quotes or truths and putting them up on a wall where I would see them frequently helped sort some confinement and also anything causing stress I would write down in order of priority, I find that system extremely helpful. I call myself a survivor now and not a victim of depression. So after dragging myself into a church my spirituality also slowly helped the healing process, and last but not least weekly Yoga and meditation, relearning how to relax the mind body and soul. Now I appreciate the good things in life, know myself better and take each day as it comes.

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Comment from: Frohlich, 55-64 Female Published: July 20

1) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy taught me how my learned beliefs (unconsciously absorbed from parents) framed my jaundiced view of my world which then colored depressive feelings. (Example: either I was happy or depressed) Black/white thinking is not realistic! Life is in color! 2) Depression was also a old strategy to numb the pain I actually needed to feel and process. Once I learned to honor the old pain, breathe with it and allow it to move along... Eventually it lost its power as a mistaken strategy. 3) Lastly, understanding the nature of happiness being moments, not a static state of being, helped.

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