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Ive been suffering from major depression since childhood.

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I've been suffering from major depression since childhood. I am now 39 yrs old. I've been taking 60mg/day of Cymbalta (Duloxetine) the last four years with great success. However, I still struggle with negative thoughts, guilt, and stress which perpetuates my depression.

Is there anything new or something that has proven successful for clinically depressed people? I exercise regularly, take vitamins, go to church, surround myself with positive and supportive people, etc. What more can I do?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Gina P replied 7 years ago.

Hi,

It sounds as if you are doing all the right things. As long as you are effectively doing these things CONSISTENTLY, they should help. There may be a couple of other things that may help also. Your psychiatrist can try you on a "cocktail" of medications, meaning a mix of several different medications to assist you with the depression and other symptoms.

 

Many people who experience long term depression can also benefit from ECT (electro convulsive therapy). This usually is successful for several years with little setbacks. I do not know if you are interested or not, but here are a couple of websites to give you more information:

http://www.medhelp.org/lib/ect.htm

 

http://www.psych.org/MainMenu/Newsroom/NewsReleases/2007NewsReleases/07-01erantipressrelease2006.aspx

 

I have seen ECT work well for those who try it.

 

Some are also trying acupuncture for depression. I am not as familiar with the success rate, but here are some websites as well.

 

http://www.aaaomonline.org/default.asp

 

http://acupuncture.com/conditions/depression.htm

 

Hope this helps some. Gina

 

 

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