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Im feeling very depressed I dont know how to cope with it.

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I'm feeling very depressed I don't know how to cope with it. I am on meds, but they're not working I've tried almost everything I could think of to get better and nothing is working. What should I do?
Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.

Depression is characterized by feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness, lack of energy or motivation, thoughts of death and/or suicide and trouble concentrating. It is common to feel there is no hope and no way out.

If you have not tried therapy, you might want to at this point. Therapy is often one of the best ways to feel better. Medications are helpful to deal with the symptoms of depression but they do not get rid of them permanently. Therapy can do that for you. To have a better chance at finding a good therapist, ask your doctor for a referral. Or you can search on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/.

You may also need a change in your medication. Medications are helpful to ease the symptoms but the vary in their effectiveness. Each person has their own body chemistry and what works for one may not work for another. Also, once you take medication for a while, your body becomes accustomed to it and you either need an increase in dosage or you need to try a new medication.

Motivation is a very difficult symptom of depression. It often keeps people from helping themselves and reaching out to others. But support and self help are vital in helping you overcome depression. Consider support groups, either on line or in person. People who are experiencing the same symptoms as you are can offer invaluable support, ideas and companionship to help you feel better. Also, working on your depression at home can supplement your therapy or other treatment. Here are resources to help you get started:

http://psychcentral.com/resources/Depression/Support_Groups/

http://depression.supportgroups.com/

http://www.nami.org/

http://helpguide.org/mental/depression_signs_types_diagnosis_treatment.htm

Once you are able to reach out, you will start to feel better. Let others support you and offer help. You need it right now. And you do not have to do this alone.

I hope this has helped you,
Kate
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hello,


 


Thank you Mrs.McCoy for the fast reply. I have been going to therapy now for 2 years and I'm still feeling very depressed. As for support groups I'm not comfortable talking about my condition to anyone who isn't a professional. I'm 22yrs old but I've been suffering from depression since is was 12yrs old so I feel like I need something really drastic to bring some change in my condition. Do you know of any treatment that fit this category?

You can try a natural homeopathic remedy (check with your doctor first). These often help your own body to readjust to a normal biochemical balance:

Omega 3 1,000 mg
Magnesium Glycinate 100 mg 3x's a day
Zinc 10 mg
Calcium 100 mg 3x's a day

If you feel that your depression is so severe that you cannot function, you can also talk with your doctor about considering ECT- Electric Convulsive therapy. It may seem extreme, but the treatment has been changed from what was offered in the past. It may help alleviate your symptoms.

You may also want to try finding a new therapist, if you are not getting the results you want from therapy. At this point, there should be some difference in how you feel. Trying another therapist can provide another perspective.

Kate
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