Thanks for the reply !
Well, from the above mentioned symptoms it seems that you are suffering from Dysthymia , which is defined as chronic depression lasting more than 2 years , with intermittent exacerbation ( increase in severity of symptoms ) seen .
Dysthymia does have a withdrawing effect on person's life, making him / her resentful to any kind of social interaction with family and friends and even miss important life events .
So, i suggest you consult a psychiatrist and discuss the below mentioned treatment with him.
1) 1 Anti depressant drug such as Effexor XR (venlafaxine extended release ) capsule or Paxil ( paroxetine ) , Zoloft ( sertraline ) , or Milnacipran , or Cymbalta . You may ask your doctor to choose any one of these drugs and get you started on it . Also discuss the dose and time of intake of the drug chosen. All these drugs are potent and effective in dysthymia , with less side effects , but let your doctor first evaluate you and accordingly choose the drug for you.
2) 1 Anti anxiety drug needs to be added to the anti depressnt, as to assist it . Some good examples of anti anxiety drugs are -- Klonopin (clonazepam ) ,or Buspar (buspirone ), or Etizolam or Alprazolam . Only one out of these needs to be added and again the dose and time of intake is to be decided by your doctor.
3) Psychotherapy -- counseling in lay terms is as effectve a treatment as drug therapy , and when added to drug therapy it will give out the best results for your condition.The best psychotherapy for Dysthymia is Cognitive behavioural therapy ( CBT) , WHICH IS A short duration therapy , provided by Clinical psychologist or psychiatrist.
So, i suggest you consult a Psychiatrist and get the above mentioned regime discussed and start on the best possible regime .
I know , it has been really hard for you to endure these depressive symptoms for so long a duration , but now , i believe it is high time for you to get over with it once for and all.
I am mentioning below a few links about dysthymia , which will throw more light on it.
I wish you rapid recovery to the best of health.
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