Has anyone else worked really hard for years to learn about and manage their illness and gotten no where? I try therapy after therapy, medication after medication, but for the last few years clinicians have ended our contact with "I'm sorry hannah but we've tried everything and there is nothing left to try" and when i get a new doctor or psych they all say the same thing when i get upset and frustrated explaining my struggles... "do what do you want me to do about it?". I even moved to the private… read more
I have found that it really helps me to be in a depression support group. There you can hear hows others deal with similar situations to what you are dealing with. I have been part of the Depression Support Alliance since 1997. The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is located in Chicago, IL. There are chapters through out the United States. Google DBSA and you will find support groups in your location.
I'm really sorry to hear about you are going through. Having no hope has to be one the worst things in life. You are clearly doing whatever you can to try and fight this and for that I salute you - it is not easy. Personally I cannot relate really, but want to add something if I may.
The treatment of mental health is still a very young practice. The brain has to be one the most complex organs and scientists still have to learn so much about it. I think it is fair to say that because of this, treatment is limited, which means that what you have is not incurable, a cure that works for you has not been found yet.
That does not help you right now, I know, but hopefully understanding this will spark some hope again for the future. The reality of mental health and the need to address it, is becoming more prevalent these days. I've read about blood tests that can be done soon to help understand what causes depression and anxiety. How it works and if it is available all ready, I don't know.
Understand one thing. Your struggles are real. Just because people don't understand it or cannot relate, doesn't mean it is not there.
Hugs to you and again I want to commend you on your bravery and persistence.
I was diagnosed, after years of feeling not good, in 2003--depression, and have been on meds and therapy (on and off) for almost 14 years. In the last year, have had some REALLY LOW LOWS--in bed for DAYS--and like you, some people can't or don't want to try to "figure me out." Hey, WHO CHOOSES THIS ILLNESS? THERE IS HOPE...please believe that. YOU CAN FIND IT RIGHT HERE!!! As for those "professionals," I'm gobsmacked. People have told me music helps, singing, exercise, journaling...it can take a lot of time, effort, trial and error, BUT YOU ARE WORTH IT. AND YOU'RE A MOM? That's the most important job in the world. My hat is off to you! YOU ARE TREATABLE, and deserve to be treated with RESPECT. I don't know where you live, but I'm in Quebec, and just found out about some groups I plan to look into. Good luck. Take care. AND KEEP POSTING!
@A MyDepressionTeam Member - not to hijack the thread but I want to answer your question. It didn't work for one. Plus it made me feel like a zombie, like I was outside of myself. Like my brain was disconnected or something. I feel more normal without it than with it.