3 and a half years i have been battling depression

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is there anyone on this forum who was diognosed with treatment resitant depression but found a med or combination of meds that worked for them.iv been battling now for 3 and a half years now and nothing so far nothing has helped at times i feel like giving in but i cant as i have a 12 year old son who i love dearly.i refuse to believe i wont get better.but a person can only take so much.so if there is someone out there who has had a positive outcome from this hiddious illness would they be kind enough to let us know

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    I've never heard of treatment resistant depression to be honest. I'm not sure that's an actual thing. Theres many reasons why meds won't work with depression,typically it means there's an underlying issue which needs to be resolved with therapy . Theres too much emphasis put on meds for psychological issues, by drs too- meds can help short term or while therapy is happening,but they are seldom the whole answer. For some yes, but rarely. See a therapist and take it from there

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      t r d means up to now they havnt found a med as yet to lift my depression but that doesnt mean to say there is nothing that wont work im doing recovery college mindfullness exercise you name it i have done it.the mood for some reason always seems to lift into the evening.but my sleep is very poor im currently taking 15 mlg mirtazipine which doesnt work for me.so its back to the phych. tomorrow.
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    I read about this type of depression. It says it's not treated well on two or more antidepressants. I had to have 2 antidepresants and an anti physcotic medicine. It sounds bad but actually worked well for me.Therapy didn't work for me. It may work for you. Im just saying, what has worked for me. I came off the third med. after awhile, but still take the other two. You may gain weight beca use it does make you eat. Excercize regularly and eating celery when in between eating etc. helps. I hope this helps you for you and your son. Depression is rough for anyone. If no help from present doc. don't hesitant to check others if possible.

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      thanks forgetting back to me barbara .so far i have tried about 10 different meds.some a combination but with no luck as yet.im 3 days into tapering from 150mlg to 100mlg of sertraline which i had given 3 months with no effect .side effects going on in the body for the last 2 days have been really bad feel very edgy anxiety is through the roof.hope this feeling doesnt last to long although by now i should be getting used to these feelings.
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      hi michele.no i am not in remission yet.thankfully im seeing my psych tomorrow i will see what he has to say .then i will tell him im willing to give ect a go if needed only i cant go on feeling like this much more.iv done the cbt therapys which will be useful when i am feeling stable.as i have said before i cant be the only person who dosent get better from this type of depression.i just need to keep going as hard as it is.
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      I really doubt ect will be an option, it's generally at the drs request - not the patients, and it's a fairly extreme thing to try, it's seldom encouraged. Side effects can be horrific and lead to lifelong issues, I'd talk to the about Psychotherapy- not cbt, it's not the same thing at all

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      no! ect gave me brain damage, and i'll never be able to work again. i was told it was safe, so gave it a try, and it's destroyed my life. of course, everyone is different, and has different reactions. please do research on ect, talk to others about their experience. please dont jump into it when you're not sure. i wish someone had warned me years ago before i did it.

      thoughtfully, laura

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      jmcg2014,

      Not certain where you're calling from but, here in the U.S., ECT is becoming more and more common because it is much safer than many medications or medication cocktails.

      When I had my ECT sessions, between 1999-2002, they helped bring me back into the world, at least, and unlike laura08496, I had no damage at all. If you're seeing a doc now be sure and let him/her know that you wouldn't be averse to (at least) giving it a try.

      I have so many physical ailments right now that I need to have them treated before I go back for more ECT sessions. But I will. I will.

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      hi ciderguy thanks for your reply.iv been following a guy on you tube called bigknowno .what an insperational person he is.he was diognosed with t r d i think he had e c t treatment as well but with a lot of hard wrk he is now well on the road to recovery.i would also like to say to you well done for not giving up you obviously have great determination i hope you start to feel better again very soon.
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      The "T" in "TMS" does not stand for "transcendental."

      TMS stands for transcranial magnetic stimulation. Sometimes it is called rTMS, for "repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation."

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    A have suffered from depression most of my adult life and had been on every anti depressant known to man but only seen a change in my mood after my cpn advised that I went on mirtazipine combined with mindfulness therapy I'm much better than I once was ask if you can speak to someone that deals with depression like a cpn it helped me loads they have a much better understanding than gp's

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