Should I consider medication?

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I have chronic depression since I was a teenager.   For years, I managed without medications, for many reasons, but it got to a point that I couldn’t do it alone.  I took medications for about 3 years it helped, I was not feeling down (sad, crying for no apparent reason), I was sleeping well, had more energy, and I would not get irritated so quickly. However, I noticed I was numb must of the time and my response time was very slow.  I was not sad/crying, but not excited and happy either.  It was like I had no emotions. So, I stopped the medication. About 6 months after, I started feeling sad, having trouble sleeping, lack of energy. There are days I don’t want to leave the bed for anything.  I started seeing a counselor, but honestly, she was really nice, but not much help. 

I have a great family, a good job, life in a decent area. Looking at my life, there is no reason for feeling like I feel: worthless. I feel there is no point to my life and somedays I just want to slip into a comma until all is well.  I have horrible, chronic insomnia; I could go days without sleep.  But, there are other days that I feel normal for the most part.  I don’t like to socialize with people, but I try and do have a good time. There are days I laugh and feel happy, content, accomplish. 

So based on my experience with antidepressants in the past, and my current status, do you think taking prescriptions again may be a good idea? 

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    Have you ever tried mirtazapine? I too am a chronic insomniac and also have had episodes of major depressive disorder. I tried several anti depressants which didn't work, then I tried mirtazapine. Once I got over the first few days of feeling like a zombie, this lifted and so did my anxiety and depression. I was able to ditch the temazepam and I slept like a normal person for the first time in my life. This lasted for almost four years. Sadly, the mirt stopped working and my insomnia and depresssion returned. I am now almost finished my taoer off mirtazapine and am no longer depressed, but I have terrible insomnia again and am dependent on temazepam. However, I am grateful for that lovely four years that mirtazapine gave me.
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      Thank you for the recomendation, I need to look into it. I was taking cymbalta and abilify for depression and it helped with my sleep, but I felt like a zoombie.  
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    that is issue with anti depressants, you need to weigh up the benefits to negatives. Some are more numbing than others, so maybe a different one you could try this time?. Personally, i think they could help you and they should help to level out your moods going from happy to deep lows, but really it is a personal choice
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