I have suffered depression my entire life and I am now 76. Drs. had in the past given me various meds that seemed to work but never any thing on a long term basis. I finally saw a psychiatrist, who subsequently had her medical license suspended, and then got in with highly recommended Dr. I wanted to see. After a two hour intake session he agreed to take me on but as I was walking out the door he said I want you to see xxxx, she is a therapist who does not work for me but just rents an office in my building. I was somewhat taken backen back by this but made a follow appointment with the Dr. and an appointment the therapist. I was pretty cinical about the therapist and what talk therapy could accomplish but that is what the Dr. said he wanted me to do.
We can now jump 7 years ahead when things seemed to just get worse. By this point my Dr. and I had developed trust in each other and we threw the kitchen sink at my problem as far as drugs go. Finally with a very high dose of two anti depressants and 4mg of Klonopin we broke the code. My next appointment was with my therapist and I walked in said "I'm well". I had been able to figure out the focus of my depression and throughout several days worked out the whole thing and was free. This whole process took 10 years and I am convinced that with out therapy I would never have gotten better. I still take a low dose of anti-depressants and 1\2 mg of Klonopin daily but I am a free man. I'm fully convinced that both drugs and therapy are important. For me I think the drugs could have masked the illness but would never gotten it under control without therapy.