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May 8, 2018 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

Hi, I have found this thread helpful. This morning I read an article in the WSJ about genetics and discovering the best antidepressant. Here is a link to the article (or you can Google it to be safe — I never recommend clicking on a hyperlink — A Genetic Test Could Help Predict the Right Antidepressant For You): https://www.wsj.com/articles/which-anti-depressant-is-right-for-you-your-dna-can-shed-some-light-1525622524

Apr 30, 2018 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @charlie75, I know this must seem so very basic … but where would one look to find a CBT group? That sounds to me like a fabulous idea.

Apr 30, 2018 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

Hi @ladybugmg, focus is one of the ways I have battled depression for the past 5 decades. Some would argue that it is an avoidance technique; I argue otherwise. Depression made it hard for me to focus and accomplish things in life. By focusing on one thing at a time and establishing specific goals to follow, my life has more meaning and I feel more productive. While this does not eliminate the depression, it does seem to keep it at a lower level — the clouds are not as dark. Clearly, it is necessary to focus on more than one item during any period of time — but I think of it as a hyper focus on one important goal, with the rest being secondary. As each goal is achieved, another item moves up to the hyper category. It works for me …

If you like to read, I enjoyed reading the Checklist Manifesto. While not read (or I expect written) specifically with depression in mind, I found it quite helpful.

Apr 30, 2018 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

Hi, I am very interested in what you have posted. My life runs parallel to yours. I have come to accept it as genetics, but I will never give up trying to beat it. Cognitive therapy has been helpful, although I find it difficult to speak to a therapist about this, so I read a lot. Of late, I have had an increased determination to overcome this affliction. I believe it is within us to move beyond it. I would love to hear from anyone who may have suffered from depression for decades. Do you have any suggestions or specific actions that may have been helpful for you?