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

Were we separated at birth? Your journey is exactly as mine. I experienced a traumatic event when I was 9 years old and have suffered from low-level depression since then with periods of major depressive disorder. I am also now a senior and I'm experiencing the same feelings as you: not looking forward to anything; feeling blah; crying a lot; having anxiety; and the unrelenting fatigue. I wasn't diagnosed until I was forty. I've been on medication since then, but after a while it didn't work anymore and I had to change meds. Recently a psychiatrist gave me samples of a medication to supplement my regular antidepressants. It is named Vraylar and it worked beautifully; I hadn't felt this good in years. However, my insurance would only pay for it for six months. The cost out of my pocket would have been $1300/month after that 6 month period. Now I'm back to where I started. And talk therapy doesn't help at all. This is a brain condition and no amount of talk therapy will change that. It's biological, folks.

You didn't mention what medication you've taken.

Mar 19, 2018 · How to Help Myself with Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks in Depression & Anxiety

You are so right about life-long meds. Would a diabetic stop taking insulin for fear of becoming addicted? Of course not! No different with mental health medications. Some of us have to take them to function.

Mar 18, 2018 · Experience with genetic testing to find the best anti-depressant in Depression & Anxiety

Eye movement desentizization and reprocessing.

Mar 18, 2018 · Experience with genetic testing to find the best anti-depressant in Depression & Anxiety

Depression is suffered by many in my family (two cousins have committed suicide and many others are on antidepressants), so I had the propensity for it. I have had EMDR treatment and it helped amazingly with my anxiety. It is used extensively on vets who have PTSD. Talk therapy has never ever helped me. I've had to accept the fact that this is a biological/chemical disease and will have it the rest of my life since I've had it for 62
years.

Mar 18, 2018 · Experience with genetic testing to find the best anti-depressant in Depression & Anxiety

I have life-long depression triggered by a traumatic event when we I was nine. I have been on Venlafaxine for several years and others before that (imipramine, Zoloft). I have to take 100 mg of trazadone at night because Venlafaxine causes insomnia. It isn't as effective as it once was, but I'd be in trouble without it. My psychiatrist put me on an antipsychotic called Vraylar as it has shown to be effective in conjunction with an antidepressant. It worked wonders but insurance doesn't cover it off label and it costs $1300/month.

Mar 17, 2018 · Experience with genetic testing to find the best anti-depressant in Depression & Anxiety

I had genetic testing done and it indicated Zoloft for me but Zoloft stopped working last time so I am still on Venlafaxine.