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21 Dec 2007

Ways to overcome depression
Dear Doctor. Please give me some advice and guidance as what I need to do. I am really desperate and will do anything just to get better. About 10 years ago I suddenly developed depression and after a while it got better and actually disappeared without me getting any Psychological Assistance or help and without medication. At the end of 2004 the depression returned and I started to think negatively about everything in my life and nothing I did on my own seem to be helping me to sort out this problem again. I went to see my GP who prescribed some antidepressants and referred me to a Clinical Psychologist. After a few months of therapy it became clear to me that the medication and therapy are of no assistance and that I felt even worse than before. During the beginning of 2006 my Mother died of cancer and two(2) months later my father of heart failure. This made my situation even worse and to top it all I started doubting in my religion which was always a very strong support point for me in the past and I relied heavily on it. I started feeling negative about my religion as well which was very traumatic and upsetting to me and made me feel even worse. Most of the time I feel that nothing is worth living for and although there may be many positive aspects in my life I fail to firstly recognize it and secondly to appreciate it. It also feels to me like I don’t have any emotions and that I don’t even care anymore about anyone close to me. I was referred to another Clinical Psychologist and prescribed a different type of antidepressant. Although I worked with the new therapist and was placed three times on different types of antidepressant medication I still don’t feel any better and I am still in this deep black hole of depression. How can I get out of it and start to at least feel better and begin to regain control over my feelings and emotions?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

As usual, I'd strongly recommend CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) which would enable you to regain control of those useless and painful negative habiots of thought. If the guy you saw presceribed ANYTHING< that was not a clinical psychologist ( they're not allowed to prescribe meds ) but a psychiatrist, who may know his drugs, but might not be experienced in the most effective psychological therapt, CBT. Excellent and thoughtul response from anon.
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