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Meds Don't Seem To Work So Now What?

Thu, Feb 28th 2002

I have been constantly depressed on a daily basis for the past 6 months. I have suffered from depression off and on since a child but it has never lasted this long before. I have tried a number of anti-depressants, none of which really "worked" and many gave me some weird side effects. The last psychiatrist that I saw had me on Wellbutrin-300 mg/day. When my depression didn't subside after a month, he suggested that I may be among that percentage of the population that doesn't respond to anti-depressants. I am a recovering addict/alcoholic (7 years) and go to meetings on a regular basis. I think constantly about dying or killing myself and see no other way out of this blackness right now. I know that is selfish (I have children) but I don't really seem to care. The only time I'm at peace is when I'm asleep. I started seeing a therapist on a weekly basis about 2 months ago. She has taken me through one session of EMDR. But when one feels this bad, one really wants some relief immediately. Please help.

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