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Old 03-08-2006, 07:04 AM   #1
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what do I do now??

I have been depressed all my life. Since I was a young girl. I have seen several counsellors , pychotherapist etc, since I was about 17. I am now 28.

I have been on anti depressants on many occassions. The last time I was on effexor for two years. Although they helped at first after a while they just made me a numb , emotionless freak. I finally managed after great difficultly to come off them last year. I am still a numb , emotionless freak and I am still depressed.

I have been back to the doctors and begged her to help me find some way to get out of this black hole that is surrounding me but the only options are medication or counselling. I know counselling does help many people but it doesn't for me.

So what am I supposed to do , they tell you if you feel like this then you should ask for help. But there isn't anything that can help me

 
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Old 03-08-2006, 03:17 PM   #2
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Re: what do I do now??

Have you tried cognitive therapy? Studies have shown it can be more effective than medication in the long run, but it's no panacea.

I just started CT. I spent more than 4 years taking all sorts of different antidepressants with mixed success at best, and I decided to get off of them and give this therapy a shot.

Cognitive theory of depression contends that you feel the way you think, and depression is the result of "cognitive distortions" or errors in the way you think (perfectionistic and all or nothing thinking, minimization of positives, over generalization, etc).

It's worth a shot IMO. It seems the best that talk therapy has to offer. Regular psychoanalytic therapy is useless in treating mood disorders in my experience.

You can visit [URL]http://www.academyofct.org[/URL] to find a certified cognitive therapist in your area.

edit: it's nice to know URLs don't link correctly at all on this site

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