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If your deprssion is caused by a chemical imbalance it may be with you for a long time. I fear that may be the case for me.

I haven't been un-depressed for many years either Josh, I can truly sympathize. I see people who are really happy and I simply cannot understand them.

I don't think that you are ranting. It is painful having your life ruined by deprssion and the related problems that go with it. Plus people just don't understand. I have the same problem. I had to drop out of school, give up my dream of being a monk, and I can't even hold a silly job at wal-mart if I wanted to. I've also been on effexor, zoloft, lexapro, with no help in sight. I'm trying to suffer everything patiently and praise God, but it is hard sometimes.

Just a thought. Many doctors have reduced rates for people without insurance. My family doctor does and he gives me all the free samples that he has for the med that I am currently on. Also some drug companies have patient assistance programs to help you afford your meds.
Some people are just depressed genetically, its not something you should be ashamed of or worried about. AD's are ok to take for the rest of your life, theres no evidence of them harming your system at all (sure there are rare cases of it, but not nearly enough to say they do).

So far no medications have help you you said? Have you tried any of the SSRI's? (prozac, paxil, lexapro, zoloft, celexa, etc). I know with my depression/anxiety problem I have tried Effexor (horrid!), Wellbutrin (didnt work), lithium (VERY bad!), and then I had gotten switched over to Zoloft. It worked wonderfully for me for 5 years, then I mentally took myself off it. I then realized how much better life was for me when I was using them and decided to get back on AD's. I take Lexapro now and it seems to be ok, makes things tolerable although nothing is a complete cure.
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If your deprssion is caused by a chemical imbalance it may be with you for a long time. I fear that may be the case for me.

I haven't been un-depressed for many years either Josh, I can truly sympathize. I see people who are really happy and I simply cannot understand them.

I don't think that you are ranting. It is painful having your life ruined by deprssion and the related problems that go with it. Plus people just don't understand. I have the same problem. I had to drop out of school, give up my dream of being a monk, and I can't even hold a silly job at wal-mart if I wanted to. I've also been on effexor, zoloft, lexapro, with no help in sight. I'm trying to suffer everything patiently and praise God, but it is hard sometimes.
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Bonaventure, we are just alike, I'm afraid. I had to give up a dream of being in the military. (ANY M.O.S.!) Just like you gave up your dream of being a monk.

You had to drop out of school. I couldnt handle but one hour last year. (both of above caused by depression)

I also couldn't even handle a silly job at Wal Mart. It kinda of scares me almost knowing I have to be somewhere at a certain time. Kind of like the "dread" feeling. I guess I cant handle stress...I have no coping skills, I guess.

Ive also been on Effexor, Zoloft (hell!) and Lexapro. Lexapro worked great for my anxiety until the 6th week. Then it went haywire. None have helped my depression one tiny bit.

I will always praise god, but sometimes I wonder why he has forgotten me. (and you)

D'angle, I perfectly understand your statement about not reconizing yourself if you become undepressed. I have never known the difference, I think it would actually scare me.
[QUOTE=Josh McGrath]Bonaventure, we are just alike, I'm afraid. I had to give up a dream of being in the military. (ANY M.O.S.!) Just like you gave up your dream of being a monk.

You had to drop out of school. I couldnt handle but one hour last year. (both of above caused by depression)

I also couldn't even handle a silly job at Wal Mart. It kinda of scares me almost knowing I have to be somewhere at a certain time. Kind of like the "dread" feeling. I guess I cant handle stress...I have no coping skills, I guess.

Ive also been on Effexor, Zoloft (hell!) and Lexapro. Lexapro worked great for my anxiety until the 6th week. Then it went haywire. None have helped my depression one tiny bit.

I will always praise god, but sometimes I wonder why he has forgotten me. (and you)

D'angle, I perfectly understand your statement about not reconizing yourself if you become undepressed. I have never known the difference, I think it would actually scare me.


Hi Josh. Wow, we are alot alike. It does feel like God isn't there sometimes doesn't it? I heard Mother Theresa used to say that mental illness is the crown of thorns. God can never and will never forget us. It's true we have been given a very heavy cross. But all the more we must believe in His Love and Mercy. In some ways my depression has allowed me to grow closer with God. Maybe thats why He has allowed me to have it? I know its easy to say, but as weak as I am, I try to offer all my pain and anguish back to Him and even to thank Him for it.

It's true that God is pleased with those who Love Him who have good and easy lives but how happy must He be with those who love Him in the terrible trials and pain that we face minute by minute?

Well I really do hope it gets easier for you Josh.