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Well, I'm not an expert by any means, but it's got to be either situational or chemical. Situational depression could be caused by the stress of the new job, or just the life change in general. You fixed that factor when you resigned. If it's a chemical depression, it might be that your brain chemicals are a little out of whack, for no particular reason. (That doesn't mean you're crazy, don't worry!) I've had chemical depression and anxiety since about age 12 (10 years ago). Meds fix that right up, but you usually have to stay on them. Meds help with situational depression too, and you can probably go off them soon after you start feeling better. You probably knew all of that, anyway.

If your depression recently started, I'd guess it's a situational depression. From what you said, it sounds like your symptoms are pretty severe. You'd be surprised at how well a milder SSRI might work for you. Prozac and Zoloft helped me a lot, and I was in really bad shape. I couldn't do Effexor, either. But all meds have side effects for most people. It's a tradeoff.

I'm sure your Psych will be better equipped to deal with your problem than your family doctor. Don't worry about analyzing so much, that's a good thing. People who do that get better more quickly, I think.

Good luck, and keep us posted!