Iris29

177d

Hi, I suffer from long term Depression (25+ years) and I have not had success with medicines. I have been doing therapy for a few months but I don't feel it is helping either. Does anyone have info about alternative treatments that have worked for them? And should I continue therapy?

Anxiety (Including GAD)

Chronic Generalized pain

Depression

Cyanocobalamin

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  • Amarantha

    177d

    Finding a different therapist can help. Bring this concern up with your current one as well. I've had my fair share of therapists that don't really seem to click/work. I found before my accident exercise was my gold. I pushed carts at Walmart for 8 hours a day walking 13+ miles. I felt amazing I even was able to stop taking my antidepressants. Finding an activity can end up being the best even if it's forced exercise :>

  • kathylou

    177d

    Be careful with substituting exercise for meds. Exercise is essential but unlike the previous post I tried cutting down on meds and wound up back in deeper depression. From what I've learned it's exercise, which because I have difficulty leaving my house is hard, diet, meds, and a therapist. I've been thru about 6 -8 therapists of varying schooling and have yet to find my "click". I try every 6 months to a year and give them several months. But like you I have suffered for over 30 years and have no magic bullet. I just keep trying. Maybe the next anti-D will work. Just don't give up!!! I always have hope. ❤️

    • Amarantha

      176d

      i totally agree with not just stopping your antidepressants. I should have specified that after I started exercising regularly I felt great enough to talk to my doctor and we agreed that I could ween off of them. She made it clear though that if it got worse or came back to call for an appointment with her to get me back on the medication

  • Arctic

    177d

    I'm much younger and therefore most likely have less experience, but I've also never had any results with antidepressants or therapy. for me personally, I don't think therapy is useless, but due to my history with childhood abuse and past therapists, I have an extreme difficulty trusting and being honest with professionals (or anyone really). and if you can't be completely open and trust your therapist, you won't make much progress at all. I've been through several therapists and am still trying to find one that I click with and continue to feel positive about. some people get lucky first try, but some people have to go through many therapists to find the right one. I'd definitely recommend continuing therapy. if you don't feel like you click with your current therapist, think about finding another. in regards to alternative treatments, TMS is an option. it's a treatment akin to ECT, but with significant less risk. instead of electricity and shocking the brain, it sends magnetic pulses to stimulate areas in the brain that are commonly understimulated to bring that activity back. there are rarely any serious side effects. you don't have to be put to sleep, and the pain is minimal. I'll admit, my first treatment session hurt a little at first as I was not at all used to the feeling, but your body quickly adapts. it feels like being strongly tapped on your head. the best part is it's very quick, only 20 minute sessions. though the downside is it's a mostly daily treatment (on week days, that is) and takes several weeks to complete. I personally did not have that much luck with it long term, but I did notice that I smiled more and laughed more at things I found funny, which I very rarely did before. however, some people have said it saved their lives and that it was a miracle treatment. the place I went to said they had a 70% success rate. that is, 70% of their patients reported significant and noticeable improvement of their depression after treatment. I suppose I just happened to be part of the unlucky 30%, haha. of course like with every treatment, some people have reported it made their depression worse, but they are definitely in the minority. since it's FDA approved, insurance will help cover it as long as you meet its requirements. it's different for different insurances, but most only require you to have tried at least 2 different antidepressants before. I've also heard of ketamine treatment for depression. one version was recently FDA approved (~2019), messing insurances will help cover it. I honestly don't know much about it and haven't tried it myself, but I've heard good things, especially in regards to lessening suicidal ideation. so that's another option. good luck! I hope you find this helpful

    • Iris29

      177d

      thanks for your input. I actually have an appointment on Thursday at the hospital to discuss TMS/ECT/nasal Ketamine. I'm leaning towards TMS, that is, if I have any choice in the matter!

      • Arctic

        177d

        oh good luck, then!! I hope whatever you choose helps you!

  • differentnotless

    177d

    I do not know depending on how severe it is, so I am not an expert but I have been experimenting with trying natural supplements. I do not know if it is a coincidence or not, but a day after taking a mood booster vitamin I feel kind of better. I would research about vitamins but also be cautious about it and talk to a doctor if you are concerned. It could be the vitamins effect on the brain really helps if you have a deficiency. I also would try aromatherapy. Even if it does not really cure, it is still uplifting.

  • dadoen

    176d

    I would suggest going to a non government funded therapy, if you can afford to. Ive been going to a small buissness art therapy which was so much better than my previous government therapy.

    • Iris29

      175d

      art therapy sounds amazing, I have never heard of it in my area. I'll look into it.

  • Belugabear

    176d

    I do ketamine infusions for pain, but it’s also helping a lot with my anxiety and depression. It’s pricey but I think there are nasal sprays that are cheaper. It is supposed to be great if you are treatment resistant! If you have any questions about what it’s like feel free to message me!

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