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    Re: Depression, a horrible place to be

    I have a close friend who suffers through protracted bouts of depression. It nearly ruined her career and cost her a great job that she enjoyed.

    From what she told me, the benefits of medication and the benefits of counseling are about equally effective and even better if the two are worked in conjunction with each other. There are many different types of anti-depressant meds, that fall into different families that act differently. For the meds, it was a long process to find the right one and then the right dosage, since it takes weeks of taking one to evaluate.

    She was lucky enough to get into a university research program for the non-meds part of the equation. One of the things that helped was based on the kinetic theory. Since those suffering from depression don't feel like moving their bodies much, the theory was that it is a two way street. They would go, as a group, to things like an all-day gospel sing where everyone was up on their feet clapping and moving to the music. That seemed to help quite a bit.

    The bottom line is that it took time and persistence to find meds and activities that worked for her. She needed to find a doctor that was experienced and had the right approach and go through the process of discovering what did and didn't work for her particular brain biochemistry.

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    Re: Depression, a horrible place to be

    As Richard Farina wrote: Been Down So Long It Feels Like Up to Me

    I understood every word you wrote Marie. I'm actually surprised I am writing. I am ashamed of my chronic sadness & depression. Ashamed. :-(

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    Re: Depression, a horrible place to be

    i have been depressed for many, many years. went to 4 different theripst. finally took the bull by the horns and checked myself into the best mental health hospt. plan in the state. i don't regret a thing accept. not doing it years earier. this may or may not be for u. but if all else has failed. look into programs in your area. there are good ones out there.

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    Re: Depression, a horrible place to be

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    I just called my employer's Employee Assistance Program, to schedule some appointments. We get 6 per year with no co pay. I do not have to have my insurance through my employer, also.

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