Patient Comments: Depression - Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your depression?

Comment from: British expat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I am a 54-year-old female who has suffered with depression all my life. I have only really found Prozac to be effective. In fact, I would say it saved my life. I also take Abilify in conjunction with Prozac and have regular therapy with a wonderful psychotherapist. For me, it is there all the time and comes and goes to varying degrees. Menopause did not help! Get help: The modern drugs are good. There's no need to suffer. It is not a weakness to have depression. It often affects "strong" characters. So get diagnosed, and get your life back!

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Comment from: DariusRK, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 13

I am a 45 year old male and have been depressed most of my life. I have had great success with Paxil, which I was on for over 10 years and Zoloft which I took for more than 11 years. Recently the Zoloft stopped working and am being taken off the Zoloft very slowly. You should never stop taking any antidepressant unless your provider instructs you on how to do it. I am now taking Wellbutrin. I have only been on it for a few weeks, so right now I'm not sure if it'll work or not but, I do feel better than I did when the Zoloft quit working. One great thing about these new depression drugs are that there are so many that may help. So, if one doesn't work, try something else! Good luck!

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Comment from: lej2012, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

I recently read a book that helped me a lot with my depression. I think the main point of it was really helpful. That the sufferer should first and foremost seek help and then take an active approach to make sure that they are healing along with finding a partner to help them on their journey. Also, it kind of opened my eyes to the different foods that can really worsen people's depression because of the different chemicals in the foods and how they can affect you. It teaches you a lot about the natural methods to get you through your depression. I know it doesn't seem like it but what I've discovered is that the little things all add up and can have a big impact on the way you feel.

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Comment from: cookie61, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I lost my husband very suddenly three years ago. I went into major depression. I was given amitripylin, which I think worked well after 18 months. However, I went off of it then without my doctor knowing. Big mistake. I feel worse than ever.

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I have found that for me the best treatment for depression revolves around aerobic exercise, cycling being the best. In winter months I try to walk and to overcome the affects seasonal affective disorder. I will use a tanning bed two or three time a week if possible. If I start getting to that point where I start having any thoughts of suicide I seek anti-depressant therapy from my family physician.

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Comment from: Nani, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

For my depression, I was given the maximum dose of Effexor XR and began to partake in therapy. I stopped taking my antidepressants once I finished my therapy (which should never be done without your doctor), although in my case, I never needed to return to medication. It did help me resist depression and suicide.

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Comment from: ashley- the new me, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I have been depressed for a long time. I'm only 19 years old and I don't even want to get out of bed half the time. It has gotten so bad in the past couple of months that I've tried to commit suicide more than once. But after reading your comments on how you deal with your depression I am confident that I can get help and live my life again thank you all so much your comments really helped.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I have major depression and severe recurrent PTSD. My doctor has put me on Effexor XR Seroquel Ativan and Ambien CR. They all seem to help fine although I have gained weight because of the seroquel. My flashbacks and depression has decreased greatly.

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