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Hi All;

I've been going to therapy and taking Effexor, Depakote and Klonopin for two years now. I have times when I'm starting to feel better but then I just slide back into severe depression and anxiety.

Lately, my pdoc and therapist have been hinting that I should be feeling better by now. (By "hinting", I mean they're scheduling my appointments farther and farther apart, they're saying things like "you look great these days" and "you seem to be doing better now", etc.

I'm beginning to feel like a freak because I've been depressed and going to this mental health center for so long. I also fee a little guilty because I feel like I'm taking up time that somebody else could use. Also, I can't even imagine what my life would be like right now if I got off the meds.

Has anybody else run into this kind of problem? I don't know what to do.

Thanks in advance,

Zanne

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Zanne, I was in therapy for six years for what they thought for the first 2 or 3 years was major clinical depression, but turned out to be BP. During that time I did cut back from weekly therapy sessions to every 2-3 weeks, depending on just how I was feeling.

You're not taking a place of someone that somehow deserves it more. You said yourself that you keep slipping back into depression and anxiety, which means you're in need of therapy.

tommy

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have you confronted them about this feeling? if YOU feel like you still need help than you should still be in therapy. it's as simple as that. because this stuff (mental illness treatment) is still a really new science they can't know when you're better. and if what they've been trying isn't working then you need to try something else.

i find that it's very important to go into therapy with specific goals, not just to not be depressed anymore. goals like, getting out of bed in the morning on time or evaluating my relationships to see if they're really healthy. i don't know about anyone else, but sometimes undirected therapy seems to make me feel crazier.

about your original question about how long a major depression can last? i would suggest reading Noonday Demon. It's a large book about depression and is very thorough. It has a lot of science in it, but not in an unreadable way. It has helped me understand my depression in ways I couldn't before. i keep it by my bed and look at things when i'm crashing. it's not a magic cure, but sometimes it can help.

crazy jane.

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Depression can last for years. We have more than a few members who say they haven't gotten full remission.

Now, have you said the same things to you pdoc/tdoc that you said here? When you have trouble with a therapist/therapy it is important to specifically talk that out. This makes them aware of what you are thinking and feeling, and allows them to discuss and reason things out.

I know how stressful it can be between appointments. I remember those days when I didn't see how I could go 7 days without seeing my pdoc. ;)

Let us know how it goes.

best, a.m.

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Lately, my pdoc and therapist have been hinting that I should be feeling better by now. (By "hinting", I mean they're scheduling my appointments farther and farther apart, they're saying things like "you look great these days" and "you seem to be doing better now", etc.

I don't know about the therapist, but when a person seems to be reasonably stable on the same meds for a while it isn't unreasonable to shift to a "maintenance" mode on the pdoc/medical side. Besides, it would be cheaper for you AND the insurance company if your GP could write the scripts with refills and you only see a specialist (the pdoc) once or twice a year.

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Hi All;

I've been going to therapy and taking Effexor, Depakote and Klonopin for two years now. I have times when I'm starting to feel better but then I just slide back into severe depression and anxiety.

Lately, my pdoc and therapist have been hinting that I should be feeling better by now. (By "hinting", I mean they're scheduling my appointments farther and farther apart, they're saying things like "you look great these days" and "you seem to be doing better now", etc.

I'm beginning to feel like a freak because I've been depressed and going to this mental health center for so long. I also fee a little guilty because I feel like I'm taking up time that somebody else could use. Also, I can't even imagine what my life would be like right now if I got off the meds.

Has anybody else run into this kind of problem? I don't know what to do.

Thanks in advance,

Zanne

Well I see my tdoc once a week but my pdoc appointments have definitely grown in their infrequency.I havn't been in treatment for even a year but I definitely find therapy to be a big help...although I sometimes feel as though I havn't made much progress because my circumstances havn't changed much in the nearly 10 months since I started.

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Well I see my tdoc once a week but my pdoc appointments have definitely grown in their infrequency.I havn't been in treatment for even a year but I definitely find therapy to be a big help...although I sometimes feel as though I havn't made much progress because my circumstances havn't changed much in the nearly 10 months since I started.

hey mikeinva,

i actually mean this to be encouraging, but i've been in therapy (sometimes not consistently) for going on six years. this doesn't always mean i've been in a major depression, but i generally know that even when i'm not in one it can come at any time because i still haven't learned the skills i need.

what are the circumstances that you are hoping to have changed? are you talking about mentally you're still feeling the same after ten months or that the reality of your life (work, family, friends) has not changed?

and seeing your pdoc infrequently for maintenence is completly normal. mine says that we wants to see me every eight to twelve weeks now because my meds are stable. it's my tdoc that i see weekly (or sometimes twice a week).

hope this helps.

crazyjane

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