I just wanted to post a note here as I know I am qualified to share my thoughts on depression. I have 29 year hx of major depressive disorder, anxiety and PTSD. 6 years ago I had a meltdown and for the past 6 years I have been working very hard with my psychiatrist, my therapist, medical Doctor, my family and friends and the awesome members of HW. I have been on many meds, and have been told recently that I appear to be medication resistant.
Ketamine has been the subject of studies but has not been approved for use to the best of my knowledge. The problem with using ketamine more widely to treat depression has been the fact it has to be given intravenously under medical supervision, and it can also cause short-term psychotic symptoms.
Jamie has had some good success with ECT and the fact that it has worked for him and gave him some good time is a plus not the fact that he still suffers from his disorder 7 years later.
For 20 years I was able to put on the face that people wanted to see, the happy, confident me which was who I was most of the time but the tears of a clown were often shed behind closed doors with only my hubby to see. Clinical depression is not a sign of personal weakness, or a condition that can be willed away. Clinically depressed people cannot "pull themselves together" and get better. In fact, clinical depression often interferes with a person's ability or wish to get help. Clinical depression is a serious illness that lasts for weeks, months and sometimes years.
Depression is something you overcome. Sometimes you need medicine or therapy to help you overcome depression, but in the end, you must desire with all your heart to overcome it. There will be good days and bad days. Enjoy the good days and accept the not so good days.
Don't be afraid to ask for support, support is essential to life !
~~Kitt~~Moderator: GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be"
Post Edited (stkitt) : 9/19/2011 5:07:45 PM (GMT-6)