My name is Dan...I'm new here but I have been living with severe depression for many years now...I blame a combination of bad things for my problem: genetics, bad childhood experiences and drug and alcohol abuse when I was in my teens and twenties...I stopped partying when I was 27...I am now 42 and I have been on different anti-depressant medications since 1993...my doctor says I will most likely be on antidepressants for the rest of my life.
I have tried to quit medication many times; however I spiral very rapidly without them...without medication I can not focus or function...especially at work.
Anyway I have been reading a lot of threads here and have noticed that a majority of you are woman?
I feel for you my sisters and I hope to become friends with you all, but I was wondering if there are any men on this forum that have been long time depression fighters or who are new to the disease "Not that I don't like the ladies"
I have been on Effexor now for about 16 months now, but I think it may be fizzling out now.