Posted 11/8/2006 9:35 AM (GMT -7)
In December 1995, I was diagnosed with clinical depression. In the previous months, I suffered my first depression. I was a freshman in college & away from home for the first time. I began to slowly isolate myself from my friends & then my family. I ulitmately stopped going to classes & then left after 1st semester to go home. Once I was home, I went to a psychiatrist, was diagnosed & prescribed the first of many antidepressants.
For many years, I struggled with accepting depression, taking antidepressants regularly & going to doctors (numerous) on a consistent basis.
In 2000/2001, I became serious about treating my depression. I began to see doctors regularly & take antidepressants, as prescribed. Throughout the next 5 years, I met my husband, got married & moved to 3 different states due to my husband's career. In each state, I always established a therapist & a psychiatrist.
In our most recent move here to Indianapolis, I have had a more difficult time establishing good doctors. I did find a very good psychiatrist & with her guidance/support, slowly tapered down & went off the 3 antidepressants that I had been on for over 5 years. I made the decision because I had reached a really great point in my life & my husband & I decided to try to start a family (with infertility issues), as well as some other factors. At any rate, I suffered horrible withdrawal symptoms but struggled through with thoughts of being drug-free for the first time since I was in high school. Slowly, I started to become severely depressed again. For the past 3 months, I have struggled trying to find good mental health doctors (and as many of you probably know, it is the worst time to try to find help).
Currently, I have found a good therpist which I am trying to see weekly, as long as I am able to make it out of bed & the house. Tomorrow, I am scheduled to see a 4th psychiatrist & am just hoping that he works out. I am thinking that I need to go back onto an antidepressant.
That's my story, very much in a nutshell. Thanks for starting this thread.