Depression Medication Not Helping Chronic Depression

by Mike
(St. Louis, Missouri)

I have tried virtually every depression medication out there over the last 15 years , In combo with each other etc. I'm 54 and can't seem to get a positive clear head approach to life. Any suggestions?

Ben's Answer:

One of the problems with long term use of antidepressants is that they can be very difficult to get off of. Some studies suggest you are worse off if you start and then stop, than if you never started them in the first place.

What's important is to not rely only on medication to overcome your depression. Recent studies show that medication is really not effective for mild to moderate depression. There are many other things that are effective. Psychotherapy, Meditation, and Meridian Tapping/EFT are 3 of my top recommendations. Regular exercise is another good part of your total self-care routine. Really, the more things you can do to address all angles - holistically - the better your chances of overcoming your depression. This site give many suggestions for creating your recovery plan. If not sure where to begin, just start with one new thing - or add one new thing each week.

Best wishes,
Ben Schwarcz, MFT

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