... anti-psychotics in the last 35 years, had 4 Electro Shock Treatments, had the Vagus Nerve Stimulator implanted, and have been on Stimulants and my depression is still making me miserable. Is there anything else I can do? Is there any hope for me? I also have generalized anxiety disorder--anxiety and panic attacks and bouts of agoraphobia.
Treatment resistant depression with anxiety is a tuff one. The agoraphobia is terrible when it happens. I feel for you and know how it feels when the meds do not work. There is always hope.
Have you looked into trials for new meds that are in your area?
Have you tried an anticonvulsant or some 'off label' meds? Maybe a specialist or teaching hospital for new ideas? Someone that can think outside of the box? A new doctor or doctors? Therapy, EMDR and CBT? Hypnosis, acupuncture, acupressure? A dietician? An inpatient facility that specialized in depression? Faith, God, Buddha, spiritualism, yoga, born again, a therapy dog? Forgive yourself for having these disorders?
Forgive those who do not understand your disorders? Get mad and it, tell it to go f--- k it's self that you will not allow it to rule your life? Read self-help books? Learn all you can about what you have? Make it a friend not a foe?
I am just throwing things out with the hope that something will stick, as they say.
Your courage humbles me.
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