I have been struggling with depression and anxiety on and off for years now. My doctor recently changed my medication to Effexor as after 5 years of being on Cipralex it stopped working. I get so tired of being on medication and feel so defeated that I will need to be on meds all my life. I am having a hard time accepting it because although I know millions of people suffer from depression but I feel like I am the only one who has a mental illness in my family, circle of friends and even colleagues at work. I don't know how to accept this and "be ok" with taking meds for the rest of my life. I feel alone and just want to know if other people have felt this way and how they are coping with knowing they will need to take meds forever.