I was switched from Brand name to the generic without realizing it. Shame on me - I should have known. By the time I caught on to what was going on, I found myself in the Black Pit only those with depression can understand. I was not able to concentrate, forgetfulness, crying at the drop of a hat and that overwhelming - how am I going to make it through the day feeling. The battle was back. I had a good career but had to take a leave of absence not able to keep up with my responsibilities and it was affecting my work.

My MD put me back on the Brand Name and double the dose. My insurance only helped a little but I was financially able to cover it and felt it my sanity was worth it. I needed my job - so I went back as soon as possible. Unfortunately it was too soon to take on the added stress of trying to play catch up in addition to my normal responsibilities and I was soon let go.

My next refill - my insurance refused it cover any of it. I was still in a position to cover it financially so I paid full price for a 3 mo supply of the name brand, double dose. Thank God.

Time passed I felt better, found another great job and have now been there for just over 4 months now. My new insurance will not cover any of the brand name - I had no choice but to give the generic another try. 3 weeks into it now and I'm back in the pit - desperate to be myself again... but simply cannot afford the incredible cost of the brand name.

The nightmare continues... getting ready to lose my new job, desperately trying to pull myself out of this pit.

Are there options with the manufacturer to get the name brand at a reduced cost? Are there other avenues for me to get the meds I need? If you have ANY ideas - Any thoughts... I would appreciate you feed back.

With Sincerity and hope.