Hi everone. I am new to the site so I hope that I am doing this correctly. I wondered if anyone could help? I been fighting depression and anxiety since an involuntary habituation to benzos, when a GP treated my epilepsy with said drugs on a longterm basis and at a high dose without warning me of side affects. Since withdrawing from serenid and valium some 7 years ago, I have experienced terrible longstanding depression with anxiety. I have always tried to be positive and have always embellished the truth to people - ie telling everyone that everything is ok. However things are not going away. I usually have periods of depression which last 2/3 weeks and then lift. I may have half a half dozen each year. However, I am currently in the thick of a deep depression which has not lifted for 4 months and I am seriously worried about it. Would anyone out there have any info which may help me or have experienced something similar. I am having cbt counselling and have recently changed my meds from mirtazepine to citalopram. I would be greatful for any help! Many thanks.Riku
First of all, welcome to the board. We are glad you are here. I have had the same experience you have had, yes. In fact, I recently went to the doctor myself and had a medicine change due to it. I noticed you are in counseling which is a good thing. I have made an appointment myself. I have had counseling in the past... but I feel like I need it again. You will find there are a lot of wonderful people on this board. Very caring people who have been or are going through the same things you are experiencing now. There are also groups that you can join. Lots of groups. If you need to know how just let me know. You can join the related groups to your condition and ask different questions and stuff with other members. You'll find it's a wonderful site. I'm so sorry you're going through this right now. It's no walk in the park, that's for sure. I hope with counseling and the right medications you will feel better soon. You will also hear from others who will encourage you too. Keep coming back. Best wishes to you. Your friend, Ruth
I had 4 depressions, 2 of them major ones where I had to be hospitalized. You mentionned you saw a GP. But have you ever been to a Psychiatrist? Sounds like you have not been properly diagnosed yet. He/she will listen to how you feel and see what meds worked and didn't work for you in the past. He/she will look at your symptoms and side effects too. You should not have to go through depressions like that. It can take time to find the right meds for depression but when you do you, should feel better. I am finally on meds that work for me and no longer suffer from depression since 2008. It can a long journey but worth it to feel normal again. And try not to worry that you have a mental problem. A lot of us have them. We just don't always talk about it. If you broke your leg, you would fix it right? Well it's the same.
Hope this helps you!
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