Have you sought treatment for your depression?

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by silent_enigma, Oct 4, 2007.


Have you sought treatment for your depression?

Poll closed Nov 3, 2007.
  1. Yes

    32 vote(s)
  2. No

    22 vote(s)
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  1. silent_enigma

    silent_enigma Well-Known Member

    I've read that when people get treatment for their depression, there's an 80% success rate.
  2. gentlelady

    gentlelady Staff Alumni

    I can't say what the success rate is, but I would think if depression is the only issue you battle it would respond to treatment better than depression caused by trauma. Can't say for sure though.
  3. joyless56

    joyless56 Member

    I don't know if that statistic is accurate; if it is, it makes me feel like a failure.

    On the other hand, if it isn't, I am inclined to think that it is a ploy for people to pay for p$yciatric or p$ychologic help.

    I've sought help for years. Spent lots of time and bucks and energy. It reminds me of Catholicism. It doesn't work for me because I didn't 'believe' enough.
  4. Blackness

    Blackness Guest

    I've seen someone twice to no avail, mostly due to fault on my behalf.
    I have another session on Monday though :S
  5. mango_goose

    mango_goose Active Member

    HEY i had depression and ptsd.... Both responded well to counselling.... but only after i decided i was ready to feel better...
    Counselling and things like that only work when we are ready to accept the help... and do the things we are told that will help us... like the breathing excersises and facing what has happened to us
  6. Lead Savior

    Lead Savior Well-Known Member

    I have tried Prozac, admittedly at too low of a dosage to do anything though (it didn't help me), and I see a therapist about once per week. In terms of issues we talk about, she seems to have moved on to helping me get my life together i.e. jobs, relationships, whatnot. Mentally, though, I am still at "don't really want to live" square one.
  7. joyless56

    joyless56 Member

    With all due respect, I hate what you said.
  8. Feared.Desire

    Feared.Desire Well-Known Member

    S'pose I'm part of the 20% then.
  9. silent_enigma

    silent_enigma Well-Known Member

    I was guessing that a lot of the folks here would be anomolies, as serious suicidal thinking would be related to more severe depression. But according to the poll thus far nearly half haven't tried it out yet.
  10. Nessarose

    Nessarose Well-Known Member

    I've tried it. I'm on 200mg of Zoloft. I have a psychiatrist but she's retiring.

    Medicine doesn't work, etc. Although maybe I'm not as bad off as I used to be. Then again...
  11. anonymous51

    anonymous51 Staff Alumni

    Im far too nervous to go to a doctor about it, so no. I just wish my parents had noticed my strange behaviour and taken me when i was young, maybe i wouldnt be so sent in my ways now.
  12. lost_child

    lost_child Well-Known Member

    I was diagnosed with PTSD (depression being a symptom). I am currently on Anti-d's, seeing a pysciatrist and psychotherapist and waiting to see a psychologist...I was diagonsed last year, so I guess I either have a long way to go or I am part of the 20% that has failed...and I agree with something someone else.

    counselling only helps, if ur willing to help urself ~ u have to work with ur counsellor, to get the best out of it.
  13. jcat

    jcat Staff Alumni

    i've been seeing shrinks off and on since i was five, been on and off medication for years. it sucks. for me the therapy didn't do jack, what helps and has helped me more than anything is this site and the ppl that i have met here. these ppl are more supportive and understand what is happening than doctor's it seems. the medications help for a while and then they stop working and i go back to my dark room. i'm almost there again. this sucks.
  14. seishou

    seishou Guest

    I have never sought treatment for it. But I've been adviced to see a psychologist(sp?) multiple times by different people. It's not for me I think. I won't be able to open up to someone in that way. Nor do I feel I could work with someone like that. Maybe I'm just a stubborn fool, but that's how I feel.
    Not saying that psychologists are bad people. I just prefer being anonymous, as opposed to sitting and talking face to face with someone about problems I consider pillars of shame.
  15. wanttodie

    wanttodie Well-Known Member

    It really depends on the situation in which people are entangled; meds will not help if your problems are based on past trauma/other people. I'm in a similar predicament and I'm not even being pessimistic or anything. This is just a fact.
  16. Chickpea

    Chickpea Well-Known Member

    I've been in therapy for ages - got referred there after a small drunken overdose which kind of scared me. But I'd seen a counsellor before that too. I still feel the same. The counsellors have all been lovely, great people. I guess the problem is within me, don't know why I don't seem to be getting any better :sad:
  17. Blackness

    Blackness Guest

    Getting help is too much of a struggle.
    I mean, I was shy to tell, but I had told now.
    Money isnt a problem it's ALL FREE
    I feel selfish for that.
    But talking about it and getting labelled makes it so much worse.
    It's like living up to it or soemthing.
    and having people ask you about suicide and shit, it's all too much.
    I wish I had have shut up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  18. darkrider

    darkrider Well-Known Member

    I wouldnt know what to say if I went, I mean what do you say? I don't even know myself most of the time
  19. ZeroGrrl

    ZeroGrrl Member

    I have to admit, that is the hardest thing, knowing what to say. I've seen many many different psychologists, psychiatrists, a hypnotherapist, and out of all these people there were maybe 2 I felt at ease with some of the time.
    One I found so hard to talk to I would just sit there in silence, I had such a strong aversion to the woman at one point I didn't even pretend to try anymore.
    She told me I had too much time to think and if only I would find a job all my problems would be solved :rolleyes:

    They all had different ideas on how to 'treat' me. They all kept referring me to others after a certain period of time because they never got anywhere with me.

    I have spent time in a clinic too. When I came out my problems had been multiplied by 20.
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