I've been diagnosed with anxiety (a symptom of depression) and severe depression disorder which I've had my entire life (55 yr old male). I started having chronic back pain around 2004, which no medication helped (nerve damage from heavy lifting all my life) and has gotten worse every day. I could no longer work, walk, or stand for any length of time before my back would lock up. The scans didn't show anything to justify the pain I was having. That caused stress in our relationship, which caused my anxiety to peak. In 2011 I was put in hospital after a failed suicide attempt - and only then did the system kick in to help me. I was given nerve damage medication, help by Centrelink, and a referral to a psychiatrist. I have to disagree with the psychologist. If you have a good income and can afford a psychologist, that may be a legitimate option for you. If finances are a problem, a psychiatrist is covered by the PBS, meaning you only have a small gap to pay. I was being charged $140/visit to psychologists in SA, and $15/visit gap to a psychiatrist, who now bulk bills me (no more gap). A psychiatrist can also prescribe medications, saving you separate trips to a GP and psychologist. Where do psychologists refer people whom they can't help? Psychiatrists! If you can do so, exercise works wonder to help control depression. That's what got me through my 1st 50 years. Also, you may need to try several different types of medication before you find one that works for you. SSRIs and SNRIs gave me terrible nausea, my anxiety increased, and I couldn't sleep at all. After 5 days, the anxiety and sleep deprivation was more than I could bear. I tried 5 different SSRI and SNRI medications without success before I was switched to Mirtazapine (NaSSA) which has worked for me. Everyone is different, so what works for me may not work for you. But try different medications and different counsellors (psychologist/psychiatrists) until you find one who helps you. I also advise against discussing your depression with your partner, it cost me a marriage after she found out what I was thinking and it scared her tremendously. Some partners can deal with it, but some can't. I sincerely hope you find something that works for you.
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