The advice so far is very sound, particulalry in relation to getitng some outside support for yourself, and reviewing the treatment plan for your husband. I am always astonished, and saddened, when I hear of people suffering symptoms of depression for long periods of time. Clealry, if the medication he is on was working, he would be better by now. I don't know about you, but if I have a physical condition for which medication is prescribed and I'm not well again within a short period of time, I'd be back to the doctor asking for a review. Additionally, all the research on depression suggests that with no treatment at all, most people reover within 18 months to two years. So either he's having relapses in between periods of being well, the meds are not doing anything, or worse still, he's suffering side effects from the meds. I have many patients who comment taht after stopping antidepressant medication, they begin to “feel normal” again. That is, with good counselling support they accept that moods fluctuate and they are able to manage these by learning life skills for boosting positive emotions and coping with negative emotions using the power of the mind (along with basic lifestyle habits like eating well, moving more, and getting adequate sleep). So I'd certainly be advising to seek some psychological services that can help both of you get on top of this condition.
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