sanhig
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Hi sanhig,

It is good to see you, my friend. I am sorry that you are dealing with so much right now. Sounds like you have a lot of challenges.

I am glad you are in treatment, that you are receiving both medication and that you are seeing a counselor. Excellent. I think your counselor gave you a very good answer to your question. Think about how you felt before you started the medications. Can you see any change?

It might help to keep a journal, to record your thoughts and feelings. This might help you to track your progress, and would also give you evidence that you could bring in to your meetings with your counselor and your doctor.

Depression can be temporary, for example, depression that might follow a loss. But depression can also be a chronic condition. If so, treatment may need to be ongoing.

But people are living well with depression, they are able to be productive, to have quality of life. Depression is treatable. Getting to the ideal medication regimen for you can take some time and lots of patience. So I encourage you to work closely with your doctor and your counselor. Let them know how you are feeling. There lots of options for treating depression, changes in medication and dosages are part of the process.

I hope you will advocate for yourself, my friend. Keep in close contact with your doctor. And be patient with yourself. This is a journey, and love yourself along the way.

I hope you will stay in touch. Let us know how you are doing. You are not alone.

Gary

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