Sorry, this is really long, thanks for reading to those who do.
I am pretty sure that I have a dysthymic disorder. I have seen 2 different therapists but had not stuck with them as I didn't feel bad enough.
So now I've gotten worse and am kind of wondering if I'm not headed for a major depressive episode.
I go to the Dr. tomorrow, but I haven't had her for a very long time & am not sure that she'll believe me when I tell her the thoughts/feelings I'm having.
Also, I've read that dysthymia is best treated with a combo of meds & therapy, but I'm wondering if the meds are really necessary, and for how long? I've been on Celexa before, but all it did was make me have more dreams and feel a little less anxious.
Usually I am "empty," not "down." Lately I have seemed to be more down and have thought about ways to shuffle off of this "mere mortal coil." (I would not actually do that, as I would feel bad for the family and cat I would leave behind). I just feel like there's no other way out of this. That's why I'm wondering if I'm not headed for a major depressive episode.
I don't have much money & my insurance doesn't cover psychologists (except in certain instances), but I feel like I need someone to talk to more than I need meds. Also, I'm interested in trying more holistic approaches such as qigong. So should I be shelling out the money to pay for meds, or not? They don't really solve anything unless you have a true chemical imbalance (I'm not sure I do, though there is depression in my family history), & I view meds as more as a bandaid, they aren't going to solve my problems, they are just going to mask things.
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