Forty Years of Battling Depression

I’ve come to the realization that it’s been nearly forty years that I have been battling major depressive disorder. It’s hard to believe that I have been struggling with depression for almost four decades.

Some medications have had horrible side effects, whereas others have had side effects that were relatively milder. I’ve continously had to weigh the cost:benefit ratio of continuing to take these medications. I’ve also needed to consider how antidepressants will interact with my multiple medications.

Throughout this time, I’ve tried a very wide variety of antidepressants. I started with the tricyclic antidepressants (which have strong side effects), and eventually transferred to the SSRI’S. Each medication has taken several weeks before it’s reached a therapeutic blood plasma level.

I strongly believe that having MS has been a major contributor to fighting depression for so many years. More recently, undergoing a total laparoscopic hysterectomy, plus oophorectomy, has radically altered my moods.

I’m so thankful to have received excellent therapy, along with antidepressant medications, throughout this journey. Depression is a very serious disease to fight. A full 15% of those with major depressive disorder will successfully complete suicide.

I’ve been reading that women who have a history of depression will be much more likely to develop depression after having a hysterectomy. I definitely fall into that category.

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