I'm new. I have been dealing with depression for more than 25 years. When I was first diagnosed, I was prescribed Prozac and it was wonderful - until it didn't work any more. Since then I have been through just about all of them, none of which was ever as effective as Prozac was initially. I finally found TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) and went through a course about two years ago and it worked! More info here: mayoclinic.org/tests-proced.... If you are not familiar with this option, I urge you to investigate it. It is covered by insurance and Medicare - in fact, Medicare HAS to cover it.
However, occasionally people need "booster" courses and I am apparently one. About two months ago I went to see my doctor and she agreed that it would be helpful for me to undergo additional treatment. My STUPID insurance wouldn't agree until/unless I tried upping the dosage of my antidepressant, which doesn't work for me. They were aware of this because they were informed when I first applied for pre-approval for the treatment.
So for two months I have been taking an extra 20 mg a month of Cymbalta, which has not helped, and at this point I am just about immobilized. I sleep and I cry. If I didn't have to feed my dogs I probably would never get out of bed. I certainly wouldn't feed myself. I thought I could tough it out until I got my insurance approval but it is getting worse.
Oh, yeah, and my therapist quit accepting Medicare and anyway when I went to him all he said was, "You know what you need to do - stay active and busy."
I know I am better off than others who don't have the possibility of relief, but I am so tired and I feel hopeless.