Is there really any help for a person with lifelong depression?

Questions and AnswersIs there really any help for a person with lifelong depression?
TriedIt asked 2 weeks ago

I am 59 years old and have been fighting depression my whole life. I have been to many doctors and therapists and none seem to help.  I never have felt a connection to anyone I have spoken to.  They eventually give up on me and I go to them and they have nothing to say. I am worn down and defeated. I just want to scream when I look online or listen to TV and the advise is always \”seek professional medical hep\”.  As if this is the answer and if I just call for help I will miraculously get it.   I am giving up and feel like I am alone in this. Why can no one seem to help me? I am very honest with my thoughts and feelings but nothing I say seems to reach the doctors in a way that they can suggest ways for me to change. I have exercised my whole life, this does nothing. I have tried taking vitamins. I have tried \”mindfulness\”.  I am asking one more time to you now, is there any real help out there or am I to just continue living in this hell?

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blooregardHOST Staff answered 2 weeks ago

First of all, I’m glad to see you were able to log in (I’m the same person who received your question about not being able to get on the site).
 
I would say my experience with health care in general has been that each of us really has to take an active role in figuring out how to heal ourselves.  It’s not supposed to be that way, of course.  We’re always told that if we just ask for help we will magically get it.  The truth is though that doctors rarely have the time or deep interest in figuring out what we need nor can they ever know us the way we know ourselves.  I say this not to discourage you.  I believe the answers are out there, but perhaps you haven’t yet looked in the right place.
 
Personally, I enjoy doing the research and I can try to help you figure things out if you want to give me more information.  I think a good place to start is to look at when you first became depressed.  What was going on at the time or what changed?