Getting Creative with Depression

I see a lot of TV ads for new, expensive antidepressants. Probably some of them work for some people. But my severe depression in 1988 would probably not have been relieved if my psychiatrist hadn’t gotten creative. She did try what was a brand-new med at the time (Prozac), which did absolutely nothing for me.

So she took a non-standard approach and gave me lithium. I wasn’t bipolar, but it worked. Another doctor many years later prescribed Adderall off-label, which knocked out some low-grade depression.

So don’t settle. Depression is disabling at worst. Even mild depression keeps you from enjoying life as you might. It’s possible that an older, less-prescribed drug could work for you.