Depression is predicted to be the second most common illness in the United States by 2010. Clinical depression – not situational depression – affects some 15 million adults a year. That’s a lot of people suffering with chronic symptoms, many of whom wish they had a terminal disease instead.
Ten to thirty percent of those diagnosed with clinical depression fall into the category of treatment resistant depression. For these poor souls, taking an antidepressant or going to psychological counseling (psychotherapy) may not help much if at all, and symptoms may improve only to keep coming back.
I’m not about to list all the options for treatment resistant depression but to suggest one way of living with it. Accept your condition as if you had diabetes, Crohn’s disease, or paralysis from the waist down, experiencing ups and downs perhaps for the rest of your life. Once you give up on finding a cure, you can experience peace amidst your great sorrow.