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So I've suffered from debilitating depression for YEARS. And I've been on almost every pill for it -- I've even gotten ECT treatments. None of it worked. Until...

I got put on lithium a few months ago. A very low dose. I immediately felt better, but my doctor was very doubtful that it was the lithium because I'd had so many failures with other pills. He figured my depression was from life circumstances and I'd probably always be depressed.

Then, things turned for the worse. I became depressed again. My doctor figured that was inevitable, but sent me for a blood test anyway. Guess what? My lithium levels had TANKED. So my doctor upped my lithium dosage.

Within three days I was feeling better -- getting out of bed, showering, eating, taking care of myself in general, and even doing my homework! My therapist (not the same person as my doubtful doctor) says this is definitely a sign that I have a "serious, very real chemical imbalance" and that if we stay on top of it with the medication, I could one day have my depression under control!!!!!!

This is so much more than I had ever hoped for. After so many years, the best I thought I'd get was a quick death. But now... I could be happy again. The thought of that is -- incredible.

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That really is a yay! I'm really happy for you.
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Yayayay!! That is so exciting to hear. Have things continued to be better than usual? I hope they continue to improve - everyone deserves to be happy!!
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Congrats! The right meds really do make a huge difference.
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