Originally Posted by registerthis
For some people...but certainly not all. People have different reactions to different drugs. A person very close to me has been battling clinical depression for years, and was recently diagnosed with bi-polar disorder. There are good days and bad days, but "good" is relative and "bad" can frequently be awful. This person has tried every drug in the book--Welbutrin, Prozac, Lamictol, Zoloft, Effexor, etc.--all with little or no success. Some made the problem worse, and others had devastating side effects. (This is in addition to counseling and pharmapsychotherapy.)
People who respond well to anti-depressants and mood stabilizers reside among the fortunate set of depression sufferers. Those who do not can be overcome with feelings of hopelessness and despair, further excaberating the disease's effects.
As to Owen, I hope he's able to obtain the treatment he needs. I also hope that this further solidifies the fact that depression does not discriminate, and that external forces have very little to do with the effect of the disease on the afflicted individual.
Good post. I'll just add that to make matters worse, a lot of doctors still don't know how - or don't want - to handle depression because it's messy and difficult. Some will just prescribe the latest drug their pharmaceutical rep gave them samples of and wash their hands of the situation.
Those who get the help they need truly are fortunate. Best of luck to Owen.