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The Great Depression

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So I got posting privileges a few weeks ago and I've mostly been hanging out and commenting. I didn't necessarily feel like I had anything compelling to post. I wish I had posted before tonight so that my first post wasn't asking for advice, but here we are. Let's try and come to terms with it together.

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I'm depressed. I've been depressed, on and off, for the last 20 years. I started therapy at the age of 6 and anti-depressants at 13. I've been diagnosed with major depression, recurrent. I'm now 33 and experiencing the major depression once again. I'm also currently without insurance, despite working a full-time job. And I can't find help. I know what works for me-CBT and Prozac. I can't find anyone that will prescribe me Prozac unless I'm a patient, and they won't accept me as a patient because I don't have insurance. I'm having trouble finding a therapist that does CBT and has night hours and a sliding scale. I've made a series of poor life decisions due to depression and now I can't access the help I need for depression due to the poor life decisions I've made due to depression.

Any ideas? I've called local clinics, but I don't qualify for services because I fall above the poverty line. Here's what I know: being depressed is not for the weak.

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