Some people report having a similar experience. What used to work for them suddenly seems to no longer work.
It may be that over time certain medications lose their effectiveness or there could be biochemical changes that occur with age. It is important to report your symptoms to your prescribing physician so that he or she may make the necessary adjustments.
You have had depression for 15 years. That’s a long time. If your only source of treatment has been medication, it might not be enough. You should consider counseling. There is no better treatment to promote mental health. Everyone possesses a certain degree of mental health just as they possess a certain degree of physical health. Some are very healthy and some are not very healthy. Counseling will, with the choice of the correct therapist, increase your level of mental health from wherever it is now.
Comprehensive treatments for depression often involve both medication and counseling. You might be missing a key element of treatment, which might explain why you’ve had depression for a decade and a half. Counseling could help a great deal. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle