Our expert says:
I agree with you, it is important for you to get help for the depression, as you need "drive" and energy to be able to look for work and to be able to get and hold a job. What you need is a "proper" antidepressant like Prozac.
Unfortunately antidepressants are expensive and you probably also need psychological counselling to teach you some stress management techniques. I think you should strongly consider to go to a provincial hospital, preferably the psychiatric department of an academic hospital. I know the qeues are long and it is not always pleasant but at least you will get effective treatment for next to nothing. As soon as you are on medication, you will start sleeping better, your poor brain will be able to make serotonin which will improve your mood, and your energy levels will rise. You can also get a multivitamin at the hospital that will help for the hairloss. Over the counter medication, herbs and other natural treatment will not be sufficient for you and in the end works out just as expensive.
Be brave and just do it, you won't be sorry in the end and your child will pick the dividends of a mom that feels better!
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