Our expert says:
I am wondering why you didn't take the antidepressants. If you have strong feelings against using medication, seek out a good local shrink providing CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) which entails you learning ways of controlling the relevant thoughts, emotions and behaviours and taking efficient control of the depression. Good research has shown it to be as effective as antidepressants and with lasting benefits. A psychiatrist could also advise on ways to specifically reduce the impact of menstruation non your mood, which seems to be complicating the situation.
If you're in a 3-month waiting period, well, you could try the medication, supplied by your GP, and by 3 months would have a good idea whether it was proving useful. And check out the website bookstores for self-help books on CBT and depression, which could also help
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