—Dragged Down Submit Your Own Question to a Therapist It sounds like you have been a tremendous source of love, strength, and support for your girlfriend in her battle with depression.
She is honored and humbled on a daily basis to be able to partner with people at such critical points in their unique journeys.Good is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, medical treatment, or therapy.This could mean adding individual and/or group therapy to her treatment regimen, trying a new therapeutic approach, or making a change to her medication.Consider suggesting that she talk about these possibilities with her psychiatrist and therapist (if she has one).You mention that your girlfriend’s medication does not seem to be helping her.
The specific mention of medication but not therapy makes me wonder whether your girlfriend is in therapy.
If, after years of treatment, she isn’t getting any better, something probably needs to change.
Your girlfriend should know that she has the right to be an active participant in her treatment plan and to discuss changes to this plan with her clinicians.
In order for her to have a chance at any kind of substantive change and lasting relief, she needs to be working on these issues in therapy.
Also, it is very important that a psychiatrist, and not a general practitioner, be managing her medication.
The burden on caretakers is significant, and there is great therapeutic value in realizing you are not alone.