Severe, severe depression. For weeks now, I have been on the verge of a complete meltdown in the form of wanting to crawl into a dark hole and stay there. I posted last week about wanting to retire early, and even with all my ducks in a row there now I've come to the conclusion that it isn't the job, it isn't teaching, it isn't anything other than a chemical imbalance causing my misery. After serious reflection about what I'm really feeling (and really thinking), I know this is the problem (I'm sad 24/7, crying spells, not eating, wanting to crawl into a dark hole and stay there forever, no pleasure in anything anymore--I mean for pete sake's it's Saturday and I'm moping around the house like my dog died). After taking an online quiz with my results being at the TOP of the scale for major depressive disorder, my doctor has switched me to a supposedly stronger anti-depressant and I hope that this works. I think I was thinking teaching just wasn't for me and I didn't want to be in a it long term because when you are already completely down in the dumps, having a job which puts demands on you only brings you down more. I thought the solution was to be job free, but that isn't the solution because it would not bring my mood up at all, it would only make my depression less cumbersome. Anyways, my doctor has switched me from Effexor (which was great at relieving anxiety) to Cymbalta. Anybody had any experience with Cymbalta? Does anyone know of a anti-depressant that helps with severe depression?