Hi! After going through your question, i feel that you are lacking some proper psycho-education about your illness. First and foremost, you need not essentially have life stressors and family troubles in order to have a depression
. Secondly, not all depressions settle down in 6-8 months and some stay resistant. But from the description of the "highs" that you have given, it could be possible that you might be having a bipolar depression and then in that case citalopram
or plain antidepressants wont work and that you will be needing mood stabilizers along with some anti-psychotics to reduce your symptoms. Please try changing your psychiatrist
or get a second opinion
with a fresh look and information.
Hope this solves your concerns