After being on a relatively ineffective pharmacotherapy cocktail for approximately two years, I consulted my present shrink, who switched to the present the pharmacotherapy cocktail (below) and guided me to talk/behavioral therapy. During the course of psychological testing, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), anxiety disorder, stress disorder most probably as an effect of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to childhood trauma. Yes, it sounds like a lot. Hence, along with the medications, I have started an efficacious, albeit debated, psychotherapy method called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing for PTSD.
As pharmacotherapy for depression, I'm on the following cocktail:
- low-dose amitryptiline (a classical tricyclic antidepressant)
- medium-dose bupropion (an atypical antidpressant mood stabilizer)
- low-dose clonazepam (an antianxiety agent)
- low-dose haloperidol (an antipsychotic agent)
As part of pscyhotherapy, I have undergone/am undergoing the following:
- cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- reading and learning about depression, PTSD, and cognition in general
An important point to note is that the bullet about reading and learning about depression, PTSD, and cognition in general need not be limited to who are suffering from depression or PTSD. I would recommend this as a useful exercise to just get accustomed to the concepts and the phenomena underlying these conditions. Especially, those who are close to those who are the sufferers.
In the last few weeks, I have recommended these the first two books to several people and I have gotten very positive responses regarding the same. I hope that I can get my family (my sister and my mother at least) to read these books.
If you are reading this and if you know someone who shows signs of these conditions, please encourage the to seek help and/or read these books.
*I was diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency a couple of years back.