Here’s a small part of depression introspection‘s reaction to the recently aired public television show “Depression: Out of the Shadows”. Overall, I’d say her reaction to the show was that it was a “depression 101” exercise, and not that focussed. It did plug talk therapy, though.
My jaw nearly dropped to the carpet as Andrew Solomon, carefully plucked brightly colored pills from his pillbox that he takes every morning for his unipolar depression: Remeron, Zoloft, Zyprexa, Wellbutrin, Namenda, Ranitidine, and two kinds of fish oil. He might have even mentioned Prozac. He takes Namenda, an Alzheimer’s drug to combat the effects of an adverse interaction between Wellbutrin and one of the other drugs that I can’t remember. Solomon says he’s happy. I’m happy for him and I’m happy that his drug cocktail works for him but I couldn’t help but sit there and wonder, “Isn’t there a better way?”
It’s a thoughtful post, especially worth checking out if you saw the show.