- CASE FILE
I have treatment resistant major depressive disorder. I’ve tried everything class of drugs, therapy, TMS, ECT, and ketamine—nothing works.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I’m am 40 years old, and I have been suffering from debilitating depression since I was a teenager. My symptoms have become much more severe in the last 3 years. I’ve since been diagnosed with treatment resistant major depressive disorder. I’ve been on every class of medication including MAOI’s. I’ve also tried Deplin, a folic acid supplement. I’ve had a lot of issues with side effects. I’ve been going to therapy faithfully for the past 10 years. I’ve undergone TMS, ECT, and costly ketamine infusions. I even visited the Mayo Clinic in August of 2018 for a third opinion. Nothing has helped, and no one has been able to help me. My hypothyroidism has been treated, and I’ve tested negative for any vitamin deficiencies and heavy metals. I stopped working 2 years ago, and my condition has gotten progressively worse despite strict adherence to my treatment plan. My symptoms include: anhedonia, aboulia, apathy, derealization, insomnia, emotional instability, extreme anger, low self esteem, guilt, social isolation, fatigue, weakness, and suicidal ideation. I also have chronic lower back pain, intermittent pains in my right leg, and headaches about every 2-3 days. I’ve been pushing for either a CT scan or MRI to rule out an organic cause, but all the doctors I have seen say that it is unwarranted. I’m desperate for an effective treatment. Please don’t diminish my situation because it is psychiatric in nature—it has robbed me of my life. This is not about willpower and/or developing a positive attitude; there is something seriously wrong with me.