Amy Ruble’s Perfect Cocktail

Amidst the extensive selection of mental health treatments such as SSRIs, SNRIs, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety medicines, and antidepressants, it’s puzzling to see numerous individuals still grappling with depression, anxiety, mania, and related issues.

A simple reason could be that not everyone seeks professional help from a therapist, doctor, or psychiatrist. Another probable explanation is the precise “cocktail” of medications that’s most effective in managing an individual’s mental health disorder can take time to discover. Moreover, even after finding the ideal combination of drugs, they may become less effective over time, potentially leading to another mental health crisis.

Currently, I am taking sertraline (Zoloft) every night and Wellbutrin (bupropion) every morning. While my depression has seen improvements over the past month, my anxiety levels have not decreased and appear more pronounced than ever. This has prompted my doctor to present a few alternative options.

  • I have the option of incorporating a fresh medication into my existing regime to aid my anxiety.
  • Alternatively, I can try switching antidepressants altogether to find out if another one provides superior results.
  • Deciding the best course of action is daunting, especially considering I’ve been using the same antidepressant for over three years. However, it’s possible that an alternative SSRI could have a better effect than my current one. Should I stick to my existing medication and merely add another one to tackle my anxiety?

    Four years back, a mental health episode led me to start on an antidepressant. Later, Wellbutrin was introduced to my regimen to slightly enhance my mood. I’ve been on the highest permissible dose of Zoloft and had never contemplated changing medications until now.

    Although mental health medication has served me over the years, I must emphasize that such treatment isn’t suitable for all. Options beyond medication exist for mental health diagnoses, and the choice should ultimately be made by the individual under the counsel of a healthcare provider.

    That said, there’s a need for change in my present medication regime. Deciding the most appropriate amendment is my next challenge.

    Are you reading this and can relate to my experience? Please comment about your encounters with mental health medication, be it successful or otherwise. It’d be wonderful to hear your thoughts.

    Best regards,

    The author of this article is an independent writer and blogger, with a focus on parenting and mental health topics. On non-writing days, you can find her enjoying quality time with her family, reading, near a campfire, or indulging in coffee.