In March 2017, I began taking an anti-depressant called Depakote, a medication developed by Pfizer, in hopes of alleviating my depression.
The medication was only approved for a few hundred people and I was just starting to see results.
As my depression began to return, I started to question the wisdom of my treatment plan.
I thought the medication would be an effective treatment for me, but for me to succeed I needed to find the right medication to work best with me.
I decided to find a brand I could trust, and I contacted an antidepressant manufacturer, Dr. Martin Shkreli, who had developed a medication for the treatment of his own condition called Daraprim.
When I heard about the drug, I felt I could count on him to help me, and he did.
In the years since, I have had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Shkrelli about the medications he developed for me and to try to replicate his treatment.
The most important thing I have learned is that there are no shortcuts in treating depression, even with medications that are available for a limited number of people.
Dr. James K. O’Neill, MD, PhD, MPH, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Harvard Medical School, discusses his book, The 5 Pillars of Effective Depression Treatment.
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I would like to thank Dr. Richard A. Kastle, MD for his insights, guidance, and compassion.
You should also check out his website for additional support and guidance about overcoming depression and other mental health challenges.