Hello, Ladymh, I'm glad you decided to join the members of the
Depression Forum. You'll find some very compassionate people here
who have experienced depression and who will be along to recommend
help and encouragement for you in your ordeal right now.
I'm not a doctor, but I have some experience with the medical field
in the treatment of depression and can tell you that, from my point of view, your husband needs a psychotherapist whose style suits your
husband's personality. He definitely needs psychological help in getting out the abuse with a professional who deals with that. Keeping it inside does not make it go away, Ladymh; it just causes it to grow more intense until psychotic episodes erupt or the patient becomes unable to function successfully.
Please encourage him to seek appropriate counselling and make sure
that he maintains the medications that work. Getting By, our forum
moderator, will tell you that she saw several different specialists until
she found the personality in a doctor with whom she could resonate
extremely well, and she had several changes in medications along the way.
I can sympathize with both you and your husband. Traumatic stress
needs to be discussed with the specialists. If the psychiatrist is there for medication evaluation only, that's not enough--far from it. It is the role
that many of them maintain, however, and psychotherapy is an additional service some render.
Take care and wait to hear from others here. They know what they're
and are glad to share their efforts to help.
How are you faring? Have you considered some counselling to help you keep strong during all the difficulty? I wouldn't hesitate to get it if you feel that you are weakened and distraught regarding your husband's condition. That would be a very natural reaction, in my view.
Take care of yourself, also, so that you will be able to help everyone in your family.
With best wishes for increasingly improved home environment for you,
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 4/15/2011 5:12:13 PM (GMT-6)