Thank you for your very specific questions. I will answer them in the order that you asked them.
Regarding questions one and two, it’s possible that medicine would help but it might take time to find one that’s effective. You tried Lexapro but you might need to try others. Discuss this with your treating physician who can determine what medication or class of medication will work best for you.
Regarding question three, you can research what ecstasy does to the brain. That might provide you with insight about what happened to you. You identified the drug you took as ecstasy. but you really don’t know what was in the pill that you took. Most drugs sold on the streets are not pure; they contain all sorts of other chemicals in order to increase the profit. Consider the epidemic of people dying from heroin overdoses after using what they believed was heroin but was actually heroin laced with elephant tranquilizers and other dangerous drugs. These are just some of the many dangers of using drugs.
Regarding question four, psychotherapy could help you, especially with your sleep problems. You can learn new ways of relaxing and sleeping with psychotherapy. Hypnotherapy could also help. Another idea is to consult a sleep specialist or have a sleep study. I hope this helps. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle