I am sorry to hear what you have experienced. I appreciate how horrible it must be to experience symptoms of PTSD alongside depression, especially after you have worked to turn things around. It can take considerable time for therapy to alleviate deep rooted problems. I suggest that you continue engaging in treatment, but consider only attending one psychologist, as seeing two at the same time can be counterproductive. With meditation, it can take several months for benefits to start prevailing.
Whilst exposure therapy for PTSD can be extremely beneficial, EMDR therapy gives fabulous results, and is often preferred by clients. Further to this, it may be more successful in reducing the emotional effect the colour red has on you. Not all therapists are trained in EMDR - a register of those in Australia who are can be found on the EMDRAA website (note that your disassociation will need to be addressed before you receive EMDR). Both exposure therapy and EMDR are ‘state-dependent’ therapies. This means that benefits of therapy may not be maintained if the client was being prescribed certain drugs at the time of therapy (including benzodiazepines). You should find out the complete range of drugs that are associated with state-dependent effects, and discuss this with your psychiatrist. (Note that drinking alcohol can also adversely impact on the Brian's ability to consolidate information - even one drink can have an effect)
Antidepressants can take 4-6 weeks to induce the desired effect in the recipient, and so requires some level of patience. Some people find it beneficial to attend group therapy alongside their individual therapy, with the potential for it to bring about benefits that are not possible in individual therapy - this is something you could consider.
i wish you all the best in your continued efforts to address your PTSD and depression.
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