Hi and welcome to our caring community Lauren;
It's great you've found the courage to ask for help for what seems a distressing issue for you. So well done!
Firstly, I need to tell you we're not professionals by any means. We're sufferers of anxiety/depression who understand what it's like to experience confusing and scary symptoms, and aim to help other sufferers find their way to recovery.
You're a good friend looking out for your ex so I hope I can help you feel more at ease with his process.
AD's affect each person differently. Medications are part of a mental health plan created by GP's and psychiatrists to support the patient cope with symptoms. In the beginning, responses to medications can take time to kick in and they may need to try different one's to find the best result.
If your ex isn't 'feeling' anything, it may be that he needs to be this way for a while to give relief from overwhelming symptoms. As I don't know anything about his history I can't really give advice or have an opinion.
It's best left to his medical advisors to provide him with medication and information. One of the most important aspects of this is for him to give honest feedback so Dr's can assess his situation properly.
He needs friends too, and I'm guessing this is more to the point of your query. How do you encourage and help him get thru this period in his life?
Just be his friend ok. 'Listen' when he needs to talk, and please don't expect more from him than he's able to give. You can't 'fix' him or make him better quicker than you'd like.
Find someone for you to talk with; you need support to support him. Learn about his diagnosis and try not to overwhelm him with complex conversations. He needs to rest his mind. He and you both need to take it one day at a time instead of worrying about the future.
If you want more explicit advice, we have Dr Kim who answers questions in the 'Treatment, health professionals and therapy' Section of the forum. You're welcome to look around threads for people in similar situations or read info sheets below.
I hope I've helped in some way. I also hope to hear back from you soon as we want to support you to stay strong for him.
Take care...warm thoughts;