A psychiatrist presribed escitalporam for me on my first visit. I explained that at most I am mildly depressed and simply don't feel as motivated or excited about things in life as I should. I told him that I heard increased serotonin might do the trick. Do you think escitalopram is right for very mild depression? I ask because the literature says it is for "severe depression" which I definitely don't have. If not then what would you suggest? Thanks.
13 Dec 2010
Lexapro received very high ratings for treating anxiety and depression. It is an SSRI medication. If you are on the lowest dose available and it controls your depression, you may be able to take it only temporarily. It's important to also seek some type of therapy for depression. It will help you avoid certain triggers that can set off bouts of depression. Counseling along with the Lexapro may be a good way for you to go. It's really up to you and your doctor to assess if this medication is too strong for you. Good luck and hope your mild depression doesn't last too long. It would also help getting in to certain activities and exercising regularly if you can. This will help reboot your "feel good" endorphines. Believe it or not, a good balanced diet will also help depression. Best wishes to you.
14 Dec 2010
As a patient, you are entitled to be involved in your own care. If you think the Lexapro is too much, then you need to talk with the prescriber and he/she should listen to your concerns. I agree with Christine that counseloing/therapy might be a better alternative for you rather than medication or as a supplement to medication because you say you are not depressed all of the time. A therapist could help you pin-point exactly what it is that makes you feel depressed and then help you discover ways to combat that depression. It may just be a seasonal or situational thing; a good therapist/counselor should be able to help you discover what is causing your depression. Hope this helps.
24 Dec 2010
Probably one of the best to take in your case. Low doses of lexapro should help with motivation, mood elevation, and raise your argument starting with the wife threshold. Haha, i made that last one up, but they should really put that on the label bc its true. Plus it wont give you empty brain taken over by robots syndrome(this is another scientific term, also see zombie, lol) like zoloft or paxil. Definitely something to consider, i hope you'll try it out. Good luck
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