How long anti-depressants take in providing full relief?
- 14 Apr 2014 by reggyt666
- anxiety, antidepressant, disorder, treatment
My name is Simon. I stay In INDIA. Since the age of nineteen, I have been suffering from Social anxiety disorder. Now, I am 27. Currently, I am taking psychiatric treatment for the same. I have a doubt. Please clarify. It will be a great help for me. I have done some online research before going for the treatment with anti-depressants. Based on my research I read on many websites that anti-depressants, particularly SSRI takes around 6-8 weeks to reach the full therapeutic effect. BY this I got the following impression that:
In order to free from whole social anxiety symptoms (as if one is feeling completely normal, although one has to continue taking medicines even after full symptom relief) it will take around 6-8 weeks.
In my case, my social anxiety is finely helped by these medicines. But I did not get the full relief even after 3 months of treatment. I mean my eye contact is still not so good with other peoples. Also, I feel some anxiety while taking to others.
Could you tell me what should be done now. Should I request my psychiatrist to increase dose or to go for a medicine change?
I was given these medicines till now,
First two months--- nexito 10mg and klonaz 0.25mg
Third month--- depran-H(it contains escitalopram 10mg and clonazepam ip 0.25mg) and Oxyma capsules(omega fatty 3 capsules).
Please clarify what should I do now.
14 Apr 2014
Sounds like you are on a good mix. Not sure how many times a day you are taking the clonazepam, but 0.25mgs is a low dose. In my recovery though, I had to realize that for some of my social anxiety symptoms I just had to push through as the medication is not going to cure them all. I have found that my medication has reduced the anxiety enough to where I can practice such things as looking someone in their eyes when they speak. Scary sometimes, but it gets easier with practice. My talk therapy has helped tremendously with reducing my anxieties also. Do you have that opportunity?
14 Apr 2014
Hi Simon I am pleased to hear the medication is helping you. Perhaps
you could start with friends and family for your society anxiety. I
would also suggest a therapist to talk with, mine has been such an
asset to my well being. My best to you. We're always here to talk to.
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