I've been on these medications for about 8 weeks, I'm finding that the 20mg isn't helping with my anxiety or depression and have asked numerous times for an increase by my dr dismisses my claims and says 20mg is enough and that psycho therapy will be more beneficial for me then increasing the dose. I find I am at the same level I have been for the last 11 years (I am 22), it takes a tole on my ability to work and get up in the morning and complete basic task. I would greatly appreciate any help that anyone can offer as I don't know how much longer I can keep living day to day with this.
Are you taking anything else with the lexapro?
Hi, ayisha! In clinical studies dosages over 20mg/day showed no improvement in symptoms, so that's out and 8 weeks in a pretty fair trial for the medication. I do agree with your doctor that psychotherapy may be beneficial, but it is generally used as an adjunct to medication.
I'd try talking to your doctor one more time about an add-on like Abilify or switching to a different antidepressant/anxiolytic. Be honest (and forceful) about your current state of mind. If you don't get a satisfactory response you might want to seek a second opinion.
BTW, is your doctor a GP or a psychiatrist?
Best regards and good luck!
Just ask/tell your doctor. My GP was great. As long as I gave a medication the allotted time to work, she was great about switching it up if it wasn't helping. It's not like we're pill shopping for opiates. We're just trying to regain normalcy.
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