... started fluoxetine 10 days ago. I have already feeling better for some hours and very bad other times. Is this normal in the early stage of treatment? What are the stages of early recovery?
Hi and welcome to the site. I was diagnosed in '93 with a clinical depression. My decline was extremely rapid. I went from never having experienced an anxiety attack to being full blown agoraphobic and clinically depressed in less than 2 weeks. Once diagnosed I tried 6 anti-depressants before finding the right combo of meds to help me. It took getting the chemicals in my brain back in balance before I could do any mental work (counseling) to address my depression. The entire process from diagnosis to being off of all medications took approximately 9 months. Please be patient with yourself and with the medication. It may take several tries to find the right one. AND, once you DO find the correct medication, it will take a while to get your serotonin and dopamine back up and balanced. Don't try and rush the process, because it is just that... a process. You will discover that once you find the winning combination and allow it to work (and follow up with counseling to help address the depression from the emotional aspect) that it will all come into place and you will feel so much better. I promise it WILL get better! You are not alone and have found a site that is great for encouragement and just being able to vent. I wish this site was around when I experienced mine as there are so many kind and wonderful people here that can help and have been down the road before you.
Please do hang in here and post, post, post. It helps.
Best to you, Jose.
I understand waiting could be a tough job,but you have to be aware of the fact that life is based on trials.taking medicines would not change the verdict of the case you have to make your mind believe this.it would be better that you do something that calms your nerves , makes you contended and also brings the verdict in your favor.that simple act would be to pray to God to help you out in these circumtances.
Hello jose castaneda. The see saw effects that you're feeling are normal, to beginning the drug and its common with the SSRI family of antidepressants. They will ease up, and more often than not, dissapear . The theraputic effect of not feeling sad, down, anxious can usually take four weeks or so. Might be a bit earlier and might be a bit later. I'm afraid you'll have to be patient, these drugs do take time to work, but once your bodys chemistry accepts the fluoxetine it will likely do wonders to help you feel more as your old self. Best of wishes to you,pledge
It seems to me like you are taking the medication for the wrong reason. You are suppose to feel bad about bad situations. You need to deal with your situation like talking about it to someone. Medication is for people who get depressed for no particular reason or, as they now say, for a chemical imbalance in the brain causing depression. Sounds like you need moral support. Find out what all you can about your court case and what's to be expected. Talk to your attorney maybe there is more you can do or more he/she can do to help your situation. Maybe you will have to work on accepting the outcome and starting your life new when it all over. You really need to talk to someone about what's bothering you. Good luck!
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