I'm a 68 yo male with life-long history of depressive episodes that occur every 4 to 10 years. I may be dysthymic. About 11 years ago, I discovered Lexapro and it got me through a rough time. Now, here I am again.
I have been taking escitalopram 10mg for 10 days, for a major depressive episode with acute anxiety. At first I wasn't able to sleep more than 2 hours, then I'd wake up and hash through every problem in my life, past and present, until the sun came up. Now clonazepam is helping me sleep longer but I'm facing a slew of side effects including dry mouth, yawning, anxiety, diarrhea, rapid weight loss, fuzzy head, and extreme lack of motivation. Making a simple decision is torture. I am tired all day and can fall asleep for 30 minutes, anytime, anywhere until I jolt awake in terror.
They tell me these issues will pass eventually but my patience is wearing thin. I'm actually thinking of trying trazodone because it can work immediately. I have an initial appointment with a psych doctor in 16 days. Should I stick with the current regimen or try something else?