Just wondering why they say an improvement in sleep or appetite is a good indication that an antidepressant is working in the early stages? Are these affected by serotonin in some way? I am only on day 16 of lexapro and I did notice a slight lift to start with on this med, sleep and appetite did improve a bit. My mood is still low and I feel anxious but I know it's early days. Are there any other symptoms known to improve with depression/anxiety first?
The reason there is optimism when an antidepressant improves sleep and appetite is because usually these are suppressed when a person is clinically depressed with anxiety. When an antidepressant starts to work you can notice that you may feel better about life in general, from enjoying activities that you did not do when depressed or anxious. Others around you may notice you are a bit happier. Life is not so grey. You may start to feel like the old you is back. Your anxiety may lessen along with your irrational fears. Not to say life will be a bowl of cherries, but you may feel less reactive to the ups and downs of life.
Hi Debs; Yes I agree with Janie on this its kind of like those scenes are some of the first you may notice that kick in prior to the ones that are deeper seated. Now this it not all the time but it is a good sign when someone is not well it being depression or physical we lose our appetite, energy so as things start to improve many times those are some of the ones that you may notice first. Hope things are coming along for you.
I'm willing to bet there is an easy answer.
Sleeping and eating are a persons basic needs. Eating and sleeping are both easy symptoms that a patient can relate to.
They are both measurable when charting so east to compare. They are usually the first symptom that guided them to seek health exam. They also have that little voice saying"I'm depressed. I can't fixed it on my own and need help". Not sleeping is a form of torture and weight loss is a sensitive area because while being depressed they added weight. So they are very important symptoms to guide the practitioner in determining if the dose needs to be elevated or a different category.
Other symptoms may be :
-More energy. You won't be running marathons but you will notice it's easier to get out of a bed easier.
- You may see that you are enjoying things that previously brought you happiness.
Ex... Painting. Don't start with a blank canvas. Buy one of those coloring books the college kids are using to decrease stress.
- The world will start to be beautiful again when your enjoyment centers are waking up. You will notice the smell of flowers, the smell of autumn in the air, the sky colors will be more vivid.
- An important one - you will want to call your friends again.
It won't be one thing at a time by more of a sense of well-being.
You will feel in control of your body instead of your body being in control.
Do something nice for just you once a day.
At nighttime, go to bed with one grateful thing in your life while trying to sleep. You eventually will find that upon awakening, you are more positive.
Once you e got it under control, start to laughing at things. Look for the silver lining and if you can find one in a bad situation, you are on your way.
Consider a Support group if this has been going on for awhile.
Depressed people can be so low that they lose socialization skills. Go slow and with little expectations of goals. You may get overwhelmed and feel like a failure if you expect too much from your self.
Avoid family members that trigger those bad feelings until you are more secure.
It's better to have a few good friends than a lot of people on the fringes. Choose one that you can concise in.
One more... Start a daily happiness journal.
Keep track of how many hours you are, your mood 1-10 on awakening, how much you are, how much activity you did, socialization and how that worked, any triggers and how you handled them and what mood # you had at night.
Write down the triggers and how you handled them or what you could have done. It's a method of trying to self-discover and gain insight.
I hope some of this works.
:-) Keep smiling whenever you can!
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