On lexapro 19 days no relief so far please help
it will feel a little less exhausting every day, i used to feel like my legs were made of leg and my thoughts were at crazy speeds once the meds kicked in i began to feel like my mind was more able to ignore them and i began to feel a bit pysically stronger to be able or bothered to do stuff to distract my mind. took a while tho so hang in there ur on your way but give it a definate 3 month try of u can or all the awful se will b for nothing, obviously if ur not gelling well go back to ur gp
Hello Theresa. Being scared goes with the depression and anxiety. You are going to be just fine. Definitely the smile will slip out and your laugh will get stronger. A sunny day will bring a smile and you will feel, well, better.
It is important for you to work with a therapist. They work on the part that keeps one anxious and with low self esteem. They can help sort out the troubles that hold you back from your true potential. It does take work as no pill can change our life. But it can help to change your life when the two are together. So I wish you to be true to yourself and start to heal. It is more than time for you. I have traveled your path and know it well.
We may have had different events, but I know you can find your way back to happiness. Write whenever you wish. Plenty of support here. Karen
I have PTSD, depression and anxiety disorder. Sometimes the antidepressant can make the depression and anxiety worst the first couple of weeks if not longer. If you can, try to make it to the 30 day mark. If the symptoms do not decrease by then, it may not be the med for you. Just my opinion but no need to suffer any longer then you have to. Talk to your doctor regarding your continued symptoms, especially if you depression gets worst. PTSD is best treated in conjuction with therapy. If you can have supportive people around you. There are great, caring informed people on this site for support too.
I was in your place 2 months ago, so I know how isolated and scared you can feel. You are not alone. There is hope. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I had a few depressions and 2 major depressions. My last one I was hospitalised for 6 months before they found meds that worked finally. Once you find what works you will feel a little happiness here and there. You will feel like yourself a bit. And everyday gets better then. It can take awhile to find the right meds so don't get discouraged, it takes patience.
Good luck and take care,
Oh yeah, keep a log on meds you try and side effects and if they work at all the doctors need to know what is working for you to treat you well.
Truthfully, it is hard for one person as u well no to answer this ? for everyone's body is different and what I may feel u may not have the same feeling/side effects... some people can't take them at all..for me a lot of antideppresents gave me akathisia till my doctor tried me on the last one I was ready to give up, but stuck it out n it worked... also your have to allow at least 4-6 weeks for the med to reach it's fell therapeutic level to no if it's the right one for u..a lot of people make the mistake of taking it for 10 days or so n say oh this isn't helping n move on to the next, when that could have well as been the right one for them... please don't make the same mistake... you can experience any side effects sick as insomnia, bit more anxious and the list goes on, but these r only short lived until your body gets adjusted to the med in your system...
if you have any allergic reactions or anything u feel is off... contact your doctor immediately..such as confusion, swollen reaction, anything u find unusual as I said contact doc... I say give it at least another two weeks n still if nothing contact the prescribing doc he may need to up it or put u on something totally different you didn't say what mg u r on... if you r on a low dose it may be that u just need a higher dosage..be patient n stick it out as I said for at least 2- 2 1/2 weeks n if still nothing u need to contact your doctor... keep us posted as to your progress u truely care here at dc..
Well I had a bad experience with Paxil and Zoloft..however Celexa and Lexapro are supposed to be better..I believe Lexapro is the stereoisomer of Celexa
As others have noted..it takes more than 3 weeks for an antidepressant to work I think over time you will also feel some relief from the PTSD
After having a bad experience with 2 SSRis my Doc put me on Effexor and buspar He picked out the Effexor I asked him for the Buspar Low dose Effexor and buspar have me feeling better than I have for years
And I once said I would never take another SSRi or SSNRi
It may take a little time to kick in or another med may be right for you..but when you find the med that works you will have increased confidence, less depression, less anxiety these drugs are truly life changing for the better
Hi, I have just started on ADs I have just started a new job but have had to be signed off for a week due to debilitating thoughts on my commute. I am looking forward to the meds working and feeling happy again. I really hope it works out for you and good luck. Keep going.
It is so nice to hear many of you speaking of improvements with treatment, especially having "a happy thought!" I truly don't want to make anyone more depressed, but I, too have Major Treatment Resistant Depression, PTSD, and Anxiety, and have been undergoing treatment for almost 30 years... both medication and psychotherapy. Unfortunately, I have never had that "one happy thought." I no longer take antidepressants, as I discovered that 30% of people don't respond to them, and I promise that I took each one way, way longer than six weeks. I've always been willing to try anything, but my Psychiatrist agreed that I must be one of that 30%. I do feel that being able to talk to my therapist has been the thing that has allowed me to survive, along with some group therapy.
If I can't fix it with medication, the only thing I know to do is try to learn other ways to cope with it, and act as if I'm happy for other people's sake! I desperately hope that something new will come along that will finally allow me to crawl out of the deep, dark hole, but in the meantime, I recommend doing what I do if you're in the same situation, or waiting for a drug to finally take effect: try to make other people happy, and hope that you will make someone's day, even if it's just with a smile. I wish you all luck, and hope that the meds work for you, but wanted to give another viewpoint.
This is an old question but there are some newer questions and answers. I'll add my 2 cents worth on these questions about depression, anxiety and PTSD. There's several people waiting for antidepressants to work. The advice already here on that subject is good... wait for 6-8 weeks to give it a fair try before you move on to another antidepressant. Look up on this site the side effects of a drug if you're concerned about them.
Antidepressants alone don't necessarily take care of anxiety. Anyone trying a new drug will have some increased anxiety at first. That's normal and that's not the anxiety to be concerned about. Persistent anxiety that you've had for weeks or months that interferes with your everyday functioning may well need a drug in addition to an antidepressant. Talk to your Dr. about this. Don't suffer for weeks waiting for an antidepressant to take your anxiety away.
It probably won't.
PTSD is another animal entirely. Counseling is needed and lots of time to heal. Don't expect to conquer this one quickly and you won't be disappointed. Counseling is also very helpful for the other 2 problems, so you will be well off to find a good counselor from the start.
I've had all 3 so I've been where you are and you can recover with the right medications and counseling. You can feel well, happy and normal again. There's always reason to hope!
You feel like you can breathe. See clearly. Happy to see a new day. Appreciation for the birds chirping. It is a blessing. You will know when it kicks in. All of the sudden life does not seem to miserable. You can find your smile again. You feel less pain both physically and mentally. I am so grateful for antidepressants. They gave me my life back. I wish you the very same.
Im sorry I also wanted to add... That it can take time to kick in. It can also take time to find the right one. I take Effexor 150mg a day. I used Klonopin for extra anxiety control when needed. Do your research. If one does not help find one that will. Dont give up!
Anti-depressants made me stop having emotions or a personality. I felt just like a robot or a zombie - totally blank!
Antidepressants made me stop having emotions and my personality started to disintegrate ! I felt"blank" ,"robotic" in my opinion they should be banned! I got off of them quickly.
Years ago, I had major anxiety with depression due to an extreme stalking and sexual harassment incident at work. I had a melt down lost 8 lbs in 6 days and I am a small person . Symbyax saved my life. It was odd to have it work so quickly but it was so incredible. So for years I have been fine, then recently lost my dad my brother and my brother in law within a year not. Lot of anxiety but just low grade no motivation depression . So started on generic Prozac. Ten days and I am so anxious and depression not better. Is this normal and how long before I see improvement? Don't want to go back on symbyax because of the weight gain and with a family of diabetics , don't like how it messes with my blood sugar . But I am concerned about whether this is the right medication for me or if I am not giving it enough time.
Warning! I suspect that Some people on here are working for big pharma! Use caution , and always remember ,your milage may vary
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