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How long does it usually take till depression meds to start to work?

How long does it usually take till depression meds to start to work?

Weeks: About 75% of people who respond to antidepressants, do so within the first four weeks, whereas about 25% respond between four and six weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Why does it take weeks/months for many depression meds to 'kick in'?

Why does it take weeks/months for many depression meds to 'kick in'?

Great question: Researchers have been asking this question for a long time, because the clinical facts go against the notion that antidepressant effectiveness depends only on serotonin and other neurotransmitter availability changes. Those actually happen long before antidepressant effect "kicks in" -- meaning that antidepressant response could also require neural changes that take longer to develop. ...Read more

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Can I take my depression meds if I also use mushrooms from time to time?

Can I take my depression meds if I also use mushrooms from time to time?

Mushrooms: Not recommended as it interferes with the antidepressant potency, not to mention the long-term effects on your health in general. ...Read more

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I believe I need to take anti-depression meds, which one should be effective?

I believe I need to take anti-depression meds, which one should be effective?

Depends: Medication is very a very individual issue as different people react differently to medication, you might get different side effects or you might not be benefiting. Medication choice depends on your health history, your previous psychiatric history, severity of your symptoms. Your psychiatrist is the best person to address your medication concerns. ...Read more

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My doctor always gives me depression meds for my anxiety but it never works. Should i tell him to try something else?

My doctor always gives me depression meds for my anxiety but it never works. Should i tell him to try something else?

Options: Rather then telling him to try something else, i would present him with the problem. The two of you can explore solutions together. The best outcomes usually occur when the provider and patient work together as a team. He may opt to add an adjunctive medication, increase the dose, change meds or add in other treatments (cbt, yoga, acupuncture, deep breathing exercises, progress muscle relaxation). ...Read more

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When should someone take anxiety and depression meds?

When should someone take anxiety and depression meds?

Eval: The person should get a full psychiatric workup to determine symptoms, severity, and whether or not medication is needed. The person should also seek appropriate psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Do people sometimes take depression meds just when they feel depressed?

Do people sometimes take depression meds just when they feel depressed?

No: I would not be effective because it takes a while for the blood level to rise to therapeutic levels. ...Read more

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I have a happy life but I feel like i'm just a hamster on a wheel, take depression meds but what else can I do?

I have a happy life but I feel like i'm just a hamster on a wheel, take depression meds but what else can I do?

Meds can't fix this: Medications are made to manage symptoms, not cure conditions. And what you have will not be reached by medications alone. I agree with dr. Ali about the need for psychotherapy here -- a chance to look deeply at why you're feeling like "a hamster on a wheel, " & what you want to about this. Tv commercials suggest that medications alone will fix our problems. Dig deep in yourself; find therapist. ...Read more

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What happens if am an alcoholic and depressed, can I take my depression meds?

What happens if am an alcoholic and depressed, can I take my depression meds?

Need to work on both: I agree with my colleague that you need to work on both your alcoholism and depression. The 2 are frequently related, and they mutually intensify and complicate each other. You may need an inpatient program where both problems can be addressed: it's called "dual diagnosis." please speak with your prescribing physician about this. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if anti depression meds really work?

Can you tell me if anti depression meds really work?

They are often: Effective. But - that does not mean that they are magic! ...Read more

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