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Do pills for depression either work or not, or can the patient see improvement at first and then decline again?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Reasons for relapse

Improvement from antidepressants can vary from none to a lot.
Benefits can trail off in the first month or two if the initial dose is too low. Depression can worsen even on meds due to new/worse stressors. Other meds, alcohol, or recreational drugs can interfere. Sometimes antidepressants "poop out" after a year or two of constant use. Many possibilities to discuss with your doctor.

In brief: Reasons for relapse

Improvement from antidepressants can vary from none to a lot.
Benefits can trail off in the first month or two if the initial dose is too low. Depression can worsen even on meds due to new/worse stressors. Other meds, alcohol, or recreational drugs can interfere. Sometimes antidepressants "poop out" after a year or two of constant use. Many possibilities to discuss with your doctor.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: It is possible

To fell better then feel not so good.
That and not feeling well is why we sometimes use augmentation strategies.

In brief: It is possible

To fell better then feel not so good.
That and not feeling well is why we sometimes use augmentation strategies.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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