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In most cases Antidepressants are recommended to be used for around 8 months (longer if there is expected relapse risk). Over time there tends to be a reducing therapeutic effect, so longer term use shouldn't make you more emotional per se. However, emotional lability (increased variation in mood - I think this is what you are describing) can be a symptom of developing Depression so it may be that the medication is having less effect and there is a corresponding increase in emotionality. WHen was the last time your medication was reviewed by a Psychiatrist?
before the dose increased I am also quite emotional...seeing a psychiatrist.
Did the Psychiatrist increase the dose because of the increasing emotional lability? Thanks for being patient with my questions, it's important I get as much information as possible.
yes she had increased my meds cos my increased emotional instability
Ok. So, if the increased emotional stability has developed in the absence of external events that could be assumed to be the cause then I would presume that she thinks the medication is loosing its therapeutic effect with time (and hence increases the dosage).
So, getting back to your original question the increased emotionality is probably more likely to be due to the diminishing efficacy of the medication rather than a consequence of reasonably long-term use.
How long ago was the dosage increased? Have you noticed any improvement since?
Dosage changes can take several weeks for therapeutic effect so it is probably too early to tell if it is working. Having to wait for a dose change to have effect can be a very frustrating experience and I sympathize with your situation.
I can tell you though that it sounds like your Psychiatrist is following standard procedure and hopefully you will see some improvement in the near future. If you do not I expect that your psychiatristá will consider a further increase in dosage or the possibility of switching medications. Either of these options would be standard procedure.
I hope this has been of some help. If you have any further questions or would like me to elaborate any further on what I have written so far please let me know.