Have Mental Health Questions? Ask a Psychiatrist Online
Hello! Please remember that my response is for information only, we are not establishing a therapeutic relationship.
The side effects vary from person to person, so it's hard to predict what it will be like for you.
I'd suggest that you see a Psychiatrist rather than a family doctor, though, because Psychiatrist specialize in prescribing these types of medications.
One thing to expect, you may not notice a difference for up to 4-6 weeks.
My phsycotherapist suggested lexipro? Think i am spelling it wrong
I have made great strides, but the depression comes back. So this might aid getting over that hurdle
Nausea, diarrhea, dry mouth, some dizziness, sexual side effects are common. Lexapro ---you were close!
Yes, the medication can be so helpful for taking care of that problem. You should also be patient and stay on it for whatever the Psychiatrist thinks --year, two, or so
Many side effects are just annoying and go away, but if they are severe, you can call the doctor right away.
If you know that you are sensitive to medication, you could ask the doctor to start at an extremely low dose --you can even go to a compounding pharmacy to get the meds in liquid form in order to start at a very low dose.
will this also help with anxiety? I am planning on cleaning up my diet and prepping this week to wake up ealier in the morning to workout before morning which should help with it as well.
Some antidepressants really help with anxiety --Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil are the three that are FDA approved for treating panic disorder.
will they help with social anxiety/ thinking too much? and fear such as learning to drive?
and yes I will leave a bonus lol
Some help a lot with obsessive thinking. Yes, some really help with anxiety. Did it ask you to leave a bonus already?
That's one reason that it's important to see a Psychiatrist, they have far more experience (in terms of numbers of patients) and can pick a medication based on what they've seen in larger numbers of people.
Whereas a family doctor has to be on top of so many things at one time.....
unfortunately no real phsychatrist near me and the phsyco therapist has been helping, just get bogged down after a week or so of being on track.
Are you in a real rural area? Because it's worth driving some distance. You don't see the Psychiatrist every week...a couple times in a short time frame, then about every 3 months.
think i will try this then if no real results go to one. and I dont drive :)
That makes it tough --- are you working on that with your therapist?
slowly, trying to get stable so i can get more confidence
main goal right now is to get stable and social skills
That makes sense.
Well, I'd encourage you persevere with any side effects, but if they are severe, call the doctor asap. It could really make the difference that you need!!
will do. Just ready to get back to having a life!
I bet! And you can --it sounds like you are doing everything you can to be able to get back to life!
Is there anything else I can answer for you?
last question, can i also use st johns wart? also kava kava i was told can help any advice?
In my experience, they help some people and not others. I'd get approval from a pharmacist, because some ingredients in those remedies can interact with the antidepressant. While I'm a big advocate for "whatever works," in an individual, they make me nervous because they are not regulated by the FDA. They can differ from brand to brand, and I wonder if they even differ within the same brand (different batches).
If the antidepressant works, then I'm not sure adding to it by using an herbal remedy is necessary or useful. If you wanted to try them first, I guess that would be OK
Ok ty for your advice and have a good night!
You are welcome and good night!