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      National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016   05/01/2016

      Proclamation 9433 of April 28, 2016 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need. Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another—and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us—we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve. In the last 7 years, our country has made extraordinary progress in expanding mental health coverage for more people across America. The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against people based on pre-existing conditions, requires coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services in individual and small group markets, and expands mental health and substance use disorder parity policies, which are estimated to help more than 60 million Americans. Nearly 15 million more Americans have gained Medicaid coverage since October 2013, significantly improving access to mental health care. And because of more than $100 million in funding from the Affordable Care Act, community health centers have expanded behavioral health services for nearly 900,000 people nationwide over the past 2 years. Still, far too few Americans experiencing mental illnesses do not receive the care and treatment they need. That is why my most recent Budget proposal includes a new half-billion dollar investment to improve access to mental health care, engage individuals with serious mental illness in care, and help ensure behavioral health care systems work for everyone. Our Nation has made strong advances in improving prevention, increasing early intervention, and expanding treatment of mental illnesses. Earlier this year, I established a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force, which aims to ensure that coverage for mental health benefits is comparable to coverage for medical and surgical care, improve understanding of the requirements of the law, and expand compliance with it. Mental health should be treated as part of a person's overall health, and we must ensure individuals living with mental health conditions can get the treatment they need. My Administration also continues to invest in science and research through the BRAIN initiative to enhance our understanding of the complexities of the human brain and to make it easier to diagnose and treat mental health disorders early. One of our most profound obligations as a Nation is to support the men and women in uniform who return home and continue fighting battles against mental illness. Last year, I signed the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which fills critical gaps in serving veterans with post-traumatic stress and other illnesses, increases peer support and outreach, and recruits more talented individuals to work on mental health issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This law will make it easier for veterans to get the care they need when they need it. All Americans, including service members, can get immediate assistance by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP. During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well. Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real. Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.  
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On Lexapro For Four Weeks - How Do I Know It's Working?

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Ok, I've been on Lexapro now for almost four weeks. I started Feb 12 2009. I'm on 10 mg. I was put on for, I guess, some negative thinking - depression/anxiety.

How do you know if Lexapro is working? I know one thing for sure - it makes me sleepy. I take it at 5pm because that best fits my schedule. It makes me very sleepy in the evening. If I try to take a nap I can't even fall asleep. I go into some half sleep. Crazy.

I have been thinking of less negative thoughts. In the past I would pick certain things that happen in my life and run them over and over in my head. I have not done that recently. Is that because of the Lexapro? I'm seeing a therapist. Perhaps it's his assignments that have got met me think differently?

I would have to say right now when I focus on something negative I get a headache of sorts and I stop thinking about that negative thing. My mind seems to say - "enough, I'm sick of this negative thought, I'm going to throw it away."

One thing I have not noticed is that I'm still shy around a lot of people. Is there a medication that helps that specifically?

I'm thinking of upping the Lexapor at the end of March to 20mg. Should I? Will it make me even sleepier than I am now?

Thanks!

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Ok, I've been on Lexapro now for almost four weeks. I started Feb 12 2009. I'm on 10 mg. I was put on for, I guess, some negative thinking - depression/anxiety.

How do you know if Lexapro is working? I know one thing for sure - it makes me sleepy. I take it at 5pm because that best fits my schedule. It makes me very sleepy in the evening. If I try to take a nap I can't even fall asleep. I go into some half sleep. Crazy.

I have been thinking of less negative thoughts. In the past I would pick certain things that happen in my life and run them over and over in my head. I have not done that recently. Is that because of the Lexapro? I'm seeing a therapist. Perhaps it's his assignments that have got met me think differently?

I would have to say right now when I focus on something negative I get a headache of sorts and I stop thinking about that negative thing. My mind seems to say - "enough, I'm sick of this negative thought, I'm going to throw it away."

One thing I have not noticed is that I'm still shy around a lot of people. Is there a medication that helps that specifically?

I'm thinking of upping the Lexapor at the end of March to 20mg. Should I? Will it make me even sleepier than I am now?

Thanks!

Glad its doing something. Sounds like you are getting some good results here. Might be worth waiting a few more weeks to see its full effect though.

As for the sleepy thing, this is likely to go away anytime soon. Be aware though that when you increase the dose the sleepiness may come back for a few weeks (along with other side effects).

Probably best to discuss with your doc about upping the dose. By the end of march it'll be 6 weeks or so on the current dose, so you'll both be in a better position to determine if you need a dosage increase...

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Ok, I've been on Lexapro now for almost four weeks. I started Feb 12 2009. I'm on 10 mg. I was put on for, I guess, some negative thinking - depression/anxiety.

How do you know if Lexapro is working? I know one thing for sure - it makes me sleepy. I take it at 5pm because that best fits my schedule. It makes me very sleepy in the evening. If I try to take a nap I can't even fall asleep. I go into some half sleep. Crazy.

I have been thinking of less negative thoughts. In the past I would pick certain things that happen in my life and run them over and over in my head. I have not done that recently. Is that because of the Lexapro? I'm seeing a therapist. Perhaps it's his assignments that have got met me think differently?

I would have to say right now when I focus on something negative I get a headache of sorts and I stop thinking about that negative thing. My mind seems to say - "enough, I'm sick of this negative thought, I'm going to throw it away."

One thing I have not noticed is that I'm still shy around a lot of people. Is there a medication that helps that specifically?

I'm thinking of upping the Lexapor at the end of March to 20mg. Should I? Will it make me even sleepier than I am now?

Thanks!

Greetings Indystorm,

I think from what your describing the medicine is starting to show a positive impact on you. Lexapro should help with the negative thoughts and since your seeing an improvment it plus the therapy are probably helping you for sure. I don't know about the headache thing when you start focusing on negative's I've never had that as per say but it sounds like a good way to keep them out of your head!

I will say that 4 weeks is still early though, before considering increasing the dose you may want to wait at least another 2-4 weeks to see how things go. It's fairly apparent you are seeing some benefit from the medicine, give it time you may not need to increase it at this point.

Finally this medicine will not necessarily make you less shy around people. It can reduce your anxiety level of being around people but will not make you more sociable as it is. I am not a doctor but I understand beta-blockers can help with extreme shyness in group settings...I'm not sure if they are recommended for regular use, but it is something you could ask your doctor about.

Good luck and please keep us posted on your progress.

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Indystorm,

Although i do not have any information regarding increasing your dosage, i wanted to let you know that i found your post helpful. I too have negative thoughts that i would think about all the time. Things from my past. Mistakes that i made. I am on celexa for about 2 weeks now. And i too feel like it helps some what. I thought that i had some kind of ocd or obsessive ruminating thoughts...but i noticed that people mentioned that lexapro can help with these thoughts. Can you tell me more about this or about your situation? Thanks! And im glad to know that its working for you. I would speak to your dr or counselor about their advice in increasing the dosage.

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hey indystorm!

i started out on 10mg of lexapro four years ago, and i took me a really long time to feel like it was working, and i did go up to 20 and i'm actually taking 40 now.

i don't know, sometimes you just need to be patient to wait for a medicine to really kick in.

i agree with the other posters, you should definitely talk to your doctor about this

i didn't realize lexapro caused sleepiness... maybe that's why i've been sleeping so much since i upped...

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