How Long Is "normal" To Be On Lexapro
Posted 19 July 2012 - 09:12 AM
Posted 19 July 2012 - 12:43 PM
Edited by Rahul, 19 July 2012 - 12:45 PM.
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Rx: 20 mg escitalopram + 15mg mitrazapine + 20 mg chlordiazepoxide (all at bedtime)
Posted 19 July 2012 - 01:18 PM
You ask very good questions. Depression is very serious and is associated with brain disorganization and nerve cell atrophy. The nerve cell atrophy is both global in that it is linked to reductions in density, volume and size of the brain itself, and focal in that it is linked to reductions in density, volume and size of parts of the forebrain called the hippocampi. Atrophy of this important brain area can reach 20%. It has been recognized of late that early cessation of anti-depressant therapy can leave certain symptoms of depression unresolved and these residual symptoms have been interpreted as a proxy of a still active disease state in the brain. So the goal of anti-depressant chemotherapy is complete remission of symptoms if possible. And sometimes long-term treatment is more beneficial than episodic or incomplete intervention. Once remission is attained, maintenance of brain health is as important as preventing relapse.
For all the above reasons, any medication decisions need to be worked out with your physican or psychiatrist because no one wants to see you suffer needlessly or risk unecessary relapses. Only a qualified, board-certified medical doctor or psychiatrist can give you the advice you need and deserve.
I wish you the very best and a full recovery !!!
Edited by Ep1ctetus, 19 July 2012 - 01:39 PM.
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Mental Illness is a serious health condition not to be trifled with. It requires treatment by highly trained, experienced, qualified and Board-certified physicians, physician- specialists, and mental health professionals. There is no substitute for this professional care. I am not a mental health professional, only a fellow sufferer.
*All research is subject to limitations. The findings of medical research in the field of depression are subject to validation, invalidation or reinterpretation based on many factors including: reliability, objectivity, new discoveries, adherence to research ethics , as well as other research studies, including more detailed studies, larger studies and longer term studies.
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"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind." Dr. Albert Scheiweiter.
Posted 23 July 2012 - 10:27 AM
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