Lexapro - How Long Before It Starts Working?
Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:02 PM
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:12 PM
If you will permitme; a non medical doctor, to make an observation . . . There is evidence that the anti-depressants actually go to work fairly quickly in altering brain chemistry. So why the lag in feeling improvement? Apparently there is some evidence that depression can involve changes in the brain beyond brain chemistry . . . that depression is sometimes linked to atrophy [loss of volume] in some areas of the brain, reduced brain cell growth in both neurons and glia, thinning of the cerebral cortex. And it is suspected, and I emphasize the word "suspected" that the anti-depressants actually stimulate new brain cell growth and reverse atrophy. And that this can take awhile depending on the gravity of the disease pathology in each person.
Now none of this has been conclusively proven to the satisfaction of all researchers and it could very well be interpreted differently or even refuted by further study. And some of the research is very limited and based on animal studies and port-mortem examinations. But if this research were to be finally validated, it might mean that perceived slow improvement from the anti-depressants is because they are helping the brain to heal and the brain cannot heal quickly. Even a broken leg cannot suddenly mend.
Now as a sufferer, I know all too well that the wait for improvement is agonizing. It is brutal and vicious and savage to have to live with depression for a single minute, let alone days and weeks. So I would just encourage you to work closely with your doc. CBT is very helpful too sometimes. I am so sorry you are suffering this. I hope you will feel better sooner rather than later!!!
Edited by Epictetus, 20 November 2012 - 06:15 PM.
Message to my little brain: "I love you little 3 pound brain. You work 24/7 to keep me alive and healthy and I am always #1 on your to-do list. Because of my upbringing, I often load you down with a lot of perfectionist demands: "Make me the ideal son, the ideal relative, the ideal friend and lover, the ideal success, the ideal strong person, the ideal hard worker, the ideal spouse and parent, the ideal popular and attractive person, the ideal saintly person. For years I have loved these abstract ideals more than I loved you. I am so very sorry. For years I have made artificial non life-or-death issues [being ideal, being successful] into matters of life-and-death and I have hurt you by pressuring you and stressing you out in these matters.
I love you little brain. You are my best friend and lover. I don't want to pressure you to be perfect or near perfect. I accept you the way you are. I don't want to load you down with abstract and unrealistic expectations and demands. I love you unconditionally. No strings attached. Nothing you do can separate me from my love for you. Even if you fail at everything I will love you completely. I will try not to be so demanding. I will try not to brutally scold and punish you any more. I will not withhold love from you for your mistakes. I know you are not all-powerful and all-knowing. You make mistakes sometimes. But I still love and forgive you.
I will no longer subject you to hateful labels that wrongly sum up your value; labels like "weak, stupid, lazy, no good." I know you do trillions of things a day for me that show you are smart, hard working, wise, successful and good." I will not try to "sum you up" anymore in hateful labels. I will try to love you more and more each day. I will reject value systems that are detrimental to your health. You are #1 to me my little brain. I wish to love you and appreciate you more and more each day.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:26 PM
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