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.
Try to love your brain and make it a priority like a good mother loves an infant and makes it her priority. Try to love your brain like that. And just as a good mother goes on loving her child no matter what that child does or doesn't do in life, so also try to love your brain. Your brain only weighs about 3 pounds but works night and day, 7 days a week to keep you and the trillions of cells in your body alive and healthy. Each day, for you, it does thousands of strong, brave, wise, beautiful, loving, kind and sweet things. It monitors the sensory output of millions of cells processing data from trillions of nerve cells. It does all this plus tries very hard to realize your ideals and desires and dreams. Sometimes it falls down. But it is always there for you, like the best of best friends. Try to not be too hard on it. Try to not "beat it up mentally" for its mistakes. It is not an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-perfect Being. But it works incredibly hard for you. Try talking to your brain like a mother would talk to a small beloved infant. Tell it you love it, appreciate it and are grateful for all the sacrifices it makes for you. Your brain deserves love, respect, encouragement, and consolation. And when it is sick or hurting, it deserves consolation. Many of us were raised to be mentally hard, even brutal on our brains. But we can change and learn to love our brains more and more each day. Try this, if only as an experiment, to see if it helps with your depression and anxiety.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:26 PM
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