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Re: antidepressants working for a few days then stop?

Posted by ttee on April 7, 2007, at 11:17:01

In reply to Re: antidepressants working for a few days then stop?, posted by shift on April 7, 2007, at 10:48:42

I have a similiar experience when starting most AD's. Although, when starting some, I don't get much of a temporary uptick. It can be extremely frustrating to get a taste of depression relief, only to find yourself worse off after a few weeks at it. Many of the pdocs in acedemia have seen this and explain it as being a aytipical form of bipolar. Initially the AD makes you feel really good (hypomanic), but like most people with bipolar, AD's push the person toward cycling and increased depression. In any event, no one really knows what causes depression, nor how exactly the meds seem to help a certain percentage of those that take them. Best to keep in touch with your doc and try to stick them out as long as you can. Sometimes the getting worse will turn into getting better after giving the med a full 8 weeks. The Star*D study found that some people didn't respond till week 13, so some people require much longer than most. Good luck.




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