How do you know if an antidepressant is working?
Post may be a little long.....
Ive been on lexapro for just about 2 months now. First month at 10 mg, the past month at 20 mg. And i dont feel any different at least in terms of my anxiety. For those of you who've had success with antidepressants, how do you know if its helping your anxiety? Do you feel less anxious, or is the anxiety still there but maybe you dont care as much for it? Is it a very noticeable difference where i would know if it was working?
Here's my dilemma, over the past couple of weeks, i havent noticed an improvement in my anxiety, at least nothing noticeable, but i have been doing some things that i wasnt doing before, or never even thought i could do like telling two of my friends about my anxiety. I dont feel any different though, i was still extremely anxious doing that, but i did it anyways. So it could just be a coincidence, or perhaps therapy is finally working. The two things i have noticed from lexapro is my mood is up, ive been less depressed lately (that might be why ive been able to do some anxious things), and my appetite has vastly increased. I emailed my psychiatrist originally cause i was worried about the increased appetite (weight gain is a huge no-no for me), and i also mentioned how i dont think the meds are working since i was feeling less anxious, hes away on vacation for another week, so i wasnt really able to give him the full details, but he wants me to start weaning off the meds starting tomorrow so I can try something else when he gets back.
Anyways, back to the original topic, based on my short story, does it appear that the meds are working on my anxiety. I kind of want to get off the meds cause of the increased appetite, and the possibility that its not even working, but if it is actually working, maybe there are other options for me to decrease my appetite while staying on the meds (Wellbutrin?). For those of you that have had success, can you please let me know how you knew they were working, and what you felt. Maybe tell me your story.
Thanks for reading.