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Depression

Question
Posted by: Susan | 2020/05/12

Q.

Depression and anxiety

How long does it take for an antidepressant to start taking effect.

Expert's Reply

A.

Depression expert
- 2020/05/14

Hello Susan,
Generally, it usually takes 2 to 3 weeks for an antidepressant to show its main benefits. It begins having useful effects promptly, but as for its full effects it needs to make changes in one's brain chemistry and some aspects of its structure,  the effects are not immediately noticeable.
Often other people who know you well may notice some of the benefits before they're obvious to you.  Sometimes there are a few effects which show earlier.  For instance, some ADs are more sedative than others,  so you may feel calmer and sleep a bit better earlier on.  Sometimes you start feeling a bit better for some of the day, and this better mood than takes up more of the day, so the depressive thoughts distract you less,  as you return towards your normal state of mind

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