What to expect when starting Antidepressants
Experiences with antidepressants can vary but many people find them very helpful for dealing with certain mental health conditions. As your doctor will have made you aware, it can take up to several weeks for people to begin to feel any benefits. However, it’s important to note that this really is different for everyone, some people see a dramatic improvement straight away and others see a gradual improvement over time. You may have also heard the term SSRI or Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. This is really just the type of drug that Antidepressants actually are and refers to the action that they take on the brain e.g. they stop the reuptake of serotonin into the synapse.
Many people have concerns about side effects and if this is something you are concerned with you should discuss it with your doctor. However, it’s important to note that newer drugs have fewer and less severe side effects and many doctors will prescribe you a low dose, to begin with so that they can monitor your progress.
Four out of 10 people treated with antidepressants improve with the first one they try and if the first antidepressant medication doesn’t help, the second or third often will.
According to WebMD, Four out of 10 people treated with antidepressants improve with the first one they try and if the first antidepressant medication doesn’t help, the second or third often will. In fact, our research program is attempting to create a tool that medical professionals can use when prescribing antidepressants so that we can match the individual person to an antidepressant that is right for them.
We understand that this is a difficult time but if you are interested in taking part in our research study, your participation will hopefully go a long way to helping improve mental health treatments for people all over the world. As part of the study, you will be asked to complete some cognitive games and complete a brief weekly online check-in for 3 weeks. In total, the study takes place over 4 weeks and you can take part from anywhere in the world, all you need is access to a computer with internet. All participants are also paid €60 (or equivalent in local currency) upon completion of the study.
Our study is one of the first to mobilize a global community of individuals who know all too well the struggle that mental health can present, yet want to make a difference and help others who might also be suffering. If you are interested please click take part below and complete our screening questionnaire