Antidepressants for Mood Disorders

Antidepressants typically take 10 to 30 days to start working ( therapeutic dose ). It can take up to 6 weeks before receiving their full effect and improvement may continue for months afterwards. Depending on the the type of antidepressant some secondary side effects of the depression may improve sooner.

Desired effects of SSRIs

  • More energy in 4 to 7 days.
  • Concentration, mood, and interest may begin to improve in 7 to 10 days.
  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and anhedonia should fade in about 10 to 14 days.
  • Diurnal mood variation that is worse in the morning should recede in about 8 days.
  • Libido revives in about 9 or 10 days.
  • Excessive guilt, Dysthymia, and thoughts of suicidal should fade in about 12 to 16 days.

Desired effects of TCAs

  • Appetite returns in about 3 to 4 days.
  • Insomnia abates in about 5 to 7 days.
  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and anhedonia should fade in about 10 to 14 days.
  • Diurnal mood variation that is worse in the morning should recede in about 8 days.
  • Libido revives in about 9 or 10 days.
  • Excessive guilt, Dysthymia, and thoughts of suicide should fade in about 12 to 16 days.

Common Antidepressants

 
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