Signs Your Depression Medication Is Working
Depression medication takes time to go into effect. If you’ve recently been prescribed antidepressants, you may feel discouraged about your progress. You don’t need to see a major change doesn’t mean your medicine isn’t doing its job. Here are some signs your depression medication is working so you can feel confident about your improvement.
You Sleep Better at Night
When your depression is under control, you’re more likely to get a solid night of rest. Better sleep further improves your depression treatment, creating a positive cycle that works in your favor. If you’ve felt more rested and more at-ease at night, it may be a sign your antidepressants are working.
You Are Less Emotional throughout the Day
Mood swings and emotional bouts are common with depression. In fact, many clients find themselves crying or getting angry throughout the day without a logical cause. Once your depression medication starts to work, those emotional moments should happen less frequently. This doesn’t mean you won’t have emotional times. They will just be less severe and less consistent.
Your Depression Symptoms Are Less Severe
Your depression symptoms are completely unique. You know how your depression affects you most, and you know what changes you want to see. If your depression symptoms are less severe, there is a good chance your medication is working.
Note that most depression medications take at least 30 days to be effective, and the actual results may not happen for 8 to 12 weeks. Assess your symptoms after the first month or two on an antidepressant, and discuss your progress with your psychiatrist. Your therapist can also help you determine if your medication is working.
You’re Getting More out of Therapy
Do you feel more open during therapy? Do you get more out of each session? Are you excited about the progress you’re making? These are all signs that your medication may be working. Of course, they are also signs that your therapy is working – it may not be the medication alone. Continue to work with your therapist and your psychiatrist to improve your depression symptoms and your overall quality of life.
If you would like to discuss your options for depression medication, call Midwest Psychological Services at (715) 381-1980. We have several psychiatrists in Wisconsin who provide depression medication management.
Continue to Part 2: Signs Your Depression Medication Is NOT Working