My prescribing doctors were always puzzled by how quickly mental health drugs affect me. Apparently, it normally takes at least two weeks for a medication to build up in a patient’s system enough to start working.
But not me. I usually feel the effects within a day — two tops. Apparently, it’s a common trait among bipolar people.
Lest you unipolar depressives get too envious: We also have to increase dosages more often, which means we top out and either have to add or switch medications. At one point, I was on three antidepressants,taking 10 pills every morning.
Anyway, all this background is to say that, yes, I was given a new antidepressant in my system and, yes, the depression has already receded a little.
I started a sample pack of Rexulti on Tuesday. I take 0.5 mg a day for one week, and 1 mg a day the second week. Then I meet with my doctor to evaluate.
But I can definitely see progress. Wednesday I started feeling a little clearer. The thought of an errand or chore didn’t make me feel completely overwhelmed. And I could think about leaving the house without feeling my soul shrivel.
In fact, I actually voluntarily ran a couple of errands. I mean, I wasn’t chomping at the bit to do them, but I actively offered to go because I felt up to them.
These (and other) things are still a little harder than I think they should be, so I’m hoping the higher dose will help a bit more. But overall I’m definitely pleased with the results. Maybe then I can convince my body that more fruit and less chocolate is okay.
I’ll keep you guys up to date, and I’m very close to being done on that last installment of the inspiration porn posts. Then I promise I’ll try to talk about something financial rather than disability or depression. I think most of us could use the change of pace.