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I've posted this here as starting benzo's or z drugs can have the same effect
ok so you've been to the GP and they have prescribed you an antidepressant, and probably told you very little about what to expect when starting these types medications.
First things first read the leaflet paying attention to allergies and cross reactions if your on other medication.
Now this is important it is possible for symptoms to get worse before it gets better. It takes a minimum of 2 weeks for theraputic levels in your blood to reach what is called peak onset. Enjoy this part because if you've taken as directed you should be feeling like you can take on the world.
You will then enter the plataeu phase. This is where you feel great, have more energy, more interest in doing things and wanting to be more social.
Next the peak onset feelings will start to dull a bit which means you are now in the theraputic stages. In other words this is how the pill is going to make you feel from day to day. You should have a follow up appointment with the Dr to see how your doing they may increase/decrease or leave the same.
Once you start taking anti depressants there is a symptom that is very common, but no one is ever told about and that is. Derealization or a dream like state.The actual definition of derealization is a feeling that one's surroundings are not real, especially as a symptom of mental disturbance. Pay no attention to the word distubance.
This dream like feeling is completely normal if not expected. It can come on at any time though you are always in control everything just feels "a bit weird" They are perfectly harmless and usually only last for a few seconds. They will disappear after a few weeks and you may have an occasional one out of the blue one day, just keep in mind that it means your meds are working like they should. Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions.
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