She Thought Antidepressants Would Treat Her Depression. They Didn’t

By Leah Campbell, 11/5/19

“In most cases, 4 to 6 weeks on a therapeutic dose of an antidepressant is enough time to assess if the medication is working,” said Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who is double board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine.  He made a point of explaining that’s only for therapeutic doses, though. “Indeed, most doctors will appropriately start with lower doses to minimize side effects. But these doses may not be effective, and hence not count toward the 4–6 week time period to assess full response,” he said. He also pointed out that some evidence suggests anxiety disorders may take even longer for medications to become effective.

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