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My antidepressant stopped working. What can be done?

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I’m on lexapro 20mg so max dosage and have been for the last 9months. Now that winter is coming I’m starting to get really depressed again. I’m scared because my mood has really been crashing down these few weeks. I had to go to the ER with my CPN yesterday because my anxiety was just so high from being scared of my depression if that makes sense?and I really felt unsafe.

I got some sort of diazepam to calm me down so I’m ok for now but I need a more permanent solution. I can’t go around being depressed every winter?? I can’t ever celebrate a nice Christmas or finish high school. What should I do? Is this just how life is? I have a bad feeling about this. So is it possible that Lexapro just stopped working??
 
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They might need to increase the dose or try a different med. If you say that's the max dosage, I would ask them if they would consider changing meds or maybe adding a mood stabilizer.
 
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Yes, I agree with @Pennybrite and would try something like Lamictal, or move to another antidepressant. Some will eventually stop working, but that doesn't mean others won't work.
 
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I don't know whether if you are male or female, and I'm not about to probe, however, if female, I would highly recommend, an antidpressant like Fluxoetine, and or also, Evening Primrose.
 

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I think the main thing to do is sit down with your Psychiatrist and discuss the best options for you. We can all sit here and recommend medication after medication and give you advice and that is great because that can give you ideas to ask your Psychiatrist, but ultimately they are the ones who are going to have to prescribe something new for you.
 
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I talked to my GP yesterday. He gave me some hope. He talked about referring me back to the mental health team “DPS” in Norway and combining some antidepressants.
 
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