Anxious again

Hi guys , I just wanted a bit of advice,  I started my anti depressants 3 weeks ago now and they starting to work , but today I feel really anxious and I'm worried that the tablets are not working now , although the doctor did say that it can take 6weeks to get into my system and that I will have bad days . Can anyone help 


Yes Carlene, they can take 6 weeks to get into the system, sometimes a bit longer, depending on the dosage etc. Don't give up on them yet as it is still very early days (only 3 weeks) you will have ups and downs at the moment, but if you persevere it will be worth it.




Thank you Jane for answering me ,yep I will give them time just hate feeling scared. These tablets are beginning to work though just an off day I suppose.

I'll second that - 6 weeks. They do work and it's worth waiting :)

Dear Carlene

Stroke recovery is slow. Keep a diary so you can see just what progress you are making. Recovery is noted for having good days and bad days. Your brain is working away trying to set things straight and hasnt got time for how you might feel. But it will get there and you will get a lot lot better. But its not days nor even weeks. Its months and even years.

So please consider this alongside a few weeks whilst your antidepressants kick in.

They will take many weeks to "titrate" in to your system. So help them along as much as you can, by being as laid back asyou can muster and as positive as you can be. Please smile endlessly. The effect of smiling is totally amazing, You dont even need a natural smile. Forced, fake or whatever, Any smile will do. Please try it.

Best wishes


Aw thank you so much , I'm sending you a smile x

What are the best antidepressant to get for this anxiousness and sleeplessness as my doctor gave me Mirtazipine and I'm not getting on with the side effects, I'm ringing my doctor next week to change these, so does anyone know the ones I should ask for.....

I had the same problem with the mirtazipine and my G.P. put me on amiltryptline, have had no side effects with them, but they do take about 6 weeks to kick in, but I find they have really helped. Hope this helps you out.


Thankyou Jane, that is really helpful

How are you?

I am o.k thanks...... Everything is a bit of a struggle......and I have been on lockdown for 4 months as I have emphysema, as well so of course I have been one of the sheilded ones!!!!! So am going a bit "stir crazy" at the moment, but roll on August the 1st when I will officially be allowed out, that unless we get a second wave, fingers crossed we don,t!! Just  can't wait......freedom. Forgotten what it's like to leave home. Am going to be careful, all safety things adhered to, but just to get out of these 4 walls.

Hope you get good luck with the amiltryptline, let me know how you get on. Take care, stay safe.



I'll let you know.

When did you have your stroke?

I had mine four weeks ago, physically I'm fine, but mentally it has me in his grip, I'm very emotional, and suffering with such tiredness and fatigue, and exhausted all the time, I've never been a depressive or anxious person so this is all new to me and so frightening.

I had my stroke last September, and like you physically I am recovering, but mentally it is the same as you.......and like you I have never suffered anxiety or depression, so it has all been so scary. Reading all the posts on this site it does seem that is what loads of people go through and I am learning to accept it and try to go with it, take the good days with the bad, but I am not saying it is easy, but you will be able to cope with it eventually, it is still such early days for you, so please don't give up hope, there will one day be a "light at the end of the tunnel" it just all takes time.

Chat any time you want too.


Thank you Jane,

it really helps reading other people's experiences, it doesn't make me feel so isolated.

I dont like any antidepressants they dont work for at least 3 weeks   my doctor gave me   prevagablin I only take one at night and I find it really helps me   I hope if you can have them you will feel better  Norma 81 yrs young  all the best