How Long Does It Take for a Severely Depressed Person to Start Interacting with Their Loved Ones Again Once They Have Started an Antidepressant?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) usually take 6 to 8 weeks for him to feel the full effect. However, getting the dosage right can take a while.

Check in with him once or twice a week. Depressed people isolate, so it is good that you reach out.

Since he is depressed, he is probably overwhelmed by everything, so keep it light and don’t talk to him about the relationship. Get him to talk about what he is going through. If he gets tired, cut it short. A short check in is best. Just let him know you care.

I hope everything works out.

©2016 Stephen L. Martin

Painting: Head of a Man by Paul Klee

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