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Is Rexulti effective in treating constant feelings of sadness?

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Published At March 31, 2024
Reviewed AtApril 19, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am a 37-year-old woman and have been experiencing constant sadness. I find no joy in activities I used to love, and the unrelenting fatigue is overwhelming. This feeling of emptiness seems inescapable. I fear it might be depression, and I feel unable to face it alone. Could you please help me understand what might be happening to me?

I have come across information online suggesting that Rexulti medication could alleviate these symptoms. I want to ask the following questions:

  1. Is this medicine truly safe and effective?

  2. Can it completely treat the symptoms I am facing?

  3. Additionally, can a woman who is 30 years old take this medication?

Thank you.

Hi

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

Thank you for consulting a psychiatrist.

I understand your situation, and it seems you may be experiencing major depressive disorder. Regarding the medication Rexulti, it is not typically the first choice for treating depression; it is classified as an atypical antipsychotic used as an additional therapy for depression. Instead, a daily dose of Escitalopram (10mg) taken after breakfast might be more beneficial for you compared to Rexulti.

Besides medication, there are non-pharmacological approaches to managing depression. Consider the following guidelines:

  1. Engage in daily exercises for 30-45 minutes, such as going for a walk.

  2. Practice meditation for 20 minutes daily by sitting comfortably and focusing on your regular breathing without attempting to stop your thoughts.

  3. Maintain a healthy diet by opting for home-cooked meals and avoiding junk food.

  4. Ensure adequate hydration by drinking enough water.

  5. Spend quality time with friends and family daily, even through video calls if you are separated from them.

  6. Cultivate creative hobbies like reading, journaling, painting, drawing, or learning new skills, languages, or musical instruments.

  7. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

  8. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, or any substance abuse.

  9. Embrace life fully rather than merely going through the motions.

  10. Be bold and confident.

I hope this information will help you.

Thank you.

Investigations to be done

You need to conduct the following tests: Complete Blood Count (CBC). Thyroid Profile. Vitamin B12 levels. Vitamin D3 levels. Random Blood Sugar (RBS) test.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Psychiatry

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