Rule #1 is that you should NEVER mess around with the dosage level of medication(s) your doctor has prescribed without discussing it with him first, and that ALSO applies to the recommended time of day to take it.
Rule #2 is call your doctor or pharmacist regarding any side effects you're experiencing. Which, btw, you should have been well informed of when it was being prescribed to you, or when you were told to read the patient information leaflet.
The PDR states that normal side effects of Lexapro include drowsiness, fatigue, sedation and apathy. These symptoms are similar to almost all SSRIs and they should subside once your body adjusts to the medication. You've only been on it a few days, and that brings us to...........
Rule #3 which states that patience is a must when starting or stopping an antidepressant.
I'm glad you've begun to see a psychologist because I think, at the tender age of 22, you are putting WAAAAAY too much pressure on yourself to map out your entire life right now. Have you given any thought to maybe just having some fun after all the years you've been working so hard?
Being a perfectionist is one thing, but if that has morphed into OCD, you need to get into that with your psychologist as well.
Life is too short..........ride the Ferris Wheel.
I wish you the best
Thanks for the advice and support. I guess I could email my psych to see if he wants to start on a lower dosage. He said I could take 5mgs the first 2 days (when I asked about starting off slowly) but ultimately I think he wants me on the 10mgs. I am just such a light weight and afraid to be over medicated/clouded. Also, the reason he said take it in the morning is because my previous side effects of insomnia, but now I am having the opposite grrr.
Thanks again :)
Just stay in touch with your doctor, let him know how you're doing. As far as being a "lightweight" goes, don't get hung up on that. These kinds of meds affect ALL of us differently...............there is no such thing as a "one size fits all" psychotropic med.
Just gotta take it one day at a time and remember rule #3
You'll do fine. Really.
Feel better soon!