How Lemonaid treats depression

Depression is the most common mental health condition. Too many people feel unable to get help because of stigma, embarrassment or not knowing where to turn.

Can Lemonaid diagnose depression?

Yes we can. Our doctors and nurse practitioners use the same guidelines and clinical tools to diagnose depression online as a doctor would if you saw them in person.

Can Lemonaid treat depression online?

We can. Our team of experienced doctors, nurse practitioners and pharmacists can give you the help you need. We’ll work with you month by month to establish your goals and help you find the antidepressant medicine that works for you. Once you’ve seen improvement, we’ll work with you to decide if and when to come off treatment. Our treatment program is centered around monthly video consultation.

Lemonaid doesn’t currently offer psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (‘CBT’), but you may find CBT helpful as a substitute or complement to prescription treatment. Our team will help you find CBT options that are right for you. We have our own in-house depression coach, Robert Wolf, who can help you learn tools you can apply every day.

Are antidepressants effective?

Yes, antidepressants tend to be effective. Because you’re unique, it’s difficult to tell in advance how a particular antidepressant medicine will work for you. That’s why it’s so important that we work with you to adjust your depression medicine if needed. We’ll typically recommend you start with an SSRI, and adjust your medicine and dosage based on how you respond.

As with any medicine, there’s no guarantee that a specific antidepressant will work for you.

How quickly do antidepressants work?

Antidepressants don’t work immediately. It can take 6-8 weeks before you know how a depression medicine at a particular dosage works for you, and it can take 3 months before you feel the full benefits.

Do I need to take antidepressants for the long term?

Most people stay on depression medicines for at least 12 months the first time they take them. If your depression returns repeatedly, one option is to stay on antidepressant medicine lifelong.

Risks of using Lemonaid for depression

Our doctors and nurse practitioners work to the latest depression clinical guidelines. But depression is a complex medical condition, and we can’t help everyone. If your depression is too difficult for us to handle we’ll recommend you see a doctor in person.

The antidepressants we prescribe are approved by the FDA and taken by millions of Americans. That said, all antidepressants come with the potential for serious side effects, and there’s sadly no guarantee that the medicines will work for you.

Why we can’t help everyone

The fact that we don’t meet you in person means that there are limitations to who we can help. If any of the items below apply to you, we’re sorry that we won’t be able to help you online and we recommend you see a doctor in person.

  • Under 25
  • 61 or older
  • Bipolar disorder
  • You’re suicidal or have had a history of suicide attempts
  • Taking MAOIs or have taken MAOIs in the previous 2 weeks
  • Seizure history
  • Kidney disease or kidney transplant
  • Liver disease
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • You have a bleeding disorder, or taking medications that increase risk of bleeding
  • Pregnant
  • Breastfeeding
  • Glaucoma or family history of glaucoma
  • HIV
  • History or family history of QT prolongation or arrhythmia
  • History of serotonin syndrome
  • Currently take tricyclic antidepressants
  • Actively using substances including marijuana
  • Actively using alcohol
  • You need time off work, wish to file for disability or work compensation

We aren’t able to write work notes for time off. We also can’t do disability evaluations or work compensation cases.

For any questions about whether we can help, please give us a call!

If you’re having a psychiatric emergency, call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255