When taking LEXAPRO, be sure to keep follow-up appointments with your healthcare professional. He or she needs to track your progress toward recovery. In addition to taking a medication such as LEXAPRO, you may also want to participate in counseling, or psychotherapy. Often called "talk therapy," psychotherapy comes in many forms, but basically it is aimed at helping you develop new ways to cope with problems, and to identify and understand more about your condition and how to avoid it in the future. Psychotherapy may take place in individual, group, or family sessions, and the process itself may take some time before it is effective. There are other things you can do on your own that may help you feel better, such as: exercising; improving your diet; establishing a normal, full-night sleeping schedule; and reducing or eliminating caffeine and alcohol. To find out which of these or other suggestions might be right for you, talk to your healthcare provider.