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I Am Taking Antidepressants

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    I Started With

    10mg of Cipralex once a day for the first week. It was upped to 20mg for the rest of the month. That really didn't work for me. It was fatiguing me and I easily slept between 14 and 16 hours most days. I'd be up at 8 or 11 am, asleep at 3:30, up at 7:30pm, then asleep at 10pm. It...
    SofiaGrowsFlowers SofiaGrowsFlowers 18-21, T 1 Response Nov 6, 2013

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    I Prefer A Pill Cocktail

    ugh...yea I don't know if that makes sense, oh well haha pills have helped me a little. I want more though.....but that's just my addictive side talking. I kind of don't know what to do anymore about getting better. I go to therapy & take meds but I don't feel good about anything...
    GreyDaze GreyDaze 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 6, 2013

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    Dont Need Them Anymore

    Im currently on 150mg of sertraline everyday. I had to start taking them when i lost my nan in april because i sort of just shut down. I dont think i need them but am told i do.
    sarama sarama 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 27, 2009

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    Well, I'm Going To Start...

    trying to take my antidepressants, I was prescribed them awhile ago, I just never chose to take them. Except now I decided that it may be for the best. Update: I took my first pill this morning...not feeling much different as of yet, I'll keep you all informed though. Update: I...
    SecretsofWillow SecretsofWillow 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 25, 2011

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    Leaving The Group Now

    Not that it's a happy occassion or anything lol, haven't completed my treatment and been released back into the general community lol. :P  No, I just stopped taking my meds months ago and still have a few boxes of them lol; but also have lotsss of my old ones left still, even...
    TheLuckyHobo TheLuckyHobo 31-35, M Sep 7, 2013

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    And I love it! I don't plan on taking them

    forever, but I don't think I would have made it this far in school without them. I was ready to drop out and live in my bed...haha
    badatusernames badatusernames 22-25, M Jan 27

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    Well..

    I'm apparently one of the few people who feel as though anti-depressants are a good thing, at least in my case. They literally saved my life. The only problem I have is that sometimes, if I forget a day or two, I get REALLY dizzy and can hardly walk. It's really bad. But I'd risk...
    belleanomalie belleanomalie 16-18, F 5 Responses Aug 10, 2007

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    Lexapro

    I have been battling depression for years...I'd like to say about 7 years..I'm going to be 23 at the end of March. For so long I've just suffered with it. I only tried Prozac and Zoloft for a a brief time when I was in H.S... but not very long due to the negative side  ...
    QueenOfHearts QueenOfHearts 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 23, 2009

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    This was the only title I could find

    that was close to what I wanted. I am about to start taking them, I never have before and am really nervous/scared about it. I've read mixed reviews on antidepressants and its just scary to think I won't have control over my emotions... But I guess I haven't for a while anyways...
    littlelostsoul12 littlelostsoul12 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 4

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    Lexapro And Weight Gain

    I was prescribed lexapro a while ago. I've been taking antidepressants for ten years and none of them has been 100% successful to treat my depression. Anyway, lexapro was prescribed to me long ago (then I switched to another anti d) and I don't remember the side effects. I am...
    Val86 Val86 26-30, F 6 Responses Feb 1, 2012

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    What I Have Learned From Antidepressants.

    I have taken antidepressants for a very long time, and I can thankfully say that they have worked for me the last few years. There are a lot of stories that are for the use and against the use of these drugs. For me, I found that the most important thing to help me deal with...
    Twillback Twillback 31-35, M 5 Responses Jun 8, 2010

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    Meds

    Is anyone one here taking lexapro and the new antidepressant Viibryd?
    th11 th11 51-55 Nov 5, 2012

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    Pristiq

    I have dysthymic disorder (a form of depression.. meaning I am just sorda depressed all the time.. no real ups or downs) I started on it about 4 months ago.. but recently got diagnosed with ADD and now on medicine for that too.. BUT I did find the pristiq worked for a while but...
    mtwithadd mtwithadd 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 8, 2009

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    Right now I'm on three different pills

    and i feel like they don't do anything to help me except ease a little but of my anxiety. I feel as if my psychiatrist just wants to keep me on them so he profits from it, but my mom is so paranoid about me that she won't let me stop taking them.
    Tixol Tixol 18-21, F Mar 5

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    Meds, Meds, Meds...

    why cant there be a magic happy pill? one that works for everyone. i am taking 3 meds at the moment. the only on that seems to be working is the one that has the most restrictions.  my diet had to change, no over the counter stuff until it has been approved, and the worst of...
    metalgirl99 metalgirl99 36-40, F 2 Responses Jul 11, 2008

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    I've been taking anti depressions

    for a few months. Had a bad bout of depression. Everyday is different. I never know if I'm going to have a good day or bad. Bad days are horrible. I cry a lot. Is anyone else going through this
    scarbar scarbar 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 4

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    I Had No Choice...

    Anti-depressants were my last option. I've tried years and years of counseling and that didn't work. I felt better talking about it, but when I went back to reality, it was ineffective. I come from and anxious father and a depressed mother. And guess what? I have both anxiety...
    LovelessDeluxe LovelessDeluxe 22-25 1 Response May 3, 2010

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    No One Knows I'm Taking Antidepressants

    I am 26 and I have been battling depression for many years and kept it secret from everyone around me. I tried therapy and that did nothing. Last week, I went to the dr for a rx for antidepressants. He gave me a rx for Lexapro. Everyone thinks I'm taking Lunesta, a sleeping...
    DrPepperFan DrPepperFan 26-30, F 3 Responses Jan 13, 2010

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    Welcome To My Parlour...

    I've been trying to avoid this for a little while, but I find myself constantly being redirected to the subject. This is something that will no doubt incite the wrath of many, and I am prepared for that. In fact, I welcome it on the condition that any differing view points are...
    TheWendigo TheWendigo 36-40, M 3 Responses Jul 26, 2010

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    Just Started Citalopram, What Are Your Side Effects?

    I have been on many anti depressants, and now I am on citalopram. I have been on it for four days. The side effects I got were: nausea, shaking, teeth chattering, giddy and anxious at the same time, sweating, having trouble sleeping, stiff neck and shoulders, heart racing...
    rainmoon rainmoon 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 20, 2010

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    The generic one for GAD

    and mild depression. Started on 5mg then progressed to 10mg around 8 days after. (Currently on that dose). Was on Xanax beforehand and started weening off of it as the Lexapro took full effect. (Side note: Vitamin D levels were very low, given weekly high concentration...
    monikers16 monikers16 22-25, F Feb 20

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    Anti Depressants Kill Significant Relationships

    Hello, About 12 years ago I was mis prescribed and put on 4-6 times the dosage of Zolof.  Eventually i weened myself off that drug as I just did not feel 'right" the whole time I was on it.  I still perspire uncontrolably at times from that experience. Since then...
    kwpeterson kwpeterson 51-55, M 11 Responses Dec 28, 2009

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    I hate them tht never work

    and if they do they make you do stupid things
    lyric0908 lyric0908 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 31

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    I'm 17 and I've been feeling down

    for a year not going to go into it but do antidepressants work? My psychiatrist said he's going to put me on them. It's just I looked it up and there's mixed responses
    xediciusx xediciusx 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 29

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    Round 2

    My first experience with anti depressants was when I took Prozac for about a year- didn't really work out for me though. The side effects were awful. Increased depression, headaches, jitters... ugh. I decided to visit my Psychiatrist a couple of weeks ago because I was having...
    Elysiaaa Elysiaaa 18-21, F 6 Responses Apr 6, 2011

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    Zoloft-paxil

    Hello, I had a depression episode 2008 which resulted in short hospitalisation and zoloft for about 18 months. I stopped early 2010 with little side effects. In the last 3-4 weeks I have gotten into an anxiety spiral over a work issue. I went to my GP, (I live in a different...
    JeremiahJoseph JeremiahJoseph 36-40, M 1 Response Dec 18, 2012

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    Medication Is Not Evil

    i have to say that antidepressants SAVED MY LIFE.  this is correct.  i was in college and about to commit suicide.  i called my doctor to prescribe something.  i told him i had anxiety (which i did too) and hoped that he would prescribe me enough...
    geenpunchbuggie geenpunchbuggie 31-35 4 Responses Apr 6, 2009

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    The Great Sexless Wonder

    Antidepressants definitely have their pros and cons. I've been taking them for 3 years, tried several different ones, had some success, others were just terrible. I take antidepressants for my extreme anxiety and panic attacks. I've had them for years, and three years ago they...
    blueberryoctopus blueberryoctopus 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 23, 2011

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    Its hard to say that you don’t care When its

    slowly eating you away Day by day Until theres a pushed over chair And a lifeless body Hanging from rope Its just not fair
    ProfessorPsycho ProfessorPsycho 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 28, 2013

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    Need Help

    I was on effexor for over 5 years and was doing really well.  I wanted to see if I could get off of it totally and be ok so I phased it out (withdrawal was terrible!).  Memorial Day weekend was the last time I took any effexor...and I was ok for a few weeks, but then I...
    northerndelight northerndelight 26-30 2 Responses Jul 30, 2008

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    I Would Probably Be Dead Or In a Mental Hospital If I Didn't

    I have had depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. I have tried anti depressents before and didn't like the way they worked. They made me feel numb. So I would just say the hell with it and quit taking them. If everything is going ok in my life then I can usually...
    marinewife24 marinewife24 26-30, F 3 Responses Sep 23, 2007

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    Anyone gained weight

    and feel bloated all the time
    uniqeuliv uniqeuliv 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    Just Started

    I just started taking Lexapro a couple of months ago, and added Wellbutrin a few weeks ago.  I had a major depressive/anxiety episode that lasted months (unfortunately, it lasted that long b/c I was abroad, wasn't sure how to handle it, hid it, etc.)  Plus, it was a lot...
    maude maude 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 16, 2007

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    Smh I wish...I heard they didn't work

    but at this point I really don't care,at least then I'll have a reason to feel this way. Sadly I don't want to come out the closet with my depression,so I guess I won't be getting pills any time soon.
    jordinv jordinv 16-17, F Mar 12

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    Wellbutrin, Day 1: I have just picked up my

    prescription from the pharmacy after receiving my diagnosis: dysthymia, with episodes of major depression – the so-called “double depression.” I am elated. I’m not elated to have depression. I’m elated to have a diagnosis that will hopefully lead to me not feeling so...
    grapefruitseltzer grapefruitseltzer 31-35, M Jan 12

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    Viibryd

    I've been taking Viibryd for about 9-months--it's the answer to my prayers and really hits the bulls eye for me. People ask me if I have a new boyfriend because I smile and find cause to laugh so much more, I'm even beginning to loose weight on it without even really trying. OMG...
    HappyNoww HappyNoww 31-35 2 Responses Apr 20, 2013

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    Zoloft

    I starting taking antidepressants when I was 16. At age 16 I went blind from a car accident. This changed my life so quick I couldn't take it all in at once. I was sad all the time. My parents took me to a doctor and she put my on Zoloft. There for a while I was doing great. I...
    ChattyTara ChattyTara 18-21, F Apr 14, 2013

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    I Hate My Antidepressants

    I mean I guess the Celexa are doing their job. I still hate my life but the pills make me not care. I mean god forbid the pharmacy screws up and I don't have them for a day. They make me feel like a junkie, it's obvious to me I'm addicted to them. If I'm without them I start to...
    rainbowdasher rainbowdasher 18-21, F 6 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    My Nightmare Story With Anxiety

    Hello, I really have the need to share my story with someone who went through a similar experience and can listen and be supportive. No one in my family deals with anxiety thus luck of understanding in what I am going through. I've been suffering from the anxiety probably most of...
    lulu60106 lulu60106 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 10, 2013

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    They Work For Me

    I have been on anti d's for the majority of the past 8 years. Managing major depressive disorder. I remain very physically active and maintain a vegetarian dietary regimen. If anyone has questions about possible effects, feel free to message me and I can give you my 2 cents.
    twisted899 twisted899 41-45, F 3 Responses May 17, 2013

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    Coming Off Citalopram

    Hi all, I have been taking 10mg citalopram for 5 years... Due to anxiety. I tapered off of them over the last few months but I stopped totally last week and am feeling terrible, moody, swimmy head, confused generally weird, how long do the withdrawals last .... Hellllp
    Nessiezoe Nessiezoe 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 16, 2013

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    Have Stopped Them

    I have stopped for about a week. The withdrawal symptoms are as bad as I expected them to be, but they are taking longer than I expected them to wear off. I read it could take weeks. Wasn't quite expecting that, I was thinking more like maximum a week. But I guess as long as they...
    Mapping Mapping 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 8, 2013

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    I am seeking some advice please

    if anyone has had similar experiences or is knowledgable in regards to anti-depressants it would Be really appreciated... I'm considering going on anti-depressants (lexapro) mainly for anxiety and depression.. I'm going through a difficult period at the moment and am hoping...
    J2014 J2014 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 8

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    No But Years Ago I Took Severa...

    No but years ago I took several different types due to what I thought was bipolar but now that I'm older I realize it was probably just an emotional disorder caused by not growing and maturing emotionally.
    hausdog6 hausdog6 46-50, F Jan 9, 2007

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    Effexor. I just started it today

    and the nausea is so bad I can't move or eat. Please help.
    findasilverlining33 findasilverlining33 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    I am currently on 60mg of Prozac

    and 100mg of Trazadone for sleeping. I take a 10mg Propranolol as needed for situations that may make me anxious. Mid-October and much of November were very tough times for my family and me. Normally I live in my own apartment in Chicago but I came home after a breakdown--I had...
    sdcoleman89 sdcoleman89 22-25, F Dec 20, 2013

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    Let's Try This A Second Time

    The first time I was on anti depressants I was 13. I stopped taking them after about 6 months. I do not remember why I didn't like them but I remember that I didn't. I was on 50mg zoloft. I was also in therapy for a year, and again when I was 15. My depression has continued in...
    DayDreamer420 DayDreamer420 18-21, F Dec 8, 2010

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    I just started antidepressants

    and I'm scared. I found out my husband was having an affair for over a year with his ex about six months ago. I understand that it's because I haven't been the best wife. But it kills me. I cry at least 2xs a day. I feel like my best friend died. I'm tired of feeling this way. I...
    BabiKnuckles BabiKnuckles 26-30, F Jan 1

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    Antidepressants Brought Me Back

    I fought against the notion of needing antidepressants. Even though I would never think someone else was weak for needing them, I thought that I was somehow the exception- that if I took them that meant I was broken. I had two major depressive episodes between the ages of 16 and...
    OurLadyoftheUpsideDown OurLadyoftheUpsideDown 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 14, 2013

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    I literally have no memories of being normal.

    I've always been depressed even as a small child. Family grew to believe it was a personality trait and said I should accept it. When I was 18 I saw the doctor on my own. At this point I was self harming for 5 years (no one knew) and I felt suicidal. The doctor put my on Celexa...
    MsPetrichor MsPetrichor 22-25, F Dec 13, 2013

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    Fluoxetine

    I've just started...I had to up the dose progressively and I'm up to a whole one per day. I'm hoping that counselling will make it better, my doc told me I should see one and I plan to as soon as I can go to the free one at my new university (if I get in). So hopefully I won't...
    absentmind absentmind 21-25, F 1 Response Sep 16, 2007

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    I love that I found this site

    for support! I was diagnosed with PTSD after my daughter almost passed away after surgery. She had surgery at 7 months old for urinary reflux (grade 5) and had severe internally bleeding that left her needing three transfusions before being taken back to the operating room. My...
    natford natford 26-30, F 1 day ago

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    I Used to Take Anti-depressant...

    I used to take anti-depressants because I was told I had a chemical imbalance in my brain,  but I do believe (in my case) that trying to control your happiness with pharmaceuticals doesn't work.  I find a network of good friends and a healthy social life keeps...
    pickle pickle 26-30, F 2 Responses Jan 9, 2007

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    The Battle.

    Might as well get the ball rolling huh?  Well, I'm 36 years old, and I've been on antidepressants since I was 16.  I can say with all honesty that the different medications I've been on over the years have saved my sanity, and most probably my life.  I had a...
    Wombles Wombles 36-40, F 4 Responses Dec 30, 2006

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    Related Experiences

    OMG!! I have been on 40 mg fluoxetine for 10 years. I've tried to get off of it several times, each with me back on 40 mg again. I decided to stop taking this stuff 6 weeks ago...
    djekms djekms 46-50, F Apr 4

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    I thoroughly love taking long and hot showers in my master bedroom's shower. After a long day of work, I love coming home, getting undressed, and taking a long hot shower. My...
    femalelovesanimals femalelovesanimals 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 7

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    I am taking an extended break from EP. Please don't be upset if I don't respond. I am not planning to check in at all. Maybe I will be back sometime. 
    tdguy tdguy 46-50, M