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I Am Taking Antidepressants

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    Right now I'm on 30mg of duloxetine (Cymbalta).

    I started taking it last Autumn because the depression became more severe than usual. Antidepressants generally don't get along with me very well. I'd ended up in hospital because of them. So far I've tried: -fluoxetine (Prozac) -paroxetine (Paxil) -venlafaxine (Effexor...
    thecellardoor thecellardoor 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2014

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    When I was 8 I started taking Remeron.

    I took that daily for about 5 years. When I was 13 I started taking Lexapro, and I took that daily for 1 year. Now I'm 14 (I'll be 15 in august) and I just started taking Zoloft. I haven't even been taking it for a week yet and I'm still in transition from Lexapro to Zoloft. My...
    SparkleSwirl SparkleSwirl 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    I took sertraline (Zoloft)

    for over a year. For the latter six months or so, I also took mirtazapine which caused me to gain about 30 pounds. Because of this and because of the general malaise and excessive sedation I felt, I stopped altogether for about three months. I felt good and excited at first, but...
    bewareofpity bewareofpity 31-35, M 1 Response Jul 5

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    Tonight I'm going to start taking an

    antidepressant to help with my feelings of hopelessness. I'm a bit scared that it won't work and I'll be stuck in this hell again. I'm very easily hurt these days because the love of my life did not reciprocate my love. I'm so insecure because we lived together for three...
    Sunshine9001 Sunshine9001 51-55, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    So I was taking Valium

    and antidepressants due to not being able to handle my current situation in life and was sleeping all day and feeling depressed all the time. I stopped taking them and now I have more energy and am feeling numb rather than anything... Pretty sure they didn't work for me. But I...
    BlueRose77 BlueRose77 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 15, 2014

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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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    Went to the doctor and managed to get a

    prescription for seroquil however it's spelt but I look forward to being on both cymbalta and the other. Cymbalta is probably the best antidepressant yet and I'm glad to be taking it. I like feeling no real anything as appose to feeling as though I am on a roller coaster ride...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 6

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    Is anyone on Sterline

    and if so can you tell me your side affects? I've been on them nearly three weeks
    Unicornpeasant Unicornpeasant 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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    im on lovan for my depression,

    anxiety and self harm issues. I think lovan is also known as Prozac. I don't know. but anyway it's not working that well at the moment, it's taking ages to work.
    EnjoyTheSilenceX EnjoyTheSilenceX 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2014

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    i'll be going back on antidepressants,

    i like how effective they are when i'm on them but i'm mad that i have to take something to make me feel better for probably the rest of my life.. sometimes i feel like i'm a fake.
    arewehuman arewehuman 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 13

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    I have been on many different antidepressants

    from all of the different groups since I was 14 or 15. It has taken me a long time to find an antidepressant that works for me. I'm glad that I have an easier time with my mood than I did before and I recognise that I have to keep taking my meds or things will get worse.
    LinkinParkMuse LinkinParkMuse 26-30, F Mar 25

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    fifth trial. i take effexor now.

    lowest dose. they say its dumb not to know your dose but no, i dont know my dose. 75? 75 sounds right. anyone wanting to try meds, KNOW that there are SSRI's, SSNRI's, and bi-polar meds, like lithium. and if the SSRI's dont work, DO THE SSNRI. and also...
    LostInTheLight LostInTheLight 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 5, 2014

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    I take Fluxetin. It takes upto 2 months

    for them to take full effect. I've been on them for almost a month, and so far no effect. I go to therapy too which doesn't help at all
    DexterMalloween DexterMalloween 13-15, M 1 Response May 20

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    Had my first nights sleep last night

    after experiencing No sleep for the last 2 weeks while being on an anti depressant. The medication was great I just didn't sleep. I'd get up at 8am take my medication at 9 and then I was awake for 20hours straight .. Then I'd sleep the next day for 4 hours because by that stage...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 3

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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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    I took Sertraline 25mg

    for a bit and got the worst side effects ever after a week it felt like game lag to my body and I was trembling, urinating often, and was sweating profusely and I felt real cold with headaches and seeing white static like dots across my vision... I stopped taking it and...
    4NeonFun 4NeonFun 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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    I have started taking Citalopram today.

    I have been feeling sick since and I vomited once so far also my hands are shaking incontrollably.. hope they'll work in the end
    ELSIUM ELSIUM 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 3

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    sigh. antidepressants.

    meds. i recently went back to my doctor and she actually shook her head and said, "hun, i think what you need is a psychiatrist". she then said, "not saying you're crazy or anything!" i wanted to cry because i know, lady, i know. i cant ******* AFFORD a psychiatrist...
    LostInTheLight LostInTheLight 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 15, 2014

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    When I first went to my Dr

    and was put on paxil my Dr only told me that I have episodic mood disorder he never told me what kinda depression I have then last month when I switched to venlafxine Bec paxil made me feel worse I still was never told what kind of depression I have but ven days it's for major...
    rainyday10 rainyday10 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 9

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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...
    Chasing4flowers Chasing4flowers 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 25, 2011

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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 16-17, F 5 Responses Aug 10, 2007

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    I started taking 10mg of Prozac around late

    November of 2012 for a variety of different issues, the major being an eating disorder, depression, and anxiety. Because of my depression, I had no motivation to do anything, didn't have a job or a drivers license, I isolated myself from my friends, spent most of my time...
    bbfeels bbfeels 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 9, 2014

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    I've been on a ton of different antidepressants

    over the years...Prozac (throws me straight into a panic attack), Serzone (makes me totally sick), Zoloft (not sure why I went off of that one), Cymbalta (it stopped working after a couple of years). Now I'm on 150mg of Effexor. I'm not sure if it's helping yet or not...
    RubyLane RubyLane 41-45, F 4 Responses Sep 23, 2014

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    I just started taking antidepressants.

    I know that it's going to be worse before it's better. I have a question though, being unfamiliar with side effects. I am, uh, having trouble 'enjoying myself'. Is this a permanent thing or will this be something that will improve as I adapt to taking it?
    Yamaxanadu Yamaxanadu 18-21, T 1 Response Apr 7

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    I have had traumatic experiences throughout my

    whole life. I know that I have suffered from depression since a teen but I thought I could get through it on my own. I am a mom and wife now, and I notice that it's starting to affect my family... Throw in some anxiety and PTSD and you have a perfect recipe for a melt down...
    PhoenixLF PhoenixLF 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 5, 2014

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    rainyday10 rainyday10 22-25, M Jul 5

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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 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 4, 2014

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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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    I hate them tht never work

    and if they do they make you do stupid things
    lyric0908 lyric0908 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 31, 2014

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    I have taken anti depressants

    for severe depression and also for severe panic attacks. Been on Zoloft. Prozac. Celexa (currently on for the second time.) Brintellix. Buspar. Klonopin. Zoloft made me a zombie. Prozac did nothing. Celexa makes me gain weight. Brintellix put me in the hospital. Buspar...
    Onyvk Onyvk 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 3, 2014

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    On the med for three months

    and I do feel it helps. I won't say anti-depressants are for everyone, as they're definitely not, but for many, they can be helpful. I started taking Bupropion (generic Welbutrin) back in June, at first 150mg a day for 6-weeks, and now I've been on 300mg a day for seven weeks...
    darkarts101 darkarts101 31-35, M Sep 23, 2014

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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 22-25, T 1 Response Nov 6, 2013

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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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    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 31-35, F Jan 1, 2014

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    Withdrawals from effexxor are a living hell.

    I swear. I tried getting off three times and can't. I forgot my pills and I'm over at family's house for the holidays. I can't function at all. My brain feels like its getting tazzed. It's the only way to explain this weird feeling that starts in my brain then shudders...
    yonnie97 yonnie97 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 11

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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 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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    My Story

    Hey guys So, basically I've been taking anti d's for 11 years now .... it seems like yesterday when I went to the dr and he prescribed me pills, I didn't want to take them, I thought they would change my personality and would transform me into someone I am not. After crying my...
    Val86 Val86 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 16, 2012

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    Has anyone had their medication work

    for a while and then all of a sudden stop working altogether? I've been on 40mg Prozac for about a year and everything was going fine. Then last month it just stopped working and I feel like I'm back to square one. I'm probably a danger to myself but who cares? It's not like...
    mindyjw mindyjw 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 5, 2014

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    do your mind a favor

    and checkout inner smile meditation from mantak chia in youtube
    carloslara7 carloslara7 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 8, 2014

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    I'm aware when I'm going to

    that dark place…I start doing things that I know will help me. My antidepressants are weeding out those nasty thoughts that do not belong with who I am and giving myself self love in the form of kind words while I look in the mirror smiling. It may not work for all, some do...
    1unusualLass 1unusualLass 31-35, F 1 Response May 18

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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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    I've been taking Zoloft (sertraline)

    for nearly a year now. For probably about six months, I've been at a therapeutic dose of 200mg per day. For the past three months or so, I've been taking 15mg of mirtazipine, which has really helped with a certain side effect. (It was taking me forever to ******.) My...
    bewareofpity bewareofpity 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 29, 2014

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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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    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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    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 6 Responses Jun 8, 2010

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