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I Am Taking Antidepressants

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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 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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    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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    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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    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'm on 3 which are; Wellbutrin,

    Prozac and Cymbalta. I'm sleepy all day, lethargic, just as moody, little appetite, and paranoid. Am I the only one experiencing this from these cocktail of meds? I suffer from major depression, bipolar, OCD, anxiety disorder, and now recently at risk for schizophrenia.
    SubcultureSellout SubcultureSellout 18-21, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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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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    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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    I gave up on anti-depressants.

    I took them for years, and they haven't did a thing for me. Probably just damaged my health. I prefer natural remedies. Sunshine, water, country life, fishing. That doesn't help everyone, but it can help me.
    4EverBlissful 4EverBlissful 26-30, F Jun 9

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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

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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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    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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    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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    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

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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 1 Response Dec 5

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    I'm on antidepressants it has been the

    best/worse experience of my life and I have no one really to turn too who understands what I'm going through. I have gained over 20 kilos in weight and this is depressing enough. I have lost a bit but it's not enough I want to go back to how I was before. Anyone else out there...
    KD81 KD81 26-30, M Jul 29

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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 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

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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

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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 2 Responses Sep 23

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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 Apr 22

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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

    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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    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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    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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    wheelsxoxo wheelsxoxo 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 8

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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

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    i started on Citalopram 20mg,

    they didnt do anything so i was put on 40mg, i took them for the next few years but although they helped, they made me put on weight and messed my sleep and appetite up. im currently on venaflaxine. ive been on then a year so far. although my appetite is okay my sleep is still...
    shinedownbabyxo shinedownbabyxo 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 10

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    Thing is, once a person has had multiple

    depressive episodes, the more likely it is to keep recurring. I accept that I have a possibly life long condition and I may need to stay on meds for the rest of my life. I've tried many different meds over the years and most had some side effects, and some even made depression...
    jenzy42 jenzy42 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 14

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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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    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...
    evesss evesss 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 9

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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

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    I am taking antidepressants

    and I feel like it is doing no effect on me. I have been taking them since January this year and had to get them switched 3 times already. Nothing is working. Antidepressants are not for me but then again if I don't take them I still feel the same with or without the meds. So I...
    cristina44 cristina44 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 10

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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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    BDThompson BDThompson 36-40, F May 24

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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

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    Anyone gained weight

    and feel bloated all the time
    uniqeuliv uniqeuliv 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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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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    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

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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 3 days ago

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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

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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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    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

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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 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 4

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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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    Anyone on lithium? I've been taking

    antidepressants for over 10 years now, switching often so we could find the right one. My Dr wants me to try adding lithium to help my current antidepressant that seems to be working somewhat but could be way better. I don't know much about lithium so any help would be greatly...
    nousernamesavailable nousernamesavailable 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 13

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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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    Does it work? Are there any antidepressants

    that doesn't need a doctor's recommendation? I'm thinking of trying out antidepressants but if it's gonna include a session with a doctor then i guess I'm gonna pass with this. I think... But I really wanna try out an antidepressants cuz my depression is getting a bit worse...
    kmisfit123 kmisfit123 18-21, F 2 Responses May 25

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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

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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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    I've been on Viibryd

    for almost over a month now and it helps my depression tremendously, however.....I have terrible side effects. My anxiety is at the same level but the symptoms are different. I find myself being very confused, forgetting things, forgetting how to do everyday things as if I'm a...
    CEA1992 CEA1992 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 8

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