I Am Taking Antidepressants

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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

    I have been on antidepressants

    for nearly 6years now 100mg Sertraline, was placed on them aged 19 (too young). Doctors kept changing my dosage up and down from 50 to 100 and of course I had withdrawal symptoms which were terrible. I stopped taking them completely at one point and that was horrendous. I have...
    Miss1991xx Miss1991xx
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Oct 5, 2015

    Well, actually, I just stopped taking them a

    few days ago. This is the second medication I've tried and it still doesn't help. It was better for my depression than the first one I was on, but my anxiety came back and I couldn't tolerate the bundle of other side effects that came with it. I'm sick of switching from drug to...
    astateofdisarray astateofdisarray
    18-21, F
    May 10, 2015

    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
    46-50, F
    3 Responses Sep 23, 2014

    Agomelantine or also known

    as valdoxan.? Anyone taken this? It's relatively new from what I gather.. and actually hella expensive.. But I'm having nothing but good from it! Helps with both serotonin levels and melatonin levels. When first put on it, with in 30 mins I'd be fast asleep if I wasn't...
    Catho Catho
    18-21, F
    Jan 17

    Its my first day on Zoloft (Sertraline)

    and I'm nervous because I've heard that the side effects are really bad. So far I haven't been able to stomach any food, I'm nauseous, and I have this weird burning sensation in my stomach? I don't know, I'm just hoping this one is better than Celexa (Citalopram) because that...
    stef17 stef17
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 21, 2015

    Hi The love of my life is gone.

    I don't recognize her anymore. When she looks at me and it's without emotion and no feeling. I have read my studies, columns and experts. What gets me upset is they keep on saying don't take it personal and keep calm. Really?! I don't know what to do. Run away? Give up? Stick...
    enoughisenoughnever enoughisenoughnever
    46-50, M
    1 Response Oct 16, 2015

    I'm taking Lexapro. 10 milligrams.

    This is the 6th day. I've actually never taken an antidepressant before, but I'm glad I started. To be honest, this last week has been full of ups and downs. There's side effects, the worst is actually the tiredness. From everything I read however, this will fade with time...
    SpiritedEnergy333 SpiritedEnergy333
    26-30, M
    Jan 12

    hey all iam on venflanixe

    or how every unspell it . is eny one els on that and has sexly dofcuilts ?
    marcuscent marcuscent
    26-30, M
    Dec 18, 2015

    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

    I just started sertraline a little over a week

    ago. I've just started noticing some tingling, in hands and legs. My sleep has been lighter (and I am a CHRONIC oversleeper - like, a three alarm clock oversleeper), and earlier today I had an anxiety attack, when I was suddenly overtaken and felt stoned, but not in a good way...
    standardmale standardmale
    26-30, M
    Feb 3

    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
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jul 5, 2015

    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

    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
    22-25, F
    4 Responses Aug 3, 2014

    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, 2015

    I've been taking antidepressants

    for years now. they really make a big difference in my mood and energy levels.
    bambi575 bambi575
    36-40, M
    1 Response Oct 5, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jun 3, 2015

    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

    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
    16-17, F
    1 Response Dec 28, 2013

    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

    I posted on this topic a year ago,

    and I do currently continue to take my pill regularly. I feel it helps me, and I want to help myself before winter sets in and I will be more miserable. I'm an outdoorsy guy and winter is really hard on me. I joined a gym and do hope that helps with the winter fatigue and...
    darkarts101 darkarts101
    31-35, M
    Sep 28, 2015

    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
    May 18, 2015

    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, 2015

    hi . i have got ocd and it made me drestp also .

    but i never every wanted to go on meds . but i final gave in has some bad exeraion with citlapram made me really sick then on a other what me like a zombie . then got pout on venlafaxine and the side effts were nuffin from the rest . then i went thro a bad break up . but i feel...
    marcuscent marcuscent
    26-30, M
    Nov 18, 2015

    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

    I just went to the opticians.

    They feel little because I'm esa. They didn't let me pick I like and have three to get the new I need because my broken. I was in such good mood before I went.
    VickiT83 VickiT83
    31-35, F
    Mar 12

    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

    It doesn't make me feel like myself -

    but i struggle through with the day - when I'm not stuck in bed.
    tarjawhore tarjawhore
    22-25, M
    Nov 16, 2015

    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

    the story is, i am still not better.

    effexor worked for a long time...which for me is about a year. but then i had a breakdown, a bad one, i dont even know why.... and its like it just, stopped working. and that was it. that was about two months ago. i cant find anything to work since. im getting...
    LostInTheLight LostInTheLight
    26-30, F
    1 Response Dec 16, 2015

    I'm taking celexa 20mg

    and it's not helping me I'm still depressed
    ddelicia ddelicia
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 14

    Anyone on the old school MAOIs?

    Parnate (tranylcypromine) or Nardil (phenelzine)? (Parnate didn't work for me, now on Nardil, started not too long ago.) Positive or negative experiences?
    TwistedCognition TwistedCognition
    36-40, M
    Jan 5

    Today was my first day taking antidepressants

    and it was horrible. My doctor put me on 75mg Effexor for my panic disorder and social anxiety. I was always worried about going on antidepressants due to hearing about so many side effects and withdrawal symptoms, and I think I was right to be skeptical. My first side effect...
    lifehurtsm lifehurtsm
    18-21, F
    1 Response Dec 10, 2015

    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
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response May 20, 2015

    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

    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
    1 Response Nov 4, 2014

    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
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jul 5, 2015

    I have been on steadily escalating doses of

    antidepressants for a couple of months now, recently being put up to 150mg Sertraline, and the heartbreaking misery finally went away almost completely, and took everything else with it. A day after I started taking 150mg I got a massive headache and was so exhausted I found it...
    MrWinstonSmith MrWinstonSmith
    26-30, M
    Sep 29, 2015

    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
    Dec 15, 2014

    Does anyone else here take Sertraline?

    I have been taking them for the past 6 months. I have been thinking about coming off of them though and changing to a different medication as of late they've made me feel very zoned. I also have felt numbness to emotions and physical sensations and my vision when i've woken up...
    CaitlinBuchan97 CaitlinBuchan97
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 4

    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

    Sometimes, I stop taking them.

    I go a few days to a week, and I try to see if anything is really different without them. Most times I feel okay to start, but it never stays. I start them again and things don't weigh as heavily on my chest.I've done this 3-4 times now, and it's always the same. I end up...
    EchoWasNotMeantToBeSeen EchoWasNotMeantToBeSeen
    26-30, F
    Aug 12, 2015

    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

    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

    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 Jul 26, 2015

    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

    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, 2015

    I've been taking them think just over two years

    I couldn't be without then sometimes I feel could do with stronger but I'm on the max now. They make me calm and relexed depression still there but comes and goes . I think there wonderful when they agree with your person.
    Leylandlad Leylandlad
    36-40, M
    Dec 19, 2015

    The thing with it though,

    is I'm still depressed, tbh. I still hurt. The only difference is, I can't cry myself to sleep, and I can't actually express my feelings anymore. It's almost forcing me to be happy, when I know I'm not. Not sure I can ever really explain it or not.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    5 Responses Aug 30, 2015

    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

    I was against them for a long time

    but I finally reached a point where the potential side effects were my current circumstances so I had nothing to lose. I researched a lot about them and fought against the brainwashing of my family who are the I read an article now I'm smarter than a doctor type. I have had a...
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme
    22-25, F
    1 Response Sep 2, 2015

    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

    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
    13 Responses Dec 28, 2009
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