(Closed) Anyone on anti-depressants/anxiety meds?

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Not sure

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lolita1027:  I tried to get a diagnosis. The therepist said “it sounds like you might be”. It’s the best I ever got. I started taking knives to myself when I was 12. I was put into a psychiatric hospital when I was 14 for a cutting episode. They had me in there for a bit over a week. I saw a psychiatrist after getting out of the hospital. But at that age, it’s too difficult to diagnosis. It looked like a cry for attention. I also tried starving myself at a young age. I used to pumch myself in the legs instead of cutting. I had probably ten total occurrences of cutting up until I was 24. In and out of depression, then would get manic in between. I’d get super happy when dating, mostly. But not always. During mania, I would shop, have lots of sex (not always protected either), be super hyper. I was only irritable twice (this is a sign of mania too). The meds made me super manic… Hence how I finally had answers… All these years I couldn’t figure out why I was so “different”. Trust me, I’ve been researching both Bipolar disorder and Borderline personality disorder for YEARS! THE cutting episodes is what made me think I was Borderline, but the rest of the symptoms don’t quite fit. I have the VA for medical. So I may have to fight to get to see an actual psychiatric to get diagnosed. I am positive I am Bipolar. But I’ve only gotten “sorta” diagnosed. Ugh… I could write a book. Trust me, it’s worse than what I described. I hate to admit ALL of my dirty laundry, but this is a mild description of what I’ve been through.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I’m not currently on any, but I have been on Prozac twice in the past, as a teenager. I can definitely say it helped me keep my depression under control. At first, it was really hard because we didn’t have the right dosage and it made things worse, but if you stick with it and communicate with your doctor, you’ll find the right medication and the right dosage for you. 

I was also on an anti-anxiety medication for a very short amount of time that I can’t remember the name of. The purpose of this drug was to help me sleep at night, as anxiety was affecting my sleep to the point that I could no longer drive because I was so tired. I didn’t take it for very long because it gave me stomach cramps, however, it did help me sleep.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Good morning!

 

I am happy to reply to this post. I have been on diffrent medicines for both depression and anxiety in the past, and I am currently taking Zoloft with a perscription for Xanax. I had been off medicine for about a year when my fiance and I went through a really, REALLY rough patch. TL;DR version is that he went away for work and while he was gone did a lot of thinking & we almost broke up. It came out of NOWHERE for me at the time, but looking back, I should have seen it coming. I was a mess. While he was gone, I went back to my doctor and requested Xanax to help with my anxiety and they instead gave me a 1 Rx for xanax to make sure I’d be okay until the Zoloft kicked in, and then gave me a repearing Rx for the Zoloft.

It has made a world of difference for me and my fiance. Obviously medicine isn’t the only change I’ve made. I’m not much more aware of myself, my fiance and I pay more attention to what I eat, my workload, etc. to help manage stress. That being said, the step I took to make a difference by going to the doctor changed my life. 

In the past, I’ve tried different medicines… some made me feel like a zombie, some made it worse, etc. I don’t name names as to what caused what because it is different for everyone and it’s going to be trial & error until you find one that works for you. I find Zoloft also helps with my OCD. 

The only thing I can say is that it has changed my emotions to an extreme… I used to be VERY emotional, and now, I can’t even tell you the last time I cried. I didn’t even tear up when he proposed to me which is REALLY odd… we have since decided to cut back to my original dose, which is half of what I take now. 

My fiance and I want to TTC right after we get married, so the goal is to get our life in order as much as possible so that I can manage stress & anxiety on my own without the aid of medicine. I know some people take Zoloft during pregnancy, but I’d really rather not. 

 

I hope this helps! Stay strong & do what you need to feel better with a goal of being able to self manage. That’s my best advice! 

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alynn91:  do you think it was Traxodone? I had that one prescribed at the same time as Wellbutrin too… It was technically another antidepressant, but it makes you sleepy… That’s all that one did. I would CONK out with that one after being zinged all day on Welbutrin.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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OliviaPitman:  & OP Also forgot I had taken Zoloft years ago and it worked well for me also. 

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Blushing bee

Sorry to hear you’re not doing so well. You have taken the proper steps to turning things around. The hardest part is realizing you need help, then booking the appointment, and then sticking to a routine.

I’ve had an anxiety disorder/depression from childhood but only sought help in my early 20’s. I was on Citalopram (Celexa) initally, but didn’t like it. Citalopram made me feel very foggy and very emotionally and mentally flat, to the extent that I didn’t care to do anything. 

Since then I have been on and off Sertraline (Zoloft). I go on and off the medication because I personally have a hard time dealing with the idea of taking medication…I understand I am giving into stigma, but like I said to my doctor, I feel artificial when on the medication, like I know that underneath I am still unhappy even though I’m smiling. I’ve recently started the Sertraline up again so I’m hoping I can keep with it.

As far as side effects go, it takes a couple of months for your body to adjust to the medication. On Sertraline I experience headaches. You can take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) for the headaches, but it is not advised to take Advil. I’ve also had some insominia and a loss of appetite. Aside from the headaches, the side effect that bothers me most is the insatiable need to yawn. And contrary to what was expected, I’ve actually had an increase in sex drive and sex has been a lot more enjoyable. I chaulk it up to being able to relax.

Ideally, medication should be combined with therapy, and I see you already have that set up. I tried group therapy through my doctor’s office, but didn’t like it. There is a very large wait to see a therapist individually, so I’m going to be seeing if I can get something set up through my work. In the meanwhile I was recommended some workbooks: “The Anxiety and Worry Workbook” and “Mind Over Mood”. I haven’t ordered them yet.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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serenitysky:  Oh, yep, Traxadone is the one!

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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I am on Wellbutrin and haven’t experianced weight gain either. Really, I haven’t had many symptoms. It is not the best if you have anxiety (which I do) becuase it doens’t really help that but I do feel it helps the depression. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have been on many, the only one to work was Prozac but I gained 80 pounds, also had an insane sweet tooth. On celexa and Xanax currently and ya it ain’t working. The only thing to ever really work for me long term and health wise is no work or very limited hours. I have a hard time being around others and handling stress. I also have a long back story but anyways I’ve also tried Wellbutri, lexapro, clonezapam, and like 3 others. Sigh.

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Worker bee

I needed a low dose of prozac (generic) for severe anxiety that turned into panic attacks. Anxiety also led to depression. A lot of bad things were going on in my life at that time that led to poor mental health. Some days I couldn’t get out of bed. I had obsessive type anxiety w/ racing and intrusive thoughts.

Years later, things were much better and I was able to decrease the dosage while still feeling good. I gained 30 pounds in 3 years so I’m trying to taper off to lose weight, if my mood is still stable which so far it is. My libido is a bit better now that I’m tapering off, too.

Oh, I saw a therapist back then and still do. Helps a LOT.

Go to a good doctor and tell them your concerns, they can help you find a medication you feel comfortable with. Go for frequent follow ups in the beginning to monitor for any side effects.

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JazzyGirl85:  Hey! I have had experience taking antidepressants and antipsychotics for depression and anxiety. 

I definetly found major improvements being on medication. I took Cymbalta for depression. The only side effect I found was when I took it for the first time I felt my mind raced a bit, a bit energized. When I stopped taking the meds cold turkey I would feel “brain zaps” which were weird but not a big deal.

When I started taking meds again I would have trouble falling asleep or sleeping too much. But I was able to function at my work. I also was never hungry and lost like 10 lbs which was awesome, I know some people are worried about gaining weight on them. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have taken prozac since I was elen year old. I am 29 now. It really helps to get the edge off. My old psychiatrist tried weening me off of it but that was a disaster. When I was being weened off it, I became so depressed and angry. My mom called my psychiatrist begging her to put me back on it completely so she did. It really has saved my life. I am so thankful for Prozac

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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chamcham:  Yeah, I have never gained weight due to Prozac.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Backyard

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lolita1027:  There are two different types of Bipolar disorder. 

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