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#46358 - 08/18/02 08:54 PM Re: Antidepressants/mind meds
Alan S Offline
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Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 4
Loc: Los Angeles
Quote:
Originally posted by Roy:
Based on personal experience over several years both on and off antidepressants (Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Effexor, and Wellbutrin) I have come to accept the fact that these meds will probably be part of my life forever. I look at it like having diabetes. I don't like having to take medication, but I like it a hell of a lot more than the results I get without. Several times I have stopped taking meds after being successfully treated over a lengthy period, thinking I could do without them. Unfortunately, the depression came creeping every time over a period of months and I could not connect the resumed depression to any event or circumstance. My brain is just low on the necessary neurotransmitters that help maintain a sense of well being and ability to cope with life's ups and down. These drugs are helpful tools and I am grateful for them.
However, I do think depression should also be treated from a psychological perspective as well, with counseling/psychotherapy. Some people are able to eventually get off the meds and have no recurrence of symptoms, but not everybody. One thing I really like about taking the meds is that I have the security and feeling of freedom to fully explore some really scary things about myself and my past that I otherwise would not be able to do. The meds are like a safety net over the deep dark well of depression I used to experience. Now I know I won't fall in and be unable to get back out, which was terrifying. Currently I'm taking a combination of Effexor and Wellbutrin, which has been the best yet. Recently I switched to the Effexor from Prozac because it seemed like I was slipping a little. Sometimes drugs "wear out" I was told.
When getting off antidepressants, I found it best to taper myself off under my doctor's supervision. Never just stop taking them suddenly. The reaction d503 had with withdrawal sounds very severe and unusual.

Roy



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#46359 - 08/18/02 09:08 PM Re: Antidepressants/mind meds
MrDon Offline
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I agree that you need to do your own research on medications that you are taking or are getting prescribed. Not all medications are for each individual and they react different with each person.

Personally over the years I have been on anti depressants and they helped me greatly. When I went on them I was so depressed and suicidal that I couldn't keep going. They helped me get things under control. To keep things going, I also did a lot of hard work in therapy as well.

Don't discount medications, but do be aware of what they are, what the side effects are and monitor them closely. And by all means, make sure that you treat the "whole body" and not just one part of it.

Don

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#46360 - 08/18/02 09:39 PM Re: Antidepressants/mind meds
Alan S Offline
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Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 4
Loc: Los Angeles
I've been trying to control panic attacks since I went
off prozac, klonopin, buspar and wellbutrin 4 years ago.
It seemed to work (with the help of an AA group) for a
few years. But now the panic attacks are back.

I recently took a small dose of prosac & klonopin and it
helped. The panic is related directly to the rape by
a black football player when I was 18. It happened
2-3 times before I finally got off campus. But the
damage was done to my "male" identity. Perhaps
the hardest thing to bear is the shame of the S&M
fantasies that compensated around the experience.

Now I feel that maybe I need a survivor's group like
my AA group to guide me through a spiritual solution
for panic like the spiritual solution to drinking and
dependence on the mind meds.

So I'm looking in L.A. Any ideas?


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