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superanxious 21
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   Posted 8/4/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -7)   
 
   Not sure if anyone saw that short segment on the today show about how doctors are over prescribing anti depressents or putting them on them for the slightest sign of feeling blue. It couldn't have come at a better time for me. Makes me think a lot. I had a long discussion with my family this weekend about how they think I have become ten times worse on Paxil. Oh trust me I have! I've also never had luck with the numerous anti depressents that I have tried. Paxil being by far the worst. Sometimes I think the docs are more concerned with changing the dose or the medication itself just to get people out of their office as quickly as possible. This has been my struggle. Not sure if I am alone...but when I turned that on today...man it made me think. BTW. Today I stopped all anti-depressents (UNDER SUPERVISION OF MY DOC). Can't wait to see if I feel better! Can't feel much worse!

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   Posted 8/4/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I missed that show but I am off AD's right now as I wanted to try life without an AD after many years of being on one.  My last round with the meds never put me in a good place so I weaned off Cymbalta very slowly and it was tough but I made it.  I still take something for my anxiety but not for the depression.
 
How is life off the SSRIs?  Good, never excellent but that is the nature of Depression and Anxiety but I am very capable of functioning in the real world and do enjoy life.
 
Please go slowly off of your meds.
 
There are people who truly need to be on meds and if they help them that is a good thing.  I would never tell anyone to just stop meds.  It is always on a personal bases.
 
Thank you so much for sharing this info with all of us.
 
Gentle Hugs
Kitt

 
 

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superanxious 21
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   Posted 8/4/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
   Just good to look at the other side of the spectrum, and make sure AD's might not be making you worse.  I am just at the edge of that age bracket (just turned 25) where in some cases they may increase depression and suicidal thoughts. As I said, I no doubt experienced that with Paxil. My doc said many of her patients found Paxil to be very calming..so the name of the medication game is it is all relative. Just thought I would share my very scary story with Paxil and if you feel something isn't right don't just let your doctor increase, decrease, change AD's without thinking that may not be the best solution. I in no way blame my MD for trying to help, but I became my own advocate and am glad she supported me. It saved my life!!

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   Posted 8/4/2009 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey there,

I believe the  wisest thing in the world any patient should be is their own best advocate. We are the ones that must make up our minds and ask the questions..............do not go sliently into unknown treatments or take meds you have no knowledge of...........ask questions and make sure your making informed decisions.

Great advice superanxious 21  yeah    yeah    yeah

With kindest personal regards,

Kitt


 

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   Posted 8/4/2009 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
yep to kitt and superanxious. we know our bodies best. agree that some people will need medication for a prolonged period, i am one. very glad to hear that you are self-actualising well. good on you. i wish you the upmost best. with loving compassion. jamie
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