Do anti-depressants really work?

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dst001
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   Posted 9/4/2009 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been seeing psychaitrists for approx. 2 years.  I had seen another one several years before for about 2 years.  I've been prescribed Effexor, Wellbutrin, Lexapro, and Zoloft.  All of them made me feel "spaced out".  I stuck with the Lexapro the longest, but never felt "level headed". 
 
I started taking adderall and that seems to help a little, I was motivated to get out of bed and get some work done, but there are still times that I feel depressed.   Is there anything out there that really helps?
 
I'm so tierd of feeling sad.  Any suggestions would help.
 

dst001
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   Posted 9/4/2009 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I also forgot to mention that I was prescibed Prestiq. I read that' the same as Effexor. That made me feel as if I was going out of my mind. I just can't go around feeling "spaced out".

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   Posted 9/4/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi dst001,

How long did you take the anti depressants? It takes a good four to six weeks to work properly. You might have not been on them long enough. I take effexor and adderall too. But I have fibromyalgia and the adderall keeps me awake during the day. It really helps a lot. I also take abilify with the effexor and that is a good combination. The spaced out feeling could have been a side effect that would have gone away with time.

So yes, anti depressants do work. You might not have tried the right ones. There are so many out there. Talk to your doctor and let them know what is going on. You might yet find the one that is right for you. It took me quite a few tries before I found what worked for me.

Best wishes,

Hugs Karen
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Mazfire
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   Posted 9/4/2009 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   

Im 29. I was put on antidepressants at the age of 14. I have not gone one day without them. For me, in my experience they have made it possible to lead a 'normal' life. I dont believe I would cope without them. I have a chemical imbalance that causes my Panic disorder and the meds, combined with therapy have been a lifesaver. Literally.

Hope you find the answers you need,

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-Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Prescription pain meds/anti inflammatories.
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bluebird2
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   Posted 9/4/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
They work, but they are poorly understood and over prescribed. And they have significant failure rates.

It's essential to try different types out and with different classes to try to find the right solution.

dst001
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   Posted 9/4/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your responses. I am so glad the medicine work for you. I wish I had the same reactions.

I took the lexapro for about 5 months. Zoloft and Wellbutrin for about 2-3 months. I hated the wellbutrin...it caused anxiety and insomnia, but I stuck with it. Since I knew it took at least 6 weeks to notice a difference, I stuck with all of them for a longer period of time. I felt spaced out, but didn't think anyone noticed. I was so embarrased when my uncle came to visit and kept asking me if I was o.k. and if I needed to see a doctor. I knew then that my spaced out feelings were apparant to others around me. They were just not bold enough to say anything.

I had an immediate bad reaction to the Effexor. I felt as if I was going out of my mind.

Mazfire
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   Posted 9/4/2009 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
dst001 said...

I had an immediate bad reaction to the Effexor. I felt as if I was going out of my mind.
Oh i hear you mate! Except with my reaction to Effexor i ended up in the ER vomiting out of control with blurred vision and increased levels of anxiety and panic. It was a nightmare. Ive tried many over the years and my current Zoloft/Xanax combo is by far the best for me.
 
Maz XX
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" Why does society view illness as weakness?" (Montell Jordan)
 'He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.' (Psalm 147:3)
-DX:Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Sinusitis, TMJ, Endometriosis,PCOS, Reactive Arthritis, Anemia, Chemical/Noise/Light sensitivity, Trichotilomania, OCD, SMD. GERD, IBS.
-Meds: Zoloft 150mg. Xanax 4mg. Prescription pain meds/anti inflammatories.
-Multiple surgeries- I bear the scars of my poor physical health.
-Age:29. AP first DX @ 10. Fibro etc DX @14.
 
 


abeja_reina_1989
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   Posted 9/4/2009 11:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently on a medication called Citalopram (10mg per day) and it has worked WONDERS for me!! I think it has really changed my life and brought me back to as "normal" as I could possibly be.

Remember, everyone's different so talk to your doctor and don't get too discouraged if something doesn't work right away. Many people have to change meds a few times before finding the right one. But, you never know.. you may just luck out like me!!!
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   Posted 9/5/2009 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah me too been on the merry go with medications. so far pristiq is holding, although facing a lot of disassociation. on seroquel as well. over the journey been on over 60 different medications. keep safe and strong, yes some meds are ineffective, thus keep catching up with your doc. thanks for posting. jamie
 
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