fLAVOR fLAV IS THE CYMBALTA HELPING W/ DEPRESSION & ANXIETY

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lilrdktp
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   Posted 7/21/2006 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I AM WEANING OFF THE ZOLOFT FROM 200 MG , DOWN TO 150MG NOW 2 WEEKS , THEN DOWN TO 100 MG 2 WEEKS . ALSO TAKING KLONOPIN . CYMBALTA I STARTED 20 MG 1 WEEK AND NOW 30 MG , I HAVE QUIT THE CRYING SPELLS ,FEELING SOME BETTER . I HATE I DID GREAT W/ ZOLOFT FOR 5 YRS UNTIL ALL THE BAD NEWS AND SRESSORS HIT AT ONCE AND MY SYSTEM WENT TO OUT OF WACK . I THINK IF ALL THE NEWS HADN'T HIT ME I'D STILL BE DOING WELL ON ZOLOFT & KLONOPIN WHEN NEEDED . I DO LIKE TO HAVE A FEW DRINKS WHEN MY 4 YR OLD IS WITH HIS DAD JUST TO UNWIND AND SOCIALIZE BUT I'M WORRIED about THE BEER AND CYMBALTA . DR SAID REALLY NO DIFFERENCE THAN W/ DRINKING WITH ZOLOFT OR ANY OTHER . I JUST WORRY 1 BEER WILL GIVE ME LIVER DAMAGE . I DON'T DRINK IF I'M DEPRESSED . ONLY WHEN I AM DOING WELL ON MEDS . PLEASE KEEP ME INFORMED ON YOUR CYMBALTA . SIDE EFFECTS ,PROS OR CONS . THANKS
kelly


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   Posted 7/22/2006 1:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Flavah Flaaaaaaaaaaaav! Coooold medina boi!

Yah, anyway, it probably wouldve been better to keep this in one of the threads where i allready have been discussing the med, but thats ok.

Like i said in one of the other threads, ive been trying to analyze the effects cymbalta has been having on my anxiety, depression, etc. now that ive been on it a few weeks. A big problem ive ran into at the moment is that i might have gotten mononucleosis from somewhere, cause i have alot of the symptoms. Its rather hard to be critical of minute effects a med might be having on you when you also have a foreign virus in your body causing a myriad of other symptoms. Anyway, some things i can confirm, i think, is that cymbalta for me does not help near as much with my depression as lexapro does, because my mood is much less energetic since being off the lex. The cymbalta does help a good deal with my social anxiety i think though.

In terms of side effects ive had, im not 100% sure. I guess it has made me kind of tired, not massively, but that has gone away mostly I think. I was kind of dizzy for the first week or so which went away as well, for the most part. Im sleeping better. Overall there are a helluva lot less negatives with this med than most all of the others ive been on. I have been alot more talkative around large groups of people on this med, which basically means its helping my social anxiety. I can be more sure of these things once i determine if I have mono or not which I will do in a few days.
Peace.
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lilrdktp
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   Posted 7/22/2006 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks flav but you know i always heard mono was a kissing thing lol. had to say it . Anyways I think i'm doing better but i am curious what i will be like when i'm totally off the zoloft . Just Cymbalta and Klonopin. I have 3 more weeks to till i'm weaned off Zoloft. So really i guess i could say at this time all the drugs are helping?We will know in 3 weeks for sure .
kelly


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   Posted 7/22/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Yah, yah, everybodys gotta say it. :P And ya, ive probably been kissing too many girls lately. Honestly though, i can attribute that to cymbalta in part, cause its really helped my anxiety in terms of talking with girls, which i usually have a huge nervousness about. With girls and my experiences with meds, i think i would hypothesis that girls are most attracted to guys who have basically no anxieties whatsoever. I mean, I was on a barbituate for ONE DAY that absolutely made me feel drunk as hell but not care about much of anything and I had girls immediately asking me what i was doing that night. It was nice, heh heh. redface Whats your thoughts on that lilrdktp? Be honest. tongue
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LESLIE A
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   Posted 7/23/2006 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
IS SYMBOLTA OR ZOLFT BETTER? WHICH ONE????

Flavor flav!
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   Posted 7/23/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Everyone reacts differently to different medication. A medication that helps massively with all your symptoms of depression may turn someone else into an emotional wreck. To find which medication helps you more you simply must trial both.
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Kris44
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   Posted 7/24/2006 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   
smurf  Hi, my name is Krista, I have been on Prozac, Paxil. and quite a few others over the years. I'm now on Cymbalta, I'm not saying it's the new wonder drug, but I still have as much stress if not more than before, and I am feeling so much better, I can actually think for myself and see a future for myself. which I was really having a problem with. I've been on it for five months now, 60mg. in the am and 10 in the pm. I just pray it keeps working. Hopefully it will be as helpful for you. Take care, Krista

lilrdktp
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   Posted 7/24/2006 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
well I am definately feeling better at this time .On the 31st I go down to 100mg on the Zoloft ,still at 30 on the Cymbalta. Then i geive the Doc a call. I sure it helps me. Flav i know several guys here in GA with anxiety problems who takes anx meds . I dont see it being a turn off for guys to have anxiety problems because i understand it. So your saying the barbituate helped w/ catching a girl ? Krista I sure hope the Cymbalta works for me as well . Do you ever have a beer or two while taking it ? when you are not depressd and doing well? Take care, Kelly
kelly


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   Posted 7/24/2006 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   

yeah  sometimes i do have a couple of beers,but not very often, they scare you to death with all of these side effects for your liver. If I plan on going out like once a month to shoot pool and drink with my friends, I ship it for the day just to make sure. Hope you feelbetter soon lol. Krista


lilrdktp
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   Posted 7/24/2006 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Krista. The doc said it wouldn't be anymore different than drinking w/the Zoloft . I have always had my beer while on Zoloft. Now i just wonder if i need my liver checked . It does scare the hell out of me the way they put it in the literature.I know people who do worse while taking meds but beer is my limit. Keep in touch and again thanks .
kelly


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   Posted 7/25/2006 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Yah. Ive allways found it extremely difficult to introduce myself to and get girls talking/interested in me. Once they spend some one on one conversation time with me alone, they usually allways get interested and friendly with me, I just rarely ever get to that point cause im so shy/nervous around girls and people in general. Ive only had 2 girlfriends my entire life and I met both of them while being on imipramine, which helps a ton with my anxiety, but makes me sedated as hell. Basically, not being all nervous and depressed allows me to make my intentions alot more clear verbally and visually. Otherwise, even if i am really interested in a girl and liking her, i'll start having all kinds of internal nervous thoughts and I wont be able to just relax and show her how im feeling. The paradox is that really nothing in the world makes me happier than having someone that really loves me and that i can really love and care for. Thats been by far the most painfull aspect of my depression/anxiety... the fact that it isolates me from others and gives them the wrong ideas about me and what i want.

I think the reason ive seen some girls immediately become interested in me when i was on meds that knocked out my anxiety was because suddenly it was written all over my face and behavior that im nothing but a romantic. However when i have a ton of anxiety i dont project that at all because im too wrapped up in fighting off my many anxieties in my head. confused
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Post Edited (Flavor flav!) : 7/25/2006 1:16:39 AM (GMT-6)


lilrdktp
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   Posted 7/25/2006 6:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been there myself and when i am feeling all symptoms i pull away from everyone and everything except my home and family. I dont want people to notice and they always do because if someone says "KELLY HOW R YOU " i'll bust out crying even in public i just can't seem to hold it together and the anxieties are unbearable. Thank God for my mom she will go to the store for me when i am that bad . Then i've been reading a book called the wounded woman ,i think they have one for men also that says avoidance is oyur worse enemy and makes the anxiety worse. I am always scared to meet a guy and know eventurally he will have to know or will find out and not want to deal with me because those who never have suffered don't have any idea how this crap feels . When i find a med like the Zoloft which worked for 5 yrs w/ Klonopin when needed . You would never know i had a problem . I have been dating the same guy for 3 yrs. When i met him i never thought i would be depressed or anxious to the point where i couldn't stand it and now 3 mo's ago when everything in my life went to extreme stressors ,my dads cancer ,my moms uncurable disease worrying about my 4 old starting pre-k plus more it was just too much and the Zoloft wasn't enough. The b/f backed off said he couldn't take it , my brain was cycling into overdrive,worrying over past,present,future & constant crying and the thoughts of never getting better , all dreadful . His pulling away didn't help either . He dosen't understand that at all. He thinks it would do us both good but thats when i needed him the most. Now i'm doing some better and he's calling more . I have to wonder do i need to end up marrying someone who will pull away in times of crises . I am a one on one person ,can't date around like all my friends . I know exactly what your saying . I worried the whole time while we dated in the back of my mind "should i tell him ,when?,how? i'm doing so well what if i never have a break down again and then i have told him and it scared him away . what IF'S drives me crazy.The book says" focus your attention on what is ,not on what if;s". Avoidance increases anxieties" And fear stands for FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARAING REAL.Dr. Steve Stephens ans Pam Vredevelt wrote this book for women The Wounded Woman Hope and Healing for those who Hurt. Walmart carries it .I think it would even help a guy. Take Care its good to be able to talk with both women and men on our issues . We can offer each other advise.

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kelly


lilrdktp
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   Posted 7/25/2006 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
"AVOIDANCE IS YOUR WORSE ENEMIE" sORRY THAT ALL CAME OUT WRONG IN MY REPLY LOL.



( fear )

" False Evidence Appearing Real "
kelly


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   Posted 7/27/2006 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Ya, ive been a follower of buddhist teachings since I was 15 or so. In addition to being raised catholic. Catholisicm never really helped me much if any with my depression and anxiety but buddhism offers countless strategies for bringing peace and relaxation to your mind. Much of what you said is basically exactly what buddhism teaches.
I realize as well that i need to force myself to be in those kinds of usually (for me) fearfull situations. As a matter of fact thats why I decided to work in a restaurant for my first job. Im now a server at a restaurant. It has helped a bit with my anxiety I suppose, mainly it has just shown me how many countless insensitive jerks there are however. But i allready knew most people were that way anyway, lol.
In terms of meeting girls and finding a girlfriend... I still have poor skills when it comes to that ..... its just really frustrating because I allways get the feeling of insincerity from so many girls because im just so sensitive and introspective and I cant be as passe' as they seem to be about guys and dating. It just brings on an even greater sense of loneliness when I do talk to a girl and get interested in her, but then, for example, I find out shes just started dating another guy so we cant date. Ive asked out many girls from work, they just all have boyfriends. Any advice for the best places to meet girls? I have literally 0 friends that I hang out with ever. So being such a loner definetly doesnt help. sad
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