Thanks everyone. I am hanging in there. I actually feel better today. The first few days the meds made my anxiety increase, so I took .25- .5 mg of klonopin in the morning to keep from having a panic attack at work. That made me pretty sedated. Today, I felt much better so I didn't take any klonopin. I am supposed to up my dosage to 20mg this weekend.
Dysthymia - thanks for the encouragement re the weight thing. When I've been on a/ds before I would put on weight. Not anything terrible - like 10 pounds or so - but enough to be bothersome. In hindsight, I wonder if it wasn't because I was eating differently and wasn't as conscientious about working out. I gave up red meat, dairy, high fatty foods, desserts, processed foods, etc. I also go to the gym 4-5 days a week now and do cycling classes, weight training, kickboxing, yoga, etc. I'm in the best shape I've ever been in is why I am worried about weight gain. All that hard work...but I suppose if I maintain my workout schedule and continue to eat right I'll be okay. As for the sexual dysfunction - Effexor killed my libido. That is why I was concerned now.
Guess I just have to stop trying to control everything and just see what happens ;)
I started Celexa almost 4 weeks ago. At first I felt mildly nauseaous all the time, I learned that you have to eat a little something even if you do not feel like it. I take my med at night about 7:30, it helps me sleep and the tummy thing is only bad for a little while in the morning, but all of that is getting better and better everyday. My anxiety did worsen for the first 2 1/2 weeks I was on the med, but now that is getting better too. I still think I could feel a bit better, but my good support group in the depression forum assure me that it takes 4 -6 weeks before you really feel the good effects. I have wanted to give up so many times, but I have made myself see this through and give the medicine time to work. My sex life was in the cellar anyway and I actually think Celexa is improving that, for which my loving husband is very thankful ha ha ha ha.....I have not gained any weight but this med makes the thought of having a beer or anything sweet undesireable, so I have actually lost some tummy fat.
We will both hang in there together. I feel I am just about to turn a corner and you will get there soon. I am the most impatient person in the world, but I have to say, we must be patient. I think this is a good med for anxiety and depression and I also have ptsd.