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   Posted 6/9/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
hello everyone,
I've had a really bad time with symptoms of seasonal affective disorder for the last 6 years, for which I didn't seek help until this past January. I was also diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder this past week, which is the main concern by far in these summer months. I have been very opposed to medications that "mess with your mind" for a long time, but finally caved today, my therapist called my GP and she put me on Prozac. I'm really hoping that this was the right thing to do and that it will help me face the scary reality of going off to college in the fall, but I've had friends who have gotten messed up from antidepressants and I'm so scared that I'm messing up my life and doing the wrong thing and this medication will change who I am and worsen my anxiety... so I guess I'm just looking for some support and reassurance as I start this scary process! Or affirmation from any anxiety-sufferers that have done well on Prozac?
thanks for anything you can say

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   Posted 6/10/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning and please know you are supported here in the A & P Forum.

I have had GAD and Depression for 28 years now and most of that time I have been on a medication. I have tried to go without and have done well for months until I would have a major meltdown. This last time I crashed I decided that I need to be on the medication like a diabetic needs insulin.

I have finally accepted that I do not want to go through all the "what ifs" and ups and downs that happen when I try to go it med free. I have accepted that this is my reality.

I have tried many of the ADs including Prozac years ago but like you I was frightened so I never made it through giving Prozac a chance. I know others who swear by this medication.

Remember the trick to the ADs is sticking with the medication which means the side effects that happen when you first start the med.

Be sure to discuss your concerns with your Doctor.


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