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   Posted 1/16/2007 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
We always talk about the negative lets talk about the positive that antidepressents have worked for you.
Years ago when i was agoraphobic i took paxil along with cbt and got through the anxiety and lived a great life for 10 years.. Barb

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   Posted 1/16/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm on prozac, have been for about three or four months. It is what is keeping things together for me. I was in such a deep dark pit before I started on it and now things are ALOT better. Not perfect mind you, the day to day stuff is still there but I am at least thinking clearly and not so worried about the doom and gloom of it all.

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   Posted 1/16/2007 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I was able to get thru my first bout of A/P with just therapy/CBT. Second time wasnt so fortunate. Started paxil over 10 years ago and the difference in my was like night and day. Even tho I had gotten a pretty good handle on my personality type, thought patterns, etc. with therapy, after I was on paxil a few months I REALLY realized how "bad" I had been!! It really opened my eyes.


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   Posted 1/16/2007 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have dealt with OCD since the early 1970's.
Was able to manage life just fine. However, the "Pure O" was very difficult for me at times. In 1989 was put on Prozac. It kept me nearly symptom free for 17 years. Then pooped out. Tried Lexapro and it didn't help. I've just started Luvox. I hope it gets me to where I was with Prozac. It is worth the side effects and negatives. I will not stop the quest to return to that success again. If one doesn't work for you keep trying. Put up with the side effects. It's worth it.

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   Posted 1/18/2007 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Paxil was the first SSRI I tried (about 8 years ago) for my depression and anxiety and it worked great for me.  Unfortunately, the side effects (weight gain and sexual) became a problem, so I weaned off and went to Prozac, which did not work well for me.  I then switched to Zoloft which worked great too, but now it's pooping out on me.
I am slowly starting Lexapro now, while tapering Zoloft, so hopefully I will do well.

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   Posted 1/19/2007 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I eventually found an AD that worked for me, citalopram
until then I had done reasonably well with CBT and valium, but the AD helped much more again
recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional
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   Posted 1/19/2007 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had depression most of my 44 years and have taken various antidepressants. I am currently on Celexa and Remeron. They help me to deal with the crap that is my life and to balance the brain chemicals. They help me to want to stay alive.

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   Posted 1/19/2007 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Prozac has worked well for me for a number of years along with CBT 
  jayne xxx yeah
***I used to have a handle on life but it broke***

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   Posted 1/19/2007 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on Zoloft for five years now.  The first six months I also went to a counsler which helped a lot.  I tried to go off the Zoloft about 5 months but started to have anxiety again so just went back on it.  I take 50mg which is a small dose so I'm just going to keep things the way they are.  The last couple of days have been bad so have also been having to take Xanax, I try to keep it 1/2 a 0.5mg as far as part as possible.  When I was at my worst about 5 years ago I began dependent on the Xanax so I'm very careful now.  I use a lot of breathing techniques and positive thinking most of the time but sometimes its not enough.
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