So happy to hear that you are getting some help!! Are you in counseling as well as taking meds?? If not, it would be a good idea so that you can work through some of your feelings.
I have been taking anti-d's for several years and I am now taking Lexapro. I have also tried 3 other anti-d's. Each person is different, but Lexapro has been the best for me. I feel like "me" again. I also have a chronic illness and depression just seems to go hand in hand with lengthy illness.
Prozac, like Lexapro, is an SSRI . . . this class of drugs helps your brain to retain seratonin (which has probably been spilling from your body too quickly to be used properly by your brain). That's why the meds take as long as 3-6 weeks or more to kick in fully. YOUR BODY HAS TO ACCUMULATE ENOUGH SERATONIN to make a difference to your brain. The anti-d doesn't 'give' you seratonin, it just helps your body to retain what you get from exercise, the sun, laughing (yes laughing and smiling cause an increase in 'feel good' chemicals) etc. These kinds of brain chemicals help you to think rationally and receive information correctly.
Each of the other three anti-d's which I tried (paxil, zoloft, celexa) worked very well as far as helping with my depression, but they had some side effects which the doctor and I wanted to get rid of if we could.
I knew my first anti-d was working when I started thinking that some people were being extremely nice to me. I thought my kids were behaving exceptionally well and the clients at work seemed less agitated and more appreciative. It took me a while to realize that everyone else did NOT change. I DID. I was finally receiving information correctly. Prior to taking meds, I felt like people were picking at me, yelling, disrespectfull, etc. , when in fact, I was misinterpretting their intentions.
I really knew the meds were working when I started to 'forget' to take them occassionally.
I hope you'll post often to update us on your progress.
In His Grip,
UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease), Hashimoto's, High BP, GI Inflamation, Diverticuloses
Plaquenil, RX Motrin, Lexapro, Amitriptylene, Salagen, Lotrel