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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/29/2005 2:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I am somewhat at a crossroads with my recovery strategy and am looking for some help. I am a former drug user (cocaine) and I have been 100% sober for the past three and a half months. I stopped as a result of a bad "episode" which I thought was an overdose. It scared me into sobriety, that's for sure. In any case, since then I have been suffering from depression and panic-like symptoms. Fortunately, I've only had 2 or 3 full-blown attacks, but I get mild symptoms of panic quite frequently (palpitations, choking sensation, dizziness, etc.)
I have gone the whole time without meds (besides a few Xanax and Ativan) and now I am working with a cognitive-behavioral therapist who works with a psychiatrist, as a "tag-team" sort of deal. Anyhow, her and the psychiatrist are really pushing me to get on an anti-d, specifically Effexor. As mentioned, I have gotten by without any meds, but I still find every day to be a struggle to get through. I have also worked with a Naturopathic Doctor and a Nutritionist, have exhausted many natural alternatives that have not really worked out for me.
Should I get on an SSRI, or even Effexor, as they recommend? I have done a lot of research, and have found that Effexor has the highest rate of success against depression, however the withdrawal symptoms are as nasty as I've heard from any SSRI type drugs. The only other anti-d I'm considering is Lexapro; my mom is HUGE on it, and of all the SSRI's, it seems to have gotten the most positive results (generally speaking). Let me know what you think. I have never taken anti-d's; I just want to know if it is wise to go down that path, in my situation. I certainly could use something to make me feel better than I do as of now.

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   Posted 6/29/2005 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Jarrett, congrats on being sober for 3 1/2 months. I hope you find the strength to continue.

I am on Effexor now. Started out on an SSRI and while it helped, after a while I found I was feeling quite apathetic about life or even living. Wasn't suicidal, just didn't care if I woke up in the morning. I can tell you that coming off of one and onto another was not a fun experience but the change has done me alot of good.

I don't feel anyone here can tell you which anti-d med to take. Each of us has a different chemical make-up and trigger source for our depression. It can take some time for the docs to get the correct med and the proper dose. Just becuase one doesn't work as well as you would like doesn't mean that it is the wrong med, it could be the wrong dose or it could be the wrong med. Be patient and work with your docs and they will get the right combination for you and your situation.

Good luck and I hope you find the relief and answers you are looking for.
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/29/2005 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Jarret -
Congrats on being sober !!
I take Lexapro- has done me well mostly - still have very sad days - but at least I'm not crying at everything :)

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   Posted 6/29/2005 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jarret,

Another BIG congrats!!!

Randy is right, your doctor is the best source for which anti-d to try. They have several reasons why they use a certain type for certain people. I would encourage you to take advantage of the anti-d's. The can really help you cope better.

Keep us posted!!

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