I've been and off anti-depressant/ anti-anxiety meds for 14 years now. When my anxiety and depression were at their worst I had forgotten what it was like to feel happy and normal. The meds were a godsend. Some meds did not agree with me but it's an individual thing! Seroxat made me progressively worse for 4 years (I'm not sure if that one is still on the market). Effexor XL and Cymbalta were good and I've heard good things about
Lexapro. My recommendation is a combination of the right drug for your individual symptoms plus Cognitive behaviour
al Therapy (CBT).
Also be aware that the first week or so of meds can be really tough as they can exacerbate symptoms, but once you get through that you should have wonderful results