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   Posted 8/16/2007 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
hello everyone, i have an anxiety disorder, basically whenever i'm in a situation i cannot controll i get really sick. The rest of the time i panic that i've got some horrible illness that will make me ill forever. My life is basically completely on hold, i had to drop out of college and i have been almost house bound for a year. They have just put me on PROZAC, its been 2 weeks and finally the bad side effects (feelings EXTRA sick all the time) have setteled down, but obviously i'm still waiting for the antidepressant effects to kick in, which i hear can take up to 4 weeks.
Basically, i was just wondering what to expect? How do they make you feel when they are working? I know its a straneg question to ask, but i just can't imagien feeling fine again. So how do they effect you? I hope you understand what i'm asking.

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   Posted 8/16/2007 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   


It may be 4 weeks before you feel any relief from your depression. to answer your question you should start to notice that the depression has lifted and life is better, you will just feel better. I believe each person would have their own description on how they feel on the drug.  Some people feel more comfortable in a crowd, they are less OCD and their anxiety levels decrease.

I am sureothers will have some words of wisdom for you.

Take care and I am glad you made it to the 2 week mark. That is great.


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   Posted 8/16/2007 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Anti-depressants didn't work too well for me, but they work great for others. I remember the extra sick part, yuck. Glad you are past it. Are you seeing a therapist too? That worked really well for me, i wish i had seen one earlier which is why i mention it.
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   Posted 8/20/2007 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never taken prozac but antidepressants gave me my life back when I would barely leave the house from anxiety and panic when I was 19, I also had to drop out of college because I was so sick. Took about 3 months to fully work though. I stayed on them for 3 or 4 years. I just remember being less full of thoughts and more care free, able to have REAL feelings of happiness and sadness, I did not worry as much. I was able to LET GO and be active. Less body pain too. I think maybe it impairs our memory just enough to not allow us to dwell on the ugly but to move on and deal with life instead.

I have just begun to take zoloft again today actually I decided I did not need to suffer anymore and I knew the reality of how amazing that medication was in giving me back so much in the past, I look forward to it helping me again. I have a few months to go before I get my results :) we can experience it together! Good luck on your journey.

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   Posted 8/21/2007 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks that's eased my mind! I'm just so down at the moment and i really can't bare this much longer. I think if i could just be free of the panic attacks for a little while, i'm almost sure i could get back into the swing of things. I really hope things work out for you again with the zoloft! thanks so much for the replies =)
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