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    Default How did you feel on anti-depressants?

    I am currently struggling with being really down. Not sure if it's PND ... I have a 5 month old and his birth was very traumatic ( I am seeing a psych about that) I also have had 3 serious medical issues and a couple of hospital stays and surgery since his birth all " unrelated" to his birth ( i disagree) and each other... So pretty much Just had a **** 5 months and not coping. Was actually doing great until some Work "friends" told me to get over my issues and they were sick of me and I was a **** mother...so I now have added stress of lost friends, also loss of my job as I refuse to work with them again and I worked at the practice my gp is at so now I won't go back to her.... . So anyway... That's my background. Life pretty much sucks

    I took anti depressants in the past for a few months..... And all I remember is they made me unable to feel happiness and sadness... I was just very flat. I also had weird brain popping feelings and was sleepy. It's those side effects which r putting me off trying them again to sort myself out. I know each drug is different... Has anyone had a good experience and actually felt just normal??????

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    Hi,

    I think I've tried just about every antidepressant out there (not really - but it sure feels like it). The side effects you're describing are exactly as I felt. There is actually a name for that "brain popping" feeling: Brain snaps lol. I only found that out a couple of weeks ago, so there's a little bit of useless information for you.

    On a more serious note, like you said every drug is different and on top of that every person has different experiences with said drugs. There are literally thousands of different options out there. Personally, in the 3 years I've been trying I haven't managed to find one that works for me and am now refusing to take them, but I would suggest finding yourself another GP and working with them to find something more suitable for you. You could also get on a mental health plan for 6 free counselling sessions. That might help as well.

    I'm sorry to hear about your job and friends also. Sounds like they're the type of "friends" you don't really want anyway.

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    I've been on antidepressants for over 10 years and the one I have has definitely improved my mood and my life for the better. But I did have to go through several different medications before I found the right one for me. I had all sorts of exciting side effects - nausea, restlessness, sleepiness, weight loss, weight gain, anxiety, and at least one brand made me feel a million times worse.

    You might be lucky to find one that works for you with a little bit of trial and error - with a qualified specialist, of course. Unfortunately, regardless of which medication you try, you will likely feel worse for a couple of weeks before you feel any better.

    Depending on the cause your depression there are lifestyle changes you can make to better deal with them. Feel free to inbox me if you'd like a chat. I think that talking things through is one of the best things to do - although probably one of the hardest too!

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    Yeah I think you can definitely feel worse at first, that happened with two of the ones I have been on, aropax and cymbalta. Numb also but the evens out too. I felt numb on my current ones when I had the dose increased but I am feeling alot now, even to the point where I am not sure they are working. They worked immediately and I thought they were good for me as they didn't cause weight gain.

    Good luck and hang in there, it's not fun. Xo

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    I'm on lexapro for chronic anxiety. I felt terrible for about the first 10 days then was ok. They make an incredible difference to me - I actually feel like an ordinary human being most of the time which is amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teenie View Post
    I'm on lexapro for chronic anxiety. I felt terrible for about the first 10 days then was ok. They make an incredible difference to me - I actually feel like an ordinary human being most of the time which is amazing.
    Do you take anything else with it? Does lexapro cause weight gain?

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    I suffered severe PND and anxiety after the birth of my kids (no history of depression or anxiety before this). It took a long time before I even considered medication as I've always been into natural remedies and things got very bad before I finally relented and took them. I took Lexapro. The first 2 days were the worst. The week after that I felt flat and emotionless. After that I went to feeling completely normal (before I had PND normal that is). It saved my life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffrenchknickers View Post
    Do you take anything else with it? Does lexapro cause weight gain?
    It's the only med I take. I haven't gained any weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by teenie View Post
    It's the only med I take. I haven't gained any weight
    Ok thanks.


 

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