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Originally posted by RadioKnecht
That's my experience as well with escitalopram (lexapro). Exactly as you put it.
I'm a really sensitive and empathic individual, to the point that seeing any living being suffering makes my heart ache a lot. This usually sends me into bouts of anxiety and depression that -if not taken care of- can spiral downward quite hard.
I've been prescribed with paxil (paroxetine), which I took for a year, then went off it a year after. My behavioural changes were the most dramatic with this drug, as I felt my sexual drive shoot off the charts, but I also became absolutely self-absorbed, egoistic and very aggressive. I quit Paxil cold turkey and had the worst three weeks of my life, waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, with nasty and very realistic technicolored nightmares and feeling dazed out during the days, with my brain "zapping" every now and then.
A year after quitting paxil I fell into a depression again and this time I was prescribed Prozac (fluoxetine). In my experience this has been the "best" antidepressant I've had. It made me feel great, without the anxiety, the crazed sexual appetite, the bloated ego or the aggressiveness and impatience that I felt with Paxil. It removed all forms of obsessive-compulsiveness and coming out of it was also quite mellow.
Finally, after one year being depression and antidepressant-free, I relapsed and was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram). For me, it wasn't as strong as paxil or as efficient as prozac. It did the job. I snapped out of my depression and could focus again in living my life without the constant anxiety and irrational fears that sometimes would overcome me. On the con side, as you said, it did make me more impacient and quite aggressive, feelings I usually don't have. it also blocked a significant part of my sensitivity and empathy towards other people, although maybe that was for the better. It kind of made me more indifferent and cold.
Anyways, looking back, I think that dealing with depression is something that shouldn't be so hard and stygmatized as it is. It's an illness. You didn't ask for it. There was probably nothing you could have done to avoid it, very much so as a diabetic was born into his condition . You just have to do your best to deal with it and overcome it.
Thank goodness we live in a time and place where we have medicine that can help us through.
I hope my brief account of hell helps you in something.
Originally posted by rigel4
enjoyed reading this thread, i have been taking escitalopram for a long time .. 10 years
I noticed that some of you mention a cold and indifference that has taken them, thats how i feel, cant cry or get emotional.
Also sex drive has almost gone completely.
Should I change to something else?
edit on 19-9-2012 by rigel4 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by davethebear
Yeah, counselling is a good option for many things, but you have really got to want to do it for it to be of any benefit........Obviously you have to be open and truthful with a counsellor in order for it to work, it has to be some one that you feel comfortable with and from my own experiences and clients I have worked with you have to give it time.......You should be the one doing the talking not the counsellor in order for you to reflect on what you have talked about in order for your mind to work out the reasons why you are feeling the way that you do in order to put things right..........
Originally posted by wantsome
I have schizophrenia and I've taken a lot of meds over the years. I can not stand antidepressants they make me serioiusly loopy. Everybody reacts differently to meds because not everyone is the same.
In most cases antidepressants will help if your depressed. In some people they don't help at all. They make me overly happy it feels unatural to me.
I've taken Zoloft Paxil Prozac and Lexapro. From my experiance each had different side effects. Paxil gave me motor mouth I could not shut up. Zoloft made me obsesive compulsive. Lexapro gave me headaches so did Prozac.
Medications aren't for everyone. If you can get by in life without them do so. Myself I need to take meds to control hallucinations and my meds do work.
The only time I would recomend medications when the illness effects your ability to live life. Becareful because there are doctors out there that love to push meds.
My doctor is a MD at a hospital and I see him through a out patients resource. Call your local hospital to get recomendatoins for a doctor.
Stopping meds can cause problems. It's best not to stop all at once if you've been on them for a while. When I quit taking antidepressants I crashed and ended up more depressed then when I started.
However, there are many, many unintended consequences of pursuing this method of boosting neurotransmitters. Too much serotonin causes agitation and psychosis, mania and obsessive compulsive tendencies etc and so on