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Helllo; I have GAD and depression, and in mid-life with a serious prob



New member
Dec 21, 2018
I was diagnosed with GAD many years ago, and was put on Lexapro. The med seemed to work for a while, but later it seemed ineffective. Over a 20 year period, I have been on escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro), citalopram (Celexa), and venlafaxine (Effexor). Of the three, the venlafaxine was the most effective, but like all of the others, it lost much of its effectiveness after a few months, despite my doctor increasing the dose to the max safe level.
I never went for therapy, as I have never felt at all comfortable talking about this with another person. But now I am talking about it here, so I don't know why I can't get myself to see someone. Perhaps that will change.

I am now 60 years old and what I guess should be referred to as retired, although financially I am not ready to retire. This is one of the biggest causes of my anxiety and depression at the moment.

I have come here in hopes of finding people who are suffering from the same ailments I do, and perhaps even in the same sort of financial situation.



Dec 10, 2018
Hi Ultrarunner2019,

I totally understand you when it comes to therapy. I know my doctor always suggest it to me but I just don't want to. It makes me feel more anxious if I sit around talking to someone about it, especially face to face. Online forum is a lot easier outlet for me. I can turn it off anytime I feel uneasy. I heard Effexor is effective for many but a pain to get off. My doctor prescribed it to me but I never took it. Maybe one day when I am brave. Side effects terrify me.

By the way, welcome to the forum!! I just recently started as well. It's nice to hear from others sharing similar experiences and ailments.


Well-known member
Dec 17, 2018
California, US
Hello and welcome. I'm also new to the forums and glad to find a space inhabited by supportive people who understand mental illness.

Sorry to hear the medication lost efficacy, that seems to be a thing for lots of patients. If I may suggest you ask your doctor whether adding an adjunct drug to your usual script might benefit you. More pills, more potential side effects - I get this concern, however it isn't as much a problem as overcoming the self-stigma of taking more pills.

I'd like to encourage you to consider psychotherapy, it has helped me greatly. It can take time to find a therapist with whom you're comfortable, I did not mesh with the first one I found. As I'm a couple of years from my 50th birthday, I required my therapist to have some gray hairs. To be sure that's a silly condition nonetheless, it's my prerogative. I felt more comfortable discussing my problems with someone who appears to have seen more than a few winters.