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SSRI's increasing depression

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waitingforsummer

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Has anyone out there found that SSRI's have made them feel worse rather than better?

I took Citalopram for 1 year. I took it because I had anxiety and mild depression. It helped my anxiety immediately - completely took it away. But I felt more and more down, lethargic, unsociable and pointless.

Since then I changed from Citalopram to Sertraline. Again it's completely killed the anxiety which is great but.... my mood, energy, motivation is going down, down, down!!!

I don't understand these drugs. If I take enough to treat anxiety they seem to make me totally depressed and unmotivated. I don't know what to do :/.

Anyone been here? experienced this??
 
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Robbert

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It's a very common story. It's well researched, well known. Anti-depressants are anxiogenic (they cause anxiety) for the first few weeks of treatment. Some people report an improvement in their anxiety disorder as time goes on - how much of this is because of an 'active placebo effect' is very much up for for debate. As far as psychoactive drugs go, anti-depressants can be incredibly dangerous in my experience... Interesting how the rise in anti-depressant use has coincided with an explosion in the incidence of bipolar disorder.
 
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waitingforsummer

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Thanks Robert. I'm losing my faith in AD's. They do totally cure anxiety at a high enough dose - but at what cost?....becoming depressed, unmotivated and apathetic.

It seems like a choice and all roads lead to the same destination;
unmedicated with debilitating anxiety which inevitably always leads to horrible depression;
or medicated with SSRIs and no anxiety (lovely) but horrible depression.
 
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Robbert

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Have you looked at other therapies? Mindfulness? CBT?

I have never benefited from CBT, but have benefited enormously from mindfulness.
 
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waitingforsummer

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I am teaching myself mindfulness using a book called "Mindfulness for Dummies". I feel very positive about this. I've only just started but it has certainly helped me to accept these difficult emotions without freaking out or reaching for the diazepam/alcohol.
 
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Robbert

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"Mindfulness for Dummies". I feel very positive about this. I've only just started but it has certainly helped me to accept these difficult emotions without freaking out or reaching for the diazepam/alcohol.
That's brilliant. Mindfulness even at its most rudimentary level is helping you manage your anxiety without using alcohol or drugs.

That's just the beginning. And already a massive improvement. Don't expect results overnight, it can take many months. In a sense, it's something we can always be working at.

Just persist with the mindfulness. Please do. There are no really effective anti-anxiety drugs in my opinion. This is something you can do.
 
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Robbert

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Mindfulness even at its most rudimentary level
I didn't mean rudimentary level. What you're doing is 'getting it' - that's most of what is involved. Just keep on practising. It will become instinctive.
 
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JungleGym

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I was put on sertraline at the end of august. In the 6 weeks I was on them, I attempted suicide 3 times. I can usually control the urges but all the time I was on the tablets, I felt like I wasn't aware of anything. I told my Gp I felt worse whilst taking them and she took me off them. They completely took away my appetite and made me feel sick all of the time.

I'm now on mirtazipine. I've gone from 15mg, to 30mg and tonight I'm starting on 45mg. I feel a bit better on these. I feel like I'm able to control my urges and since starting on them 6 weeks ago, I've only given into them once. I'm also finding I SH less than I did, but its still there, and I still do it as a release.

Hugs.x
 
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black and white cat

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Yes i have sadly, although much of the time i was sent into a depressive mixed state with them so had more agitation and restlessness than the typical depressive symptoms, but often ihad those too. They took my anxiety away immediately too. I'm currently diagnosed bipolar so this may be why. Some people don;t need anti depressants though but a talking therapy as the illness may not be biological. I wouldn;t take them if they were not helping my depression but then they can take up to 3 months to work and need to be at a high dose for some people. Venlafaxine and sertraline are the most stimulating apparently. The only one that worked for me was a tetracyclic as it is more wide ranging. SSRIs don;t treat the more complex depressions, the depression involving more whatever they are called, neurons? Venlafaxine is more wide ranging. Some people have treatment resistant depression too but i think that means it is more of a reactive depression. I've read so much about this and talked to so many doctors, they seem to have differing views. Hope something i have said is useful for you.
 
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Allyke

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Yeah...this has happened to me too. Paroxetine made me massively worse. I'm on sertraline now and things are a bit better since I've been on it, but to be honest, I think the counselling I've been having has helped much more. That and just general life circumstances improving. I'm not sure what I think of SSRIs...for a lot of people I know, they have only made the situation worse, yet there are some who say they definitely helped lift them out of depression.
 
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