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Re: Reckless on Paxil?

Posted by Elizabeth on December 27, 1998, at 5:26:50

In reply to Reckless on Paxil?, posted by Celia on December 26, 1998, at 15:36:08

One thing that is sometimes looked at when trying to decide whether someone is manic is "vegetative symptoms." Has your sister's sleep changed? Does she seem excitable or fast-moving? Is she excessively energetic? That kind of thing.

The best advice I can give, though, is to mention the changes and your concerns to your sister's doctor.

>Has anyone experienced anything similar on Paxil or other anti-depressants? If you've tried more than one, did you find that they emphasized or de-emphasized different aspects of your thought or emotion in different ways? Thanks for any insight you can give me!

Well, sometimes they have helped with things I hadn't expected them to help with. For example, I noticed shortly after starting Prozac that I was no longer snapping at people over trivial things.

You said your sister hasn't done anything totally "out of character," so I do wonder whether this is really a "personality change" or whether the problems in your sister's home life have simply been "unmasked" by her relief from depression and/or anxiety.

On the other hand, hypomania can exacerbate marital problems. I will also say that during a hypomanic period, I had the same sort of "everything is okay" feelings that your sister describes.




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