Posted by carole on November 29, 1999, at 21:49:24
In reply to Re: Parnate information wanted, posted by Mark on November 29, 1999, at 3:47:48
> Carole, was Parnate good for your social anxiety, if you have it?
I did not have a social anxiety. More of a situational "misery". A combination of "sorry Life Events" left me feeling very sad and hopeless. Parnate took me from feeling like "I hate the world, why me?" to "this is pretty cool, I really love people after all!!" in a matter of a week! Not what you normally see with antidepressants. The "euphoria" leveled off however, and I just felt damn NORMAL again. Less emotional, more energy. I expect that my "kiss-my-butt-confidence" is boosted by the "wonder drug". The med had same effect on my brother who had suffered serious clinical depression complete with the expected social "phobia" that one developes after years living with a chronic disableing disease. He turned his life around. BUT... the drug seemed to lose it's effectiveness after 4-5 years and he slid back into a severe depression with some psychotic features.Parnate IS a wonderful medication. Much education is needed so that clinicians will not avoid trying patients on it when other meds just dont work. The benefits FAR outweigh the risks in many cases!We dont withhold the toxic cancer drugs from patients who need them as the only treatment available to extend life. Mental illness requires the same aggressive treatment sometimes.