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My Dr calls this "Emotional Constipation"

Posted by Racer on December 14, 1999, at 21:48:50

In reply to difference bet no 'future' and wanting to die?, posted by jane on December 14, 1999, at 19:16:13

and I think that's a good way to describe it!

I got this way on Paxil. I wasn't depressed, really, but I wasn't much of anything besides fat, sleepy, and sluglike. I couldn't feel anything much, but whatever I felt by default was not unpleasant. Just not much of anything.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't feel tranquilized, nor sedated, just ... removed. And I had no hope, beyond existing for a while longer. I had no reason to think of this existance as being a good thing or a bad thing, it just was.

So, yes, I've experienced something that seems similar, and got over it, but that doesn't help you much, does it?

For what it's worth, here's what my doctor and I decided on for me, which works reasonably well: Effexor XR fixes the high anxiety portion of the depression, but not the depression itself. Prozac helps the depression more, but has the nasty side effects that keep me off SSRIs. So, high doses of Effexor XR for the depression and anxiety augmented by very low doses of the Prozac mostly help my depression, and while I have fears and anxieties that seem reasonable to me, and I feel a little less productive than I'd like, I'm doing rather well - compared to where I was when I started all this!

Good luck to you, and here's hoping you find a good fix for the Emotional Constipation. Anyone got a little Spiritual Metamucil? (<<<<




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