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Re: Generally numb and stupidlike on ssris?

Posted by worrier on January 13, 2003, at 19:42:01

In reply to Re: Generally numb and stupidlike on ssris?, posted by viridis on January 13, 2003, at 3:33:28

> I think that's a fair assessment (in terms of my response). I was on and off Prozac for years, and the typical pattern was intense anxiety, followed by a feeling of being wired, yet not really caring about anything. Other people described me as "spaced out" etc. I wasn't exactly depressed, but not happy either, just sort of numb. And I did gain some weight.
> Zoloft made me feel bizarre, with unpredictable, rapid mood swings. It was very unpleasant, even at a tiny dose.
> I won't touch SSRIs any more, and my pdoc agrees that these aren't appropriate meds for me.
> Having said that, I know people who have done very well with various SSRIs, so I guess it all depends on brain chemistry. I don't think these are inherently bad drugs, just not right for everyone, and definitely overprescribed.

>Hey viridis, question for you. From previous posts, I think we have had very similar experiences with SSRIs, in my case paxil was the worst...pushed me from "just" having panic attacks to daily constant anxiety along with the worst panic attacks I've ever had. I've been off it for 8 months and am still not back to "normal" but can function pretty well on xanax 4 times a day. My pdoc also thinks these are not the drugs for me and thinks many people with panic/anxiety as their primary problem often have problems with the SSRis....too much serotonin. Curious as to what your pdoc's theory is. Thanks, Worrier.




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