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Re: 9mg EMSAM is working!...today anyway jealibeanz

Posted by Donna Louise on June 3, 2006, at 7:46:56

In reply to Re: 9mg EMSAM is working!...today anyway, posted by jealibeanz on June 3, 2006, at 7:14:48

> Thanks for the update. That's great that it's working for you and that you didn't need to give up! How wonderful to find a treatment that works. Would you mind telling me your diagnosis and which SSRI's you've taken?
>
> I have anxiety (social, general) and depression (also seasonal and dysthymic). I'm not too worried about EMSAM being too stimulating since I'm currently on Strattera and have take Provigil and Wellbutrin in the past. I can take a higher dosage of Lunesta if need be.
>
> The Xanax helps me enough with the anxiety. My problem is when one aspect is controlled, the other worsens. Right now, my anxiety is subdue, thus, the depression emerges since I'm not focusing on anxiety. When I'm not depressed, the anxiety is normally worse.
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> I need a consistent treatment to stabilze my moods, also, to give me some hope for the future. It's scarey when you are going untreated feel it will always be this way.

I know that fear all too well. It is the worst part of the depression and anxiety. But it is not real, I try to remember that when I feel that way, what little it helps..
I have always had tons on anxiety, separation anxiety and school phobia when I was a child and then just generalized anxiety from then on. I self medicated with alchohol and drugs for 17 years and then got sober when I was nearly 31. I didn't use anything for 5 years and that is when the depression really hit or at least became noticable. I probably had it all along but was so high on something all the time to cope I wouldn't know. (I didn't realize I was self medicating until years later btw).Anyway, therapist sent me to the dr. since I couldn't stop crying for antidepressant. First one was prozac and it worked great. I was sure I was well after a couple of years and quit. All of it returned but I fought it hard for another two year before it beat me up and I took paxil. That was the best one yet. Then my gyno switched me to wellbutrin for the sexual issues and that is when the nightmare really started. Wellbutrin was an awful choice for me and when I tried to go back to prozac it didn't work and the paxil made me a zombie. I have since tried varying mixtures of effexor and cymbalta with buspar, provigil, strattera added to help. The only thing that did help was the provigil and I still take that. And finally klonopin was added and that helped too. (Somewhere in there I tried celexa, luvox, lexapro, and for mood stabilizers, lamictil, gabatril, topamax even though I don't have a bipolar diagnosis, pdoc thought that would help with anxiety. Didn't). Whew. I am sue I left something out. Anyway, I now take 9mg Emsam, .75 to 1 mg klonopin and 200 provigil in the am and maybe another 100 in the afternoon. I hope this keeps working for awhile. I am so tired of the search. And I bet this was way more than you wanted to know.

donna


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