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Drug-induced anger too much to cope with

Posted by Dunder on October 10, 2006, at 10:51:24

I have been on 30mg mirtazapine for about 4 months and I feel that I am going insane trying to control my constant anger/irritability. I feel like I don't know who I am anymore. I feel so angry at the world and at myself with no obvious reason. When it's really bad I almost feel violent like I want to punch someone just for looking at me or talking to me. Obviously, I have never acted on these violent urges but this anger is something I have never experienced before. I find myself shouting at people for no reason whatsoever which I hate myself for and which pushes friends away at a time that I most need them. I just tend to withdraw from people so that I don't end up losing my temper/friends/job. But when you are trying to overcome depression, being alone too much is bad news.

I feel desperate now. My psychiatrist says that he has never heard of mirtazapine causing anger and that it is probably a result of me adjusting to a new drug after being on effexor for five years. Every time I see him he says "lets just see if things stabilize, I'll see you again in a few weeks". I feel so drained. I am scared of changing drugs again and I have no idea what I should try next. The SSRI's and Effexor have worked well for me but with the poor motivation, sexual SE's and the horrible withdrawals I don't want to try them again.

Does anyone have any ideas on what I should do?




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