Posted by CaffeinePoet on August 14, 2012, at 19:35:19
In reply to Least cognitive impairing/emotionally numbing SSRI, posted by underthesky on August 9, 2012, at 17:18:16
> I am just wondering which of the SSRI family has the least cognitive impairing/emotionally numbing effect? I mean like when you are writing something, you don't suddenly find words falling out of your head like I had when I was on Paxil, and not feeling 'love' (spark/anxiety) for someone I like or some of the highs in life.
> I've been doing some searching, and a lot of people say Zoloft for many reasons, but the problem is it makes people feel quite emotionally flat despite all the stimulation, because it is heavy on the blockade of 5HT. Other people say Prozac has a good balance of the stimulation while not being too numbing in emotions, but other people disagree. Then there is Lexapro which some people claim to get very few side-effects from but again other people say it's as bad as the other SSRIs.
> I am looking for an SSRI that isn't going to be too sedating, allowing me to still feel some emotion, as well as at the same time allow me to feel motivated to still do the things I like.
> I am not really interested in any of the other antidepressants, just the SSRIs.
> I'd like to hear people's thoughts on Prozac, Lexapro and Zoloft and to a lesser degree Celexa (although it is still something I will consider due to its lower blockade of 5HT accounting for fewer side-effects in theory), regarding the above points.
What is the diagnosis that you are treating? That is a factor. Depression? Anxiety? Something else?