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Re: My place of relaxation is a place of dysfunction phidippus

Posted by Chris O on September 4, 2012, at 14:42:55

In reply to Re: My place of relaxation is a place of dysfunction Chris O, posted by phidippus on September 3, 2012, at 23:13:24


Thanks for responding, and thanks for the hope!

In terms of the SSRIs I've tried and for how long:

During the 1990s (after I graduated from college), I basically tried therapy, yoga, tai-chi, supplements, "faking it until I make it" to deal with my GAD and depression. In retrospect, it really didn't work very well. (In college, I was in therapy much of my last two years 1988-1990 to control panic attacks and anxiety. Still living with my mom, a big cause of all this stuff.)

In 2000 (the year), I was on 20mg of Celexa/150mg Wellbutrin. It worked, but it wasn't strong enough, I think. I lost my job as a high school teacher even while on it.

From 2001-2004, I was basically medicationless and insurance-less. Brief trial of Effexor (10 days). Made me wired even at 37.5mg but probably too brief a trial to determine anything.

2004: Took Lexapro 40mg for a year after a massive panic attack/anxiety/depersonalization event. Went to ER for that. The Lexapro didn't seem to do anything, in my opinion.

2007-2011: Failed year-long trials of Paxil (75mg/day), Prozac (80-100mg/day), Luvox (300-450mg/day), Serzone (1200mg/day), Vibryd (40mg (or whatever a high dose is)/day), Klonapin (3mg/day--the stuff does nothing except make me slightly sleepy; could easily take a Stevie Nicks dosage, I think).
I also took Neurontin for a week or two, but it just gave me a headache. Not a long enough trial, I know.

So, now, I was going to move onto either a TCA, such as nortriptylene, or an MAOI, such as Nardil. I was preparing to take Nardil about 8 months ago, but just ... decided against it due to fears.

On the plus side, I've lost a solid 10 pounds of SSRI weight with exercise. Not excited about taking another med that just makes me gain weight and does nothing. But I am definitely not able to work or function in the world the way that I am.





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