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Gershon, Dr. - Atypical, social anxiety, poop-out

Posted by sjb on November 7, 2002, at 9:28:17

Hi Dr. Gershon,

I have atypical depression and do not understand AD poop-out.

I have tried over 25 different medications and combos and some have seemed like miracles, for a period of time. The good periods have lasted anywhere from a week to six months. Greatest help was from Prozac, Luvox, and Effexor/Topomax.
My binge eating decreased, I didn't cry as easily and my fatigue lifted and I had greater energy, and most importantly, hope, that yes indeed, I was part of the human race, no better nor no worse than anyone else.

Then it just falls apart and I feel ugly, eat and gain weight and feel like a total loser. Increased dosages would not help, as it would just aggravate the side effects.

I am now dreading the holidays and the food, socializing that is inherent in them. Many times I long to run a way to a cabin in the woods where no one can see me and I could avoid the pressures of society and social events.

I am now taking Lexapro and just recently increased from 10mg to 20mg. 10 mg worked great at first but I'm slipping.

Thank You.




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