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Re: Needing supportKatia

Posted by Laree on November 11, 2004, at 21:14:48

In reply to Re: Needing support katia, posted by jujube on November 9, 2004, at 18:05:30

I have had SAD for years and the most effective med for it (for me) has been Lexapro.
One year I actually felt Prozac made it worse;
last year I was on Wellbutrin during a critical (SAD) time period for me and I suffered horribly with depression. As I understand it, SSRI's (and light therapy) are supposed to be best therapies for SAD. I found that out the hard way!
I have been on Effexor XR and Celexa also. I had a bad experience with Effexor (and it was in winter, too) and I don't think Celexa as good as Lexapro for SAD (my opinion). I have never been on Paxil, but if you feel it isn't the right med for you, I think it would be best to ask about something else (have you tried Lexapro yet?).

> You are not alone. Many people experience depression or a worsening of their depression when the days start to get shorter and they are exposed to less sunlight. I am sure you are aware that it is a true disorder and is referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder. You might want to invest in a sun simulator or a light box. It is a device that produces light equal in intesity to natural sunlight. It is supposed to be effective for people with SAD. Although I like this time of year, I use one, and it seems to make a difference in my energy and sleep patterns. I have seen some posts in the past while about light therapy and sun simulators. It might be worth your while to do a search and see what others have said about it.
> How long have you been on Paxil? Perhaps you need to talk to your doctor about increasing your dose during the darker months.
> Hang in there, and try to take advantage of whatever sun and bright days there are. I wish you all the best, and hope you find relief soon.
> Tamara
> > Geez...anyone else feeling the clutches of depression since the days are shorter and since the election?
> >
> > I'm really feeling it coming on and it's scary. I'm still on Paxil at 12.5mg and Trileptal at 450mg and Seroquel at 12.5mg, but this feeling is so familiar and I haven't felt it since last year and the years before. But the difference is I'm on meds and I STILL feel it. I just want to curl up in bed all day and am trying my hardest to not feed the depression. I feel it physically - reduced appetite, feeling like I want to throw up/tightness in throat and cry.
> > Oh boy...this sucks. WB doesn't work for me, effexor, zoloft, celexa, nor serzone and it looks as though maybe paxil isn't making a dent. Wouldn't it be nice to be a straightforward depressive who takes Prozac and feels like a new person....How to hide from the grips of darkness when I've tried so much already??
> > Katia




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