QUOTE<<I took Prozac for two weeks, but I didn't feel right on them and I started getting anxiety from it. So I discontinued it and had to pursue other options. >>UNQUOTE
Hi there, "Over." I am "Best Friend," but please call me Alice! My 'real' name.
My twin, Lynn, and I post from time to time. You can find my rather long (lol) intro by checking out the posts under my name (hit my name and pull up "all posts by this member"..look for the first of the batch).
Firstly, Over! Congratulations on your brave battle. You've got just the BEST attitude!...it's great to read your stuff. And you've got some real savvy suggestions -- the exercise, etc. SO on target! Almost makes me want to head for the gym. ALMOST....
But I think I'll stick with my kick scooter...an adult version of the scooters the kids use...it's the BEST exercise and so much fun for "A-type thrill seekers" ...even at...alas, yes...58 yrs of age! So don't go bragging about being "almost 40!" And, yeah, I don't look too bad...maybe I, like Barbra Streisand, require just a tad more of 'soft lighting' for those close-ups than you 'youngsters' do. LOLOL!)
I did want to share one thing with you...part of your post that caught my eye. It may be 'part of the past' for you, but I just felt the need to clarify some info about Prozac. This "lil pil" has amassed quite a remarkable reputation. The first of its kind of antidepressant, it got the media tag of "happy pill." What many journalists failed to mention is that, while it helps a variety of people, it was targeted at a specific audience. My sister and I suffer from OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). Because of a lack of serotonin in our brains, we spent a disheartening amount of our lives "lost in thoughts"....ruminating about stuff that our brains could not 'turn off.' OCD has many forms....from the 'hand washers' to those, like us, who spend their lives "trying to get thoughts "right." It's a very complex disorder (and actually quite interesting to read about).
Anyway....my point is that Prozac was targeted to help people with OCD. And it worked. It was the miracle drug for my twin and me. After years of warding off 'intrusive thoughts' (meanwhile faking a 'normal,' productive life! - OCDers are judges, doctors, teachers and pop stars!), we both found ourselves winning the battle of 'thoughts.'
The drug takes approx. 6 weeks to infiltrate the system and work its therapeutic healing. And, yes, just like you experienced, around Week 2, I felt anxious...antsy....wired. But my doctor explained that that was 'normal' for the drug and to hang in there (a doctor/psychiatrist should explain that to clients...for some drugs, therapeutic success takes several weeks and you need that good doctor/patient relationship to carry you over the hurdles. I felt fine within a week). And, now, years later, my OCD is 99 percent conquered. For me and my sister, it was a life-saving medication. Prozac is, fer shure, not "the" antidepressant, anti-anxiety drug for everyone...and I suspect too many doctors have prescribed it too 'randomly.' But I do think we need to be cautious, here, and emphasize that we are each so 'individual,' and it's important to not lump drug 'success and failure' without specifying that 'individuality.' "Drugs" cover a wide spectrum of needs. Some save lives....some destroy them. And even the ones that "destroy" some lives have the capacity to save others. Pain pills, for instance, the very things that have ripped some of our lives apart, are, for 'others' - for those 'controlled users' with lives dominated by pain - sometimes the only thing standing between a productive life and suicide. I guess that is why I worry over any 'generalizing' about drugs. One (wo)man's 'poison' may be another's 'miracle.'
Anyway....welcome to the Board, Over! Am enjoying your posts! (I'm at the other side of the country....NYC)
TwinAlice (aka "Best Friend" - mainly because I'm a dawg lover!