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Depression board


Hi:

My depression/anxiety is back!!! For the past 2 1/2 yrs. I've been off my meds and have been able to manage the occasional panic attack but the deep dark feeling of depression was gone. But after a very stressful 2003, slowly those awful feelings are coming back more each day. The crying, shakiness, lethargy, loss of appetite. I'm SO SCARED. It was awful trying to find an AD that I could tolerate - I'm so drug sensitive. For me, Serzone worked great - very few side effects. However, here in Canada it is no longer available. This is stressing me out even more. What will I take?????

Have recently tried Effexor XR but that was a terrible experience. In the past have tried:

Prozac, Paxil, Desipramine, Zoloft, Celexa

Could not tolerate the side effects. I need to be able to go to work every day and the nausea, dizziness, tremors, etc. are still so vivid.

The doctor wants me to try Xanax - .25 mg 2 times/day to try to combat the anxiety. I get a tight throat feeling with the anxiety and literally cannot tolerate anything touching my throat or I get all gaggy (lucky me - never had this before). The Xanax is making me very drowsy and my speach is slurred. Does this take time to work? I have taken Valium in the past, but am concerned with the long half-life. Lorazepam also makes me really sleepy.

Are there any newer antidepressants on the market that are more easily tolerated?

Any answers would be greatly appreciated. This is so hard to deal with every day. Only those who are are going through this know how difficult it is.

Thank you to all......take care.

PS. So grateful to have a board like this to express our thoughts to others going through the same pain. Somehow makes it more tolerable.
If you're willing to try alternative medicine, there's an herb called Valerian. It's been a popular treatment for anxiety and insomnia for centuries and was even the number one prescribed anxiety treatment in the US, up until the early part of the 20th century. That's when the pharmaceutical companies started to gain power in that market because they were able to make a much greater profit from synthetic drugs, such as Valium. In no way did this imply that Valerian wasn't as good. Here's the big difference. Unlike synthetic meds, botanicals can't be "patented". This means the profit potential is far greater for man made substances than for natural ones. Anyway, as with any type of medicine, you should do the research and decide whether or not it may be right for you. If you compare the side effects of prescription anti-anxiety meds to Valerian (in which most people don't have any), you'll see the difference. Only a "standardized" extract should be used to know you're getting the proper strength. I just thought I'd share this info. because many people aren't aware of all the options available to them.