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Anti depressant help please

I recently experienced a traumatic event that has caused me to become extremely anxious, depressed and unmotivated. I also barely sleep at night. Have tried Zoloft and lexapro which only made me worse. I know there are lots of anti depressants out there but can anyone advise to what may have helped them? This feeling of anxiety is horrifying and I really can’t take much more. Any medicines that specifically deal with trauma. thanks,,,

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Are you only looking for medication to solve what's going on? Are there any other options for you?

Hi. I'm sorry about the trauma that occurred in your life. I'm glad you reached out. A group like this is good. Do you have or considered seeing a therapist? Do you doing anything that lessens the anxiety like exercise, art, music?

Know you are not alone. If you continue not to sleep, that really needs to be addressed as lack of sleep will most likely make your anxiety much worse. Definitely talk to your GP or Dr about all of your symptoms physical ones too). I don't know if you have flashbacks or nightmares also causing you unease. I take something called Prazosin which is for blood pressure but can be used for helping with nightmares and flashbacks. There are the barbiturates ( clonazepam, valium, lorazepam) that can be good for taking the edge off anxiety, but they can be habit forming (I had no problems with them but I'm on a med now that does not allow me to take barbiturates. ) I'm on something called Hydroxizine for anxiety which is not a barbiturate.

I hope this helps you. I want to say again that you are not alone. There are a lot of people on this forum who have been through all kinds of experiences.

Take care.

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Thank you. I am a mess emotionally and hate the thought of meds but have no choice. I am seeing a therapist. I also have an autoimmune disease which I am sure is being fueled by the anxiety. May I ask, did you experience trauma thus the reason for the meds you take?

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I understand your position on not wanting to take meds. I'm glad you are trying to work it out. It's a rough road but I commend you for being brave enough to work on it.

Yes I experienced trauma. It's hard to say if I wouldve had issues without the trauma, as I remember being a very anxious little girl. A couple people in my family have trouble with depression and addiction.

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I want o apologize for telling you the wrong thing. I'm glad I was corrected.

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Hi K! Do you mind if I interject please?

Valium, Ativan, Klonopin are benzodiazepines....and Hydroxizine is actually an antihistamine that has many uses.... itching mild allergic reactions, to feel a bit sleepy b4 surgery, and or a mild med to treat anxiety ( typically shorter term). Barbituates are central nervous system depressants.... typically for more serious sedation b4 surgery, possibly sleep ( only under strict observance from a doc).

Sorry for butting in, but I simply wanted to clarify! May you and your doctor find a good med or combo to treat your trauma. I’m sorry that you’re experiencing depression and addiction as well. I wish you peace and serenity! 🌸

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Sorry, my mistake.

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I just truly wanted to help, please pardon my intrusion! 🤭🙋🏼‍♀️

I feel much the same and have found no anti depressant to help me. I sleep a lot. As my body is racked with pain, the only exercise I do is walk. I feel like a zombie. I hear of various “alternatives” such as ketamine therapy but who can afford $2400.00 per treatment that may only last a few days/weeks or months at most? Depression is a very misunderstood disease and if you have multiple mental health disorders, well you pretty much have to reach up and hang onto hope and take bits and pieces of wisdom from those going through similar situations. I’d love to meet a philanthropic individual or group of philanthropists who would be willing to help those of us suffering or send the many who suffer the magic solution to our suffering. It costs so much to get relief, and part of the cost is reaching out. We’re all in the same boat. I feel I’m often helpless for myself. I see so much apathy in the world. Then I see someone in worse situation and I very well might try to help if I can. I’ve been bullied so badly that I fear reaching out. So I send out warm wishes for you “returntonormal” and hope that our combined thoughts of hoping whatever you and me wish for or need will come to pass in our lives today.


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I am sorry for what you are going through, what medication do you currently take? Have you taken many?

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I’ve tried every medication, misplaced my list of what ones I’ve trialed. Was on 3 and coping very well until I lost my career through being mob bullied to several nervous breakdowns at age 55. After that the anti depressants stopped working. I went off of them with my family doc’s blessing to titre off slowly. (could not find a psychiatrist to help and was on list to be seen but never was). I’m in a chronic state of dread, depression/anxiety and have tried two newer anti depressants which almost drove me to suicide. Being prescription medication resistant is almost unbearable in my state. I will be seeing a naturopath to see if that can help. I find my dog therapeutic. I write lyrics to ease my anxiety.

I Took Zoloft About 3 Years Ago. It Was OK. BUT ! They Put Me Back On It & WOW !* Totally Different Effect !* I Had MORE Anxiety & Racing Thoughts !* They Took Me Off Of It IMMEDIATELY. [ Go Figure ?* Did I Change or/ The Zoloft ? ]

They Put Me Back On One Of The First Meds They Gave Me About 28 Years Ago, PAXIL. It Takes Several Weeks To Really Kick In But NONE Of The Bad Side Effects I Had On My "Re-Use" Of Zoloft. Now Years Ago ? They Started Me On 60 or/ 80 mg's [ whatever the max dose was ] & My Wife Said I Was ILL AS A HORNET !* They Cut It All The Way Back To Only 20 mg's A Day & I Was Fine. [ that's what i am on now ]. Lexapro ? Never Had That But Just Read Up On It. Works Kinda Like Paxil. Lexapro Can Cause Nausea, dry mouth, trouble sleeping, constipation, tiredness, drowsiness, dizziness, and increased sweating may occur. [ and much much more including & it's Best Not To List Them All. Even Low Energy.]

IF You Wish Knowing ALL The Side Effects Go Here:

Zoloft ? [ Sertraline ] is used to treat depression, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), and a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (premenstrual dysphoric disorder).

It Can Cause Nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, increased sweating, diarrhea, upset stomach, or trouble sleeping may occur. [ and much much more too. also " Low Energy " ] If You Wanna Know ALL Of The Side Effects Of This Drug Go Here:

These Are The Types Of Drugs I Refer To As "Base Target" Drugs.

But I Have To Carry BENZO's Also. Mine Now Is Xanax. These Are What I Call " Clutch Drugs" For Panic & Anxiety Attacks.


"Maybe A Little Med Adjustment" Here & There But I Feel Ya. Talk Openly To Your Doctor My Friend.



So, I was really skeptical and scared of taking medication when I was offered it by a therapist. I didn’t want to become dependent, I didn’t want any bad side effects. So for years I said no, and for years I wasn’t really living. Eventually I ended up at a really low point. I knew I couldn’t continue going the way I was. That is when I thankfully found my current therapist and psychiatrist. We had an in depth discussion and talked about all of my worries and hesitation. Eventually we agreed on a plan. I was going to take the lowest dose and see how I felt and if I didn’t like it at all I could come off of it. Now a year later I can’t ever imagine going back. The important thing to remember though is that there is no magic pill to make you feel better. The medication subdued my anxiety so that I could start working through what was causing it with my therapist. One wont work without the other. The medication isn’t going to take away your problems and fears, it just lessons them enough so you can stare them in the face and try to beat them. Atm I take a combination of Duloxetine and Bupropion.

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I like the plan you created. May I ask what you take?

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I take Duloxetine and Bupropion

Never heard of either one. Are they anti depressants.

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Yeah. Duloxetine is the generic for Cymbalta and I take that for anxiety. Bupropion is also generic for something else and I take that for mild depression. They are both taken daily. They kinda both work together though as I understand it. It takes a few weeks to a month to start noticing changes with them.

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Bupropion in generic for wellbutrin. best wishes napper, hope they work well for you!

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Thank you lastnerve :)

I have ptsd and anxiety and Prozac has been working so well for me!

Ambien and Clonazepam or Lorazepam work for me.

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Those are quite habit forming, is that correct?

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I believe so, but we tried about a dozen other combos. I don't plan on quitting.

Please private message me. I have a few things I want to tell you.

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