I'm trying meds but nothing works so far I'm on paxil now 8 days praying it helps severe anxiety depression and PTSD need feedback do they really help nothing so far has helped yet
20 Aug 2013
It generally takes a good month to get an adequate blood level to notice a difference, but that doesn't help u right now. I have suffered from both depression & anxiety. But when I was in the middle of severe anxiety, I needed to take a short acting anti anxiety for a few weeks go get me through. But I also have problems with addiction so I have to be careful. I had to switch from Paxil after a while because I got to the point where I had no emotions... just very flat. Hope u feel better soon :)
20 Aug 2013
Antidepressants change your brain chemistry. Since everyone of us has a different brain chemistry, some drugs are more effective, or effective at all, on some of us than on others. Paxil, and other medications like it, can stabilize mood and improve anxiety. By themselves they can really help. If you also get a good therapist, you can see significant changes, perhaps even permanent ones that may let you use fewer medications.
As with all things brain related, your milage will very. Good luck.
1 Apr 2015
Ativan is currently my emergency anxiety medication. It helps me be less depressed when I have less anxiety on board.
Anti depressants help.
i have been on anti-depressants for 16 years. 16 years in counseling as well.
When I started feeling better, i went off all medication and stopped counseling.
I feel i have learned a lot from counseling all those years.
However, after being 3 years off medication and finally admitting to myself I need them again, I am headed right back to the psychiatrist. But not the counselor. I can deal with the eternal learning experiences. I cannot, however, change my chemistry, so I do need help there.
Yes, they do work. Give them time. Don't quit cold turkey, and keep a medication diary so you know what the medication is or isn't doing for you.
It may take a few tries to find the right one, or you may get lucky with one right away. Give each prescription time-- say 6-8 weeks..
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