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.
8 Sep 2015
There's something important you should know, and I wish I knew this years ago. I started taking antidepressants when I was 12, and I'm now 42, so I have 30 years of experience, and its' only in the last 6 months that I found relief. That is a lifetime of pain, and I never should have endured this. The entire time, I was in counseling - literally, the ENTIRE time. My issue was a chemical imbalance, truly.
We have THREE neurochemicals in our brain that affect depression and other mood disorders - and as a result, there are different classes of antidepressants. Most people have taken SSRI antidepressants, being told that depression is a lack of serotonin in the brain. That was me, from 12 to about 38 - and I tried them all. I finally tried an SNRI, and this works on the second neurochemical, norepinephrine, and my depression was responding to it, but not quite enough. Finally, I got on Wellbutrin, which works on the third neurochemical, dopamine, and my depression REALLY responded to it - but even then, to find complete relief, I had to add a mood stabilizer, Lamictal, because even though my depression was lifted, I still had the problem of getting upset or angry over the little things. Lamictal helped me to where I get upset or angry over the things that are truly appropriate.
I wish I hadn't spent over 25 years chasing every SSRI - in some cases spending 5 or 8 years on one, thinking "this is supposed to help," maybe I just have the wrong attitude. Definitely give an antidepressant good time to do its' work - even if that means staying on it for 6 months if you need to - but if its' not doing its' job, move on. And know that there are other classes of antidepressant out there.
Like you, I thought "nothing works"... trust me, you haven't tried "everything"... you just may not know that they're not all the same. Don't lose faith - keep plugging away - and we're here for you. Please keep in touch.
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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