I'm on 60mg of cymbalta for 3 weeks. I have started to feel better and my depression is nearly gone. I'm a fairly social person although I do feel extreme anxiety and extremely uncomfortable in large social situations. I also struggle with performance anxiety. (Think they are all related). I am a 21year old female and tent to drawl alot of social interaction when I am out so recently I've had too much anxiety to even leave the house at all,,, even the gym to avoid the possibility of running into someone or someone coming up to start conversation. I would love to hear from other people experiencing similar things or even just on cymbalta and there experiences? And was worked for your SAD. So I know I'm not the only one :(
I would think Cymbalta would help. I take it and I seem to be able to cope with everything better. I do not have the real highs which I miss but I do not have the real lows. It keeps me more calm.
You know the best thing to remember about social situations is that people generally think mostly about themselves and they are happiest talking about themselves. So donot worry so much. Just keep asking them questions !
I struggle with large crowds and as a musician for 47 years, Still have performance anxiety and to be honest, NOTHING has ever helped me as far as medicine for these 2 things except for learning to deal with my response differently. I learned on stage how to block out people and feel like I am by myself. I never had success on cymbalta, but taking tramadol now for 3 years has been a life saver and I seem to be able to function alot better now.
You are taking the average therapeutic dose of Cymbalta. It can take at least 4 weeks for max effectiveness. In the beginning, the Cymbalta can make anxiety worse, but this usually subsides and the antidepressant helps anxiety as well. Give it some more time, several weeks. If the anxiety doesn't decrease, speak with the prescribing doctor.
Another avenue to help with anxiety is talk therapy. Medication can help reduce the severity, but is unlikely to remove all the way. Changing thought patterns is crucial. Therapy can help with this.
I know this question is several years old at this point but I hope you decided that Cymbalta wasn't for you after all. I was on it for nine years off and on and it had the EXACT same "deadening" effect you mentioned. I'm now on Zoloft (50mg) for about the last ten days and haven't felt like this in... probably eight or nine years. Pretty amazing change. I'd explore it as an option if you haven't. Good luck.
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