i have had problems with depresion my whole life. took paxil when i went through my divorce in 1990. last year did not feel like the lexapro was helping md added abilify which i did not like how it made me feel so did not take it. i just want to get rid of this impending doom and to be productive. went to md yesterday he wants me to try viibryd. it scares me to change for fear that what benefits i am getting will not be there.
It sounds to me like you have what is called endogenous depression, caused by imbalance of chemicals in your brain, this is chronic. When things that happen effect us, but we're fine in between, that's exogenous depression. I was never impressed with the effects of lexapro, on my patients. You probably need another med if you still have feelings of impending doom. One you can stay on and have it help you. Its worth a try, if lexapro isn't helping you. I can't blame you with the abilify. I've always said I'd have to be really depressed to take an anti psychotic med for depression, and I'd have to have tried several anti depressants too. There are just too many side effects.
I took lexapro in the past for my depression
and it did very little benefit for me plus I had
some bad side effects. I am on Zoloft now
along with abilify (which I know you dont like)
but I feel great. Hopefully all you need is a med
change. I know changing isnt easy but think
of the very real possibility of feeling better if
I suffered extreme depression my whole life, with a father and grandfather that succeeded in suicide. I never sought out drug therapy while I was instructing water aerobics; however, after hospitalizations and different drug therapies, I have found on accident that the medications that treat ADD,ADHD, and narcolepsy work the very best for my depression. Some people might say they are addicting, but the pros outweigh the cons. I started on Ritalin when I was flunking my second to last class in college. I noticed that I had a reason to get out of bed, motivation, and an improved mood minus depression. I have stopped the ritalin, after trying adderall, which seemed more potent, and sometimes gave me dizzy spells, perhaps because I was mixing with a MAO, not sure, willing to try it again, but now I am happy with my 70mg Vyvanse, and I also am on 70mg Provigil, which is also prescribed for refractory depression, and does help as well.
I knw what your going thru Im currently taking paxil for two years and at first it was great. But recently my mood has change and i also im scared to try new meds, so your not alone we need to take the next step required to change those feelings. Ask your higher power to grant you the serenity to except the things you canot change and courage to change the things that i can and the wisdom to know the diffrence.
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