I am a 22 year old male in good physical health. I have struggled with OCD and anxiety my entire life, been on about a dozen different SSRI since i can remember and visiting just as many psychiatrists. I go through short periods of feeling better followed by long bouts of severe depression, obsessive compulsive behaviors and anxiety, after my last meds (citalopram and cymbalta) i took a break from everything with a feeling of just giving up on finding the right med for me. I tried to go with living a healthy life (eating right, exercise, trying harder to socialize, taking vitamins, and stay away from alcohol or any other mind altering substances.) again i had a short period of relief but now im back to the same feeling of depression and anxiety, not even wanting to get out of bed. even worse is my social anxiety is so bad I am avoiding people at all cost and when i do run into somebody i have a severe panic attack and cant even form sentences. I couldn't take it anymore and went back to another psychiatrist who prescribed me 200 mg modafinil to get me out of bed, help lift my brain fog and with hopes of giving me the motivation and confidence to talk to people again. i have been taking the modafinil for about 3 weeks, every other day or other couple of days as needed. (prescribed for daily use but dont want to build a tolerance or possibly even get addicted).. seems to help slightly depending on the amount of sleep iv had the night before.. dont feel any real boost in energy or mood. a side effect being i definitely feel a crash after about 5 hours and that i can take it and go right to sleep.. I really like the idea behind this drug and want it to work ideally i would like to find a good anti depressant to add with the modafinil in hopes that the two would synergies together. i would really appreciate any help. thank you.
Look you are doing everything right, working out, no drugs, in general a healthy life style and for that I would like to congratulate you.
I am a 44 year old man, and suffer from basically everything you suffer from, I also lead a healthy life in all aspects and have seen Docs and been on so many "cocktails you would not belive it, I not comparing only sharing with you. I am very tolerant to meds, been taking them all my life. Apart from the same conditions you suffer I also suffer from insomnia, bipolar disorder and ptsd.
The only person who will get you on the right medications is your Dr., trust me I know, I do not have all the answers nor do I think I do, after many years this is my cocktail:
Klonopin and Xanax as needed
Eskalith (lithium) 900 mg
All is prescribed by a specialist in BPD, and all the other "conditions". With this combination I am fine, you see I am more manic than depressive. Again I am sharing my experience with you, it takes time to find the righ combo, do not give up and keep a healthy life style, specially working out, and you must face your fears, your condition, who you are and your problems, this is my advice to you, never give in, if I could do it so can you. I have a great wife and amazing children and a great life, but you must fight for it, it is not easy, but again it can be done, you need love in your life, believe me when I say love can move mountains!
All the best.
Hey,I totally hear you on all your issues! I have been on numerous SSRI'S and are now currently on Quetiapine and Paroxetine... with no positive affects on my severe depression, social anxiety and PTSD... i guess a little bit of OCD too.
I know what you mean by running into people you know on the street! I am more nervous meeting people I DO know than complete strangers sometimes.
I used to be a big drinker and big party-goer and now I have moved cities, joined a church and stuck by my friends that are within the church, but yea i understand how hard it is to even meet up with friends,,, the very sound of people partying or attractive girls nearby gives me a panic attack or sheer terror(Thoughts of missing out and being miserable and alone but yet No confidence to go and join and depressing thoughts over the attractive girls which you cannot stop)not to dwell on the negatives but just thought I would let you know that there is someone else in the same boat.
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