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phyl6648
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Have been so depressed and anxious I do take xanax but think of trying an antidepressant again .. Would like some input from those who take , have tried or don't take.. How do you cope?

I seem to live in Fear everyday.. Afraid something bad is going to happen, not only to me but everyone around, fear of leaving home, fear of going to a doc, taking meds etc..

Tks..

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I went through the same thing a few years back...I have terrible reactions to anti depressants but managed to do okay on Wellbutrin. I was on for a couple years and then slowly tapered off.

I still have fears about everything but manage to cope better. Mostly I worry I will forever feel like this and never feel normal again.

I am very sensitive to meds which is why I had such bad reactions to anti depressants but if the fear is really interfering with everyday living then you should try something..it did help me through a rough time.

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Tks. Kim I too have had bad reactions to antidepressants but with my fears I felt maybe I didn't give them a chance and so sensitive to most all meds.

There are times I wonder if it is my fears or the meds.. Doctors get so discussed with me and I understand why but I know my body..

I feel doomed if I do and doomed if I don't and Yes I live every day wondering if I will ever be normal and for me at my age it is doubtful..

I cry a lot and feel whats the use as seems I have tried everything I can afford .. I feel if the fear was gone I would cope so much better..

Have seen a therapist but not much help.. I don't fear them,..lol

Sorry you feel this way as I think we share the weird head feelings too... Miserable , Miserable

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I am sensitive to meds, so I had to wean up very, very slowly on my anti-depressant.

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they have been very helpful for me....not so much for depression as for anxiety and panic and more importantly for brain function(reading, comprehension).

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I started slowly on the Wellbutrin and ended up taking the SR . I do think it helped at the time..I was crying all the time. I still cry but not as often. I go through periods when I can't stop crying but then go for weeks with no tears.
I get hopeless and that is when I have the worse time..but then I get angry and tell myself not to give up and keep fighting cuz I have a wonderful husband and great life when I can enjoy it.

Wellbutrin is one of the more mild ones and you can wean up if needed..I am at the point where I try anything and if it isn't right then I move on..
I have a fantastic doctor and consider myself extremely lucky..you can message me if you want to talk more..

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My husband is taking Ativan for anxiety. It does help. He has been on it before for anxiety.

When the anxiety eases off he weans off the med.

Antidepressants did nothing but cause side effects for him. But neither was he depressed, so maybe thats why they didn't help.

He also takes Relora (from vitacost) which helps with the anxiety.

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Celexa has helped me, plus I still take Xanax. I was very nervous about taking antidepressants; and started with very low doses. That helped alot.

Also therapy has helped me learn how to change my negative thoughts to positive ones. How you think affects your mood. You have to train your brain to think positive thoughts. Eventually it will help ease depression and anxiety.

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You would need one that covers anxiety . Welbutrin does not - just depression.

I had severe anxiety way before lyme as it runs for generations in my family . I have had a normal life for 20 plus years with generic zoloft or prozac at a low dose. Living in fear is a nightmare and crippling . It is unncessary !

If you want to avoid drugs, check out books on amazon like "The Mood Cure ". My 2 cents: I would take an extra B vitamin every day . Depeletion of B6 can cause serious mood issues . Also I would take generous amt fish oil, and also
GABA and taurine ( amino acid ) . These help the brain avoid getting stuck in the fear mode.

I take a low dose of AD ( zoloft or sometimes switch to prozac) with no serious problems or side effects . I also take taurine at night ( a capsule ) and one SAME E capsule. These help me need only a low dose of medicine .

You can try the aaminos, B Vits , and fish oil first , and see how you respond .

Also check out on Google :" Priscilla Slagle MD The Way Up From Down " more info on dealing with chemical imbalances with amino acids .

I have no problem with taking an antidepressant ! However, it may be avoided by some with alternatives . Whatever, do treat the issue before it erodes self esteem . There is no reason to languish in debilitating fear !

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Therapy may be helpful to a degree, but if a chemical imbalance is the underling problem , it will not resolve the imbalance .

These problems are often genetic also . I do not want to dismiss the value of a therapist , but know for certain they can not correct brain disorders.

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Tks. all, have tried therapy, meditation etc. seems no help.. I have tried ad's not sure if I can't take or didn't give them a chance.. Thinking of trying again, maybe..

I have seen them help so many but most didn't have lyme.. Oh, well ...

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My son did best on Zoloft and practioners at a leading hospital said they had good experience with other Lyme patients with Zoloft. It has a strong anti-anxiety effect. Start very low and ramp up very slowly. Most Lyme patients will not tolerate anything near the "normal" dose. Be patient. It takes weeks to become fully effective.
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My daughter takes Lexapro for both anxiety and depression. She was on 20mg, weaned down to 5 and after the death of her father is back on 20. It really helps her.

She has been on a tough IV protocol so is also taking Ativan for Babesia herxes and nausea. It helps too.

I hate having her on all of these meds. It seems so counter-intuitive to eating healthy and GF/SF etc.

I just can't wait until she's off of everything, but in the meantime, whatever works!

Best wishes!

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I have two daughters and one has clinical depression easily managed with low dose zoloft or prozac . My doc told me years ago to watch my children for signs of it , that either or both could have it . Like me, my youngest daughter can get off the meds, but the symptoms eventually return .

We all have MTHFR gene also , which isa factor . I have one brother who has identical experience as mine and take same meds . We have totally different personalities , but almost identical symptoms and respond easily to same meds . Genetics can play a huge role , and a therapist can not change a gene .

I thank God for the new meds and also for alternatives that work for some like amino acids
or rhodiola, or St Johns Wort, Sam E . There is no good reason to have your life ruined by fear , anxiety , or black clouds of despair . There are things that can work for most people !

There is a good book and website called "The Way Up From Down" by Dr Priscilla Slagle and other books on moods, anxiety, and depression if you go to book section at amazon. There are reviews of the books and the ideas contained in the literature .

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