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Old 04-11-2018, 07:12 PM #21
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Fetzima works very well for me. Its a newer SNRI, emphasis on the norepinephrine. I need to take mood stabilizers with it, but it got me out of a deep depression.
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ADs have thrown my 17 year old and 19 year old into psychotic mania and hospitalisations (one of them was eating right and exercising right) The 15 year old tried several (lexapro, zoloft, prozac, wellbutrin, cymbalta) for 6-8 weeks at a time, they activated her and increased her anxiety and panic attacks. They are no good for my family but I am sure they work for some
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ADs have thrown my 17 year old and 19 year old into psychotic mania and hospitalisations (one of them was eating right and exercising right) The 15 year old tried several (lexapro, zoloft, prozac, wellbutrin, cymbalta) for 6-8 weeks at a time, they activated her and increased her anxiety and panic attacks. They are no good for my family but I am sure they work for some
If the ADs threw your kids into a spin its a good chance they could be bipolar. I cant take ADs unless Im also taking a mood stabilizer. I take serewuel and it helps me from getting hypomanic and unable to sleep.

Please talk to the doctor about this issue.
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If you have amazon prime, I highly recommend watching The Brain by David Eagleman. Its an amazing series and hopefully it will help with you coping and understanding the process of why
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I just got out of the hospital and a nurse there gave a class on meds. He said meds won't cure you, you have to do most of the work. I think he might be slightly uninformed as to their efficacy.
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I think meds are an important component of recovery, but lifestyle and behavioural changes are just as important.
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Thanks to everyone for your viewpoints. I've decided to increase my Wellbutrin to 300 mg and maybe then to 450 if necessary. I also have an appointment with a therapist. I'm hoping those two things together will help with the depression. We'll see.
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AD at best will help. Or they'll drive you into mania. I've yet to have an AD that made me feel good without driving me too high. Doctors won't allow it, keeping you on the low side. Even taking more after begging Pdoc,hasn't worked for me as they'll up your MS at the same time. Sometimes I've come off an AD because of side effects, and only then realized it was probably doing more than I thought. I try to give a drug six months unless its side effects are unbearable. Quality of a crappy life has to be part of the equasion
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