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Re: GAD and depression ?
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2014, 12:54:19 PM »
Hi everyone, just want share my 2 cents worth here -

I originally had all "Big 3"  - Panic Attacks, GAD/anxiety attacks,OCD"" -

I have tried Cymbalta with mixed results compared to all the other SSRI and AD, I have taken in the past.

Many of my family members, including myself, did very well on :  Lexapro, Celexa - the side effects were much more gentle for me, and it worked quicker than any other AD I have taken.  (Zoloft, Effexor and Paxil - had more side effects for me initially.)

Good Luck!  Let us know who you are doing!   :grinning-smiley-003:

 
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Re: GAD and depression ?
« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2014, 02:32:30 PM »
I'm not neccesarily taking cymbalta I was just talking about meds in general .... But yeah my doc actually ordered a gentic test that determines which AD will be best for the patient and at what dosage... He's had a lot of success with it recently so I'm just waiting for that to come in actually
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Re: GAD and depression ?
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2014, 02:54:25 PM »
I'm not neccesarily taking cymbalta I was just talking about meds in general .... But yeah my doc actually ordered a gentic test that determines which AD will be best for the patient and at what dosage... He's had a lot of success with it recently so I'm just waiting for that to come in actually

Wow, can you share what is a 'gentic test' ?  Would like to learn more about this, first time I have heard about it. 

Thanks for sharing  :happy0151:
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Re: GAD and depression ?
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2014, 03:16:22 PM »
If you go online I believe it's assurexhealth.com and the test is called genesight psychotropic
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Re: GAD and depression ?
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2014, 03:54:51 PM »
If you go online I believe it's assurexhealth.com and the test is called genesight psychotropic

Thanks for the reply, it sounds very promising!  :happy0151:

Please let me know how it works out, always wanting to learn anything that might help....

Thanks again,  :action-smiley-065:
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Re: GAD and depression ?
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2014, 07:04:30 PM »
@Nala --  I can relate to what you said:

"I look at everybody around me in envy bc they all feel normal and are having a good time and feeling this way prevents me from doing anything anymore basically. After going on those meds after awhile I did feel normal..." 

GAD can be subtle.  It's not flashy like a panic attack, but the way it keeps us feeling weird and separate from others is scary just the same.

I tried buspar fro 10 weeks to no effect.  With my new doc, I'll see what they think of Lexapro or Klonopin.  (I know one needs to be mindful with
benzos, but I've used them before and it was fine.)

I hope everyone has good outcomes and let us know how your various med journeys work out.

@Looking, I'm gonna check out that website.
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Re: GAD and depression ?
« Reply #16 on: June 11, 2014, 12:02:32 AM »
Will do, how well did the celexa/lexapro work for u
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Re: GAD and depression ?
« Reply #17 on: June 11, 2014, 12:05:50 PM »
How well did the celexa/lexapro work for you?
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Re: GAD and depression ?
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2014, 12:38:18 PM »
Will do, how well did the celexa/lexapro work for u

After being on at least a dozen of the major SSRI and ADs, when my family or friends would ask, I would recommend Celexa\Lexapro as my first choice.  Celexa was by far the easiest AD I have ever taken (fewest side effects), and acted faster.. 2 weeks, which was great!

I have always been very aggressive to overcome my fear of medications, so I worked with several psychiatrists in trying to find the best medication - Must get the job done, and with Least side effects (usually Sexual side-effects and Insomnia have been the two biggest for me)

Just some of the most common AD Medications I have been on:
Prozac
Paxil
Effexor
Cymbalta
Remeron
Wellbutrin
Zoloft (only 4 weeks)
Celexa
LexaPro
Fluvoxamine (Luvox) - mostly used in the U.K.
Serzone (now removed from the market)
Trazodone

I been on some other older tricyclic antidepressants. 

In the End.. 
- I went back to Prozac 20-40 mg / day depending on the amount of stress,
- 10 mg Diazepam at night (for sleep) as needed  to offset the energizing effects of Prozac .
- 2,000 mg - 3,000 mg of Omega-3 fish oil, especially the ration of EPA / DHA  - About a year ago, I started this supplement in large dosage after reading several books and new studies of Omega-3 helps the brain chemicals.

Helpful book was:  - "The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression without Drugs" regarding Omega-3 fish oils- by Stephen S. Ilardi .






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Re: GAD and depression ?
« Reply #19 on: June 11, 2014, 02:03:15 PM »
Im glad I am not the only one who feels that way. Sometimes Ill be feeling okay but not 100% normal and then something happens like my neck will suddenly tighten up and hurt and then my head hurts. My mental state is still somewhat disconnected and slow though even when I am not anxious. Thats what bums me out the most. I guess its a chemical thing because I have had an extremely stressful couple of months and its all back again.
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