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feelfree Wed 10-Jun-15 12:17:50

I'm curious, have any of you ever had a POSITIVE experience with antidepressants where it actually helped anxiety/depression?
Thanks in advance

Thymeout Wed 10-Jun-15 14:50:33

Yes - I can't say I noticed being much more cheerful, but they definitely helps with anxiety, which, in turn helps me lead a more energetic and sociable way of life, so I'm naturally happier.

I'm on seroxat, a tiny maintenance dose. I've nothing at all to feel anxious or depressed about, but I think I just don't produce enough seratonin for my needs. Without it, I have physical symptoms - wake up with horrible swooping feeling in my stomach, a sort of adrenalin rush. Have to get up and walk around. This disappears entirely when I'm taking the pills.

When I did have a reason to be anxious and depressed - a cancer scare - they were a godsend. I was on a higher dose and I still worried, but at least I was able to eat.

Eva50 Wed 10-Jun-15 19:45:58

Yes. I take Fluoxitine for anxiety and it works really well for me.

GeorgeHerbert Wed 10-Jun-15 20:15:19

Yes. I took Citalopram for a year and it very definitely helped me out of quite a serious depressive episode.

Rinkydinkypink Wed 10-Jun-15 20:18:25


knowler Wed 10-Jun-15 20:19:52

Yes, I'm on citalopram after birth of ds2 as I was after ds1 and it really helps. It makes me much more naturally happy, energetic and sociable. I'm not bothered about how long I stay on it either - if it's making me feel better I'll carry on with it.

DieSchottin93 Wed 10-Jun-15 20:45:25

I was on Sertraline 50mg for severe social anxiety for about 18 months and it really helped me. I still get moments where I can feel the anxiety creeping back but I've been so much better since taking them (I came off them about 6 months ago)

CorBlimeyTrousers Wed 10-Jun-15 20:54:37

Yes. I took Citalopram for PND which (looking back) I can see had a large component of anxiety. I do believe they helped me. I took them for about 9 months and was able to stop without problems when things were stable and the time was right.

KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 10-Jun-15 20:56:29

Yes, Cialopram worked well for me

AwkwardSquad Wed 10-Jun-15 21:14:56

Yes, citalopram.

hiddenhome Wed 10-Jun-15 22:12:32

Citalopram for me too.

I've had to stop it after finding out it was contributing to my sinus pain and problems.

If I become depressed again I'll try sertraline and if that's no good, back to seroxat.

Ragusa Thu 11-Jun-15 14:00:18

Yes - they make a massive difference to me. I have unipolar depression with anxiety as a key feature.

I take sertraline and mirtazapine. They do have some side-effects but for me they're worth putting up with because they allow me to live happily.

Trooperslane Thu 11-Jun-15 14:03:05

Yep. I'm on citalopram and never coming off it

I had depression and crippling anxiety. It worked for me.

Jemimapuddleduk Thu 11-Jun-15 14:11:52

Yes dosulepin for pnd with severe anxiety and insomnia. Feel like me again but maybe more chilled. No major side effect so sceptical slight weight gain.

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NotCitrus Wed 05-Jul-17 07:56:37

Yes. I have seasonal depression and usually within a few days of starting lofepramine and now sertraline, I go from unable to leave the house to back to work and managing OK.

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