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Featured Is it worth trying antidepressants?

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Full Steam, Jan 5, 2017.

  1. Southern Discomfort

    Southern Discomfort Well-Known Member

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    The one I was on certainly gave me more energy. Way too much actually.
     
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  2. Bolletje

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    What antidepressants did you take, if I may ask?
     
  3. Southern Discomfort

    Southern Discomfort Well-Known Member

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    Sertraline. It also gave me insomnia.
     
  4. Jorg

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    If you're a guy I'm sad to tell you antidepressants affect your "libido" or sex drive but mostly on the beginning.
     
  5. Full Steam

    Full Steam Well-Known Member

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    The one time I had prozac it had a very positive effect on libido.
     
  6. On the Inside

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    That may depend on you, and the medication.

    I have tried three AD's, Venlafaxine, a SNRI, caused me to lose interest in exercising, something that has never happened before. I gained 15 pounds.

    Other than that, I really haven't felt much effect on any of them, positive or negative, and I'm not interested in increasing doses to see what happens. I am taking Lexapro now, since October. Don't feel much effect, though I am exercising more and have lost some of the weight I gained. I seem to be more mood-stable.
     
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  7. On the Inside

    On the Inside Well-Known Member

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    Venlafaxine virtually eliminated my sex drive. Didn't believe that actually happened, but it does. Lexapro has curbed it just enough (which I am actually grateful for).
     
  8. Sugar_Skull_Boy

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    I found that taking pills did nothing really. I was on them for ages and they kept changing the pills I was taking and raising the dosage. I never felt any different when I was on them. I have always had issues with sleep and have never been happy with anything.
    So I just stopped taking them and nothing changed. I went into Asperger specific therapy in which I learnt to just accept who I was and that maybe I would never really experience happiness the same way as NT people do. I found that more useful, to know that my obsessive and lack of positive emotions was totally normal for me and to just accept it.
    To know that when I get into weird thought patterns and go through stages of unhappiness and anxiety, that this is normal and it will pass and to just fall back on whatever coping mechanisms you know or do whatever you do to take yourself away from normal life.
     
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  9. HermanHesse

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    If you physiologically depressed than anti-depressants sound like the right answer. Finding the right one is hard but if you are not producing enough serotonin and/or dopamine it just makes sense to be on an anti-depressant.
     
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  10. HermanHesse

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    I'm on Venlaflaxine at the moment at it took a lot out of my libido when I first got on it. Thankfully, it evened out later. Not that having a lower libido is necessarily a bad thing but it was disconcerting not to be interested in the fairer sex for a few days.
     
  11. ChrisN

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    I have been on a regimen of Prozac and Effexor for 2 years and it has helped considerably with slowing down my mind. I also take Welbutrin for SAD and overall depression and it works.
    I went to see a nutritionist, got a complete blood workup, went on a custom diet (with supplements) and it has helped very much. It cost a fortune but it was worth it, feeling the way I do now.
    I also am battling with booze. There are days, weeks months I can go without if without withdrawal problems (like none at all) but when the mood hits its hit the bottle. That is my next challenge to address.
    Let me know if I can share any life experiences with you.
     
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  12. tw3

    tw3 Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    How true that the knowledge of Aspergers' took away a lot of my anxiety and unsureness in social situations. I stopped worrying about "missing out" and got to accept more easily that I was just different.
    The Dr put me on Zoloft and now 5 years later I can skip a day or two but then my thoughts begin to whirl around. I wasn't depressed, but I got anxious to do things super quickly. Once or twice I got sort of disoriented because I was trying to think about or through too many things at one time. If I remembered to focus, to slow down, I did better but my mind was still in a turmoil. The Zoloft had a really beneficial effect in keeping me from getting all worked up.
    All this to say that Drs may give us a medication that gives real benefit outside it's accepted protocol and they may or may not know what they're doing. We need to be watching over ourselves as from a distance to analyze our reactions and make sure we tell the Dr what really happens.
    Finally, I think happiness like beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or rather in how he thinks. Life events can be interpreted differently depending on your point of view. That's determined by your thought life. The Bible sums it up quite well: Philippians 4:8 (KJV) "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things."
    This takes intention and practice, but it can be done.
     
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  13. wight

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    I found that anti-depressants helped me significantly. Prozac worked for a while, but I was really sensitive to dosage. I'm on Lexapro now. Since these thing are difficult to explain, I'll do it this way.

    Depression on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being "I'm so sad, hopeless, and low energy I can't even force myself to get out of bed." and 1 being "Mostly I'm not sad or hopeless and have energy to do things"

    My average day before switching meds was an 8 or 9. Now it's a 2 or 3.

    As others have pointed out, the right medication at the right dosage is pretty critical. I was fortunate to have a doctor that was knowledgeable and willing to work with me on both.
     
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  14. tallcreativedude

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    I take 20mg of Adderall twice a day, and it helps me stay focused so that I do not stray during social interactions. Before being diagnosed, I had this need to try and connect deeply with everybody I met, to try and get the most out of every moment. That mentality ruined a lot of relationships for me, making me come across as desperate and needy. It has always been difficult for me to sit back and watch people make mistakes because I've always been the guy who doesn't make mistakes because his words and actions come from the heart. I also supplement my diet with quite a few vitamins and minerals that I do not get from daily eating.
     
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