Feel like I’m losing my mind, scared to take Fluoxetine.

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Any advice/support would be much appreciated. I have been prescribed 20mgs Fluoxetine but I am terrified to take them. I have 3 children (one is a toddler) and I work full time, and additional hours working from home. I function at such a high level and my family rely on me so I am so scared of any side effects. I had an episode like this 4 years ago and my GP tried Sertraline which I reacted very badly to, hence my fear. I then went onto Mirtazapine which I felt was a wonder drug but I gained soooo much weight. My weight is currently getting me down so daren't add to it.

I guess my question is if I start the Fluoxetine will I still be able to sleep, will I be able to work? Or is there any way of taking the Mirtazapine and not putting on weight?

I honestly feel like I'm losing my mind, and battling the symptoms of depression and anxiety daily.

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    you put your foot down, i have said no to every single antidepressant as j really can not stand them. try mindfulness, yoga, pilates, swimming or anything for you. i hope you find your happy pills some other way (pardon the pun). even chocolate will do

    good luck tough thing to do.

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    Ad's have helped many people so why not give this new one a try? I had to try 2 others before I found sertraline which really helps me.

    No one should give you advice on whether or not to take meds based on their own experiences as it is entirely your choice but if you don't (or how about counselling), then you have to go the self help route instead. I hope this works well for you. x

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    Hi Donna,

    About 6 years ago i was also very sceptical about taking antidepressants. I had lost my motivation to exercise and had lost complete interest in everything that used to bring me joy. I began seeing a counsellor weekly and tried 5htp and St Johns Wort, recommended by a friend and also by my counsellor. They work for some people but didn't for me. I was in so much mental agony and wanted to feel like me again so after about 6 months of feeling this way, finally saw a GP who specialised in mental health. I finally agreed to give meds a go so was given 20mg of Fluoxetine. It took me longer than most to have the side effects go away. I was so exhausted all the time. my limbs often felt heavy, I was restless and found myself unable to focus on my work for a while. My boss at the time was incredibly supportive and so I was as open and honest as I was comfortable being. Eventually, as promised I begun to feel like me again. it took maybe 6weeks (but is not common to take that long). I even became well enough to regain my title as "social butterfly" and moved to London for 2 years as I had always talked about doing.

    People like to give their opinions and great too as you can learn so much and it can possibly make you think of things you initially hadn't yourself, just keep in mind you need to do what is right for you, because only you are loving your life and only you know how you feel. It definitely is a scary thought to try something different but sometimes change can be a great thing 😃 could you ask your dr if you can start on 10mg and work your way up depending on how it goes?

    Sorry for the novel! It would be great to hear what you decide and how you get on.

    Hang in there Superwoman!! Remember you are amazing and so so brave

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    thanks everyone. i am now on day 2! it wasn't as bad as i thought but i feel a bit weird.

    i guess i just needed reassurance that I'm not crazy and that i am not the only person feeling like this. now its just a waiting game. waiting for the side effects to go, waiting to feel better.

    at least theres light at the end of the tunnel.

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