Off Cipralex onto Cymbalta but Experiencing Terrifying Social Anxiety

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I was on Cipralex and Welbutrin for years and the combination was good. But it seemed my depression came back slightly. I say slightly because it wasn't a major clinical depression like I've had in the past. A psychiatrist suggested the combination of Cymbalta and Welbutrin (or Zoloft and Welbutrin) to my GP who, in turn, writes the prescription. It's been about 6 months and my depression has eased but I'm experiencing crippling social anxiety. I have a conference right now where I must meet a lot of people and be 'on' for them. But I feel like an imposter and I want to just hide. With the Cipralex I was confident, friendly and enthusiastic. But now, I don't want to attend the meetings but force myself to all the while thinking 'What's the point. I'm just a loser anyway'. Words can't describe how out of place and alone I feel. I wanted to visit a sub-conference within this one for women and they asked me my experience and why I want to go, etc., I emailed back, but they never emailed me back with tickets. So that increased my feelings of being an imposter. It doesn't help that my mother died in February and nobody bothered to tell me. She and I didn't have much contact in the last few years but, still, I feel so ignored like I'm not even worth a phone call. It seems almost like a punishment like 'Look what you did to mom'. I'm not surprised though. I was the scapegoat and got the most beatings and blamed for things that were not my fault - that I had absolutely nothing to do with. I could be 3000 miles away and I would be blamed for something. That actually DID happen once. No wonder I feel isolated and rejected.

Anyway, back to the med topic. Has anyone switched from Cymbalta (and Welbutrin) to Zoloft (and Welbutrin) for anxiety? Did your depression worsen? I need to find a balance. You can't take Cymbalta and cipralex at the same time. So I'm hoping Zoloft combined with Welbutrin can help with the depression as well as the anxiety.

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    CYM is an awful drug and I wouldn’t advise anyone to take it . Awful side effects and effects your liver enzymes 
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