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I have been on a number of SSRI's including Lexapro (five years), Zoloft (made me panic), Paxil (was on five years but made me sleep all day), Effexor (I was not myself on it, making wrong decisions and anxiety was still looming), and finally Celexa. I was taking 75mg of Effexor when the doctor put me on 20mg of Celexa. He said to start Celexa and take 37.5mg of Effexor with it for one week, then stop. It has been one week. I have not had any noticeable side effects. I noticed I wanted to get out more and I even went to the grocery store and walked my dog half way around the lake (which is progress for me). Today I stopped the Effexor completely and am now only taking Celexa 20mg. Again, as of right now, no noticeable side effects (good or bad). Which I consider a good thing. I will continue to update my experience. However, recently I have been thinking how it all depends on where you are in life and who you surround yourself with that can increase or even cause your anxiety. I do understand that some people have it genetically. I am one of them. However, I've noticed when I stay away from negative people, and try to fix my current situation, the anxiety does decrease. Just something to think about. I think I will need to be on an anti-anxiety medication for the rest of my life due to trauma early in life (Dad and Sister died two months apart from each other when I was 16). It's something I self medicated with for years with alcohol. I am over three years sober and trying to face my fears. I have high hopes for Celexa and will check back with you all. Happy Friday
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