Things do get better

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Hi All,

After 6 long weeks of tapering down slowly, I am finally off this med.

I didnt realise just how mind numbing it made me feel, although I am taking paroxetine which has helped in the past, my gp was reluctant to prescribe again, I think because of the bad press it got.

I went to see a pysch and he presribed it and now have it on my gps records to continue to prescribe. This has took 14 month 7 different anti depressants and a cbt course, but hey I got there in the end.

I know a lot of people have benefitted from this med, it just wasnt the one for me, I have not gained any extra weight whilst I was on it.

I had my last cbt session today and am going on a 6 week life skills course and hopefully find a job in the new year with the help of an organisation called pathway, they help people who have had mental health illness get back to work.

My heart goes out to anyone going through this horrible dibilitating illness, I wouldnt wish it on my worst enemy, but things can and will get better, it just takes time a lot of time and it can be so frustrating.

Well thats me done, I will continue to read your posts and if anyone wants to ask me any questions about my experience just go ahead and ask.

Forgot to mention my problem was more anxiety than depression then turned into a social phobia.

Best Wishes love to all,



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    Hey Danielle,

    Thats really good to hear that you're on the mend -- I've read a lot of your posts, and they're always so helpful and insightful. I really hope you'll continue to make progress, and its always good to be reminded that there is a way out eventually from this horrible illness....

    Best of luck, and well done!


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    [size=18:75acade5ad][/size:75acade5ad][b:75acade5ad]Danielle, glad that you feel your getting somewhere !!!

    it's always nice to hear how people are getting on.

    Take care

    love c girl xxx[/b:75acade5ad]

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    Hi Danielle,

    good news that you feel well again.

    i have just been prescribed this medication

    after putting it off for 7months, i wanted to

    try other stuff first, like homeopathy, herbalism,

    hypnosis etc etc, however, nothing seems to be

    working, i am getting so desperate now and worried

    about intrusive thoughts so i have decided to try this

    things. like you, my illness is more about anxiety than

    depression, although i feel depression is beginning to

    come in.

    do you feel this medication helped with your anxiety?

    thanks francey

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    Glad to hear you're getting better. Say, you don't happen to have a link for that organisation, Pathway, that you mentioned in your post do you? Sounds like it might be useful.
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    Hi All,

    Brain Candy, I have looked on internet myself and cannot find any information about Pathway, it was my cbt therapyst that has sorted it out.

    I am going to see them on wednesday, will let you know the outcome.

    Francey, If you mean did mirtazapine help me with my anxiety, the answer is no, although it has helped many other people, it just wasnt for me. Paroxetine has helped me in the past and is helping me now, I am so much calmer, am able to drive,shop on my own, I also take propanalol slow release.

    Best Wishes Everyone



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