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Let me start with I'm currently 23 years old. At age 12 I was diagnosed with depression and put on Lexapro. The medicine did nothing for me and I actually stopped taking it myself. When I became suicidal again, my parents found me a better doctor and he prescribed me Effexor. I was 14 when I started and stopped at 16. It definitely helped my depression as in making me no longer feel suicidial or cut myself.
Fast foward to today. About 2 months ago I started experiencing anxiety. As it got worse my GP gave me Xanax. I didn't want to become dependent on a benzo so I found a psychiatrist. She first put me on Prozac and kept me on the Xanax. Prozac was horrible for me. The side effects were unbearable and made me even worse. She stopped it immediately and put me on Zoloft. I am now on Zoloft and again, the side effects are horrible. Not as bad as Prozac but I'm honestly not sure how much longer I can cope. So my thinking is maybe SSRIs do not work well for me and SNRIs do since it helped with my depression after being on an SSRI that did not work.
I'm curious to know if anyone had any success with Effexor for anxiety and panic attacks? I'm at the point where I can't leave my house. It would be great to get my life back.
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