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I have suffered with depression hmmm anxiety since i was 20. I put the two together, as to know me I am not your typically ‘depressed’ person. Type A anxiety I like to call it. lol

I had my first bout of ‘oh my flippen God’ in Lake Tahoe at 20. We were in a shop getting me some ski clothes and it hit my like a ton of bricks. The walls closed in and the ‘helicopters’ were all in my head. My sister, knowing the signs, rushed me outside. I could not breathe and my chest was in so much pain. I thought I was dying, I wanted to die.  

She suggested I go to my doctor and tell him of this experience. I remember thinking, ‘whatever, you may have issues, but i don’t‘. The ‘issues’ started happening more often, so off to my doctor.

I was diagnosed with CFS/Epstein Barr. I started taking Elavil and felt the ‘issues’ going away. I now know this was the beginnings of my MS, but back then they never would have thought of it. 6’ tall, perfect weight, working, going to college, no way it was something other than Chronic Fatigue. I mean who wouldn’t be fatigued.

When we realized I needed more than Elavil, I chose Prozac. You see I am  a huge researcher and come from a mom who is a nurse and a sister who is a nurse. Friends freaked. OMG, you might kill someone or yourself on that. roflmao

The murders that occured while on prozac were those of inmates set free on parole and put on this drug for their parole. Sorry, but they would have done something anyways. The suicides, God rest them, were done by those with clincal severe depression for years. It was only a matter of time. They, whoever they are, thought it was the miracle drug. There are no miracle drugs...

For me, Prozac rocked!! When it stopped working for me after a bout 5 years I was beside myself.

Would another med, keep me together?

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      Vikki Hall wrote May 10, 2009
    • I don’t know anything about meds. But I do know you are a true inspiration to me. I appreciate everything that you and everything that you are.



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote May 10, 2009
    • The problem with prozac, at least for me, is when you stop taking it all of a sudden. Bad idea!

      I’m awaiting the next chapter in your saga Tracy.



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      Mztracy wrote May 10, 2009
    • ty vikki!! estatic

      lu, i hear you, i learned to wean off them slowly a long tome ago. But sometimes even then it kicks ya in the butt!! lol



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      Doreen XoXo wrote May 10, 2009
    • I was on Prozac about two years ago.  I just stopped taking it because I didnt want to be medicated from the start.  I dont know if that was such a good idea to just stop.  That is when the vertigo started.  I have had at least three bouts of it since stopping Prozac.  The last time was this past Christmas.  Sometimes its so dibilitating.  

      Do you think, in your opinion, that the vertigo was brought on because of that??



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      Mary Clark wrote May 10, 2009
    • I took myself off slowly...and for some GREAT reason...I just handled everything without the meds.  There have been a few times that I thought...I probably need to go back...but I relented..and worked my way through the issues...and I survived.  There are so many new ones on the market these days....study..do your homework and see what might be good enough to give a try.  I’m sure you will find something Tracy.  And yes..you are a true inspiration.



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      Doreen XoXo wrote May 10, 2009
    • And yes Tracy, thanks for sharing your life.  You are so very interesting all around.  estatic

      xoxo



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      Mztracy wrote May 10, 2009
    • doreen, I cannot say if your vertigo is due to stopping the prozac. Talk to your doctor about it if i s a persistant issue.

      I know for me, any time you stop an anit-d you must wean off it slowly.

      This is kind of where my story is leading to. lol Due to previous blogs and noticng how some feel ‘bad’ if they have to take them, is why I am telling my story.

      It is not wrong or bad or make anyone less of a person if they need anit-depressants.  

      Some people can handle their ‘emotions’ etc without the meds. Those people have no chemical imbalance. Some of us need them and it does not make us weak or wrong.  

      I am so happy for those that can handle their ‘emotions’ without them. I for one, am not, again where my story is going.  

      hugg



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote May 10, 2009
    • My sister didn’t have good results with Prozac. She is much better on Welbutrin. She’s been on that now for awhile. Her depression was debilitating. She wouldn’t get out of bed. She was afraid to leave her house. My mother was beside herself with worry. My sis still gets depressed but she’s so much better now.



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      Jenni0811 wrote May 10, 2009
    • We all know Tracy that you will dive in and do your own research. Can’t your doctors help or suggest something? I’m sure they will consider possible drug interactions with the meds you are currently on also. Thanks for being so direct and honestly divulging all these incidents in your life. I’m sure we all learn something every time we listen to you speak....and hopefully, from time to time, we can do the same for you.



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      Mztracy wrote May 10, 2009
    • As with anything we are all different. What works for one may not work for another.

      I actually was on zoloft for a time, went off, then back on and had a serious reaction to it.  

      We never know until we are the ones on it.

      I am so glad your sister is good with the Welbutrin.  

      Also...this is not a blog to say lets all get on the anti-depressant band wagon. lol Im doing to let us that need to be on them know it is OK!!



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote May 10, 2009
    • Exactly, Tracy, this is not a pro-pill-popping blog. This is just explaining why some of us need to take medication.

      And from watching a mother who had a horrible last few years of her life-always crying, always unmotivated, always depressed-I know how bad the guilt can be for people to admit they need them. If there had not been so much stigma, my mother could have had a wonderful quality of life. That’s why I have no problem admitting I take them, I need them, and the people around me should thank their lucky stars I do.



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      007pouty wrote May 10, 2009
    • I'm sorry to hear Prozac quit working for you.  I understand your issue.  But, as you know what works for may not work for another.  I've had the same experience mine was effexor xr after that it's been a string of drugs.  I hate them! I know I can't just stop, but alas, we have a serious emotional problem and need the help. Please know that I've seen some of the things you've written. You truly are an inspiration  dealing with so much. I hope you find the medication that works for you and are able to continue onward with your WONDERFUL self.  My prayers and hope will be with youestatic



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      Mztracy wrote May 10, 2009
    • lu, rog thanked me tonight for going back on them. estatic



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      Mary Clark wrote May 10, 2009
    • I thank Lu for taking them...I thank my sisters for taking them...they might beat me up....LOL...(just making it a little light here...I’ve been there..so I can)



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote May 10, 2009
    • But my Yo persona doesn’t, so watch out MC!estaticestatic



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      Mztracy wrote May 10, 2009
    • mary we in trouble in yoville!!! ruuuunnnnn lol



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      Mary Clark wrote May 10, 2009
    • OMG...I better give Lu something better than purple pants...LOL
      Tracy...we better watch our backs...
      They need a pharmacy in Yoville...LOL



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      007pouty wrote May 10, 2009
    • estaticestaticestaticestatic Mz. Tracy yes, I only hope the others can keep up with usohhhhohhhhohhhh



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      UK Girl wrote May 11, 2009
    • I’ve been on Prozac 3 times and each time it got me out of bed and through the door and into the land of the living and I had no problem stopping ......

      But they say most of London is on some form of anti depressant so it’s in our water as it’s all recycled (don’t think about it ) so actually we are all taking it even if we don’t know - now you know why I drink bottled water ha ha



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      Mjmurphy wrote May 11, 2009
    • Thank you MzTracy for telling your story. I really appreciate it as I am currently in need of that support from one who’s been there and understands. The stigma that society attaches to use of anti depressants is kinda crazy when at the same time there are more different types being developed everyday, so obviously someone is using them...this hadn’t occurred to me until a dear friend here pointed out to take a look around me at my friends and I would probably find many that were taking them. I also appreciate the information on prozac, I had no clue about the circumstances of issues.



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