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SSRIs Experiences OCD/Depression/Anxiety

Altair

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First of all thank you to everyone who posted and provided feedback on my thread for severe OCD -
I truly appreciate it.

I am making this thread because my OCD is just getting worse my the week at this point and I just see no other option than medication at least for now.
There is something fundamentally wrong with how my brain is firing, like a faulty circuit and no matter how much I fight the obsessions and compulsions they just keep coming back in some other form.

I wanted to know what everyone’s experience has been with SSRIs like Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox etc.

I especially want to know the effects they had on your training, it might sound stupid but I’m really concerned how it will affect my intensity/aggression in the gym and in the boxing ring as these are my true passion.
And of course the sexual side effects and fat gain.
 

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First of all thank you to everyone who posted and provided feedback on my thread for severe OCD -
I truly appreciate it.

I am making this thread because my OCD is just getting worse my the week at this point and I just see no other option than medication at least for now.
There is something fundamentally wrong with how my brain is firing, like a faulty circuit and no matter how much I fight the obsessions and compulsions they just keep coming back in some other form.

I wanted to know what everyone’s experience has been with SSRIs like Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox etc.

I especially want to know the effects they had on your training, it might sound stupid but I’m really concerned how it will affect my intensity/aggression in the gym and in the boxing ring as these are my true passion.
And of course the sexual side effects and fat gain.

I take Paxil for some of the shit they say is wrong with me , anxiety , OCD and PTSD being the main reasons.
It works better than Prozac and Zoloft with less side effects , the only thing I noticed is that when I was taking the prescription dose I was so much less emotional , like all the way around. Less happy , less Agitated , less emotional , and so on. It actually made me feel like i had way less concern for anything as well.
I have since backed my dose in half and intake 500mg Ashwaganda in the morning and evening , it help more with the reason i take it and have no negative side effects like the full dose of Paxil does.
 

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I take 10mg of Lexapro which is actually 1/2 the normal dose of 20mg. 20mg side effects for me were to much, slept all the time and could not finish sexually. 10mg takes the edge off and gives me no sides. I am very focused an driven so it does not effect me in that way at all. I wished I would have had this drug decades ago, I feel like a different person on it.
 

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My wife uses Prozac and does well on that, but her symptoms weren't as severe as your's. I think about the only side she has is low sex drive. They tried Wellbutrin on her and that "turned her into a zombie". She couldn't sleep at night and all day she felt like she was in a dream world of some crazy shit. She had to quit it in about 1 week.
 

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Mirtazapine: this one probably worked the best for me, really helped with sleep, and somewhat with anxiety. This was the only one I can remember actually going to the gym while I was taking it. Only one I would recommend trying.

Wellbutrin: didn't notice anything at all

Cymbalta: I felt really good on this one, but made a ton of stupid decisions, in hindsight I was probably manic

Prozac: noticed nothing other than very severe sexual dysfunction, that persisted for a long time after discontinuing. I gave up on antidepressants and prescription drugs in general after this one.
 

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First of all thank you to everyone who posted and provided feedback on my thread for severe OCD -
I truly appreciate it.

I am making this thread because my OCD is just getting worse my the week at this point and I just see no other option than medication at least for now.
There is something fundamentally wrong with how my brain is firing, like a faulty circuit and no matter how much I fight the obsessions and compulsions they just keep coming back in some other form.

I wanted to know what everyone’s experience has been with SSRIs like Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox etc.

I especially want to know the effects they had on your training, it might sound stupid but I’m really concerned how it will affect my intensity/aggression in the gym and in the boxing ring as these are my true passion.
And of course the sexual side effects and fat gain.

I have ADHD with some OCD as well and I have been on Paxil, Effexor XR, and Prozac before. The first med I used about 20 years was Paxil and for the past 10 years or so I have been back on Paxil 30mg daily and like it better than the others but I would not say it made a huge difference.
 

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I have had severe depression, anxiety, ocd well since I can remember...

I have tried every medication under the sun, I have klonopin on hand which I used to take daily as needed its the only RX that has worked long time but it makes me drowsy. Effexor was the scariest, I saw dreams of murdering people and was not sure what was real and what not. All others made me feel numb and/or fatigued. This year I started Welbutrin and it fixed everything for like 2 weeks and then everything came back with a vengeance and it actually made everything worse.

I haven’t really had depression for almost two months now, social anxiety is pretty much gone, OCD is 90% better and more a habit I feel but I’m slowly breaking my habits and realizing I don’t have to check everything 3x3 times haha.

What helped:

Reducing Caffeine intake to one cup and waiting at least an hour after waking up before having it.

Diet helps, the less carbs more stability.

Finally the magic that turned everything around and this might be against the rules so please delete if it is but...

Microdosing with Psylocybin Mushrooms, I’m talking 0,1grams about twice a week(active dose is +1,5grams), so no trips or such. I haven’t dosed in about 13days and still feel no lessening effects. Dosing days I would feel physically fatigued and sometimes problem sleeping. I don’t feel high or more happy, but I feel normal, I think about things from a different perspective without fear and anxiety. I feel more love to my partner and our animals, because of that I’m happy, more active, hardly any food cravings etc etc. It’s a weird feeling, feeling ‘’normal’’. Now please note that mushrooms are illegal in most countries so do your studying. I remember John Hopkins and a Uni in the UK are studying the effects on lasting change against treatment resistant depression, plus there are so many anecdotal testimonials that I have read like mine. So not endorsing this just saying what it has done to me.

The last thing I will say is that whatever med you try and helps you, you still have to do the work and fix the actual issues and YES there always are some, but with a mind that is not defaulted in depression/anxiety it can be done, but if not everything will come back!
 

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First of all thank you to everyone who posted and provided feedback on my thread for severe OCD -
I truly appreciate it.

I am making this thread because my OCD is just getting worse my the week at this point and I just see no other option than medication at least for now.
There is something fundamentally wrong with how my brain is firing, like a faulty circuit and no matter how much I fight the obsessions and compulsions they just keep coming back in some other form.

I wanted to know what everyone’s experience has been with SSRIs like Prozac, Zoloft, Luvox etc.

I especially want to know the effects they had on your training, it might sound stupid but I’m really concerned how it will affect my intensity/aggression in the gym and in the boxing ring as these are my true passion.
And of course the sexual side effects and fat gain.

I've been on several and I think they are great meds that are very effective at what they do. That's the good part. Now the sexual side effects are something I eventually couldn't live with anymore, especially the anorgasmia (hard to next to impossible to climax). So I would think about it very carefully before you hop on one because it will probably work wonders but then your stuck with the dilemma of staying on them or not because of the sexual side effects.

Note that there are people who CLAIM not to get the sexual side effects but that's a small minority and how trustworthy are these claims?

Your other concerns are really non-concerns, fat gain will not happen unless you make it happen through your diet and your training will likely only be positively affected.

I've said this before in the other thread and I don't know how much or whether it is used for OCD but since it also works on Serotonin I'll assume it's also used for OCD, Mirtazapine is a sexual side effect-free alternative that is certainly worth looking into.
 

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Your other concerns are really non-concerns, fat gain will not happen unless you make it happen through your diet and your training will likely only be positively affected.

I've said this before in the other thread and I don't know how much or whether it is used for OCD but since it also works on Serotonin I'll assume it's also used for OCD, Mirtazapine is a sexual side effect-free alternative that is certainly worth looking into.

Funny thing is that these effect everybody very differently. I used Remeron aka Mirtazapine about 15years ago and its one of the two that I really remember I tried in my 20’s(other being Effexor). It made me sleep 16+ hours a day even after weeks and when I woke up it was like MK677 and ghrp6 x 100000! I could not stop eating, hungry all the time, it was the fattest I have ever been in my life, but again everybody reacts different but weight gain and sleepiness are two known common side effects.

Welbutrin is supposed to be a sex pill for many, but again for me it did nothing in that regard.

The lesson what I want to preach and this really sucks btw that different meds effect different people in different ways(just read reviews, some people will tout as a lifesaver some will say it made life hell). The even suckier thing is that every med needs a month or so before you know what it really does.

Best advice is go to a doctor and let them guide you, but by all means do some research beforehand but remember that your an individual and don’t give up/settle because live is really short and it sad going through it not being happy!

I also suggest behavior therapy if possible, I was only able to do a bit as I was always moving from country to country, but NLP Techniques(self taught) and Meditation still help me keep everything in check!
 

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