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#1 Findmywayhome

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Posted 18 October 2020 - 12:58 PM

Im 16 years old and I got dp/dr 7 weeks ago, since then the symptons have increasingly gotten worse, I think its somewhat related to anxiety/stress/obssesive thoughts, it started after a panic attack. Part of me thinks the primary problem isnt the anxiety though because I went a while without feeling really anxious (but still mildly stressed) and the dp/dr kept increasing. Its pretty severe and debilitating now.

I have a doctors appointment on Tuesday and the only ssri I can be legally prescribed is prozac. Should I take it?

Obviously medication is different for everyone. And I know no one will be able to provide a clear cut answer. I guess im just asking if anyone has had a similar situation and took medication and what their experience is.

Thanks.

#2 forestx5

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Posted 19 October 2020 - 05:10 AM

I suffered depression in conjunction with an epileptic syndrome. My depression featured severe insomnia and anxiety.

I couldn't sleep at all on prozac.  If your primary complaint is anhedonia, I guess Prozac could help. 

I had suffered symptoms of mental illness for 40 years before I asked for an EEG (electroencephalogram).

The EEG showed I had been epileptic for all those years.  I wish I had known that sooner as it could have

made a big difference in my treatment, as well as my understanding of my life and my symptoms.  So,

if there is any doubt about the origins of your symptoms, I would recommend you get it sorted out early.

An EEG is a good way to proceed, IMHO.



#3 James_80

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Posted 08 November 2020 - 06:50 AM

Im 16 years old and I got dp/dr 7 weeks ago, since then the symptons have increasingly gotten worse, I think its somewhat related to anxiety/stress/obssesive thoughts, it started after a panic attack. Part of me thinks the primary problem isnt the anxiety though because I went a while without feeling really anxious (but still mildly stressed) and the dp/dr kept increasing. Its pretty severe and debilitating now.

I have a doctors appointment on Tuesday and the only ssri I can be legally prescribed is prozac. Should I take it?

Obviously medication is different for everyone. And I know no one will be able to provide a clear cut answer. I guess im just asking if anyone has had a similar situation and took medication and what their experience is.

Thanks.

 

Prozac is good for depression. Takes a long long time to kick in. At least 8 weeks for the positive effects to appear. Longer than that to feel full benefit (maybe 12 - 16 weeks). So if you quit at 4 weeks then you haven't given it enough time to work. It is good for anxiety/panic but can also be stimulating so some people don't like that effect. It can be helpful if you have depression combined with anxiety. It's often the only antidepressant offered to young people because of its long half life meaning that occasionally missing a dose doesn't cause extreme withdrawal symptoms.

Your description of not feeling anxious but the dp/dr increasing sounds like your system has switched from a hyperarousal to hypoarousal state. This means going from a fight or flight response to a freeze response, which sometimes happens if you have a series of panic attacks or one severe panic attack.

It sounds like you still have high levels of anxiety. It's up to you if you want to try the Prozac. You will likely feel worse for the first 4 weeks though. At around the 6 week mark, you might find it more tolerable and then hopefully things should improve from there. Before trying the Prozac though you might want to try cleaning up your lifestyle instead to see if that works e.g. cut out or reduce caffeine, exercise, eat well, sleep well, get outside, get therapy. Good luck.







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