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Sounds like you got a panic attack from the thought of being in front of millions of people on TV :)

Anyway - finding meds to help with DP/DR is tricky. I am on 20mg of Paxil a day, and at times use 1 mg of Ativan during the severe stress occassions. What I have noticed is the following:

1. Ativan helps the most with my DR, but does nothing for my DP
2. Paxil is great to stabilize my mood and lower my overall anxiety, but also does nothing for my DP.

I would take this question to a qualified psychiatrist. Remember, everyone reacts differently to medication, so even though Paxil does almost nothing for my DP, it may do wonders for you.

On a positive note - it sounds as though you are not letting this disorder lick ya. You went to a TV show taping, which shows you are able to try and go out and have a good time. Keep the faith.
 

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There is no single med which is the best but here are the meds which seem to help:

?SSRIs
?anticonvulsants
?opioid antagonists
?benzodiazepines - best for those with anxiety/panic

This is taken from Dr. Daphne Simeon's latest DP summary. A recent paper out of King's College shows lamotrigine, an anticonvulsant, in combination with an SSRI may help. Anticonvulsants are used in the treatment of epilepsy. Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and DPD share a number of symptoms. Anticonvulsants are also used to treat antipsychotic-resistant schizophrenia. Schizophrenia and DPD share many symptoms as well. Hope this helps!
 
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Zyprexa and celexa, hey that rhymes! I have been on this combo for a little over 4 years now and it seems to do the trick. I tried everything before that, and most of them didn't even put a dent in my DP/DR. At one time I was taking 8 different medications. 2 benzos, 2 A/D's, an antipsychotic, a mood stabelizer and some other shit that i dont remember the name. I take antipsychotics, but these arent for everyone. i would recommend an SSRI to start out with.
 
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Warning: if you take an ssri...your sex drive will be greatly diminished. I couldnt get a stiffy when I tried zoloft and effexor. Celexa doesn't seem to do that to me though. my libido is back and its better than ever.
 

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unigirl i hope i don't have a new symptom of seeing the beach on people's faces and it's just your icon...if it's the former then I'll call the therapist first thing tomorrow
 

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This is only my opinion. The most intelligent drugs to use to treat dp/depression/anxiety(I lump them all together) is a anti-depressant. The ssris are the front line drugs but from what Ive read they are no more effective than the tri-cyclics. AD's are an intelligent approach because the work to correct what is theorized to be wrong in the brain. Tranquilizers(benzos) work on anxiety so they too help with anxiety/dp, but they only treat the symptoms. In time, due to their mechanism, they will probably make the condition much worse. The are also highly addictive. All of these reasons make them a poor choice for long term anxiety management.

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In my opinion I think the best drugs are an ssri which is specifically for OCD (to stop the ruminating) & also a mild sedative to help with the anxiety levels.

This is what helped me. Everybody is different so you have to be a bit of a guinea pig for a while & try things out & see what works for you.

Good luck!
 

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klonopin 8mg per day + loads of strenuous physical exercise + no alcohol - who cares if it's addictive as long as you can keep getting it without having to fund your habit by nicking car radios?

effexor and sex drive don't mix - could always get it up out of sheer belligerence and amazingly could hump all night without you know... thus giving unexpected fulfilment to my missus but not getting there myself - she thought it was pretty good!

there - you all needed to know that didn't you?

actually withdrawing from effexor is a bit weird for a week or so.

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could always get it up out of sheer belligerence and amazingly could hump all night without you know... thus giving unexpected fulfilment to my missus but not getting there myself - she thought it was pretty good!
:lol: Priceless Rob, absolutely priceless.
 
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