Hi Joe, I'm interested in the effect of Paxil for you and DutchMark - it seems it really has been a "miracle med" for both of you! I have been on antidepressant Remeron (mirtazapin) 30 mg since the spring 2001 and it has definitely cured my depression, which bothered me for 12 years. However, Remeron hasn't been in no way effective toward my DP/DR. I'm aware that those two antidepressants work in different ways, as Remeron doesn't belong to the group of SSRIs - so I am wondering if paroxetine might work for DP/DR also in my case :?: But cuz my current antidepressant seems to be working though, I hesitate to give Paxil a chance, as I'm afraid of becoming worse.
I'll probably ask about this from my psychiatrist next time I'll see her, but meanwhile I'd be most thankful if any of you other people - Joe or others - would have any ideas regarding this antidepressant thingy regarding DP/DR. Indeed most of all I would be thankful to know, what do you think about the pharmacological reasons behind, i.e. what makes Paxil work for DP in your case (and why Remeron doesn't work for my DP/DR). However, I notice that the same med that works for someone might not work for someone else due to different biological reasons, so I hesitate to try Paxil just cuz of depersonalization, as Remeron has been some kind of "miracle med" for my depression. Any ideas and/or enthusiasm toward telling me the possible pharmacological reasons behind different antidepressants?