03-01-2010, 12:37 PM
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Join Date: May 2012
The one that worked
(Copied over from old review system)
Posted by rustybob
Social Anxiety Background
Had social anxiety pretty much forever from growing up in a racist town. Definitely not the textbook social anxiety case, as I did have friends, played team sports, worked since I was 10 years old, did sales jobs, etc etc. I never realized I had it until I finally decided to fix my sleep problems.
My whole life I've been unable to get more than 1.5 hours straight of sleep (unless I was sick). So even though I got 8 hours I still felt like crap. This is what initially got me into trying to figure out what's wrong with me. Once I seen the list of symptoms for seratonin deficiency I knew that was my problem. My whole life have suffered from a lack of energy and motivation.
Ativan (although this was initially prescribed for sleep)
Valium (not obtained through a doctor, worked great though)
Wellbutrin (Still using, working great with Remeron)
5-HTP (Helped mood slightly, sleep was just as bad due to crazy nightmares)
Asked my doctor to prescribe me Remeron after Zoloft failed miserably. This seemed like the ideal drug for me, since it would help both my social anxiety and sleep issues without sexual side effects. It has worked better than I could've expected, with basically all of Remeron's side effects being couteracted by Wellbutrin.
Within the first night of taking it, I went from 1.5 hours straight of sleep to 3 hours. Within 4 weeks I was up to 6 straight hours. Right now I can get a full 8 hours of sleep, and I feel amazing because of that.
For social anxiety, the changes started about a week in, with the full effect reached about 7 weeks in. It hasn't "cured" my social anxiety, but it got me 90% of the way towards overcoming it. Now that I'm about 6 months in I'm probably 98% of the way towards overcoming it.
The most amazing thing with Remeron for me is that for most of my life I pretty much had a complete inability to feel. Within 2 weeks of taking Remeron that started to change. Now I can feel happy, be upset, be angry, get pleasure from doing positive things, etc. Combined with Wellbutrin to give me energy and motivation, I'm about as close to normal as I've ever been.
Side effects are basically non-existant for me. The Wellbutrin has stopped some of the munchies, and gives me the energy to live an active lifestyle. Also, instead of eating junk food when it gives me the munchies, I always have fruit laying around the house to eat instead. As such, I've lost weight since being on both drugs.
My dose is 45mg that I take in the morning. At 15 and 30mg it did leave me tired and groggy.