(Copied over from old review system)
Posted by meyaj
Social Anxiety Background
I've been dealing with SA since around 9-10 years old.
Picture this: a "bright" kid with (undiagnosed at the time) ADD gets moved to a "gifted program" at school, and basically grows up with the exact same driven, motivated kids for the next decade.
As you can imagine, being a kid with ADD was almost an insult in it itself to the overachievers. So, friendless, without many opportunities for making new friends, this kid never really evolved socially, and is now pretty much terrified of it.
Antidepressants: Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Nortriptyline, Effexor
Too many other meds to list.
CBT therapy (1 year now)
Very low side effect profile for me, even on a high dose of 20mg/day
Only noticeable side effect was diminished libido.
On the other hand, it didn't really help me much either.
However, I know it helps a lot of people so I'd still recommend it to a lot of people as a first SSRI because it has a really good tradeoff between efficacy and side-effects.