Didn't Help at all
Social Anxiety Background
I Learned I had Social anxiety probably around the age of 13 where it really got bad. Before then, I don't ever "Remember" Being Nervous in social situations. Anyways, From 7th grade-12th Grade, I had no Idea I had "Social anxiety". I knew there was something DEF wrong with me, But I did not know what. I just Knew at School that I always Felt like people were watching me and judging me on how I walked, talked, etc. The Classroom was the worst. Especially when your assigned seat was in the front or the middle, cause then everyone Saw you. I just remember always being so nervous in social settings and not understanding why. At age 16, they diganosed me with depression and put me on What I dont even remember. Somewhere around the age of 17/18, I came across a website about Social anxiety and symptoms and Was just shocked to learn that I have like all of the symptoms. I was just like Wow. Wow. And Looked into treatments ever since.
I started Paxil in July of 2013. I was on it for a few days back in November of 2012, But that's not even worth mentioning. Anyways, I was on for about a whole month. The whole month of july. Also, My first day taking it(10 mgs), Was the first day of my new job. So, the first 2 weeks, I felt really Um. Stoned. High. Relaxed. I laughed at pretty much anything and felt amazing. No anxiety at all. Although I liked the "stoned" feeling, I did not wanna always feel that way. I don't wanna feel high, I wanna feel no anxiety. The Stoned feeling eventually went away after about a week or 2 and The anxiety quickly returned, So I upped my dose to 20 mgs. The stoned feeling comes back for another week. Maybe not even. Then Vanishes, with another comeback appearance of my anxiety. So I decided last week to ease myself off of the Paxil. And have been completely off with little to no withdrawl symptoms for a few days now.
Some of the Negatives of Paxil, As a 19 year old Male, was DEF the sexual side effects. I could get an erection just fine. Keeping it was the problem. And Having an Orgasm was nearly impossible. It was doable, It just took a lot of work, which was annoying. I started taking Buspar along with the Paxil to counteract the side effects, which it did a little bit, but not really. For me, It seems the buspar did everything opposite the Paxil did.
Paxil: Made me not want sex
Buspar: Made me want sex
Paxil: Made me not hungry
Buspar: made me hungry
Paxil: Made me tired
So Would I reccomend Paxil? Maybe . Everyone's body is different. But, as a guy speaking, I'll never Be on SSRI's again, because of the sexual side effects. I'd rather live with anxiety then to not have sex. Also, I've heard the Sexual effects can LAST AFTER YOU GET OFF THEM FOR YEARS. Yeah, not worth it to me.