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Join Date: May 2012
Social Anxiety Background
I've had SAD since I was a child in grade school, but I was not officially diagnosed until March of this year. My social phobias transformed into serious forms of depression when I entered college.
sam-E as a mood support (but it didn't really work)
I started taking 30 mg of Cymbalta for social anxiety and depression, and I eventually moved up to 60 mg a day. I did have some jitters, drowsiness, and "crying spells" where I wasn't really "crying" (since, emotionally, I was feeling fine) but my eyes were watering and my throat felt a little choked up. They did subside the longer I took the Cymbalta.
I think for me, the medicine was helpful. It helped mobilize me to do things I was too afraid to do before (even when I was doing CBT with my counselor). When things didn't work out right, I didn't drown in anxiety -- I stayed cool and thought of different options. It's really enabled me to develop some important problem solving skills.
The side effects are kind of annoying drawbacks and I certainly don't want to be on this medicine forever, but in the meantime it is helping me stabilize myself mentally so that I can do the things I've always wanted to do.
I was on 1 x 60mgs of Cymbalta a day for 3 months and it did absolutely nothing positive. I think I remember the sexual side effects being less than that of Paxil @ 60mgs which I'm currently on.
I started out on 60mgs from samples my doctor gave me as I refuse to pay more than $2 for any of my meds.
If your gonna give this medication a try, definitely just use doctors samples.
PS. This medication became available in Canada in May of 2008
This medication did hardly anything for my anxiety, but it did make me lose 13 pounds. I still had frequent panic attacks, but I would have stayed on it for the weight loss if I wasn't so determined to find a medication that actually worked.
All in all, it's good for weight loss, but not much for anxiety.
I was on cymbalta 60mg a day for about 7 months, it did help alleviate stress not drastically or anything.
I've had SAD since I was 14 years old or so. Managed to graduate from Law School, despite all difficulties. Have been on and off several meds. Somehow, depression got in the way.
I'm currently on Cymbalta, 60mg, once a day (it's been 4 months or so). Stopped Lexapro because I felt that it wasn't working for me anymore.
I'm actually surprised that Cymbalta has helped me cope with mild depression (which seems to have vanished) and SAD, without so many of the side-effects of previous medications (except for the low libido and constipation).
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