Glad you like it! I remember when you first started posting here but I haven't posted in ages. I don't know if you remember me since I haven't posted in a long time, but I remember right, you were focused on getting benzos at the time (I think we even had a few arguments at first!
). I'm really happy to see you've had the intelligence and courage to try better long-term solutions.
I was on nortriptyline a while ago, and it was fantastic in a lot of ways... the quality of sleep, daytime energy, and just the minimal side effects were great! I think I actually recommended it to you way back, but if I remember correctly, you were concerned with a few things about tricyclics, one of them being sleep paralysis which I think you said an aunt encountered
. I'm thrilled to see that you're sleeping so well though... that was probably my favorite thing about the med, and I didn't think sleep paralysis would be a problem.
I started taking Parnate instead about a year ago because I still wasn't feeling 100%, but I'm strongly considering going back to nortriptyline because, while Parnate was great at first, it's unfortunately pooped out a bit, and it's extremely restrictive - and there are no more medications to try, so it's either ECT (which I'd rather not do), or go back to nortriptyline, which I'd really like to do, because it was probably my favorite for SA and ESPECIALLY depression of all the drugs I've tried, as far as therapeutic effectiveness and feelings of well-being (distinct from simply getting high off a med).
I think with nortriptyline, the only reason the drug didn't completely cure me was because I think I'm dealing with a lot that drugs simply cannot fix, since I've not only had SA and depression for pretty much my entire life, but I also grew up under some of the worst social circumstances you can think of, so I'd say that in terms of various stages of social development, I'm not only lagging behind quite a bit, but much of the development I did go through is just poorly adapted for today's society, not to mention that I've picked up very bad social "habits" and routine, the most self-defeating of which is EXTREME avoidant behaviors. And I think these are things that I was unrealistic in expecting a pill to fix, and will probably take a LOT of time, effort, and help from my awesome therapist. With that in mind, I believe I can do even better with nortriptyline this time.
Again though, I'm thrilled to hear it's been just as awesome for you, and I really think it should be prescribed more often. Not only is it WAY more effective than SSRIs, but in terms of side effects it's also WAY easier to tolerate... seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it? Anyways, I'd give it a 6/5 not only because it's so amazing, but also because it's just so damn underappreciated.