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    Re: Avoidant Personality Disorder

    Wellbutrin for me also gave me so much energy got lots done on it though but i did not like the other side effects of it.
    It made my mouth so dry and had trouble swallowing some times so stopped it.

    I hope the side effects of the Prozac eases up soon and you start feeling the good benefits of it. Yes take one day at a time for now ok even 1 hour at a time You are doing good taking it i know how hard it can be so good for you for taking it each day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    Yes. Less effective for depression for most people. Not helpful with anxiety disorders. Side effects can be more unpleasant and may include shakiness or tremors, agitation, and feelings of nervousness or anxiety. Probably not a good choice for you unless better medications fail.
    So you said you take Fluoxitine?


    One thing I noticed (and this is a GOOD thing, for me at least) is my appetite has decreased significantly - and since I've always struggled to maintain my healthy weight and I have a propensity to overeat, I like that.


    Will this wear off (if in fact it's a side effect of Prozac)?


    I felt a little better on it at work last night...today is an off-day for me but I feel a little foggy still.


    Eye contact seems like it might be becoming a little easier, believe it or not. I can not say for sure because obviously I've been taking it for less than a week. I don't know if a medication like Prozac can produce noticeable effects (positive, at least) or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryQ View Post
    Totally agree. It's a really "strange" medication. Gave me sooooo much energy. I can't remember if the last trial with the Zoloft was # 5 or #6.
    Just wired like a crack head. Lots of energy the first times but my OCD and Tourette tics were totally off the charts.

    Works for some and not for others... pretty much same story as all other meds but a stimulant is usually not the best thing when someone has anxiety. Hard to find a balance of just being calm, rather than strung up wired or friggen sedated like a zombie with all these meds.
    It's very frustrating - now that I have no one to lean on - this mortgage I just signed and the job I have to pay it are all on me - I don't have the luxury of getting locked away trying to get things right. Plus I have a cat that I do care about and I don't want to get in a jam and have that little fella starve to death while they locked me away somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy H. View Post
    So you said you take Fluoxetine?
    I have taken it in the past three times, first in 1996-68 for about 18 months, then in 2015 for about a year to a year and a half again, and thern in 2016-2017 for about 9 months or so. This was for depression each time, triggered by external events.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy H. View Post
    One thing I noticed (and this is a GOOD thing, for me at least) is my appetite has decreased significantly - and since I've always struggled to maintain my healthy weight and I have a propensity to overeat, I like that.

    Will this wear off (if in fact it's a side effect of Prozac)?
    That can happen, although it's usually difficult to tell whether that's because of the medication or because of the depression or other conditions (e.g., OCD) it's intended to treat. I don't think it affected me that way personally.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy H. View Post
    I felt a little better on it at work last night...today is an off-day for me but I feel a little foggy still.

    Eye contact seems like it might be becoming a little easier, believe it or not. I can not say for sure because obviously I've been taking it for less than a week. I don't know if a medication like Prozac can produce noticeable effects (positive, at least) or not.
    Prozac has very effective anti-obsessional properties and for that reason alone may benefit that specific condition by decreasing the amount of time you spend focusing on and worrying about it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy H. View Post
    It's very frustrating - now that I have no one to lean on - this mortgage I just signed and the job I have to pay it are all on me - I don't have the luxury of getting locked away trying to get things right. Plus I have a cat that I do care about and I don't want to get in a jam and have that little fella starve to death while they locked me away somewhere.
    I don't see any reason why they would want to lock you away anywhere. Beds are so scarce these days that they're only likely to consider that if you pose an immediate threat to yourself or to someone else.

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    It's very frustrating - now that I have no one to lean on - this mortgage I just signed and the job I have to pay it are all on me
    If you have a spare bedroom, have you considered renting it out (even for just a day on Airbnb)?
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Any GOOD and this point is GREAT!
    Eating less means less chances of gaining weight and also means less money spent on food, Double win there!

    I'm glad you had a good day and also that looking others in the eye has had some progress.

    Maybe you should keep a log of when you are having a good day or even a good period so that when you feel like nothings ever working you can look back and say: Oh yeah! Had a good day there... (Note to me: Doing the same might help me too!) Because it's really hard to remember that we actually had some moments when we're in a dark place.

    Hang in there Roy, I have a feeling more progress is headed your way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryQ View Post
    Totally agree. It's a really "strange" medication. Gave me sooooo much energy. I can't remember if the last trial with the Zoloft was # 5 or #6.
    Just wired like a crack head. Lots of energy the first times but my OCD and Tourette tics were totally off the charts.

    Works for some and not for others... pretty much same story as all other meds but a stimulant is usually not the best thing when someone has anxiety. Hard to find a balance of just being calm, rather than strung up wired or friggen sedated like a zombie with all these meds.
    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel View Post
    If you have a spare bedroom, have you considered renting it out (even for just a day on Airbnb)?
    I have an entire finished basement (granted some upgrades to the bathroom need to be made) that I want to rent out.


    The thing is - and I don't know if this is laziness or depression, both, or something else - I can never really seem to get anything done down there. I spent my entire life in that basement and moved upstairs after signing the mortgage, and there is still a lot of stuff down there that needs to go and cleaning and probably upgrades.


    But again on the weekends all I really want to do is just sit in the lay-z-boy and be left alone. I can't say if it's laziness or medications or depression or what...

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Baxter View Post
    I have taken it in the past three times, first in 1996-68 for about 18 months, then in 2015 for about a year to a year and a half again, and thern in 2016-2017 for about 9 months or so. This was for depression each time, triggered by external events.



    That can happen, although it's usually difficult to tell whether that's because of the medication or because of the depression or other conditions (e.g., OCD) it's intended to treat. I don't think it affected me that way personally.



    Prozac has very effective anti-obsessional properties and for that reason alone may benefit that specific condition by decreasing the amount of time you spend focusing on and worrying about it.



    I don't see any reason why they would want to lock you away anywhere. Beds are so scarce these days that they're only likely to consider that if you pose an immediate threat to yourself or to someone else.


    NOt sure if meds or not but I feel sort of rubbish again today. Almost dizzy-like...kind of foggy. I am still taking the Prozac.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roy H. View Post
    I have an entire finished basement (granted some upgrades to the bathroom need to be made) that I want to rent out.
    IF your area is anything like Winnipeg, you put an add online and call it a "Character suite"

    The thing is - and I don't know if this is laziness or depression, both, or something else - I can never really seem to get anything done down there. I spent my entire life in that basement and moved upstairs after signing the mortgage, and there is still a lot of stuff down there that needs to go and cleaning and probably upgrades.
    Add the comment "First month free if you clean it out"

    But again on the weekends all I really want to do is just sit in the lay-z-boy and be left alone. I can't say if it's laziness or medications or depression or what...
    I haven't left my bed today except for bladder calls and refills. So you made it to the Lazy-Boy That's better than me!

    Not sure if meds or not but I feel sort of rubbish again today. Almost dizzy-like...kind of foggy. I am still taking the Prozac.
    Just take it one day at a time or you'll just beat yourself up for nothing! Glad to hear you're giving the Prozac time to see if it will help.

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    Re: Avoidant Personality Disorder

    Similarly, my pharmacist emphasized the importance of patience with SSRIs even when I was picking up Prozac for my dog (who has separation anxiety)

    Regarding the basement/mortgage, the big problem with renting I have seen is having to evict someone who has stopped paying rent and/or them destroying your home (which is why we used to do monthly inspections guised as a monthly pesticide service). And if they don't easily have enough money to pay first and last month's rent (or first month's rent and a downpayment) -- that is obviously a not a good sign.
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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    Re: Avoidant Personality Disorder

    Though you don't live in Canada, it's the same situation up there with tenants having more rights than landlords (which is why landlords eventually learn to be more and more selective):

    Naive Canadian landlords share their worst tenant stories | Globalnews.ca
    “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there.” ~ Rumi

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