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Help! I stopped taking Lexapro about a month and a 1/2 ago and now I am a mess! I started taking something called Relagen in hopes that it would help, but it did not. I am thinking of ordering something called Serenity. Has anyone heard of it? I need help because my doctor wants me to go back on antidepressants.
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I'm sorry, I don't know anything about Serenity except that it sounds like a friendly type of drug.
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Serenity as a brand name, OTC lithium sodium supplement in its natural form (natural as opposed to pharmacuetically refined).  

Lithium is tricky even under a doctors watchful care.  
It can be very helpful in some cases to be sure.  
Be very careful dosing yourself with this substance.  It can accumulate in the blood (in fact it must accumulate in order to work properly) but the beneficial level of lithium and the toxic level are usually not far apart, which is why ALL patients on lithium require periodic screening to determine approximate blood levels.  

Please read all the potential side effects associated with lithium and remember that just because it is natural, doesn't make it safe.
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Why not try another anti depressant under the supervision of your doctor?  Just because lexapro didn't work, doesn't mean another wont.  Sometimes, you have to try a number of medications before you find the right one.  I wouldn't go prescribing yourself medicine.  It can be potentially harmful.
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I went to my doctor today and she put me back on a lower dose of Lexapro, and she gave me a shot of estrogen. I am 47 and she believes that when I stopped taking the Lexapro all of the other perimenopausal symptoms surfaced. We'll see. I have been on many different antidepressants over the past 15 years. Lexapro made me feel great, but I gained about 20 pounds and it affects orgasms. In one month I have lost 10 pounds and can have orgasms, but I am a mess otherwise. I sure hope I get regulated again because life sucks right now!
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AT LEAST YOU ARE ORGASMIC, I HAVEN'T HAD THE FEELING IN A LONG TIME.  MEDS AND MEDS AND DEPRESSION, KEEPS ME LOW.  I RE-ENTERED A RELATIONSHIP WITH SOMEONE I'VE KNOWN FOR 4 YEARS AND JUST BROKE IT OFF WITH THEM YESTERDAY.  DECIDED AGAIN IT WAS NOT FOR ME, HE'S STILL PLAYING GAMES AND DOESN'T WANT TO TAKE ME SERIOUSLY. OH YEAH! I AM MARRIED BUT HAD BEEN SEPARATED OVER 3 YEARS, BUT ME AND OUR 3 KIDS HAVE TO MOVE BACK IN WITH (ALMOST) EX-HUBBY DUE TO MY PHYSICAL ILLNESS.  ALSO HE IS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO MY EXISTING DEPRESSION NOW.  I'M TRYING TO MAKE IT UNTIL I CAN GET BACK TO WORK, WAITING ON RELEASE FROM DOC'S.  HAD HEART ISSUES EARLIER THIS YEAR (RECOVERING).  IM TAKE LAMICTAL TILTRATED TABS AND CLONAZEPAM.  BUT THIS ISN'T MY FIRST TIME AROUND WITH DEPRESSION AND MEDS BEEN ON THEM OFF AND ON SINCE 1998. IM 37 SOON TO BE 38 11/28/06.  BEEN THROUGH ALOT IN MY ALMOST 20 YEAR MARRIAGE, HAVE TO SEARCH LONG AND HARD TO REMEMBER GOOD TIMES WE HAD, YEAH IT HAS BEEN JUST THAT BAD.  HUBBY JUST DIDN'T HAVE GOOD BLUEPRINT WHEN HE MET MEAND I TOOK HIM IN LIKE YOU WOULD TAKE IN A LOST KITTEN OR PUPPY AND HE NEVER LEFT AFTER THAT.  HE JUST GREW ON ME NOW HE PLAGUES ME.  ALL ELSE ASIDE.  IM DEALING AND HOPEFULLY THIS TIME I CAN PULL THRU AND MAYBE HELP SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS DOWN...THANKS FOR LETTING ME SHARE.
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Depression isn't always situational. I have had issues with it since I can remember at 2 years old. Weird huh? But as a child I knew something just wasn't right. I didn't go on antidepressants until about 15 years ago (when I was about 32)when I was having anxiety attacks with the depression. I have been married for 27 years. We have had our relationship problems and trials in raising kids, but I truly believe that some people's brains just don't make the right chemicals which causes depression. At times though, situations do make the depression worse. The worst part is not always knowing what really causes and triggers it. I wish I din't have to rely on meds, but I guess I came to that realization with this recent trial and error of trying to do it without. Has anyone had succes in going off meds withour all of the withdrawal side affects?
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can you help me,

i havent been on any med's i havent gone to see if i can be put on any but for some strange reason i started too look at my life and feal down.i sometimesjust come home and cry i feal confussed with my life and down i dont know what is amatter with me i no my problems are no way near as bad as anyone elses but if anyone please could you give me some tips and pointers and if anyone needs someone to talk to i am hear for you thanks guys !
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You sound just like me. I did the same thing, I started to think about where I was at this point in my life and if this is where I really wanted to be. I am 44, single have a pretty good job and a teenage daughter who just started driving. I had a lot of things going on this past year but not to the extent of some other people. By September I had enough. I wasn't happy with anything. It seemed as if I was crying all of the time, at work, home, in the car... Plus I was always getting sick. I went to the doctor in September because I wasn't feeling well. My blood pressure was 160/100 which was high for me. When I started to talking to my doctor I broke down. She prescribed Cymbalta. I started with a lower dose and then a month later she increased it. Only then did I start to feel like myself again. I can't say I am 100% but I am much better than I was a few months ago. When I think back, this has been going on for quite a while but escalated in August. Plus it is not the first time I went through something like this, but didn't realize it was depression. Talk to you doctor and see what he has to say. Medication is not always the answer, but it worked for me. Good luck and keep me posted.
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thanyou for the e-mail
its nice to know i am not the only one out there !!
i hope things do keep looking up for you
butt theres one problem i have i have problems with expressing myself and showing emotions to other people i cant really drink because when i do i just turn into a emotional blobber
im single as well no kids studing still !
i love my family and friends to bits iu feaL a bit used sometimes anyways hope to hear to from yoo soon thanyou for the advice

hope you have a good new year and enjoy yourself !! you sond like you deserve it thanks again

ricky
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Happy New Year! I hope this year proves to be a healthy, happy and prosperous one for everyone!

Ricky, you are not alone and the more I talk to people, the more I know that this is true. Expressing yourself and telling people how you feel is not always easy, especially if you don't know what the problem is. I didn't. Plus I feel that people are so self absorbed and don't really care to listen. This makes it harder to express yourself. Showing emotions is another thing. Most people view this as being weak and they don't understand depression unless they experienced it themselves. I don't fully understand depression myself sometimes and view myself as not being able to control my life. Showing emotions is an important part of expressing yourself and is NOT a display of weakness.  

I also understand the feeling of being used. I only hear from certain people when they want something from me. There are people in this world who are givers and others who are users. You sound as if you are a giver who is loving to your family and friends. Stay that way. Be well and have a happy new year. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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go back to your regular antidepresant. tahts the best alternative. Good luck.
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i need help... ive had depression since i was 6 yrs old but i was diagnosed with depression when i was around 13 or 14 yrs. i dont take meds at all but i also think im bi- polar. im always very angry. my mood swings change rapidly.i can be happy one min and the next im sad...
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