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suggestions for mild anti-depressant

I tried 37.5 mg of venlafaxine - horrible reaction.  2 weeks later took 10 mg of paxil  not as horrible of a reaction, but no go.  Any suggestions of what to suggest to my general practitioner?  thanks!  I really need help with this depression.  
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Yeah, go see a psychiatrist, not your general practitioner.  He just started you out on the two most difficult of all antidepressants to take and to stop taking.  Not very promising.  It's not that they don't work, but there are so many meds out there to try there's no reason for your first two attempts to be the two that are the most difficult to stop taking.  Psychiatrists don't usually start there, but general docs often don't really know that much about these drugs and how they differ.  But you also have to know that side effects of these meds start right away but the beneficial effects take from 4-6 weeks for most people to kick in.  They all have side effects.  Some you will feel more than others, and the better you absorb a drug the better it will work but also the more side effects you might have.  The only way to avoid this is to try solving your problem through therapy if you are functioning well enough you don't need an antidepressant.  If you do need drugs to function, again, a psychiatrist is the specialist here.  My experience is, they usually start with the ones with the easiest reputations for side effects and quitting them.  It's when that doesn't work that they move on to the ones that have proven to be the most difficult.  As I say, your doc started you out on the two most difficult ones, which is why I'd probably not go back to that doc and find a psychiatrist or try therapy with a psychologist if you're still functioning at an acceptable level.  Good luck.  
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And there's no such thing as a "mild" antidepressant.  If you only need a mild one you probably don't need medication at all, we're just so used in our current society to solve everything by taking a pill or three.  If you truly want a "mild" antidepressant the natural world has a fair amount of them.
Thank you for all of this information!!
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