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Re: Exercise Making Me More Depressed/Irritable - HELP

Posted by sjb on June 1, 2004, at 14:11:24

In reply to Re: Exercise Making Me More Depressed/Irritable - HELP, posted by Survector on June 1, 2004, at 12:05:19

Depression is horrible, esp. what it does to you physically. I know when I can't get out of the house during the really bad times, I'm so jealous of my "normal" friends that are at the gym, working out consistently, while I'm just a big puddle on the sofa . . .

As for Provigal, yes, I've heard wonderful things about it on the Crazymeds website, as well. However, guess you know, Kelli White has made it famous in the sprinting world of Track and Field. She was just banned for taking it, and other drugs as well. Granted, I'm a far cry from an Olympian and she took it for a performance edge, not for depression, but I would still not feel right taking it, as I do compete from time-to-time, even it's just low-key, local stuff.

Funny, how you mention the drugs and sweating. I've always beena big sweater, but it's buckets when I'm on meds (Luvox was one of the worst.)

I've found that my endurance is ok, maybe even better on some SSRIs at LOW dosages. It's hard to tell, though, because the times I would go off meds to prepare for a race, I'd crash so bad with depression, I couldn't train anyway. So, now I'm on 20 mg of Prozac and for me, that has worked the best. I, too, did ok with Effexor at low dosages. The worst was Zyprexa and Parnate, for me, anyway. But you're right about the PDocs. I even went to sports pyschiatrist (one of only a couple in the US, I believe) and he was ok, but he still didn't understand when I would talk about not being able to run for more than 8 miles when I increased med dosages. For the record, he said he had the most success with Prozac, Lamictal and Paxil CR for his athletic patients.

Good luck with your search. Someday, people will look back on this time as the "bloodletting" of psychiatry.




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