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Hey guys, I know this might sound silly, but I'm discussing starting back on anti-depressants with my doctor and I'm trying to find out which one is the best fit for me. She's prescribed Effexor, but I've been hearing terrible stories about the side effects and it scares me. From what I've read, Effexor is supposed to be the most effective for people which major depressive disorder (ie, me) so I don't know what to do. Basically, I'm just trying to get my head above water. I don't expect that a pill will change my life dramatically, just help me deal with the shitshow.


I've been on Prozac (didn't like it, made me manic), wellbutrin (didn't do anything), paxil (worked at first, then stopped working, made me gain weight), and celexa (sexual side effects). I really liked celexa except that it made it impossible for me to enjoy sex, which sucks because it's one of my favorite things.

So essentially, what I'm looking for is something that has the fewest side effects. I know this is different for everyone but I really want to make the right decision here, so please give me your personal experiences with anti-depressants if you feel comfortable with it. Thanks in advance.

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