I heard Paxil is really good! I personally don't want to go on medication to unconsciously alter my personality. It's kind of weird being quiet and being comfortable in your own skin, but heck I am. You could also try searching on google with certain professional-sounding phrases such as: shyness medicine perscription, or something or something else in quotes. There should be tons of stuff--and tons of gimmicks .
Post by vanilla coke on Jan 31, 2005 1:39:59 GMT -5
I am on Paxil, with mixed reactions.
I have two moods, euphoric and normal!
I act VERY VERY VERY hyper and talkative around family and good friends, to their utter amusement. But sometimes I get on their nerves!
Don't think for a second it will magically make you un-shy. It won't. However, it does remove some of the anxiety (physical nervousness) from speaking to a perosn. It also makes me a lot more uninhibited/insane in conversation topics, and geez I know I might regret some of the things I said or did when i am off medication . . .
I definitely recommend Paxil for depression, for shyness it is just okay.
Paxil didn't help me much, but I wasn't on it for very long either. It might have made me a little higher strung than usual. Can't be sure it wasn't a placebo effect. In any case I had to get off of it because it has a bizzare sexual side effect that I didn't like at all.
Yeah it pretty much takes the wind out of your sails. Another one that does that is beta blockers for high blood pressure. I developed a spat of high blood pressure back a few years ago. I had just started working a really stressful job and I was drinking a lot and not really getting any exercise. So I went for the medical solution and got beta blocker pills.
Damned if they don't just steal your manhood. Might as well castrate yourself if you're going to be on those. Seems like I can't get a disease where the cure doesn't involve taking away my ability to enjoy myself.
So I went off that medicine and lowered my own damn blood pressure by diet and exercise. And by the way ladies I am fully functional now.
When I sought help the doctor handed me seven weeks of pills (Celexa) despite my specifically saying I didn't want to take drugs for this.
After a few weeks of resistance, I hit a bad patch of depression and decided to give them a try. Took them for three or four weeks.
The only aspect of them I did like were the sexual side effects. I just didn't think about it as much or focus on it as much. I good chunk of drive just disappeared. And since a lot of my depression is rooted in sexual frustration and failure, in just not ever having an outlet for my desires, a little chemical castration proved to be a good thing.
Didn't notice any change in my ability to be social. Just didn't care as much about my isolation.
Um yea I was on paxil back in 2003 for like a few months I think the stuff works although I didn't stay on it long all I know is that I became brave...because like a few months after I was on the medication I moved from North carolina to Florida to start school. I don't know if it was the medication or not. Before the medication I probably would've never had the nerves to move out on my own so I think it sorta assisted me in some relaxing way I dunno
I'm not on any medication, but I don't want to be on any either.
I personally would rather go to some therapy thing or something, but there's nothing like that where I live, and I can't even tell my parents I feel like I have a severe shyness problem.
I took paxil before and I think it helped a lot with my social anxiety. Then I experienced sexual side effects that I really did not like! . Now I'm off it and back to my normal depressed and anxious self . I don't want to be on medication for the rest of my life either.
I can't even tell my parents either that I have social anxiety because they wouldn't know what to tell me plus I never get any encouragement from them anyways.
I'm taking Paxil right now, and it's helped me a lot. It won't turn you into an outgoing person, but for me it did take away a lot of the physical symptoms of anxiety--the tightening in the chest and muscles before I have to do something like talk to someone I don't know well, stuff like that--and it generally relaxes me and I'm able to talk to people more easily. I've been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder, not just SA, so this also helps feel less stressed when something happens like the me being stuck in traffic. My anxiety level used to be through the roof, but now I just take it in stride.
I didn't notice any sexual side effects but it does make me sleepy (so I take it at night) and my appetite is decreased.
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