Anyone here take SSRIs?

Discussion in 'Rebooting - Porn Addiction Recovery' started by Fixmybrain, Jan 11, 2020.

  1. Fixmybrain

    Fixmybrain Fapstronaut

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    Just got on Lexapro due to horrible intrusive thoughts including sexual ones and I can say that I can slowly feel the weight of the world being lifted off my shoulders. I didn’t want to go on this at first but the sexual OCD thoughts were driving me insane and was wondering if any of you are in/have been in a similar situation? I worry about the long-term effects and the unknown of this medication but I suppose it’s a ‘better’ trade off than the severely anxious mind I had where I could never get a break/relax. I want to make sure I’m not making a mistake by going on these meds because of the severe withdrawals due to NoFap I’ve been going through but can’t tell the difference between me and PMO affected me at this point anymore and what is supposed to be normal/not normal
     
  2. ahighertruth

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    you can take it. it doesn't have much risk of abuse, and it helps with ocd/depression. i wouldnt take it because it makes it very hard to achieve an erection when you do engage in sex. it increases weight gain, so if you're a gym guy you might not like it. its a dependable drug, meaning once you get off you won't feel the same and all the obsessive thoughts will just come back. its better to learn how to deal with the thoughts without the drug. i also have ocd and was prescribed zoloft last year. i got off them, and the ocd came back. i stopped taking any drugs and with nofap it becomes easier to deal with. ocd is just a part of you, its not anything wrong with you.
     
  3. Fixmybrain

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    I wish it were that simple. The thoughts are too distressing--I've tried 'managing' it for almost a year so with little to no luck so at this point it looks like I'm staying on it. I don't know if it makes a difference but I also have ADHD on top of that making it hard enough to manage my life as it is
     
  4. Saythatagain

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    Guys, I've been on Lexapro and it does affect your libido and sexual performance. I experienced abnormal orgasms as a side affect. This meant I would cum with no warning when engaging in sexual activity. It was much harder to get and stay hard. I would then have an orgasm without ejaculation a few minutes later. This was weird and messy when you weren't prepared.

    Prozac caused me to lose almost all of sensation in my penis. Could not feel if it were a hand, mouth or vagina unless I had my eyes open. That was horrible. These symptoms took awhile to come on and a while to go away. Lexapro, not sure about Prozac are a MF'er to come off. You have to do it under a doctor's supervision.
     
  5. ahighertruth

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    Yeah, maybe its good that you keep using it for a while. I have strict unloving parents that made me suffer through my mental disorders. I actually didn't start taking it until I was 30 and I realized it doesn't do me any good at that age. If you're a teen still it could be a life saver. Good luck man.
     
  6. Fenix Rising

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    I was on different AD with little to no long term effect for 2 years in my early 20ies. I quit because I and my doc didn't see the point after trying so many of them. I only gained weight, ED and felt mental flatline (not being able to feel emotions nor positive nor negative). Stick with SSRIs at least for a while if they lift your mood, but start incorporating healthy habits into your daily life too. Suffering from OCD can actually be a good thing when trying to reboot as it can help you build good habits quicker. I tried to obsess over exercising, eating healthy, drinking 3L of water a day, taking my supplements on daily basis, getting 30 min of sun, socializing al least with one person every day… I had my to do daily check list and needed to tick everything on the list not be feel miserable. The good thing about our brains is that they suck at multitasking. If you force them to focus on one thing they can't ruminate over other things. That's why it's so important to keep yourself busy during recovery.
     

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