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Hi,

I have recently found this forum and I must say it is really cool - a place where you get opinions of people in a situation similar to yours.  And the site is totally neat... 

Okay so here is this celexa thing...  I read its a classic SSRI so this stuff is "somewhat" of an upper and not a downer since it boost serotonin levels (if I undestand correctly). However, I feel quite relaxed on it at 20mg, not stimulated and I have no problems with my sleep.  Effexor on the other hand was so stimulating I didn't sleep for a month.  Are all SSRI's supposed to be stimulating?  I wonder about celexa.  Input?

Thanx in advance

PBF

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I assume you mean stimulating, as in pushing a BP towards activation?  Everyone's different.  Most find any kind of serotonin is a little risky.  However it doesn't seem to treat me that way, personally.  Without a mood stabilizer, SSRI's always pooped out (as did Effexor) and may have triggered more cycling ... I don't know because I wasn't watching for it.  But no hypomanias.  Now that I'm also taking Trileptal, Lexapro works and keeps on working (for about a year now anyhow). 

As for why Effexor stimulated you but Celexa doesn't so far ... it's hard to say.  Might have been the norepinephrine side of Effexor that didn't agree with your brain.  Or something about the combination.  Whatever.  I'm just glad you're getting good mileage from the Celexa now!  Welcome to CrazyBoards!

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I have been on Celexa for the last year and a half and was specifically put on it because it has a "calming" effect. At the time I was on 400 mg Wellbutrin and Concerta for adult ADD and a freaking nervous wreck.

The first few months on it were great...it DID have a claming effect and it did help with sleeping...I was beginning to feel less depressed. However, lately I'm feeling more depressed than when I started it so I've started researching boards like this and am finding others who thought it (Celexa) was great at first but then felt even more depressed and lethargic.

However, getting back to your original question, yes, Celexa does have a calming effect and that's why many doctors use it.

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