MD? Derealization?........What medication works and what doesnt?

Ok, so after having a bad experience with my first phychaitrist, I decided to try another docotr.  I was diagnosed with deppression and anxiety by my first Dr. and put on Prozac 20mg then ending in 40mg in which I just had horrible mood swings due to the medication. So, this other doctor at first thought I had ADHD innatentive, no suprise there since most dont now what MD is, he told me the daydreaming was part of it and the low attention also. (I tend to not pay attention alot but thats only because I am constantly daydreaming all the time too) Well, he said he was gonna talk it over with other Dr.'s in the dept.  and told me to come back next week.

Well, when I come back he tells me I might have 'derealization' He says living in alter world is one of the symtoms. And that my daydreaming is a way to escape the reality of life. He put me on Exeffor 27.5mg and told me to come back in a month. Now from my experience with prozac I was reluctant try another SSRI, my main reason for coming to the visit was to get something to help with my concentration as I was barely passing two of my classes and failing one. I tried to convince him I didnt have this 'derealization' but it was hard as most of the symptoms fit pretty well. and i know MD symtoms overlaop w/ other disorders. 

I dont know if I should give this medication a shot....I dont want it to make my DD worst! Has anybody ever tried Effexor? Or any med that might help with concentration or at least control the DD?

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Comment by Jenna on October 14, 2012 at 3:08pm

Hmm...well usually derealization or the other form depersonalization is a result or symptom of anxiety disorders typically. It is a symptom not really a disorder. Derealization is feeling everything (objects, people, animals, etc.) around you is fake like in a movie.  Unless you feel this way constantly or it happens regularly then you don't have it. Anyways just try explaining more about MD. It is typically most doctors have no clue what MD is or even can process it because it isn't an 'official disorder or problem" according to most people.

Comment by Eretaia on October 14, 2012 at 12:16pm

Derealization? No way.

Derealization is a symptom, not a disorder. And it has nothing to do with living in alter world.

Comment by greyartist on October 14, 2012 at 10:56am

I haven't heard of that one. I tried 3 meds but didn't find they helped. I didn't like the side effects, anxiety,  sleeplessness, depression. I haven't heard of derealization before either. I'll have to look that up.

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