I've taken several for my depression and social anxiety, before.
I've taken Zoloft which only made me dizzy a few days and then did nothing. (Though to be fair I stopped using it after like a month and didn't know antidepressants take longer to start having effect, back then)
I last took Paxil and that helped me with my social anxiety alot, but eventually started turning me into a Zombie (My whole family kept commenting how slow I'm being at doing everything) and killed my libido. After a few months, I started forgetting to take it all the time so I started taking it very inconsistently and became very suicidal (First time I actually attempted suicide twice). Not sure if the very inconsistent taking may have been a reason.
Not an SSRI, but before Paxil and after Zoloft I had also taken Wellbutrin. It seem to help with my depression alot but was nightmare fuel for my anxiety. I felt like I was having out of body experiences everywhere in public. I'd be shopping in the store or just sitting in class and I thought I would have a complete meltdown - completely disarrayed, frantic thoughts, heart-racing, shaking, etc. I've had pretty bad social anxiety most of my life but it got worse on a whole new level while on Wellbutrin. Unlike Paxil, it made my libido crazy and I had very powerful orgasms (Can't complain about that though, since I usually have trouble even achieving any. heh) >>15942>Which ssirs don't cause weight gain or loss of libido?>>16269
Wellbutrin could cause weight-gain, actually. I was eating alot on it - Probably more than I ever have before. Not really a negative effect for me, since I've always been very underweight and so would have welcomed some weight gain but that was just my experience. If you have anxiety though, again - very bad idea. I do not recommend because it will make it 10x worse. It made my train of thought feel like it was on a very bad acid trip.
Needless to say, I don't like taking antidepressants anymore and haven't since. All the crazy side effects they give me make me feel like a labrat. Even Zoloft that didn't do anything while I was taking it, I suspect gave me some kind of lasting brain damage because after I stopped taking it and shortly entered high school, I spent my entire first year 100%, absolutely convinced I was retarded. Something just didn't feel right in my brain and it still doesn't. I was never like that before taking it. I feel like anti-depressants have only made me brain-damaged and/or more mentally-ill in the long run.
I also don't like the idea of having to be dependent on an antidepressant to be able to function socially. When I was prescribed them, it felt like it was just kinda assumed I'd be taking them..forever (Assuming they worked). You apparently can't even quit them cold turkey and have to gradually, by reducing the dosage. My mother didn't even give me that option and forced me to just quit them all cold turkey anyway, even after the doctors we went to would tell her otherwise. I wonder if quitting them suddenly may be a reason I still don't feel "normal" after taking them, even today. Not even being able to quit them when you want makes them feel even more imprisoning, in a way.
I'd rather do something like exposure therapy. I've done my own through putting myself in situations that have forced me to have more human interaction, like through some jobs I've held, and I still think I've made more progress than any antidepressants. Any positive effects from antidepressants usually wore right off after stopping them, anyway and I would go back to being just as socially anxious as I was before starting them.