Dealing with Depression/Celexa

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Hi
I have been taking Celexa for two months now and it has been a god send. The best and most surprising part has been it has almost eliminated my urge to binge drink.
The only annoyong side effect are the 'cold like symptoms' that are common. They seem to be weather related.
Is there a gentle cold medication I can take regularly that would help, or possible a herb or supplement? Thanks!

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Hi Bud:

I am glad Celexa has been a God send for you. It is very common for binge drinkers and/or alcoholics to be suffering with depression.  Binge drinking is also a sign of alcoholism. You might want to check out some AA meetings or the AA website to help you decide for yourself if you are alcoholic.

Cold-like symptoms have been known to be relieved with zinc pills or something called "Airborne."  A school teacher found what vitamins and things helped her not to catch all the colds the school children brought in.  Now it is on the market as "Airborne" (there is zinc in it) and is very popular. You might even ask your pharmacist what he recommends for cold ailments for someone on Celexa.   Tell him or her you have to avoid over the counter medications that have alcohol in them.

Hope these ideas help you.

Take care,

Dr. Pat  

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Patricia A. Schafer, Ph.D.

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I received my Ph.D. from Kent State,in Ohio in Counseling.I specialize in various forms of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and forms of addictions such as substance abuse,eating disorders and gambling. My licenses are: Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor -Supervisor(LPCC-S) and Licensed Professional Chemical Dependency Counselor (LICDC) My experience includes counseling substance abusers, families of alcoholics/drug addictions, and codependency issues. I also specialize in social phobia; stress; anxieties; women`s issues; grief and adjustments to life changes. Some therapeutic techniques used are: CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behaviorial Therapy)REBT (Rational Emotive), SFT (Solution Focused) and 12-Step, etc. If you live in the Cleveland area, you can contact me at my office for an appointment at: 440-349-4521. I accept insurance and EAP programs.

Experience

Twelve years experience as a professional clinical counselor; 30 years member of Al-Anon.

Organizations
ACA, OCA, OMHCA, NBCC

Publications
Experiences of prejudice among individuals in African American and Caucasian Interracial Marriages: A Q-methodological Study (Doctoral Dissertation - December 2008; Wilsnack and Beckman's book: Alcohol Problems in Women (1984). Alcohol use and marital violence: Female and Male Differences in reactions to alcohol(pages 260-279.

Education/Credentials
Ph.D. in Counseling - Kent State MS in Counseling - John Carroll University BS in Psychology - University of Pittsburgh

Awards and Honors
Previous president of NCOCA (North Central Ohio Counseling Association); previous president of Chi Sigma Iota. Two years VISTA volunteer on Navajo reservation in Inscription House and Shonto.

Past/Present Clients
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