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DL'ers On Anti-Depressants, Mood Stablizers

What you on? Why are you on it? How long? Are you male or female? How old are you? They working?

Also, do you see a therapist, psychiatrist, family doctor for them?

by DL crackpotreply 3405/09/2013

I started on Zoloft a little over two years ago, and as my HIV doctor increased the dose, I had a bad reaction to it -- one of those "this drug may cause suicidal thoughts" episodes. I didn't do anything, but ended up pacing around the apartment uncontrollably and picking up a knife.

Ended up calling a friend and she stayed with me, while I called suicide hotline. Later that night, I had another episode and ended up in the ER.

Needless to say, I stopped Zoloft, but went into an intensive outpatient program for two months (insurance paid 100%), and saw the in-house psychiatrist who started me on Pristiq and Abilify.

Gained shitloads of weight and my blood sugar went thru the roof (i'm not diabetic). Changed shrinks and the new one put me on Effexor, which I stayed on about a year. Now i'm titrating off of it, and should be complete anti-depressant free in another month.

Continued to see therapist, which was helpful, until this month -- we decided I was doing well enough to stop sessions.

This was my only episode of severe depression in my life, and I attributed it to my (lack of) dealing with my AIDS diagnosis.

Sorry for the length, but that's my story.

by DL crackpotreply 105/06/2013

I don't believe in pills.

by DL crackpotreply 205/07/2013

I smoke cannabis!!!!

by DL crackpotreply 305/07/2013

I find the unchecked use of the F&F button to be cathartic.

by DL crackpotreply 405/07/2013

I have tried/been on nearly every SSRI and antipsychotic on the market due to terrible psychiatrists. I don't take anything now, but I remember being in a psych ward and taking big medicine cups full of sedatives and trying to move my mouth to be able to say anything. Ugh. After a while, the side effects of some medications can make it seem as though a perceived condition is getting worse. I'm fully for the use of these things for people who need them, though. I just got unlucky with a psychiatrist who kept me on potentially dangerous meds because he had a hunch.

by DL crackpotreply 505/07/2013

Both are OTC: 5-HTP at night and L-Tyrosine during the day. They're working well for me, better than any prescription med ever did.

by DL crackpotreply 605/07/2013

Please to explain what f&f button is? I new here.

by DL crackpotreply 705/07/2013

"F&F" = "Submit a vote for Flames and Freaks (report to webmaster) "

It's mentioned in here, Miss Swan. Welcome to DataLounge.

by DL crackpotreply 805/07/2013

Oh sank you so much. Do you looka like a man?

by DL crackpotreply 905/07/2013

Your spelling is quite bad, Miss Swan. You might want to proofread before you post.

by DL crackpotreply 1005/07/2013

By BF (an M.D.) has me on something I suspect may be an anti-depressant. He won't tell me what it is because I asked him not to (I get paranoid about looking up side effects, etc.)

He gives me the pill in the morning - he actually puts it on my tongue and then I swallow it down with OJ. Then he pats me on the head and we crack up. Hey, life is what you make of it so whatever works.

I've definitely become a lot less inhibited and have been enjoying life and feeling a lot more free and open to things I never in a million years would have done before. I've never felt better so I guess it works (whatever it is).

by DL crackpotreply 1105/07/2013

Well, find out and tell us R11. We'd all like to enjoy life and "feel more free and open to things."

by DL crackpotreply 1205/07/2013

GAWD R11. He could be giving you Viagra, X, or sugar pills. You ARE trusting.

by DL crackpotreply 1305/07/2013

Nice to see a thread exclusively for New Yorkers.

by DL crackpotreply 1405/07/2013

I'm 100% sure it is not just a sugar pill, R12. There's definitely a different feeling when it "kicks in" and if I don't take it I sort of revert to my old very cautious, careful, serious self.

Haha, R13 probably not Viagra but I would say to put it mildly our sex life has gotten more adventurous since I went on meds. More as a secondary effect of me shedding all my old inhibitions, though.

by DL crackpotreply 1505/07/2013

I just received a verified diagnosis for fibromialgia, and not just chronic pain. There are 12 specific pressure points in the body that if pressed cause me pain. As part of a paid research study, that also provided thousands of dollars worth of top-of-the-line medical testing and blood work, I tried a new medication to combat this painful issue. One dosage and a got a whole day of "brain fog" and the worst skull crushing headache ever. I bet they tried to give me an anti-depressant, even though you could not be on this study if you were at all depressed. I'm not. Three days later I finally felt well enough to leave the house.

Just wanted to relay this story to extend my sympathy to those trying to find the correct medication, either for physical or mental pain.

by DL crackpotreply 1605/07/2013

Over the past twenty years, I've pretty much been on everything, though my current regimen is yielding the best results yet. Here's my "laundry list" of conditions: bipolar II, major depressive disorder, ADHD II, and social anxiety disorder. Nowadays, I take 100 mg Pristiq, 4000 mg Klonopin, and 400 mg Lamictal. The ADHD goes untreated because 1)my psychiatrist feels the meds would exacerbate my anxiety and 2)I'm on enough pills anyway. He's right.

I also take meds for HIV and its related conditions: high blood pressure, elevated triglycerides, elevated blood sugar.

And then I take vitamins and minerals to boost the effectiveness of my other meds: folic acid, chromium, multivitamin, omega 3, vitamin D, calcium, glucosamine, magnesium, potassium, and aspirin.

It's a bitch, but it keeps me from killing myself.

The single most effective remedy for depression is simply aerobic exercise. Walking, biking, swimming, running, etc. Weight-bearing exercise should, of course, be a part of everyone's workout, but it's specifically the aerobic variety that works to combat depression. It doesn't seem to have a verified effect on mania or any of the psychotic conditions, though.

by DL crackpotreply 1705/07/2013

R9 I tell you everyting!

by DL crackpotreply 1805/07/2013

R18 You looka like a man of Swan dreams.

by DL crackpotreply 1905/07/2013

r17 is Cheri Oteri's "Prescription Lady" character!

by DL crackpotreply 2005/07/2013

"Although these drugs are generally considered to be safe by the media and amongst medical professionals and patients, a close look at the evidence suggests otherwise. Antidepressants have serious and potentially fatal adverse effects, cause potentially permanent brain damage, increase the risk of suicide and violent behavior in both children and adults, and increase the frequency and chronicity of depression. Chronic use of antidepressants also promotes dependency on drugs rather than empowering people to make positive life changes, and places a tremendous burden on healthcare"

by DL crackpotreply 2105/07/2013

I've F&F'd you, R21. You should be ashamed of yourself for spreading misinformation about anti-depressants. You are only furthering the stigma of mental illness.

I hope anyone suffering from depression or any other mental illness isn't afraid to seek help for their problems. All medications, as prescribed by a doctor are safe, when taken as directed.

Anti-depressants are safe drugs and no one should feel ashamed to take them. Please don't listen to R21.

by DL crackpotreply 2205/07/2013

r22 I posted this information to try and help people with mental illnesses or people with various problems who are given psychotropic drugs without being warned of the serious effects they may cause long term.

I think the drug companies know very well their products can hurt as much as they can help but they do not want the public to know how severe these problems can be.

Go google antidepressant withdrawal and see the hundreds of forums with thousands of people going through hell worse than what they started with because of these drugs.

Of course anyone with mental health issues should seek help but they should also inform themselves and weigh the options, looks at various alternatives and not just blindly take whatever the doctor tells you. It all depends on your unique circumstance and there is often biological reasons for depression that should be looked into.

I'm sorry if I gave the impression of dismissing people with mental illness. I meant to help. Sometimes the drugs are the best option but you should still go in with your eyes open.

by DL crackpotreply 2305/07/2013

I eat old people's excrement.

by DL crackpotreply 2405/07/2013

When I was coming out of the closet in the late 1990s, I really struggled with anxiety and depression.

Xanax worked for a while, but I was glad to get off of it.

I tried Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft -- all three of them made me want to die. I'm very sensitive to side effects and could not stand the not sleeping and not having an appetite.

I still have a little anxiety but don't have bad depressions anymore. I use regular exercise, meditation and journal writing to stay sane.

I'll echo what an earlier poster said -- 5HTP works for making you feel calm.

by DL crackpotreply 2505/07/2013

Although I have confirmed fibromyalgia and chronic physical pain, not depression, I posted about my experience with strong prescribed drugs in sympathy with those trying to find a solution for their serious mental pain. Yes I know of others who've found the right combination that has helped them feel "more normal." It has almost guaranteed their survival. "Band aid" remedies that most recommend (improve your diet, exercise, fuck the person closest to your fantasy ideal) have not worked for friends when the issue is much more serious or chemically based.

by DL crackpotreply 2605/07/2013

What the hell do you need PILLS for? Are you all weak sisters? SNAP OUT OF IT. The rest of us have to. Life sucks sometimes. You have to be tough.

by DL crackpotreply 2705/07/2013

No... but I should be. Was taking a low-dose of Klonipin, and quite liked it. Only had a 30 day supply though.

by DL crackpotreply 2805/07/2013

This thread should crack 600 no problem.

by DL crackpotreply 2905/07/2013

I was on Prozac at first, for about two years. Then went through a series of other drugs (Prozac is definitely a "gateway" drug) until settling on Effexor.

I was on Effexor for years (ten or twelve - honestly lost count) until the fall of 2012 when I tapered off and stopped.

The withdrawal wasn't nearly as bad as I'd feared or read about.

So now I've been off antidepressants for about five months and feel exactly the same as when I was on them.

I'll be the first to say give them a shot if you feel you may need them, but also don;t be afraid to give them up when you are ready.

by DL crackpotreply 3005/07/2013

R27, Aren't you glad that you live in a world where there's now aspirin, ibuprophen, et al? How about heart medication? Blood thinners? In your crotchety old great uncles day, people died earlier of physical "imperfections" now treatable. You had to deny that you weren't in perfect health, otherwise others would be already planning your funeral. So what's the difference between dealing with friends and loved ones in mental pain and ill health vs physical pain and organ malfunction?

by DL crackpotreply 3105/07/2013

450 mg of Wellbutrin 60 mg of celexa 5 mg of abilify

I would be dead otherwise.

by DL crackpotreply 3205/07/2013

I'm r17. I need to amend my earlier posting to read "4mg Klonopin." Four thousand is just a tad too much...

One problem I always see on threads of this sort is the, pardon my French, lack of balls that some posters exhibit to tolerate their medication's side effects. Any medication should be taken for a minimum of six weeks to see whether or not it works for your own biochemistry. I see a lot of "It made me throw up for two days, so I stopped taking it." Big deal. My ARVs *still* make me feel like that after seven years and I'd die if I stopped taking them. I *choose* to accept the side effects as a trade-off for the extension of my life.

Depression, untreated, can for some be as deadly as cancer. You don't see a lot of cancer patients forgoing chemo because it makes them queasy, though. Med-hopping for psychotropics is a dangerous business. You must take your meds (while sober) until you and your psychiatrist determine whether or not they are actually working. And that third-party opinion is EXTREMELY valuable. You are not the best judge of your own mental state -- you are suffering from a mind-altering sickness. Let the psychiatrists do their job. They are trying to help you the best they can. They have a thankless job.

I'll get off my soapbox now.

R30, I just wanted to check in on how you function these days. Do you have mood swings, or bouts of major depression, or have you "leveled off?" Just interested in your response.

by DL crackpotreply 3305/07/2013

Trileptal 300mg at bedtime

Luvox CR 200mg at bedtime

Abilify 5mg at bedtime

by DL crackpotreply 3405/09/2013
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