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  2. Starting to notice a pattern that my mood and symptoms are pretty good until I take the extra .5 dose in the evening. Within an hour I start to feel depressed & feel depersonalization. I've pretty much always slept good throughout this whole process and since updosing I cannot sleep at all. I'm wide awake and it's 2:20am. I also get this awful agitated feeling in my legs and it brings on these feelings of anger. I'm scared that the updose is messing me up but in the daytime I feel fine.. it's just the evening after I take the dose that I feel yucky
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  4. Rosetta so glad to see ya getting Better.Way to hold it down.You inspire me .Well done. Russ
  5. LaughingKat

    LaughingKat: withdrawing (still?) from Celexa

    @ChessieCat: Sorry! It's .35 mg. Yikes. 3.5 mg would knock me out (which doesn't sound so bad right now). I will try to do the 3-day schedule. This week might be hard, because it's crazy at work, but next week for sure. Thank you for responding.
  6. ChessieCat

    LaughingKat: withdrawing (still?) from Celexa

    From drug signature: "Started Ativan January 2018, .5mg / night (now down to about .35 mg) " Q: What dose are you taking? 3.5mg or 0.35mg? If you have increased to 3.5mg please add this information (include date) to your drug signature. If the information in your drug signature is incorrect, please correct it. Account Settings – Edit a signature
  7. ChessieCat

    LaughingKat: withdrawing (still?) from Celexa

    Please provide 3 days of daily symptom notes which will be assessed. Example: 6 a.m. Woke with anxiety 8 a.m. Took 2.5mg Lexapro 10 a.m. Stomach is upset 10:30 a.m. Ate breakfast 11:35 a.m. Got a headache, lasted one hour 12:35 p.m. Ate lunch 4 p.m. Feel a bit better 5 p.m. Took 2.5mg Lexapro 6 p.m. Ate dinner 9:20 p.m. Headache 10:00 p.m. Took 50mg Seroquel 10:20 p.m. Feeling dizzy 10:30 p.m. Fell asleep 2:30 a.m. Woke, took 3mg Ambien (NOT "took 1/2 tablet Ambien") 2:45 a.m. Fell asleep 4:30 a.m. Woke but got back to sleep
  8. @ten0275 tats brilliant u hAve always been my motivator come back n let us know how u feel ! Not able to message u as ur message box is full 😂😂😂
  9. LaughingKat

    LaughingKat: withdrawing (still?) from Celexa

    P.S. I also wonder about the Ativan I still take nightly, 3.5 mg 0.35mg (link to correction made by member) as a maintenance dose. It no longer has a sedative effect or a tranquilizing effect but I continue to take it because I can only handle one withdrawal at a time. Is it possible that the Ativan tolerance is manifesting as withdrawal symptoms? Does anyone have experience with that? Thank you!
  10. Dmitry

    Dmitry: hello

    Thank you)
  11. glasspitcher

    glasspitcher: off Zoloft, escilatopram

    True but I actaully don't really feel anxiety anymore either. Today if you look at me from the outside I seem like a happy guy who went about his day and had great time. Inside I am like a clear sky with 0 clouds or anything.. just nothing feel nothing. Not even feel beauty of a clear sky. Nothing helps not even alcohol(tried it just for experiment to see...), I feel the physical effects of alchohol but I don't feel any feelings from it at all like internal relaxing and stuff. let alone meditation and I used to be a spiritual person very much. Music gives me 0 nothing at all just noise... and I used to be a composer! Wow.. the greatest fear in my life was actually losing my emotions and creativity and it happened! God is making my life a funny joke. I also didnt get girlfriend yet and when I finally was about to get one, I have this so I cannot feel it and I probably wont even be able to have sex. Funny joke God ok! I get it haha really funny! now please give me back my emotions.
  12. Grayskies

    Grayskies: new journey

    About a month ago I was at work when I suddenly had blurred vision. It made it difficult to focus on anything visually and I felt disoriented too. It looked as if I had stared into the sun and there spots of my vision that were blurred as a result. It happened again two times since. The last time it happened I was struggling to form a sentence clearly and could barely read or type anything from my vision being so blurred. It happened at work each time too. It lasted about 20 minutes or so and I recovered with no headache. It matches what I have read about as “ocular migraines without headache.” i have had migraines before- they weren’t like this though. They had followed periods of stress and were excruciating. Some happened in the middle of the night. It usually involved nausea, once I vomited. The first I ever had was when I was maybe 12. They would happen seldom, every 6 mos or so. Appreciate your words tonight very much. It was definitely what I needed.
  13. LaughingKat

    LaughingKat: withdrawing (still?) from Celexa

    Hi, I'm checking in and feeling a bit desperate for support. My headaches are improved but as of about a week and a half ago I now have mid-back pain and burning skin sensations on arms, back, and torso -- mostly on right side. I see by the symptoms forum on this site that other people have also experienced these symptoms but I find them excruciating and scary. I want to run this by my psychiatrist but I don't find him to be sympathetic and the last time I called him about the headaches he just said they "aren't important" -- which he meant to be reassuring, I suppose. I want a doctor to tell me that they've seen this reaction before to stopping SSRI's, and that it's not unusual for it to last so long (I stopped taking Celexa on April 1). I don't understand why, if so many of us have these reactions, more doctors aren't aware of it and more doctors haven't seen their patients go through this. It makes me doubt my own experiences and feelings and also makes me wonder if I have a serious illness. (Yes, I have health anxiety -- the reason I started Celexa in the first place.) Please, can anyone offer words of support? Kathy
  14. I can understand your reluctance and reasoning, and I am not trying to sway your decision either way. However, it may be that your brain needs a tiny amount of the drug and it might take the edge off your withdrawal symptoms. Please read / re-read Post #1 of the reinstatement topic.
  15. ChessieCat

    Grayskies: new journey

    Please describe what you experienced instead of using the term "aura like before a migraine". Q: Have you ever had a migraine in your life? When? Q: Did the recent "auras" result in a migraine or headache or pain of any kind? Q: How often has the "aura" happened? Is it still happening? vision-symptoms-floaters-snow-blurreddimmed-vision-twitching-dry-eyes-and-pain You don't need a doctor to be supportive of what you are doing, even though that would be nice. Not many medical professionals understanding tapering and withdrawal from psychiatric drugs which is why this site exists. All you need is a doctor who will prescribe what you need. Any doctor can prescribe. If you need to get something specific from a doctor for your tapering then before you see your doctor, you might find it helpful to write a script and rehearse what you are going to say so that you can get what you need to taper. Be calm, gentle but assertive. You are the customer, it is your body. Use words like I'd like to try this, or I'd prefer to do it this way. If a suggestion is made that you don't want to follow, say I'd like to think about it before making a decision. recommended-doctors-therapists-and-clinics
  16. Recently I have been getting auras without a headache, about 3 times in the last month, couples with feeling disoriented. I had migraines before being on AD but cannot recall an aura. My physician encouraged me to go back up on my Effexor as a treatment for the migraines without headaches.
  17. ChessieCat

    Grayskies: new journey

    migraines-headaches-neck-ache-pain-and-head-pressure
  18. ChessieCat

    BreathofAir: dual taper mistake

    Yes we need the daily symptom diary.
  19. ChessieCat

    Dmitry: hello

    Remember it is what it is at this time Acceptance
  20. ChessieCat

    Dmitry: hello

    And free 😊
  21. ChessieCat

    Dmitry: hello

    Waiting is natural!
  22. Dmitry

    Dmitry: hello

    Ok I understand. Is there anything I can do to counter act the weight gain and libido issue naturally?
  23. brassmonkey

    Tarheel109: another fluoxetine adventure

    How are you measuring your new dose? By weight or counting beads?
  24. lAnyone dealing with paradoxal fear of sleep/ibsomnia? I almost completely lost my ability to sleep. I dont want return to drugs after i almost beaten withdrawal but mentally failed.
  25. eymen23

    LilBit: polypharmacy nightmare

    Lilbit, There is a lot to mention in regards to your post above, but I will try my best. Functional medicine doctors tend to be well meaning, but they often categorise general symptoms of underlying disease or pathology as ‘candida’, ‘SIBO’, ‘leaky gut’ and treat the condition with a prescribed treatment protocol, in much the same way a doctor may prescribe an antidepressant for complaints of fatigue, low mood, intense sadness and insomnia. These protocols can worsen symptoms, especially in those who are very sick or may be dealing with multiple health problems. Feeling pressure points and listening to symptoms, is not an adequate way of diagnosing ‘malabsorption’ or ‘leaky gut’. It’s likely that your gut is not operating at an optimal or ‘normal’ level, but that is the case for a large number of us. You may or may not have ‘malabsorption’ and/or ‘leaky gut’, and you may or may not benefit from these multi ingredient formulas she has recommended. There is no doubt that you are unwell and that your body is not functioning in an optimal way, but for anybody to make such an analysis and happily recommend expensive supplements with little/no medical investigation is (in my opinion) rather naive. Bio-HPF has a large number of ingredients I’ve seen recommended for gut health. Personally I have used mastic gum for heartburn and a confirmed H pylori infection with great success, however, with no lab testing and such a broad spectrum supplement, you may find you react negatively to the supplement and you won’t know which ingredient is causing the issue. It’s a similar story (in my opinion) for the other multi ingredient supplements. Not only may you react to them, but they’re no doubt expensive too. I know how frustrating it is to be dealing with complex health challenges, but sometimes keeping things as simple as possible and analysing how the body responds works best. If it were me, I would be pressing for lab testing before purchasing or trialing any supplements. A comprehensive stool test test can provide an array of information including, levels of beneficial bacteria, infections, inflammatory markers, malabsorption markers. This test will often flag up a lot in respect of what is going on in the gut and provide adequate initial direction in healing. I would be reluctant to follow any protocol without adequate testing first and I would go with the simplest and cheapest options first, such as trialling an elimination diet and one supplement (one ingredient) at a time.
  26. Grayskies

    Grayskies: new journey

    Thanks for the suggestion. I have no idea how to find a physician that would be supportive of what I’m doing. I’m struggling with all the “am I being stupid here??” Thoughts. I knew I had to come to this site for some encouragement
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