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Interesting subtopic, Nelly!

I find the research on neuroplasticity encouraging, and I use a number of energy psychology techniques to bring down or eliminate the emotional charge from people and situations.

 

Logosynthesis and the cortices technique are daily practices, supplemented with EFT and hook-ups (from Brain Gym) as needed.

3/2018: 10mg/day escalitopram; 10/19/18: blood tests revealed mild hypothyroidism & higher than normal cholesterol, so decided to discontinue by tapering off & reduced to 5mg/day; 11/11/18: reduced to approx. 2.5mg/day (inexact since using pill splitter). Resumed long-discontinued Solgar cal/mag/zinc but the exhaustion came back so will try to cut dosage. Taking a plethora of vits/minerals for many years; wondering whether some of what I'm on is causing the exhaustion that came on 3.5 yrs ago w/broken foot & never left. Discontinued 12/2/18. Each step down. Took 3 weeks to stabilize enough for next stage. A month out from discontinuation, I am symptom free except for occasional cognitive fog, and intermittent muscle soreness. 6 weeks out (1/19/19), feeling pretty good, a bit active bowel still and gym stamina back to 80% pre-medication levels.

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Irene Lyons is an expert on the nervous system and neuroplasticity.  Her life's work is to help everyone regulate our nervous systems.  Her podcasts are very watchable.  l find understanding my physiology helps me as well working on building my capacity for healthy stress (before trying to process old traumas) and grounding techniques.  A good podcast to start with is: https://youtu.be/DvVp9fXhAAk

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2008 Dec-Feb 2009 GP diazipam; Dec-Jun 2009 fluoxetine. 2010 Jan citalopram approx 4 weeks, Jan- Aug fluox, Oct-Jun 2011 paroxetine; Aug - Dec venlafaxine 37.5mg - 75mg. 2012 Mar-Jul reinstate ven 150mg; Aug swap to fluox 40mg (preg) - Mar 2013  reinstate ven 150mg. 2015 Nov swap to fluox 40mg (preg) Dec suicidal reinstated ven 300mg

2018 Jan ven "pooped" buspirone added/stopped; pentagablin added; March pent stopped & ven taper - 0 June; August betablockers started/ stopped; September mirtazapine 15mg and diazepam 2mg started/stopped; October ven 300mg reinstated. 

2019 Jan psychiatrist added mirt 15mg (aiming for "California rocket fuel" therapeutic dose).  No more meds: gradual taper mirt Feb-April (taken for < 3 weeks).

Commenced ven taper 5-10% 6-10 weekly 2019 April - Nov: 225mg.  Tapering 8 weekly in alignment with menstrual cycle 2020 Jan 212.5mg; Mar 200mg; Jun 187.5mg hold

Oct all meds stopped sectioned under mental health act psychosis olanzapine 20mg PRN lorazepam

Dec 600mg lithium 15mg olanzapine

1-2g omega 3 & 400ug folic acid

2 puffs pulmicort inhaler.

This too shall pass.

 

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Hello Everybody!

 

I found an anonymous case study on the web about reducing and eliminating anxiety/panic attack. I think it might be quite interesting for anyone who suffers from these symthomps.

 

http://nothingworks.weebly.com/

For my background story, see the about me section!

 

Current medication:

9 am Xanax (alprazolam) 1 mg, Lyrica (pregabalin) 75 mg, Stimuloton (sertraline) 100 mg

9 pm Trittico (tradozone) 50 mg, Lyrica (pregabalin) 75 mg, Kwentiax (Quetiapine) 50 mg, Xanax SR (alprazolam) 1 mg

 

Xanax SR (alprazolam) 1 mg, started: August 2020, Stimulotone (sertraline) 100 mg restarted: August 2020, Xanax (alprazolam) 1 mg, started: October 2020 with a 3 months break taken away during a hospital stay.  Lyrica (pregabalin) 75 mg, started: November 2020

Trittico (tradozone) 50 mg, started with 100 mg, Feb 2021 with a 3 months break taken away during a hospital stay. Kwentiax (Quetiapine) 50 mg, started March 2021 Xanax (alprazolam) 2 X 0.25 mg, started: some days ago, stopped 27/08/2021

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I've just discovered something which might be good as a distraction.

 

Squishing Play Doh around in your hands.

 

I bought some yesterday after seeing my physiotherapist and finding out that I have lost some muscle mass in my thumbs because I haven't been using them much after developing trigger thumbs (caused by pressure at base of thumbs from using walking stick).

 

Apart from it being beneficial for my issue, I like the sensation of playing with it in my hands.

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I have found it essential to find ways to be able to be by myself and allow the pain to be there that is associated with withdrawals and recovery while I go do the things I want to build and grow in my life. Obviously the symptoms of withdrawal can really put us down and out mentally and physically. I have found it most useful to learn skills and tools to not ruminate on fixing the problem. That just seems to make it worse and recovery slower.

 

There is a guy that recovered from all kinds of disorders that he no longer has issues with. Although he never took medication, he learned the skills to progress past the issues he was having of Anxiety, depression, OCD, DP/DR etc. He no longer suffers with any of those conditions. I have found the mental workouts that he suggests are very helpful in recovering with the symptoms of withdrawal. His book is called, "You Are Not A Rock". I would recommend this book to all the individuals on this forum. His focus is all about recovering and leaving it all behind instead of just managing poor mental health the rest of our lives we can truly recover and leave it all behind.

 

I would love to talk with anyone that has questions on it. It has been a major support for me on my journey of recovery.

Fluoxetine 10 mg for 2 months

Fluoxetine 25mg for 4 years

Fluoxetine 10 mg for a few months

Fluoxetine zero

Brain zaps

Back up to Fluoxetine 10mg

Zero Fluoxetine for 4 months - After 4 months extreme withdrawal symptoms surfaced

Sertraline 25 mg for 4 weeks - couldn't stabilize. 

Fluoxetine 10mg then 5mg 2 weeks couldn't stabilize

Fluoxetine zero - Experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms since 4/2021

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On 12/16/2021 at 9:06 AM, ChessieCat said:

Squishing Play Doh around in your hands.

 

I bought some yesterday after seeing my physiotherapist and finding out that I have lost some muscle mass in my thumbs because I haven't been using them much after developing trigger thumbs (caused by pressure at base of thumbs from using walking stick).

 

Apart from it being beneficial for my issue, I like the sensation of playing with it in my hands.

 

I had a teacher who always held a few chestnuts in one hand during his lectures. He would play with them and sort of "knead" them as he was talking. I learned later that it was to deal with his anxiety.

 

This thread has some truly great advice, thank you to everyone who contributed !

I found that for me, right now, it works really well to do some sort of housework, like folding the laundry. It makes me more focused and less self centered. I might try to also wash dishes but when I'm really anxious, I'm worried I might break some...

Pottery sounds very appealing to me, I might try that. Although I don't have the material. Maybe I could take a class or something.

 

One thing I use sometimes is an acupressure mat my mom gave me. It's made of hundred of tiny plastic points. (picture attached). You lie on it and it sorts of stimulate your back. I find it very soothing even if the effects don't always last as long as I wish. Still, it's helpful. I have a friend who cured her insomnia by using it every night. I found out it's quite expensive (didn't know as it was a gift), but there is also a pillow version that is cheaper.

 

 

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December 2020 : got prescribed 20 mg paroxetine (paxil) for an anxiety disorder

Tried tapering in July 2021 by taking 20 mg every other day and failed.

 

Started tapering with the 10% method in January 2022

25 January 2022 : 18 mg

24 February 2022 : 16,2 mg

06 April 2022 : 14,6 mg

2 June 2022 : 14 mg

 

Xanax from december 2020 to January 2021 / Omeprazol on and off for GERD since december 2020 : 20 mg / Birth control pill since february 2021. / Magnesium (300 mg) and Omega 3 (200 mg) since March 2022.

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