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Shem

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I'm curious but was anyone here born with mental problems that function fine now without "Medications"? Meaning as young as you can remember?

 

I ask because I had a lot of anxiety growing up as a child, mostly separation anxiety from my parents but I was never medicated. As I grew older I started to out grow it until one of my parents died in front of me when I was 15 which led me down this path, so really I am just curious.

 

I almost feel like I got trapped and there is no way out. The withdrawal from this Anafranil is horrible, I just don't know if I got trapped on the Klonopin and might just have to remain on it because I am barely holding on as it is and I can't imagine having something but I remember before the trauma I wasn't on anything, you know?

On Psychiatric Medications since 2006

 

2006 - 2013 Luvox 300 mg/Ativan 2 mg (16 years old). Multiple failed cold turkey attempts with sporadic Benzodiazepine use. Reinstated to 150 mg of Luvox.

 

2013  Luvox 150 mg cut down to 100 mg. Had Severe Post Acute Withdrawal (POTS, DEREALIZATION, DEPERSONALIZATION, CRYING SPELLS, FATIGUE, WEAKNESS). Was extremely sick and bed bound. 

 

2014-2018  Mutiple hospitalizations.

 

December 2018  Reinstated Luvox 100 mg/2mg of Klonopin. Symptoms improving since 2013 but still exist.

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Hi Shem,

 

My son was definitely born with problems - autism, sensory processing disorder, anxiety - but he was medicated at age 6 for what his p-doc described as "the most severe case of OCD I've ever seen in a child this age". He was very disabled by his obsessions and compulsions, could barely leave the house, and was definitely suffering. So we agreed to putting him on Paxil, then later Prozac. It gave him a great deal of relief from his OCD symptoms, but never addressed the root cause.

 

Now, at age 22 and off meds for 3 years, he has absolutely no evidence of OCD. We were able to treat that effectively with diet. But now he's completely disabled by withdrawal - cannot think well enough to fill out a basic name/address/signature form, cannot compose an email, emotionally numb, etc.

 

Our younger son is also autistic, and is doing well his first year away from home at college in another state. He was never medicated. Autism is a cake-walk compared to withdrawal.

Siskin

 

Raven's med history:

2001-2006 Paxil 40g

5/06 - 7/06 off meds

7/06 - 10/13 Prozac

4/12 - 11/12 Abilify

11/12 - 12/12 Risperdal

12/12 - 3/13 Geodon

7/13 - 10/13 tapered off Prozac

10/13 - present: med free

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I am sorry to hear that and I can totally relate. I would be a lot more at ease if it wasn't for the Klonopin that was thrown in as well during this whole thing, I am feeling pretty hopeless and lost.

On Psychiatric Medications since 2006

 

2006 - 2013 Luvox 300 mg/Ativan 2 mg (16 years old). Multiple failed cold turkey attempts with sporadic Benzodiazepine use. Reinstated to 150 mg of Luvox.

 

2013  Luvox 150 mg cut down to 100 mg. Had Severe Post Acute Withdrawal (POTS, DEREALIZATION, DEPERSONALIZATION, CRYING SPELLS, FATIGUE, WEAKNESS). Was extremely sick and bed bound. 

 

2014-2018  Mutiple hospitalizations.

 

December 2018  Reinstated Luvox 100 mg/2mg of Klonopin. Symptoms improving since 2013 but still exist.

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Hi, 

 

I was diagnosed at the age of 17 with sleep OCD (afraid not to be able to sleep which leads to insomnia), extreme anxiety. Now after 20 years of ssri's my OCD got worse because I have new obsessions. CBT does not help. I also feel trapped. Hooked on 3 meds and no life, unable to work, unable to sleep in other places or with a man so no romantic life either, living alone. I am no even sure this is all coming from the drugs, I just think my problem got worse over the years and drugs helped before poop out and when all drugs stopped working I just crashed big time. 

1996-1997 Elavil 150 mg, tapered slowly as per doctor's advice - 1999-2005 Prozac 20 mg then 10 mg for a long time then nothing - was not aware of SSRI withdrawal I was told there was no withdrawal with Prozac due to long half life and thus always considered rebound anxiety and insomnia as relapse- 2007 Lexapro 10 mg then 20 mg, anxiety too bad to work, then merry go round of Paxil, Effexor, Xeroquel, Risperdal, any drug on the market even drugs for bipolar ... back to Lexapro 10 mg but pooped out + tinnitus (head ringing) problem appeared in 2010 on any ssri- Anafranil 75 mg Jan-March 2017 at 75 mg better then crashed after 6 weeks (poop out)  stop CT  and switch to Brintellix 10 mg in March 2017 + Nozinan 20 mg and zopiclone 7,5 mg (these two taken for a long time). Extreme anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, panic, social anxiety, derealisation,professional disability lost home job marriage everything. I had to stop Brintellix due to a very bad reaction to it and reinstate Anafranil 75 mg then 37.5 mg since May 2017 because of severe constipation (can't go at all to the toilet) My general problem and the reason why I could never drop meds is because of ocd about sleep, severe GAD social anxiety unable to work since 2012, as a result of chronic use of anti depressants I believe my serotonin is completely depleted and my receptors are dead! Sorry the dates are confusing/ since august started slow taper by 10% every 4 weeks so current treatment is anafranil 60 mg/Nozinan 13 mg/zopiclone 3.75 mg and lexomil 1/4 as needed but try not to take it

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