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Hi,

I found some information about BDNF [brain-derived neurotrophic factor] that I wanted to share with you: http://www.optimallivingdynamics.com/blog/21-proven-ways-to-increase-your-brains-growth-hormone. It says:

 

"BDNF protects and repairs your brain cells, increases the growth of new brain cells, and improves learning, memory and mood. In fact, many researchers consider it a natural antidepressant"

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spelled out acronym BDNF

Zoloft: summer of 2005, age 15, until Dec. 2005

Fluoxetine: Started in either 2009, 2010 or 2011, reaching 60 mg. Stopped (cold turkey) and started again. Stopped again in spring or summer of 2012. Started again in July 2013 and stopped in 2014.

Anafranil: 2014 - 2016, different doses, highest was 150 mg in spring of 2016.
June 2016, 150 mg to 75 mg overnight;

June - August 2016 reduced dosage, reaching 25 mg
Sept. 2016 last dose either 25 mg or half that dose

Lyrica: some weeks uptil a few months in 2012 and/or 2013.
Cymbalta30 mg June 14, 2016; 60 mg June 23; c/t off early July.
Inderal: 40 mg May 2015, reaching 120 mg 2016. Stopped the daily medication in fall of 2016.

Modiodal: Taken as needed, started April 2016 and stopped October 2016
Other medications taken briefly: Mirtazapin, Risperidon, Valdoxan, EdronaxLamotrigine, Tryptizol, Olanzapine, Propavan, Imovane, Lergigan, Atarax, Ipren, Citodon, Alvedon, Omeprazole
Current medications: None

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Hi psycritic thanks for the great information.ive watched a great video on this the other week .I was out yesterday for a walk and tryd the high intensity running up steps for 30 seconds then a breather and again a few times ,good to try a few times a week ,fit it in around my fatigue

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I discovered that a lot of what was helping me most were foods and or supplements and or lifestyle habits that increased bdnf. I didn't tolerate any of this stuff early on it's only lately that I've been able to. But now supporting growth hormone in general and bdnf etc has become extremely helpful

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Great to hear!

Zoloft: summer of 2005, age 15, until Dec. 2005

Fluoxetine: Started in either 2009, 2010 or 2011, reaching 60 mg. Stopped (cold turkey) and started again. Stopped again in spring or summer of 2012. Started again in July 2013 and stopped in 2014.

Anafranil: 2014 - 2016, different doses, highest was 150 mg in spring of 2016.
June 2016, 150 mg to 75 mg overnight;

June - August 2016 reduced dosage, reaching 25 mg
Sept. 2016 last dose either 25 mg or half that dose

Lyrica: some weeks uptil a few months in 2012 and/or 2013.
Cymbalta30 mg June 14, 2016; 60 mg June 23; c/t off early July.
Inderal: 40 mg May 2015, reaching 120 mg 2016. Stopped the daily medication in fall of 2016.

Modiodal: Taken as needed, started April 2016 and stopped October 2016
Other medications taken briefly: Mirtazapin, Risperidon, Valdoxan, EdronaxLamotrigine, Tryptizol, Olanzapine, Propavan, Imovane, Lergigan, Atarax, Ipren, Citodon, Alvedon, Omeprazole
Current medications: None

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Oh I should also say that I can actually feel my brain growing and it's not comfortable and sometimes that renders me inert and horizontal for a while. I've learned to tolerate so-called reactions when they are actually growth spurts and healing pains. Learning discernment on this stuff is a process I have found.

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds 

https://beyondmeds.com/

withdrawn from a cocktail of 6 psychiatric drugs that included every class of psych drug.
 

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Sounds truly amazing GiaK!

Zoloft: summer of 2005, age 15, until Dec. 2005

Fluoxetine: Started in either 2009, 2010 or 2011, reaching 60 mg. Stopped (cold turkey) and started again. Stopped again in spring or summer of 2012. Started again in July 2013 and stopped in 2014.

Anafranil: 2014 - 2016, different doses, highest was 150 mg in spring of 2016.
June 2016, 150 mg to 75 mg overnight;

June - August 2016 reduced dosage, reaching 25 mg
Sept. 2016 last dose either 25 mg or half that dose

Lyrica: some weeks uptil a few months in 2012 and/or 2013.
Cymbalta30 mg June 14, 2016; 60 mg June 23; c/t off early July.
Inderal: 40 mg May 2015, reaching 120 mg 2016. Stopped the daily medication in fall of 2016.

Modiodal: Taken as needed, started April 2016 and stopped October 2016
Other medications taken briefly: Mirtazapin, Risperidon, Valdoxan, EdronaxLamotrigine, Tryptizol, Olanzapine, Propavan, Imovane, Lergigan, Atarax, Ipren, Citodon, Alvedon, Omeprazole
Current medications: None

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Now that's something I hadn't considered - what our brains feel like when they are in repair / re-growth.

 

Yesterday I had a bad headache, and had to take a couple of Ibuprofen.......absolutely fine today though. I wondered if the cause was the floor exercises, strain on my shoulders/neck.

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