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I just came across this site for STL, MO. I'm not sure if they have providers but it is the only type of website for people in this area. http://www.cchrstl.org/

I just changed shrinks. My new one is part of a so called alternative medicine psych care group. However, the guy I see just wants me to go back on my medication or take another instead of the panic induced by the ct discontinuing.

I made it clear to him when I first saw him that I wanted off these meds. I had been on invega for three weeks then n had cut my wellbutrin dosage by 2/3. I know I'm not a md but when you want to be free of these meds, at least I am willing to deal with the w/d. I am going to look for another doc.

I wish you all the best. Everyone have a good evening whatever time of day you are in!! Hugs


Was on antidepressants on and off from 2000-2007 dx with MDD n anxiety.

2009- had like a physical breakdown. Was exhausted n not functioning properly. Still have depression n had become suicidal. Shrink dx bipolar while I never had a single manic episode. I got at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night. I required that to function since a child. I was admitted to the psych ward immediately. Was then put on a cocktail.

Lithium, lamotrigine, wellbutrin, prozac, depakote, Xanax, trazadone and ritalin.

Went through over 50 shock treatments n put on Invega in addition

Spring 2014, made the decision to try to get off some meds.

11 weeks ago I qt quit invega

10/6 reinstated 150 mg of Wellbutrin

I currently take 40 mg of prozac, 300 mg of lamotrigine, 1 mg of Xanax, 150 mg of trazadone

I am down from three medications. The forementioned others that I was initially put on I stopped prior to 2014.

I am hoping to be med free one day. I do not have any intention of stopping the current ones right now. I'm going to give my body a little more time to adjust.

Progress not perfection!!

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CCHR is funded by Scientology. I didn't see any doctors listed. Please let us know if you find any that are knowledgeable about tapering.


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I consider Steve Balt a friend. Thanks for the reminder, meimei. He's established offices in Walnut Creek and San Rafael, California.
 
Dr. Steven Balt
http://www.stevebalt.com/
705 Fourth St., Suite 4, San Rafael, CA 94901
1415 Oakland Blvd., Suite 100, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Phone: (415) 484-2258

Fax: (415) 684-7774

Email drbalt@gmail.com


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OKAY, this guy is not a psychiatrist or an MD.  His official title is Masters in Counseling, but he also has diplomas in Orthomolecular Nutrition (a 2 year degree from Canada).  I had an hour long chat with him, and he understands how long it takes to come off psych meds.  He "gets" delayed withdrawal syndrome.  He is willing to provide counseling, nutritional and orthomolecular (functional) support for withdrawal, but he cannot prescribe.  

 

Johnny Atman

Brisbane North Orthomolecular Clinic

ICNH, TCM

Specialists in Mood Disorders and Mental Health

 

Suite 5 / 1438 Anzac Ave, 

Kallangur, QLD 4503

 

07 3204 5877

0491 119 080 (mobile)

 

email:  director@healyourmind.com.au

website:  www.healyourmind.com.au

 

His knowledge is encyclopedic, one of the few practitioners I've seen who connects "mood" and "function" with physical disorder, inflammation, and "insult," whether stress or environmental or illness.

Since he is from Canada and I have not found posted helpful docs for Canada if you see him could you ask him where he trained... maybe there are more like him and I just can't find them a school would be a good start.  Thanks


WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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Just tried to contact Dr Bob Johnson in the UK - he has informed me that his clinic is now closed.   

 

He is reachable by email on his website, but does not appear to be taking on patients.

Very sorry to hear that. Did he have any recommendations of other doctors?

 

In other news, Debra London is now in Ojai, California.

 

I've updated the list in post #1 accordingly.


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ADMIN UPDATE

On 9/14/2017 at 7:36 PM, ChanceLucky said:

I spoke with him today. He was a nice guy, but he recommended that I increase my Celexa dose. He explained that he tries to get people off anti-psychotic drugs but is not worried about harmful long-term effects of antidepressants. I don't know if you want to put any info. about this on page 1 of this thread next to his name. I wouldn't have spent the money I did on him if I'd known this. So it might save other people from this expense if they're looking for help tapering antidepressants.

 

Ira Steinman, MD
http://irasteinman.com/index.html
339 Spruce St.
San Francisco, Ca 94118
tel: 415 221-1377
irasteinman  // gmail.com

 

Dr. Steinman is listed on MadinAmerica.com http://www.madinamerica.com/service-directory/30151/ira-steinman/

 

I spoke to him myself. He is very kind, accessible, and understands the dangers of the drugs.
 

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Recommended by Eric Buck of Holistic Therapy Online, which is listed on MadinAmerica.com
 
Elizabeth Bowler MD
417 Mace Blvd
Ste J
Davis, CA 95618
530-229-6585
ElizabethbowlerMD // gmail.com


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Recommended by one of our members:

 

Toby Hazan, MD
Comprehensive Psychiatric Svs
28800 Orchard Lake Rd Suite 250
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 932-2500 (Office)

 

Understands tapering basics, the Prozac bridge, and monitoring for withdrawal symptoms.


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Cheeky

I'm from Sydney Australia , and rang that David Purssy ,and he won't do Skype anywhere except Brisbane . I was so disappointed . There is nobody in Sydney .


-1995 started paxil 20mg for depression, over the years slowly increasing to 50mg up until 2014 

-2014 I decided to tapper myself not knowing how to

and crashed and doctor added 50mg of Seraquel 

I then tried again to stop taking both and ended up in hospital trying all different drugs, I soon realised after searching the internet that I was going through withdrawal, I then reinstated 40mg paxil and 50mg Seraquel 

-2015 tried tapering again too quickly and CRASHED

2/11/16  -43mg Seraquel   -40mg Paxil           

17/1/17   -43mg                   -New Paxil Brand                   

14/03/17  -43mg                   -39.5mg 

23/05/17  -43mg                   -39mg 

08/07/17  -43mg                   -38.5mg

01/09/17 -37.5mg               -37.5mg 

12/10/17  -37.5mg             - 37mg

28/10/17 -37.5mg               -36mg
19/01/18- 37.5mg               -35mg
2/05/18 -  37.5mg               -34.8mg
15/05/18 37.5mg                -34.5mg
24/05/18  37.5mg              -34mg
12/07/18 37.5mg               -33.mg
3/08/18 37.5mg                  -32.5mg  
28/08/18  37.5mg.              -31mg
16/12/18 37.5mg                -30mg
10/3/19  36.25mg              -30mg
17/3/19  35mg                   -30mg
26/3/19  33.75mg              -30mg
4/04/19 32.5mg                -30mg
21/04/19  30mg                -30mg
16/07/19  28.75 mg         -30mg
5/08/19   27.5mg             -30mg    
19/08/19 25mg                -30mg
20/10/19  25mg              -29mg
17/11/19 25mg              -28mg
7/01/20    25mg               -27mg
12/02/20   25mg             -26mg
7/03/20   25mg             -25mg
11/04/20   25mg           -24mg
4/05/20   -25mg         -23mg
5/06/20    -25mg          -22mg
23/06/20  -25mg         -21mg
15/07/20  25mg         -20mg 
04/08/20 23mg           -20mg
18/08/20 22.5mg        -20mg

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Hopefull

Well Cheeky that sucks! Any Aussies reading this please recommend a good psychiatrist preferably in Melbourne. Thank you.


DRUG HISTORY:

 

November 2013- Zoloft, ( Bad reaction).

January 2014 - March 2014 Seroquel.( Quit Cold Turkey).

January2014- Mirtazapine, I was taking 15mg at one stage, reduced to 7.5mg, Pgad reactions to Mirtazapine. Doctor kept increasing it to 37.5mg, until July 2014. No improvement, experiencing panic attacks, on 37.5 mg. I had enough by October 2014. Began tapering.

October 2014- Started tapering Mirtazapine from 37.5mg.

September 2015- Down to 4mg of Mirtazapine. Crashed.

September 16th- Up dosed to 5mg. Held this dose for almost 5 months. Stabilised.

February 2016- Began tapering again. From 5mg to 4.5mg of Mirtazapine. (Rocking the boat, again)! Lol. :(

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Dr. Lucire is a very brave psychiatrist who has been criticized for her stand against psychiatric drugs. She believes in very slow tapering. You will need a GP referral to see her and then must ring her for an appointment.

 

See Dr. Yolande Lucire: Adverse Reactions to Psychiatric Drugs

http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=11394

http://psychrights.org/articles/newdrugsnewproblems.htm

http://www.nt.gov.au/lant/parliamentary-business/committees/ctc/youth-suicides/Submissions/Sub%20No.%2016,%20Dr%20Yolande%20Lucire,%20Part%201,%2030%20Sept%202011.pdf(PDF)

 

Yolande Lucire, MD
PhD MBBS DPM
FORENSIC & MEDICO-LEGAL PSYCHIATRY
Pharmacogenomics and  Personalised Medicine

Level 3 Suite 310, 203-233 New South Head Road,
New South Wales 2027, Australia.
Telephone                      (612) 9327 2288
Fax:                                (612) 9327 2288
Mobile:                            0411 158 246


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For those of you coming from Belgium or the Benelux area: I have two names of psychiatrists (french speaking) that work in collaboration with british psychiatrist David Healy. They completely and fully acknowledge the existence of protracted SSRI withdrawal syndrome and help people get off psychiatric medications and support while in withdrawal.

 

If you are interested, please PM me for further information. 


2008-2014: various doses of Sertraline between 25-150mg. Put on it initially for very mild anxiety.

Occasionnally Xanax 0.25mg, maybe twice a month.

Summer 2014: much too rapid taper off Sertraline (had no clue about withdrawal) from 25mg to nothing in about two months.

September 2014: last Sertraline pill.
End november 2014: begin WD symptoms (severe headaches, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, zaps, head/face/ear pressure, severe debilitating anxiety and insomnia, muscle pains and spasm,..) 

Begin february 2015: had developed what I now know is akathisia, arrived at the psych ER severly sleep deprived. Put on a drug regimen consisting of: Sertraline 25mg, Trazolan 100 mg for sleep and Temesta 2,5 when needed.

Had a severe adverse reaction to the Sertraline reinstatement and became acutely suicidal within days. Akathisia and all physical symptoms became worse. Doctor pushed the doses further up until I, in a moment of lucidity, found a psychiatrist who believed me when I said I was in WD.

Mid march 2015: off all psych meds. Suicidal thoughts diminshed greatly, insomnia got somewhat better but akathisia is still relentless and physical symptoms quite debilitating. At least drugs are out of my system and healing can finally commence.

I avoid coffee, alcohol and exercise and am not taking any supplements whatsoever. I am just leaving my body and brain to be.

 

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Nathalou, can you post the contact information for the doctors in this topic? Thank you.


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Just to let people in the uk know..

 

I emailed David Healy and he said he is happy to see me on the NHS as long as my doctors surgery can get funding. So it looks like he could see anyone in any area of uk as long as doctors surgery can do it.


2000 - sertraline for job anxiety low confidence (17 years old) ..which turned the next 16 years into nightmare!

 

On/off sertraline severe withdrawals every time. 2014 - felt better as reduced dose of sertraline no more inner restlessness. Doctor rushed off again. Hit severe withdrawal. Lost the little I had in life. Couldn't get stable again on 12.5mg. Was switched to prozac. Had severe reaction to prozac..came off in November 2015 at 6mg as felt more confused and damaged on it..Even more withdrawal ..rage, depression, dyphoria, near constant suicidal ideation, self harm impulses, doom, concrete block in head, unable to do much of anything with this feeling in head..went back on 6mg of sertraline to see if would alleviate anything. It didn't..reduced from December to June 2016 came off at 2.5mg sertraline as was hospitalised for the severe rage, suicidal impulses, and put on 50mg lofepramine which in 2nd week reduced all symptoms but gave insomnia which still have..psych stopped lofepramine cold turkey..no increased withdrawal symptoms new symptoms from lofepramine except persistant insomnia which has as side effect.

 

Taking Ativan for 8 months for the severe rage self harm impulses 1-3 times a week (mostly 2 times a week) at .5mg. Two months (I'm unsure exactly when the interdose started to happen) ago interdose withdrawal seemed to happen..2 days I think after the Ativan.

 

 

Nightmare that could have been avoided!

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Any drs in New Jersey?

Laura Kelly, PhD, RN, APN-C

Eatontown, NJ

 

http://www.monmouth.edu/academics/schools/nursing/faculty/Kelly.asp

 

1 Main St Ste 301

Eatontown, NJ 07724

 

572 Cookman Ave

Asbury Park , NJ 07712

732-774-6333

 

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Fall 1998, age 15, prescribed Zoloft

Various other medications, tried coming off multiple times (mostly cold turkey) but was put back on due to misdiagnosed withdrawal symptoms

Fall 2013 60mg Cymbalta & .5mg lorazepam

Fall 2014 60mg cymbalta & half of .5 mg tablet of lorazepam nightly for sleep and as needed for anxiety attacks (which was really misdiagnosed protracted withdrawal)

Gradually weaned myself off of lorazepam throughout September and October 2014

March 15, 2015     .21g     (actual weight of granules in single 60mg dose, without capsule)

March 16, 2015     .189g   (10% decrease)

March 24, 2015     .17g     (10% decrease)

March 25, 2015     .18g     (5% increase)

April 8, 2015          .171g   (5% decrease)

 

Daily Supplements: 2 Nordic Naturals Complete Omega soft gels, 1 Whole Foods 2000 ius vitamin D, 1 Bluebonnet B-Complex 100, Bluebonnet Magnesium Citrate (400-500mg/day)

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Thank you, mcc. Can you tell us any more about Laura Kelly?


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Dr. Kelly has been extremely supportive. She is respectful and compassionate. I've been seeing her for about a year and a half now. From the beginning she stated that I should probably not have been medicated at 15 and that Cymbalta was a. not doing anything for me and b. probable that it was causing adverse side effects. This was before I was diagnosed with an untreated neck injury that was complicating symptoms. After finding out about my neck, she agreed to hold off on coming off until the issues with my neck improved and started stabilizing. She recommended the initial taper that was too fast. She was prompt in responding to my phone calls addressing the severe withdrawals I was having (even on weekends). She advised me to stop tapering immediately and hold tight while she made some phone calls. Within a few days she had spoken to colleagues and also called Eli Lilly to figure out what was going on and a plan for what to do next. Even though she said she had never been aware of a patient with such severe withdrawals on the taper we were doing, she stated repeatedly that she absolutely believed me. This was the first time any professional has ever properly diagnosed this for me (hence me being on for 17 years even after several attempts to come off).

 

She repeatedly informed me that no, these were not returning symptoms but were indeed withdrawal. She also stated that no, these symtpoms were not justification for why I needed to be on Cymbalta. She also has told me that these withdrawals mean that it's going to be harder for me to think clearly, and offers support and reminders when I've been feeling at the end of my rope. She has stated multiple times that she thinks it very possible that I do not need to be on medication and is fully supportive of coming off and in fact is recommending that.

 

After doing more research than I've ever been aware of any psych doing for me as a patient, she recommended the 10% of current dose decrease. She even spoke with a mathematician about how to devise a system using graph paper for all the beads.

 

I will say that she has prescribed and suggested benzodiazepines while tapering but at this point I have told her no.

 

I am still in close contact with her, and she tells me that it is possible to be off, but to hang in there as it will take time. She asks for updates and info on what methods I'm finding work. She also recommends and is supportive of holding on the dose until my system has stabilized before decreasing again.

 

I have to say that I am uncomfortable with having her name and location connected with my account, but I hope that someone will be able to find the information useful. I'm still so aware of stigmas and misinformation of the general public when it comes to antidepressants. Even though so many of us are on them!


Fall 1998, age 15, prescribed Zoloft

Various other medications, tried coming off multiple times (mostly cold turkey) but was put back on due to misdiagnosed withdrawal symptoms

Fall 2013 60mg Cymbalta & .5mg lorazepam

Fall 2014 60mg cymbalta & half of .5 mg tablet of lorazepam nightly for sleep and as needed for anxiety attacks (which was really misdiagnosed protracted withdrawal)

Gradually weaned myself off of lorazepam throughout September and October 2014

March 15, 2015     .21g     (actual weight of granules in single 60mg dose, without capsule)

March 16, 2015     .189g   (10% decrease)

March 24, 2015     .17g     (10% decrease)

March 25, 2015     .18g     (5% increase)

April 8, 2015          .171g   (5% decrease)

 

Daily Supplements: 2 Nordic Naturals Complete Omega soft gels, 1 Whole Foods 2000 ius vitamin D, 1 Bluebonnet B-Complex 100, Bluebonnet Magnesium Citrate (400-500mg/day)

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Interesting. I wonder if she saw this site. Good to hear you have this support.

 

Laura Kelly is also on the faculty at Monmouth University http://www.monmouth.edu/academics/schools/nursing/faculty/Kelly.asp


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from OnaRage:  

 

 

 

I sent the following to Dr Malika Burman in Portland, OR:

 

"I am struggling to get myself back to normal after a lengthy battle with depression but, more importantly, severe antidepressant withdrawal symptoms. I've worked with a number of different doctors and nurse practitioners but have not found a fit that works. You were recommended by the folks on the Surviving Antidepressant website.

If you have time for new patients and feel you can work with someone who is extremely depressed and anxious but more from the antidepressants themselves so wants NO medication, I need help.

Thanks in advance for your consideration."

 

Her response was as follows:

 

"I'm sorry but I don't know of that website, also I've never seen anyone who was depressed as a result of antidepressants that wasn't very depressed before they were started.  I'm probably not the best fit, someone else may have more experience with what you are describing.    MB"

 

So that didn't go so well.  There's one other doc that I'll try.  I'll let you know how it goes but I would consider removing that doc from the list unless you think the way I explained my situation was not clear enough.

 

and

 

After receiving her response, I sent her the following:

 

"Thanks for the response.  One more quick question for you.  Are you familiar with Antidepressant withdrawal syndrome?"

 

Her unfortunate response was:

 

"Yes it does not last very long.  MB"

 

So maybe she shouldn't be on our list anymore.


"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna

 

Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.

 

My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.

 

A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia.   CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013.   Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine).     Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 -  Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years  on Lithium).  Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.


The tedious thread (my intro):  JanCarol ☼ Reboxetine first, then Lithium

The happy thread (my success story):  JanCarol - Undiagnosed  Off all bipolar drugs

My own blog:  https://shamanexplorations.com/shamans-blog/

 

 

I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!

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Wow, she wrote on the MIA website although the link has disappeared.   It sure looks like Alto had good reason to believe she belonged on this site.  

 

Hmm, did big pharma get to her or has she been threatened because otherwise, this makes no bleeping sense.  I am sorry for what OnaRage went though in thinking she/he would be seeing a trusted provider.


Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Temazepam on a PRN basis approximately twice a month - 2014 to 2016

Beginning in 2017 - Consumption increased to about two times per week

April 2017 - Increased to taking it full time for insomnia

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Very odd. I have my 2012 correspondence from her and she seemed much more sympathetic. Maybe her peers have been pestering her.


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Alto,

 

Any way you can diplomatically follow up with her to see what is going on as I am really curious to see what her response would be?  If you can't, I definitely understand.  Obviously, something drastic occurred to cause her to have the change in attitude and go from someone being sympathetic to our cause to sounding like most psychiatrists regarding psych med withdrawal. 

 

CS


Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Temazepam on a PRN basis approximately twice a month - 2014 to 2016

Beginning in 2017 - Consumption increased to about two times per week

April 2017 - Increased to taking it full time for insomnia

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I have followed up. She doesn't want any referrals.


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Scott Shannon, MD  ABIHM

Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Colorado

Wholeness Center
2620 East Prospect Rd, #190
Fort Collins, CO  80525

P-970.221.1106
F-970.232.1050

 

From Dr. Shannon:

 

Hello. Thanks for your inquiry. I teach doctors and psychiatrists widely about these issues. You are welcome to refer folks to my clinic. My textbook mentions Mark Foster and his work. I understand the problem deeply and communicate it widely to professional audiences.

Happy to help….scott

 


 


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I need to find someone in Florida. I want to move back home when I am able. I guess my best bet is to look up integrative doctors and start calling them and arranging to discuss my situation, and to have my dr now speak to them. I don't want to move without a sure thing.

 

There has to be someone in Florida. I just have to find them.


2005-Zoloft bad reaction.....2006-Lexepro......2012-Upped Lexepro.......2013-Upped Lexepro......2/2014- Attempted Taper Lexepro...2/2014- Updosed Lexepro.......3/2014-Ativan.....5/2014- CT switch from Lexpro to Effexor.....

5/2014-7/2014-Tapered Ativan from 1mg to .25mg.....6/2014-Bad reaction to Effexor........7/2014- Rapid taper Effexor every other day......7/5/2014- Off Effexor.......7/2014-12/2014 - Ativan .25mg.......12/25/2014 -Taper Ativan by 4% due to paradoxical reaction .24mg...11/18/2015-Taper Ativan 1% CURRENTLY ON: .2376mg Ativan taken in 6 .0396mg doses.

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Please let us know if you find any you can recommend.


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I have been trouble having finding Dr Kelly'S phone number, she isn't at the numbers I tried. Do you know if her middle initial is a? I would appreciate her phone number and address. I thank you. I have her faculty number, (if she is the right Dr Kelly)- but can't find her office number.

 

 

Dr Kelly has been extremely supportive. She is respectful and compassionate. I've been seeing her for about a year and a half now. From the beginning she stated that I should probably not have been medicated at 15 and that Cymbalta was a. not doing anything for me and b. probable that it was causing adverse side effects. This was before I was diagnosed with an untreated neck injury that was complicating symptoms. After finding out about my neck, she agreed to hold off on coming off until the issues with my neck improved and started stabilizing. She recommended the initial taper that was too fast. She was prompt in responding to my phone calls addressing the severe withdrawals I was having (even on weekends). She advised me to stop tapering immediately and hold tight while she made some phone calls. Within a few days she had spoken to colleagues and also called Eli Lilly to figure out what was going on and a plan for what to do next. Even though she said she had never been aware of a patient with such severe withdrawals on the taper we were doing, she stated repeatedly that she absolutely believed me. This was the first time any professional has ever properly diagnosed this for me (hence me being on for 17 years even after several attempts to come off).

She repeatedly informed me that no, these were not returning symptoms but were indeed withdrawal. She also stated that no, these symtpoms were not justification for why I needed to be on Cymbalta. She also has told me that these withdrawals mean that it's going to be harder for me to think clearly, and offers support and reminders when I've been feeling at the end of my rope. She has stated multiple times that she thinks it very possible that I do not need to be on medication and is fully supportive of coming off and in fact is recommending that.

After doing more research than I've ever been aware of any psych doing for me as a patient, she recommended the 10% of current dose decrease. She even spoke with a mathematician about how to devise a system using graph paper for all the beads.

I will say that she has prescribed and suggested benzodiazepines while tapering but at this point I have told her no.

I am still in close contact with her, and she tells me that it is possible to be off, but to hang in there as it will take time. She asks for updates and info on what methods I'm finding work. She also recommends and is supportive of holding on the dose until my system has stabilized before decreasing again.

I have to say that I am uncomfortable with having her name and location connected with my account, but I hope that someone will be able to find the information useful. I'm still so aware of stigmas and misinformation of the general public when it comes to antidepressants. Even though so many of us are on them!


Trazodone 150-300 nightly

Ambien CR. 3-5 times a week

Taking Klonopin crossing over to Valium started 6-25-15

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Her name is in the first post of this topic under East Coast. Click on her name and the link brings up contact info.


Fall 1998, age 15, prescribed Zoloft

Various other medications, tried coming off multiple times (mostly cold turkey) but was put back on due to misdiagnosed withdrawal symptoms

Fall 2013 60mg Cymbalta & .5mg lorazepam

Fall 2014 60mg cymbalta & half of .5 mg tablet of lorazepam nightly for sleep and as needed for anxiety attacks (which was really misdiagnosed protracted withdrawal)

Gradually weaned myself off of lorazepam throughout September and October 2014

March 15, 2015     .21g     (actual weight of granules in single 60mg dose, without capsule)

March 16, 2015     .189g   (10% decrease)

March 24, 2015     .17g     (10% decrease)

March 25, 2015     .18g     (5% increase)

April 8, 2015          .171g   (5% decrease)

 

Daily Supplements: 2 Nordic Naturals Complete Omega soft gels, 1 Whole Foods 2000 ius vitamin D, 1 Bluebonnet B-Complex 100, Bluebonnet Magnesium Citrate (400-500mg/day)

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Marie Casey Olseth MD
 
West End Consultation Group
1650 West End Blvd
Suite 100
St Louis Park, MN 55416-5369
Phone: 952 856 8452
Fax: 952 487 0380
E-mail: http://www.marieolsethmd.com/contact
 
http://www.marieolsethmd.com/about
 

....Dr. Olseth takes care to recommend psychiatric medications and dosages that are most effective at specifically targeting the patient’s symptoms, without over-medicating her patients. Some patients are referred to Dr. Olseth to have her review psychiatric medications they already take. She has often recommended tapering psychiatric medications of patients referred to her....


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From the Safe Harbor list:
 
Varsha Rathod, M.D.
http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/find-help/listing/varsha-rathod-m-d

1977 Schuetz Road, Saint Louis, MO 63146, USA
(314) 997-5403
(314) 997-6837
info@preventivemedicinestl.com

Treatments
Nutritional
Herbal
Allergy Elimination
Toxic metal testing

Prescribe Psychiatric Drugs
Yes

Help take patients off of psychiatric drugs
Yes

Comments about taking patients off of psychiatric drugs
Absolutely

Other Notes
hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, women’s health


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From the Safe Harbor list:

 

David Rekar, M.D.
http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/find-help/listing/david-rekar-m-d
3535 Cahuenga Boulevard West #206, Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA
(323) 436-0303
(323) 436-0306
ucmg1@yahoo.com
http://www.ucmg.net

Universal City Medical

Practitioners type
M.D. – Complemntary Alternative Medicine, Chiropractor, Nutritionist

Treatments
Nutrition & Chiropractic

Prescribe Psychiatric Drugs
No

Help take patients off of psychiatric drugs
Yes

Comments about taking patients off of psychiatric drugs
We are thorough in reviewing medicines and determining the best approach and rate of withdrawal.


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Marie Casey Olseth MD

 

West End Consultation Group

1650 West End Blvd

Suite 100

St Louis Park, MN 55416-5369

Phone: 952 856 8452

Fax: 952 487 0380

E-mail: http://www.marieolsethmd.com/contact

 

http://www.marieolsethmd.com/about

 

....Dr. Olseth takes care to recommend psychiatric medications and dosages that are most effective at specifically targeting the patient’s symptoms, without over-medicating her patients. Some patients are referred to Dr. Olseth to have her review psychiatric medications they already take. She has often recommended tapering psychiatric medications of patients referred to her....

 


Pristiq 100mg. Feb/2015

Wellbutrin 300mg. Feb/2015

Clonazepam 2mg. Oct. 2014

Clonazepam 2mg. Feb. 2015

Clonazepam 1.75 Feb. 2015

Clonazepam 1.50 March 2015

Clonazepam 1.25 March 2015

Clonazepam 1.00 April 2015

Clonazepam .75 May 2015

 

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Please check her reviews online.  Nine out of ten reviewers (if I recall correctly) rated her very poorly. 


Pristiq 100mg. Feb/2015

Wellbutrin 300mg. Feb/2015

Clonazepam 2mg. Oct. 2014

Clonazepam 2mg. Feb. 2015

Clonazepam 1.75 Feb. 2015

Clonazepam 1.50 March 2015

Clonazepam 1.25 March 2015

Clonazepam 1.00 April 2015

Clonazepam .75 May 2015

 

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Please check her reviews online.  Nine out of ten reviewers (if I recall correctly) rated her very poorly. 

That was on ratemd.com:

 

https://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/2456646/Dr-Marie%2BC.-Olseth-St.%2BLouis%2BPark-MN.html

 

On vitals.com, she is rated more highly:

 

http://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Marie_Olseth.html

 

But really, with such a small sample size, you really can't tell from this whether this doctor will be good or not.   As a FYI, I have been to doctors who have gotten great ratings with alot more reviews and they were not right for me.   The only thing you can do is give her a try and since psychiatrists who don't understand withdrawal issues are in short supply, there is really nothing to lose.


Drug cocktail 1995 - 2010
Started taper of Adderall, Wellbutrin XL, Remeron, and Doxepin in 2006
Finished taper on June 10, 2010

Temazepam on a PRN basis approximately twice a month - 2014 to 2016

Beginning in 2017 - Consumption increased to about two times per week

April 2017 - Increased to taking it full time for insomnia

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Those ratings can be rigged -- one person venting by using different e-mail addresses to register.

 

If you see Dr. Olsen, please let us know your impressions.


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Her name is in the first post of this topic under East Coast. Click on her name and the link brings up contact info.

 

 

 

That link is broken, that was the first one I tried. Did it work for you? Wondering


Trazodone 150-300 nightly

Ambien CR. 3-5 times a week

Taking Klonopin crossing over to Valium started 6-25-15

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