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6 hours ago, cymbalta said:

i cant understand first time when someone tell me something.. im thinking and after i can understand.. anyone else have this problem?

Hi Cymbalta,

 

It will be great if you can post your drug history in your sig.

I understand what you going through, its like our mind is not instantaneous enough to process conversation and it gets blank most of the time.
I think the drugs make us unable to focus 100% like previously. I rmbr during my prozac treatment, Im feeling "drugged" most of the time, like having blank mind and high? But during treatment my cognitive ability and memory were 100% like before my anxiety. It's only after I cold turkey for 4 months I  started getting these problems. I rmbr reading in pubmed that SSRI produce morphological changes to our serotonin receptor. My PhD friend told me morphological changes can revert back to its original state but it will take time. How long? I don't know. 

 

I also get this daily nausea and slight lightheadedness and it trigger my health anxiety again for brain cancer. Anyone have daily nausea and slight dizziness in the afternoon after withdrawing cold turkey after 1 year?

 

I also worry if I will be like this permanently. But if I keep worrying I only waste my previous youth (27 now). At least today my cognitive and memory problem recover 50% back after I distract myself with work. Worrying about this permanent thing will only compound the problem.

Try to distract your mind from worrying about this. If it's overwhelming try to go outside and have a walk for 5 min.

Prozac 10 mg December 2016

Prozac 20 mg January 2017 - October 2017

Prozac 20 mg March 2018 - April 2018

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I've noticed improvement in my memory.

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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To everyone here: during a window, do your cognitive withdrawal symptoms stop? Or do they stay even if you are in a window?

Mine completely disappear when I am in a window (I have a window every 5 days for 1 day...)

- March 2017: 50mg Sertraline starts

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today i watched the Truman Show movie on netflix....for the first time, or so i thought!

 

turns out i watched it with my Hubbs at the movie theater whenit cam e out in june of 1998...the year they put me on seroquel. i mean i don't remember any of it, not the exoistential deep conversation with my Hubs afterwards, none of the movie scenes, or subject matter, nothing. this trips me out...i had only been on seroquel a short time when i saw the movie. i am wondering if that memory was recorded on a brain section that is now filled with scar tissue that shows on mri, or did it just die and never regenerate...or is this the result of 18 years of SSRI and other meds erasing my memories?

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Quetiapine:  2000-2005: 50mg;  2005: 100mg;   2008: 400mg;   2011: 100mg;   2014: 300mg;   2014-2017: 400mg;  7/2018-2/2019: 75mg;  1/2019: 68.75mg;  4/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (25mg 8AM, 18.75mg 4PM, 25mg MIDNITE);  5/2019: 68.75mg (switched to all liquid taper using HUMCO suspension agent)  8/2019: 61mg       

Clonazepam:  2008: 2mg then 0.25mg;   2012: 0.5mg;   2014: 1mg;   4/2019: 1mg ~completed switch to 3x daily dosing (0.25mg 8AM, 0.25mg 2PM, 0.5mg 8PM);   8/2019: 1mg (switched to all liquid taper using propylene glycol as solvent)    

Gabapentin:   2011: 100mg;   2011: 200mg TID    2014: 300mg;  2017: 600mg;   2019: 900mg PM;   3/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (300mg q8h)

Prior drugs: Please see this link:    (the remaining dates & meds records will be updated as i receive my complete medical files.)

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21 minutes ago, noearthlyfamily said:

today i watched the Truman Show movie on netflix....for the first time, or so i thought!

 

turns out i watched it with my Hubbs at the movie theater whenit cam e out in june of 1998...the year they put me on seroquel. i mean i don't remember any of it, not the exoistential deep conversation with my Hubs afterwards, none of the movie scenes, or subject matter, nothing. this trips me out...i had only been on seroquel a short time when i saw the movie. i am wondering if that memory was recorded on a brain section that is now filled with scar tissue that shows on mri, or did it just die and never regenerate...or is this the result of 18 years of SSRI and other meds erasing my memories?

Wait a minute, did you actually get your brain scanned and it turns out you have scar tissue? Did you injure your head, or is this due to your medication?

- March 2017: 50mg Sertraline starts

- August 2017: up to 100mg

- February 2018: down to 50mg

- November 2018: one-week taper down to 0mg

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9 minutes ago, herod said:

Wait a minute, did you actually get your brain scanned and it turns out you have scar tissue? Did you injure your head, or is this due to your medication?

 

yes i have 4 sets  of mri's of my brain and spine and they show bright white scar tisue/lesions which are actually scar tissue that fills in the holes left where healthy brain tissue died off. it was cause 100% by seroquel and othe drugs mostly AD's over a 20 year span. i absolutely do not have a head injury and no MS. i have the original mri films as proof.

 

also a side note, the radiologist lied outright to me about the gadolinium metal contrast dye they injected in my vein to make the mri's with contrast show all the minute vascular/cappilary details. they said gadolinium is 100% safe and clears the body in 24 hours. total lies. google Chuck Norris' wife and mri gadolinium dyes lawsuit. they won. she is permanently disabled. i knew her before when she and Chuck were engaed to  be married and they bought me a steak n lobster diner in the stockyards before a Willie Nelson concert we went to. Chuck's besties with my then karate tteacher. anyways. lovely couple. he had the lawyers to fight and win the case.

 

 

UPDATED: 9/01/2019

Quetiapine:  2000-2005: 50mg;  2005: 100mg;   2008: 400mg;   2011: 100mg;   2014: 300mg;   2014-2017: 400mg;  7/2018-2/2019: 75mg;  1/2019: 68.75mg;  4/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (25mg 8AM, 18.75mg 4PM, 25mg MIDNITE);  5/2019: 68.75mg (switched to all liquid taper using HUMCO suspension agent)  8/2019: 61mg       

Clonazepam:  2008: 2mg then 0.25mg;   2012: 0.5mg;   2014: 1mg;   4/2019: 1mg ~completed switch to 3x daily dosing (0.25mg 8AM, 0.25mg 2PM, 0.5mg 8PM);   8/2019: 1mg (switched to all liquid taper using propylene glycol as solvent)    

Gabapentin:   2011: 100mg;   2011: 200mg TID    2014: 300mg;  2017: 600mg;   2019: 900mg PM;   3/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (300mg q8h)

Prior drugs: Please see this link:    (the remaining dates & meds records will be updated as i receive my complete medical files.)

Suppl's: Deva Vegan Multi & Mineral Supplement w/Greens 1x, Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate Chelate 100mg 4x, vit c 1000mg  2x, zinc gluconate 50mg 1x q.o.d., Allicin Max 180mg TID,  chlorella/spirulina 50/50 blend 2tabs 5x daily

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ps i was told by the radiologist privately after my foirst set of mri's thta he could lose his job so i promised not to talk, but he said the meds i was on (seroquel at  the time) could cause the same signatures in the mris as mine.

 

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UPDATED: 9/01/2019

Quetiapine:  2000-2005: 50mg;  2005: 100mg;   2008: 400mg;   2011: 100mg;   2014: 300mg;   2014-2017: 400mg;  7/2018-2/2019: 75mg;  1/2019: 68.75mg;  4/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (25mg 8AM, 18.75mg 4PM, 25mg MIDNITE);  5/2019: 68.75mg (switched to all liquid taper using HUMCO suspension agent)  8/2019: 61mg       

Clonazepam:  2008: 2mg then 0.25mg;   2012: 0.5mg;   2014: 1mg;   4/2019: 1mg ~completed switch to 3x daily dosing (0.25mg 8AM, 0.25mg 2PM, 0.5mg 8PM);   8/2019: 1mg (switched to all liquid taper using propylene glycol as solvent)    

Gabapentin:   2011: 100mg;   2011: 200mg TID    2014: 300mg;  2017: 600mg;   2019: 900mg PM;   3/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (300mg q8h)

Prior drugs: Please see this link:    (the remaining dates & meds records will be updated as i receive my complete medical files.)

Suppl's: Deva Vegan Multi & Mineral Supplement w/Greens 1x, Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate Chelate 100mg 4x, vit c 1000mg  2x, zinc gluconate 50mg 1x q.o.d., Allicin Max 180mg TID,  chlorella/spirulina 50/50 blend 2tabs 5x daily

HRT:  300mg oral progesterone h.s., 0.1mg estradiol transdermal patch 2x week

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I'm so sorry. The brain has a remarkable ability to heal itself, we mustn't forget -- Whether you have/haven't lost your cherished memories, your brain will heal in time.

 

 

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- March 2017: 50mg Sertraline starts

- August 2017: up to 100mg

- February 2018: down to 50mg

- November 2018: one-week taper down to 0mg

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25 minutes ago, herod said:

I'm so sorry. The brain has a remarkable ability to heal itself, we mustn't forget -- Whether you have/haven't lost your cherished memories, your brain will heal in time.

 

Herod is sure hope you are right!

 

i mean, it would be nice to retain the good memories at least..instead of focusing and ruminating on the really bad ones. 24 years of psych meds ...i don't know anyone else who'se been on as many for as long as i have and made it thru...recovered to tell a succes story. so far it's just hoping for the best, but we don't know yet.

UPDATED: 9/01/2019

Quetiapine:  2000-2005: 50mg;  2005: 100mg;   2008: 400mg;   2011: 100mg;   2014: 300mg;   2014-2017: 400mg;  7/2018-2/2019: 75mg;  1/2019: 68.75mg;  4/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (25mg 8AM, 18.75mg 4PM, 25mg MIDNITE);  5/2019: 68.75mg (switched to all liquid taper using HUMCO suspension agent)  8/2019: 61mg       

Clonazepam:  2008: 2mg then 0.25mg;   2012: 0.5mg;   2014: 1mg;   4/2019: 1mg ~completed switch to 3x daily dosing (0.25mg 8AM, 0.25mg 2PM, 0.5mg 8PM);   8/2019: 1mg (switched to all liquid taper using propylene glycol as solvent)    

Gabapentin:   2011: 100mg;   2011: 200mg TID    2014: 300mg;  2017: 600mg;   2019: 900mg PM;   3/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (300mg q8h)

Prior drugs: Please see this link:    (the remaining dates & meds records will be updated as i receive my complete medical files.)

Suppl's: Deva Vegan Multi & Mineral Supplement w/Greens 1x, Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate Chelate 100mg 4x, vit c 1000mg  2x, zinc gluconate 50mg 1x q.o.d., Allicin Max 180mg TID,  chlorella/spirulina 50/50 blend 2tabs 5x daily

HRT:  300mg oral progesterone h.s., 0.1mg estradiol transdermal patch 2x week

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3 minutes ago, noearthlyfamily said:

24 years of psych meds ...i don't know anyone else who'se been on as many for as long as i have and made it thru...recovered to tell a succes story. so far it's just hoping for the best, but we don't know yet.

 

GiaK

 

"I withdrew from a cocktail of 6 psychiatric drugs that included every class of psych drug."

 

Shep

 

"30 years on many drugs starting at the age of 17."

 

Aria

 

"Aria's recovery from poly drugs.  I had no idea when I walked into a psychiatrist's office 25 yrs ago the horrible labyrinth I'd entered."

 

JanCarol

 

"A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total)."

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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THANK YOU ChesieCat! i just went and hit follow on all 4 of these members and left a lil message saying you reccomended them to me...

 

i thought i was the only one here with 2 decades of psych med history...and was feeling quite discouraged, but these people's stories will help me to keep going thru the storm until i see the daylight!

xooooo )whole buncha hugs!)

 

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UPDATED: 9/01/2019

Quetiapine:  2000-2005: 50mg;  2005: 100mg;   2008: 400mg;   2011: 100mg;   2014: 300mg;   2014-2017: 400mg;  7/2018-2/2019: 75mg;  1/2019: 68.75mg;  4/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (25mg 8AM, 18.75mg 4PM, 25mg MIDNITE);  5/2019: 68.75mg (switched to all liquid taper using HUMCO suspension agent)  8/2019: 61mg       

Clonazepam:  2008: 2mg then 0.25mg;   2012: 0.5mg;   2014: 1mg;   4/2019: 1mg ~completed switch to 3x daily dosing (0.25mg 8AM, 0.25mg 2PM, 0.5mg 8PM);   8/2019: 1mg (switched to all liquid taper using propylene glycol as solvent)    

Gabapentin:   2011: 100mg;   2011: 200mg TID    2014: 300mg;  2017: 600mg;   2019: 900mg PM;   3/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (300mg q8h)

Prior drugs: Please see this link:    (the remaining dates & meds records will be updated as i receive my complete medical files.)

Suppl's: Deva Vegan Multi & Mineral Supplement w/Greens 1x, Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate Chelate 100mg 4x, vit c 1000mg  2x, zinc gluconate 50mg 1x q.o.d., Allicin Max 180mg TID,  chlorella/spirulina 50/50 blend 2tabs 5x daily

HRT:  300mg oral progesterone h.s., 0.1mg estradiol transdermal patch 2x week

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I've been on an AD for 25 years.  Not poly drugged though.  I'm now down to 4.25mg Pristiq, from 100mg.  Just recently I've noticed a big improvement in my cognitive abilities.

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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10 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

I've been on an AD for 25 years.  Not poly drugged though.  I'm now down to 4.25mg Pristiq, from 100mg.  Just recently I've noticed a big improvement in my cognitive abilities.

 

wow,,,there's more of us old timers than i thought!  yeah, me too, improved cognition since reducing from 400 to 75 mg of quetiapine. unfortunatelymy brain wants to stay stuck on the negative memeories right now, but i keep reading that's just a phase and it too shall pass.

 

i just wonder...that Dr Shipko from Mad in America is  saying for people who've been on SSRI's longer than 15 years that he doesn't reccomend that they try to come off because of the protracted withdrawal symptoms which can be permanent.. i wa really depressed reading that, bu i'm gonna try anyways.if i get dementia, parkinson's, tardive dyskinesia or tardive akathisia i'll have to deal with it then. but i gotta try. ; )

UPDATED: 9/01/2019

Quetiapine:  2000-2005: 50mg;  2005: 100mg;   2008: 400mg;   2011: 100mg;   2014: 300mg;   2014-2017: 400mg;  7/2018-2/2019: 75mg;  1/2019: 68.75mg;  4/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (25mg 8AM, 18.75mg 4PM, 25mg MIDNITE);  5/2019: 68.75mg (switched to all liquid taper using HUMCO suspension agent)  8/2019: 61mg       

Clonazepam:  2008: 2mg then 0.25mg;   2012: 0.5mg;   2014: 1mg;   4/2019: 1mg ~completed switch to 3x daily dosing (0.25mg 8AM, 0.25mg 2PM, 0.5mg 8PM);   8/2019: 1mg (switched to all liquid taper using propylene glycol as solvent)    

Gabapentin:   2011: 100mg;   2011: 200mg TID    2014: 300mg;  2017: 600mg;   2019: 900mg PM;   3/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (300mg q8h)

Prior drugs: Please see this link:    (the remaining dates & meds records will be updated as i receive my complete medical files.)

Suppl's: Deva Vegan Multi & Mineral Supplement w/Greens 1x, Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate Chelate 100mg 4x, vit c 1000mg  2x, zinc gluconate 50mg 1x q.o.d., Allicin Max 180mg TID,  chlorella/spirulina 50/50 blend 2tabs 5x daily

HRT:  300mg oral progesterone h.s., 0.1mg estradiol transdermal patch 2x week

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30 minutes ago, noearthlyfamily said:

i just wonder...that Dr Shipko from Mad in America is  saying for people who've been on SSRI's longer than 15 years that he doesn't reccomend that they try to come off

 

Please see this discussion recently in a member's topic.  mdwstrx-lexapro-taper-or-not

 

Be sure to read Altostrata's response (Alto is SA's founder):  Alto's response

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ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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43 minutes ago, ChessieCat said:

 

Please see this discussion recently in a member's topic.  mdwstrx-lexapro-taper-or-not

 

Be sure to read Altostrata's response (Alto is SA's founder):  Alto's response

 

thx ChessieCat i read all of the info and responses in those 2 links. : )

 

what concerns me on Dr Shipko's stance, is that because of protracted withdrawal, and tardive dyskinesia or akathisia or other disorders which do not emerge for multiple years AFTER complete discontinuation, even with extremely slow tapering off of the SSRI, or permanent damage to the body and brain that does not ever go away to the point of it being even worse to live with than staying on the SSRI in the first place, for those of us who have multiple decades on it and other polydrug cocktails, in his opinion, he is basically saying don't do it, and even to the point that he has his own patients download read comprehend and sign the consent ebook he wrote so there's no doubt in their mind about the danger of trying it.

 

this, to me, puts it in 2 distinct choices: listen to this dr's warning/advice... or go our own way and take the very real big risk.  i am gonna take the risk. but it is terrifying.

 

he made it very clear the difference between someone who's been on the SSRI for 5 year, or for 10 years, or those with over 15 years. big difference in the amount of damage in those time brackets. if i understood him correctly he is saying that after 15+ years on SSRI's the body is basically irrepairably damaged. that it will be more detrimental to try to live with the damage done to the body in that bracket than to stay on a lower dose of the same SSRI and deal with some less troubling/horrific symptoms. 

 

but to be honest, aren't we all kind of flying by the seat of our pants here? doing the best we can to share our experiences which are all unique (with some similarities), because we can't trust the dr's in the first place? i mean, this place is giving me hope, to go forward despite the terror, but it's plain to see we know more than the dr's about this stuff, and i don't trust any dr's anymore, not even dentists. (that's another story lol) i trust what my body tells me and what you guys, my fellow chemically damaged peers here tell me (with a few exceptions haha i have to use discernment!)

 

i also feel like we are still ongoing guinea pigs, because the first phase of the experiment was the drugging, the second phase was observe the progress and failures during active drugging, and phase 3 is observe the results following removal of the drugs, phase 4 observe results of bodies and minds trying to heal post withdrawal of the drugs and then phase 5...which they haven't had enough time to do yet because many of us have been on the drugs for multiple decades...observe results of bodies/minds after decades of coming off the drugs after having been ON them for the same amount of decades! it's like the Tuskegee Experiments of untreated syphylis on black men in the united states...Miss Ever's Boys a great movie about that. they will use sites like this to continue monitoring us in this last phase, and hopefully use the data to HELP future patients instead of padding their pockets. but let's be real, dr's and Big Pharma will always pad their pockets. it's a business after all. 

 

 

UPDATED: 9/01/2019

Quetiapine:  2000-2005: 50mg;  2005: 100mg;   2008: 400mg;   2011: 100mg;   2014: 300mg;   2014-2017: 400mg;  7/2018-2/2019: 75mg;  1/2019: 68.75mg;  4/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (25mg 8AM, 18.75mg 4PM, 25mg MIDNITE);  5/2019: 68.75mg (switched to all liquid taper using HUMCO suspension agent)  8/2019: 61mg       

Clonazepam:  2008: 2mg then 0.25mg;   2012: 0.5mg;   2014: 1mg;   4/2019: 1mg ~completed switch to 3x daily dosing (0.25mg 8AM, 0.25mg 2PM, 0.5mg 8PM);   8/2019: 1mg (switched to all liquid taper using propylene glycol as solvent)    

Gabapentin:   2011: 100mg;   2011: 200mg TID    2014: 300mg;  2017: 600mg;   2019: 900mg PM;   3/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (300mg q8h)

Prior drugs: Please see this link:    (the remaining dates & meds records will be updated as i receive my complete medical files.)

Suppl's: Deva Vegan Multi & Mineral Supplement w/Greens 1x, Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate Chelate 100mg 4x, vit c 1000mg  2x, zinc gluconate 50mg 1x q.o.d., Allicin Max 180mg TID,  chlorella/spirulina 50/50 blend 2tabs 5x daily

HRT:  300mg oral progesterone h.s., 0.1mg estradiol transdermal patch 2x week

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As Altostrata, this site's founder says, if she didn't think that people can get off psychiatric drugs and recover, this website would be closed down.

NEW!!!              INTERVIEW with Altostrata, SA's founder               NEW!!! 

 

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (muscle weakness), Zoloft; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

My tapering program                                      My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

REMINDER TO SELF:  I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

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2 minutes ago, ChessieCat said:

As Altostrata, this site's founder says, if she didn't think that people can get off psychiatric drugs and recover, this website would be closed down.

 

well AMEN to that! 👍

UPDATED: 9/01/2019

Quetiapine:  2000-2005: 50mg;  2005: 100mg;   2008: 400mg;   2011: 100mg;   2014: 300mg;   2014-2017: 400mg;  7/2018-2/2019: 75mg;  1/2019: 68.75mg;  4/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (25mg 8AM, 18.75mg 4PM, 25mg MIDNITE);  5/2019: 68.75mg (switched to all liquid taper using HUMCO suspension agent)  8/2019: 61mg       

Clonazepam:  2008: 2mg then 0.25mg;   2012: 0.5mg;   2014: 1mg;   4/2019: 1mg ~completed switch to 3x daily dosing (0.25mg 8AM, 0.25mg 2PM, 0.5mg 8PM);   8/2019: 1mg (switched to all liquid taper using propylene glycol as solvent)    

Gabapentin:   2011: 100mg;   2011: 200mg TID    2014: 300mg;  2017: 600mg;   2019: 900mg PM;   3/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (300mg q8h)

Prior drugs: Please see this link:    (the remaining dates & meds records will be updated as i receive my complete medical files.)

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1998 was 20 years ago.

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20 minutes ago, Altostrata said:

1998 was 20 years ago.

 

2019-1998=21 according to my calculator...

 

but yes, 20 years..what's the point you're getting at?

UPDATED: 9/01/2019

Quetiapine:  2000-2005: 50mg;  2005: 100mg;   2008: 400mg;   2011: 100mg;   2014: 300mg;   2014-2017: 400mg;  7/2018-2/2019: 75mg;  1/2019: 68.75mg;  4/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (25mg 8AM, 18.75mg 4PM, 25mg MIDNITE);  5/2019: 68.75mg (switched to all liquid taper using HUMCO suspension agent)  8/2019: 61mg       

Clonazepam:  2008: 2mg then 0.25mg;   2012: 0.5mg;   2014: 1mg;   4/2019: 1mg ~completed switch to 3x daily dosing (0.25mg 8AM, 0.25mg 2PM, 0.5mg 8PM);   8/2019: 1mg (switched to all liquid taper using propylene glycol as solvent)    

Gabapentin:   2011: 100mg;   2011: 200mg TID    2014: 300mg;  2017: 600mg;   2019: 900mg PM;   3/2019: completed switch to 3x daily dosing (300mg q8h)

Prior drugs: Please see this link:    (the remaining dates & meds records will be updated as i receive my complete medical files.)

Suppl's: Deva Vegan Multi & Mineral Supplement w/Greens 1x, Magnesium Lysinate Glycinate Chelate 100mg 4x, vit c 1000mg  2x, zinc gluconate 50mg 1x q.o.d., Allicin Max 180mg TID,  chlorella/spirulina 50/50 blend 2tabs 5x daily

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As you get older, you may find you don't remember everything that happened 20 years ago.

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I don’t know if this is the right section.  (Post moved to this topic)  But my friend has just composed a letter emphasising the impact of my memory loss and cognitive functioning to GP. Has anyone gotten any response or any specific help with this symptom? I know there are memory clinics.

 

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1999:  Paroxetine (20mg). Age 16. 2007-2008: Fluoxetine (Prozac) for 1.5 years (age 25) Citalopram 20mg 2002-2005, 2009: Escitalopram (20mg), 2 weeks, (age 26) (adverse manic reaction)/*Valium 5mg/Temazepam 10mg 2010: Mirtazipine (Remeron)( do not remember dosage) 2010, 5 months.                     

2010-2017: Citalopram (20mg) (age 27 to 34) 2016: i.1st Sept- 31st Oct Citalopram 10mg , ii.1st November 2017-30th November 2017, Citalopram 5mg iii.1st December 2017- 4th February 2018, Citalopram 0mg, iv.5th February 2018- March 2018 Citalopram 5mg (10mg every other day) 28th February- tried titration of 5mg ( some adverse effects)

2018: 1st March 2018- 1st June Citalopram 10 mg (tablet form) /started titration 8mg , then 7 mg.2018: June 15th- 10th July Citalopram 10 mg pill every other day 2018: 10th July - 13th Sept Citalopram- 0mg  (CBD oil first month of 0mg, passiflora on and off) 2018 13th Sept Citalopram  2mg ,  approx 16th Sept 4mg , approx 25th Sept 6mg held.  2019: 11 Feb 19: 7mg (instant bad rxn) 12 Feb 19 6mg held 1 May 19 5.4mg held 5 Oct 19 5.36mg 22 Oct 19 5.29mg 30 Oct 19 5.23mg 4/NOV/19 5.18mg 12 Nov 19 5.08mg 20 Nov 19 4.77mg

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Strategies for healing Memory/Brain Fog/Cognitive Dysfunction?

 

What are people's experiences? What strategies have others adopted? It seems so trial and error. I am back in a wave. I had been trying to push myself to read a paragraph a day, or use the computer. It feels as though it is stressing and hurting my brain and sometimes I get the sense that I should be resting not pushing, then I get the fear I am vegetating and I should be pushing more. I know about luminosity/dual and backh and I used to use duolingo for languages whilst on the SSRI. Now, I am exceedingly slow. I read like a 5 year old now, no joke. I also continually have to re-read the previous sentence as I type ( ob. workng memory). I am taking the fish oils. Berries and Tumeric.

 

I was interested in this:

Though no specific strategies discussed except "brain rest". Essentially to shut off your brain. Maybe this is the strategy. When she speaks she describes all my symptoms except that I do not have a mTBI.

Sometimes I wonder if I should approach it like I have had a stroke? or a TBI? If anyone has any articles, or links please do alert me. I am worried about stagnating but don't want to worry as this is obviously an exacerbating symptom.

 

How many also experience derealization?

I feel frustrated that I cannot read everything on this site. I have to read in very short bursts. Many things are decontextualised.

 

 

1999:  Paroxetine (20mg). Age 16. 2007-2008: Fluoxetine (Prozac) for 1.5 years (age 25) Citalopram 20mg 2002-2005, 2009: Escitalopram (20mg), 2 weeks, (age 26) (adverse manic reaction)/*Valium 5mg/Temazepam 10mg 2010: Mirtazipine (Remeron)( do not remember dosage) 2010, 5 months.                     

2010-2017: Citalopram (20mg) (age 27 to 34) 2016: i.1st Sept- 31st Oct Citalopram 10mg , ii.1st November 2017-30th November 2017, Citalopram 5mg iii.1st December 2017- 4th February 2018, Citalopram 0mg, iv.5th February 2018- March 2018 Citalopram 5mg (10mg every other day) 28th February- tried titration of 5mg ( some adverse effects)

2018: 1st March 2018- 1st June Citalopram 10 mg (tablet form) /started titration 8mg , then 7 mg.2018: June 15th- 10th July Citalopram 10 mg pill every other day 2018: 10th July - 13th Sept Citalopram- 0mg  (CBD oil first month of 0mg, passiflora on and off) 2018 13th Sept Citalopram  2mg ,  approx 16th Sept 4mg , approx 25th Sept 6mg held.  2019: 11 Feb 19: 7mg (instant bad rxn) 12 Feb 19 6mg held 1 May 19 5.4mg held 5 Oct 19 5.36mg 22 Oct 19 5.29mg 30 Oct 19 5.23mg 4/NOV/19 5.18mg 12 Nov 19 5.08mg 20 Nov 19 4.77mg

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Hi @India

I'm currently having issues with my memory. They used to be much worse. I was on 120 mg cymbalta. When I first started I didn't noticed how it was affecting me but my short memory and cognition were affected. I even lost my job because I couldn't keep track of tasks. There were times where I couldn't understand a single phrase and had to read it back like 5 times. I couldn't finish sentences while taking and forgot what I was saying in the middle of a conversation while I was the one talking. Omega 3 helped tons, it was like adding oil to a rusty engine. I have windows and waves of memory, sometimes Im back to having a hard time speaking and reading, sometimes I feel like Im getting closer to what was normal. Sometimes I just pause and stay still with no thoughts and I've had to accept that's ok, that someday I'll be able to use my mind better again. There aren't really any definite remedies, it just takes time, the brain has to heal. I struggle, but compared to 2 years ago I'm a lot better. Acceptance is key to recovery

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I was extremely bright as a child and in my early teens, drugged on SSRI's since 14 and really badly since 18 (Lexapro) and became irrational and dysfunctional, couldn't concentrate on a task,  was disorganized and couldn't stay on top of things, not to mention the sleep problems.

It's hard to say that I've recovered 100%, since I never got function at my peak in my early 20s but I the way I've been able to perform since going back University, there's just no way there's any "brain injury" level of damage, and that's from more than a decade on SSRI's. I really, really pushed and challenged myself intellectually, maybe that helped. 

The effects these drugs have on our brains can definitely persist well after we stop taking the drugs but I don't think that should be thought of as permanent in the sense of a traumatic brain injury (which even then people can recover from), it may well be that we need to put a lot of effort into pushing ourselves and pushing our brains to re-wire themselves to undo what the drugs have done - but what they've done is changes in brain chemistry that have induced changes in gene expression, density of serotonin receptors or whatever (I don't claim to know exactly), but it's not actual destruction of brain tissue.

Antipsychotics could be another kettle of fish though. 

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 Now, I am exceedingly slow. I read like a 5 year old now, no joke. I also continually have to re-read the previous sentence as I type ( ob. workng memory). 

 

How many also experience derealization?

I feel frustrated that I cannot read everything on this site. I have to read in very short bursts. Many things are decontextualized.

 

 

I can completely relate.  It certainly isn't fun at all and may be my biggest complaint.  My mind is like mush.  It literally feels physically like mush or fluff.  Today I took the clothes straight out of the dryer and put them into the washing machine.  Memories are blending together in weird ways.  I can't plan or organize.  I forget appointments and important things to do.  It really does feel like brain damage.

 

Derealization goes hand in hand with the brain fog for me.  I think they are part of the same thing.  Everything seems totally dreamlike and like I'm looking through it.  I think it's the same inability to process information that causes me to feel the DP.  I can't think well enough to feel as though I am grounded in my surroundings.  

 

Did these issues begin for you after starting the drugs and before tapering at all?

 

 

 

1994-2009 benzos from age 20 to 36.  Added Cymbalta 60mg in 2007.

2008-2009 tapered benzos to zero and quit Cymbalta Cold turkey.  WD HELL for two years

2011 started on Lexapro to combat the withdrawal and it worked.  

2015 switched to Prozac as Lexapro was not working as well

2017 quit Prozac cold turkey November and crashed into WD.  Reinstated Prozac In December with no benefit. 

2018 Switched back to Lexapro in January and it took most of the issues away in around 2-3 weeks

2019 In February Lexapro has pooped out and WD feelings back.  Tolerance WD I'm sure.

           March 12th Upped my dose to 30 mgs per doctor's advice to see if Tolerance WD goes away but have had worsening sleep issues with limbs jerking and less sleep.

           March 17th dropped back down to 20 mgs and had less limb jerking last night but sleep no better.  

           April 20th cut to 18mg.            

 

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jonathangalack

It's like i am between dream and reality... reality seems odd... i feel strange and fear to become crazy... alzheimer! :( i put my into action in order to accomplish a task (go take an object) and then i totally forget what i was going to do and i feel lost... Can somebody reassure me by telling me this is just a question of chemicals and neurotransmitters!

The article "what is happening in your brain" is really cool. Does it exist the equivalent for anti-psychotics?

I would like to be reassured.

I thank you a lot in advance.

Peace

 

Drugs history:

-2002 (1 month):  Zyprexa 10mg

-2008: took an infusion of the cactus San Pedro (mescaline in it), had a bad trip...could not sleep, was totally anxious! PTSD!

-2012: got back my balance, more or less, could sleep, but, my father is in retirement and he's always here and tired, so, the night, he snores a lot and it brings back my trauma of not sleeping... that's why i came to Zyprexa

-2012-2016: Zyprexa 5mg (i tried to take it off many times but i wasn't aware of the protocol, so, i stopped cold turkey different times. then, i started to cut it)

-May 2016: Zyprexa withdrawal started (10% reduction of the initial dose each time, in a liquid solution, but, i started this at 3mg or Zyprexa ; so it was already too quick maybe)

-April 4th 2019: Withdrawal finished (0,0125mg of the molecule)

-April 11th 2019: weird sensations... mental confusion, neck pain, sensation of insanity, everything is weird...

-May 4th 2019: reintroduction of Olanzapine, at 0,20mg per day. I took the afternoon, so, i continue taking it the afternoon, but, i displace the taking from 1 hour each day, to reach sleeping time...

Supplements (per day): vitamin C (1g), vitamin B2 for migraines and photophobia (400mg), rhodiola, vitamin B12 600 micrograms, hawthorn for extrasystoles, magnesium citrate 3g (or magnesium malate 3g), inositol for OCD (18g), omega 3 (3g > EPA 540mg, DHA 360mg), melatonin 1mg, valerian (at sleeping time or when i am anxious) ginkgo biloba, licorice (help with cortisol and stress), sometimes seresta.. (let's be cautious with supplements)

Troubles and disorders: OCD, magical thinking (so a lot of stress in the everyday actions), PTSD-like subsequent sensations, former porn addict (still have a lot of sexual obsession, it is stressful, it's like a sexual addiction in the mind)

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Topoc title:  0 ZERO CONCENTRATION

 

Hi guys , has anyone who quit escitalopram cold turkey had this issue with concentration ? I cannot understand information at all / cant read / watch movies/ it is absolutely a nightmare , i am currently at work and i am having an incredible difficult time because of understanding basic simple things , its like i am mentally retarded. Will this ever go away ? Warm Wishes to everyone out there in suffering.

 

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April 2018 50 mg sertraline

May 2018 100mg sertraline
June 2018 200mg sertraline
July 2018 Cold Turkey
August 2018 Withdrawal
September 2018 Withdrawal
October  2018 20mg Citalopram
November 2018 40 mg Citalopram
December 2018 40 mg Citalopram
January 2019 10 mg Escitalopram
February 2019 10 mg Escitalopram March 2019 5 mg Escitalopram for 3 weeks then cold turkey April 2019 Withdrawal , May 2019 5 mg escitalopram taken by mistake with supplements
 

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On 8/2/2019 at 9:39 PM, Hopefuly1 said:

 I cannot understand information at all / cant read / watch movies/ it is absolutely a nightmare , i am currently at work and i am having an incredible difficult time because of understanding basic simple things , its like i am mentally retarded. Will this ever go away ? 

 

Yes, after the initial disequilibrium, this was my biggest issue. Yes it will get better. I quit my administrative job 6 months post lexapro cold turkey because I wasn't able to keep up (and looking at multiple computer screens made me want to vomit), I couldn't navigate this site initially, couldn't compose a post and still have to keep it short. At 9 months post I had some "sharper' weeks, and from 12 months I feel like I am clearer in my thinking, I can read now and remember what I've read, feeling a lot more normal (unless I have a brain fog bout) but learning a new task will tax me significantly, I simply cant concentrate for long periods (note - still tapering so it could be that)

 

re the concentration - I feel like I need to tell people that I need to take a break as I'm not able to keep listening anymore and trying to makes me feel really stressed. I had a training day on Tuesday and Friday morning I had to retrieve and apply new information, Friday afternoon I went in to a fog i.e confusion, fuzzy thinking, disorientation, grogginess

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Lexapro:  2013 -  20 mg, then 30 mg then 40 mg 2016. Cold turkey 4 June 2018. Reinstated August 24 2018 at 5mg (not tapering while I'm tapering the Effexor XR)

Effexor XR -  75mg  7 June 2018, increased to 150mg August 2018. Tapering September 2018 10% first drop, 5% second drops every 4 weeks 07 March 2019 112.5mg, 02 June 2019 112.5mg minus 30 beads

Seroquel 12.5mg - May 2018 - September 2018 prescribed after work stress to augment Lexapro

Phenergen - 10mg as needed from June 2018 - August 2018 for disequilibrium

Rizatriptan - 10mg as needed from June 2018 to December 2018 for "vestibular migraine" onset

Propranalol - June 2018 prescribed for vestibular migraine prevention 80mg;  30mg Oct 2018, 10mg May 2019

Valium -  2.5mg  - intermittent use for withdrawal symptoms

Stemitil - 2003 for cervicogenic dizziness and June 2018 for dizziness/nausea (not effective)

Supplements:  1000mg fish oil x 2 capsules (EPA 180mg + 120mg) 09/09/19 2 x 2000mg (360mg EPA + 240mg DHA each), vitamin C, magnesium diglycinate 3g,. Taurine 3g , vitamin D3, vitex, bone broth, 

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I've been weaning off Lexapro for 2 years.  I'm still on a low dose, (0.3 mg) and still having issues with insomnia, hot flashes, and other stuff.  However, I was very pleased when I was able to watch a 1 hour news program, and actually follow and comprehend what was going on.  I'm very encouraged to see that my cognitive function is improving!  So please don't give up!  It will be worth it to get off this nasty drug.  

Lexapro   April02 - Aug17: 10 mg,  ***  Aug17 - Sept17: 5 mg ***  Sept17 - Nov17:  2.5 mg,  ***  Nov17: 0 mg, ***   Dec17 - Aug18: 5 mg  ***    Aug/1/18 - Aug/30/18: 2.5 mg     *** Sep/1/18 - Sep/27/18:  1.25 mg. ***   Sep/28/18 - Oct/31/18:  2.5 mg,  ***  Nov/1/18 - Nov/15/18: 1.25 mg  ***   Nov/16/18 - Nov/30/18: 2.5 mg  ***   Dec/1/18 - Dec/27/18: 2.0 mg (switched to liquid)  ***    Dec/27/18 - Jan/31/19: 1.5 mg ***    Feb/1/19 - Feb/20/19: 1.0 mg  ***  Feb/21/19 - Mar/7/19: 0.5 mg  ***  Mar/8/19 - May/03/19: 0.8 mg ***   May/04/19 - May/13/19 0.7 mg ***  May/14/19 - May/24/19 0.6 mg *** May/25/19 - June/05/19. 0.5 mg *** June/06/19 - July/19/19 0.4 mg. ***  July/20/19 - Sep 14 2019 0.3 mg.  ***  Sep 15 2019 - Oct 21 2019 0.27 mg. *** Oct 22 2019 - Jan 18 2020 - 0.23 mg. *** Jan 19 2020 - April 1 2020 0.2 mg  ***  April 2 2020 - July 15 2020 0.18 mg *** July 16 2020 - August 22 0.17 mg, August 23 -- Oct 6 0.16 mg, Oct 7 - Nov 7 0.15 mg, Nov 8 - present 0.14

Trazodone.  used 50 mg once every 4-7 days for sleep, have discontinued altogether as of 12/23/19

Xanax. used 0.5 mg once every 4-7 days for sleep, have discontinued altogether as of 12/23/19 

When I cannot go to sleep, I take Benadryl 50 mg, Ibuprofen 800 mg, or Tylenol 1000 mg

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mag. in AM 1/2 hour before breakfast with 24 ounces water

supplements AM: omega 3 fish oil, flax seed oil, natural multivitamin, vitamin C, vitamin E

supplements PM: Natural Calm magnesium 350 mg, GABA 750 mg, 5-HTP 50 mg. Estroven Sleep Cool and Calm (contains black cohosh 40 mg, soy isoflavones 56 mg) melatonin 3 mg

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On 3/26/2019 at 9:45 PM, RandyJames said:

Did these issues begin for you after starting the drugs and before tapering at all?

I did a 6 week taper in July 2017 to 0. Almost Overnight ( 2 weeks)  I lost my cognitive capacities, I could hardly speak, remember the names of any object or even family members. I woke up in a different reality. Literally felt like I had amnesia, which I did. I also couldn’t coordinate or do simple things like pack a suitcase. Still have that. I was derealised . And so on. Lost the ability to read overnight!

9 years on citalopram no problems with cognitive capacities, not in the realm they are now. 18 months later though I can now speak and type a little more, there are many processing problems and I still can’t read more than a paragraph - sometimes less. I feel concussed all the time. 

 

As as I pointed out to my doctor I never had these before the citalopram either. 

1999:  Paroxetine (20mg). Age 16. 2007-2008: Fluoxetine (Prozac) for 1.5 years (age 25) Citalopram 20mg 2002-2005, 2009: Escitalopram (20mg), 2 weeks, (age 26) (adverse manic reaction)/*Valium 5mg/Temazepam 10mg 2010: Mirtazipine (Remeron)( do not remember dosage) 2010, 5 months.                     

2010-2017: Citalopram (20mg) (age 27 to 34) 2016: i.1st Sept- 31st Oct Citalopram 10mg , ii.1st November 2017-30th November 2017, Citalopram 5mg iii.1st December 2017- 4th February 2018, Citalopram 0mg, iv.5th February 2018- March 2018 Citalopram 5mg (10mg every other day) 28th February- tried titration of 5mg ( some adverse effects)

2018: 1st March 2018- 1st June Citalopram 10 mg (tablet form) /started titration 8mg , then 7 mg.2018: June 15th- 10th July Citalopram 10 mg pill every other day 2018: 10th July - 13th Sept Citalopram- 0mg  (CBD oil first month of 0mg, passiflora on and off) 2018 13th Sept Citalopram  2mg ,  approx 16th Sept 4mg , approx 25th Sept 6mg held.  2019: 11 Feb 19: 7mg (instant bad rxn) 12 Feb 19 6mg held 1 May 19 5.4mg held 5 Oct 19 5.36mg 22 Oct 19 5.29mg 30 Oct 19 5.23mg 4/NOV/19 5.18mg 12 Nov 19 5.08mg 20 Nov 19 4.77mg

(Herbal/Supplements since 1st September: Omega Fish Oil 1200mg, 663mg of EPA- 2 tablets a day, magnesium and magnesium bath salts)

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Cognitive issues have been one of the largest parts of my w/d's, period on the drugs, etc... and are slowly improving, but still incredibly frustrating to me. They make me feel mentally handicapped, and I struggle with the idea of being imprisoned mentally daily... it has improved much from the days years ago where I could literally not string a sentence together and couldn't come close to communicating well with people, especially in person. It's like there is a large block in my brain that interferes with what I think in my head to what comes out my mouth. Especially lately, I can't remember how many times I've felt that I know EXACTLY what I want to say to someone or about something, and what comes out of my mouth is a garbled excuse for that. I've also had periods of a few hours or day or two where the brain/mouth/communication line seems seamless and I can fully articulate what I'm thinking like it's freaking magic lol. After suffering with this stuff for 14 years since I popped Accutane in my mouth at 19, when I have those periods where the brain and mouth are in sync it literally feels like I have superhuman powers of communication. It's seamless and beautiful, especially for someone who loves talking, socializing, articulating, etc. It will get better I know, but at the moment it's still rough. Very window and wavey, with too many of the wavey lately,... but having been off Prozac for only 7 months, it's not surprising.

Took Accutane in 2007 at age 19 and a severe reaction to it threw me into Psychiatry's dirty hands. Suffered through a number of c/t's, rapid tapers, drug switches, reinstatements before finally figuring out what was happening to me in 2012 after checking out of psych hospital with a prescription for Ativan and Prozac. (Went in because was unknowingly in Xanax c/t wd and dying at the time from it).

 

May 2016 - Last dose of Valium after 2 year long taper from 15mg

June 2017- Last dose of the corticosteroid Hydrocortisone after taper

July 2019- Last dose of Prozac after 2 year long taper from 30mg

 

Was on Accutane, Lexapro, Celexa, Xanax, Ativan, Prozac, Hydrocorisone, Valium, and thyroid meds when none of them were needed. Still recovering to this day and hope to be healed in the coming months, but taking it one day at a time.

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IWantToHeal

I'm having similar issues that some of you guys have described above.

 

I was scouring my memory for when the issues began as I did get punched in the head about 1.5 years ago. I still don't know what has caused the issues I am having now whether it is that or the anti depressant withdrawal

 

My body has a weird lean to the left which I am sure started before I even started taking the SSRIs. But now 5 months after stopping taking Sertraline I am experiencing severe short term memory issues, problems concentrating, lack of attention when reading. Difficulties finding the right words. Problems understanding speech and difficulties with planning or performing previously easy mental tasks. The scary thing is because my memory is so screwed up I am struggling to pinpoint when these issues actually began. So they could be either from an undiagnosed TBI, or from the anti depressant withdrawal. I don't know which one of these options would be worse.

 

I've came back from China now to the UK because I couldn't perform in my job. My brain just couldn't seem to learn the new tasks that were expected of me and when I was in group meetings I had nothing to say and no ideas were forthcoming. I have now gone to the doctor about this for the first time and I hope that after doing some blood tests they will let me have an MRI which will hopefully get to the bottom of this...

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lithiumnomore

Struggling with cognitive symptoms here. They vary from day to day, week to week, and typically include trouble concentrating, trouble generating thoughts to speak or write, difficultty with memory, just feeling slow. I have an intellectualy demaing job and he debilitation from these is awful. The scariest part is sever cognitive issues were a halmark of my my depression and so I worry that I'm going back to that. The hopeful part of me says "no" this will pass" but feeling pessimistic right now.

Diagnosed bipolar in 2000 at 18, following manic episode precipitated by high prescribed doses of Sertaline. Took lithium and/or other mood stabilizers and antidepressants through 2010. Stable on lithium monotherapy from 2011 to 2018. Started prozac @ 20 mg in spring

2018. 

 

Lithium - tapered from 900 mg to 0 mg, reducing by 300 mg every few months, last dose in November 2018.

 

Prozac - 20 mg to 10 mg in May 2019, 10 mg to 0 mg in November 2019. Reinstated for one week due to intense anxiety and insomnia in Feb 2020. 

 

Current symptoms: windows of feeling alive again, like dusting off the cobwebs of my soul, but insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, poor concentration continue. Desperate to sleep. 

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HopefulDawn
On 2/25/2019 at 10:15 AM, herod said:

To everyone here: during a window, do your cognitive withdrawal symptoms stop? Or do they stay even if you are in a window?

Mine completely disappear when I am in a window (I have a window every 5 days for 1 day...)

When I feel better my cognitive issues go away

Signature: January 2018 - 50mg sertraline for only 2 days, had adverse reaction.

On 0 psych drugs now. I take certirizine an antihistamine 1 a day.

Took a very long time for symptoms to go away, still episodically have issues that feel the same as when I took the drug. My health is not as good now, episodes of ill health triggered by exercise, stress and sometimes just random.

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ChessieCat

I've posted this in my Intro topic but thought I'd put it here to encourage others:

 

I noticed something this morning.  My memory is improving.  I've been listening to podcasts and audio books for quite a while now and I had been having a lot of difficulty remembering things.

 

Over the last few weeks I've been listening to two books at the same time, one during the day and the other at night in bed.  The first couple of times the books were a bit different.  However, the current ones have very similar voices and this morning I realised that I've been able to keep up with the different stories because I'm able to recall things.

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Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (Serotonin Toxicity)  Tapering Oct 2015  Current from 14 Nov 2020:  Pristiq 0.50 mg

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