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I just came across an ad on the New York Times online site that said, "Are you schizophrenic?" And I thought, "Why no - and neither am I"*. How idiotic to expect a schizophrenic to self-diagnose!

 

A few days ago I had my car inspected and while leafing through a magazine in the waiting room I came across an ad for Pristiq. There was a second page with oodles of warnings, one of which was to call your doctor immediately if you experienced the adverse side effect of being in a coma. Huh??? :blink:

 

*I got this from a DVD title - produced and directed by a doctor - called "I'm A Schizophrenic and So Am I". http://www.ravigodse.com/

Psychotropic drug history: Pristiq 50 mg. (mid-September 2010 through February 2011), Remeron (mid-September 2010 through January 2011), Lexapro 10 mg. (mid-February 2011 through mid-December 2011), Lorazepam (Ativan) 1 mg. as needed mid-September 2010 through early March 2012

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity." -Hanlon's Razor


Introduction: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1588-introducing-jemima/

 

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Please note that I am not a medical professional and my advice is based on personal experience, reading, and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers.

 

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Amazing what those ads say when you really listen ~ no doubt they've done studies to use best verbal techniques so that people tune out ~ advert manipulation is Orwellian -

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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Um may I just add that the whole "split personality" thing is a complete urban legend, popular misunderstanding screwed up idea about schizophrenia?

 

"Split personality" is not a symptom of what we call schizophrenia. The splitting of identity/personality is a dissociative disorder that used to be called "multiple personalities" and is now called "dissociative identity disorder."

 

It's caused by, usually, the severe abuse and torture of children during the period of life when their sense of identity is forming (between ages 3-4 and about 10). (Sometimes it develops as a result of nonabusive situations but always trauma--for example multiple serial painful surgeries. But this is rare. It's usually due to extreme abuse, rapes, etc.)

 

It's basically a form of complex PTSD and it can be resolved by lots of agonizing therapy. Most of the time unless you know someone with DID very well, you can't spot it from outside.

 

I get a little touchy about "split personality" jokes because it's a disorder caused by the torture of children.

Started on Prozac and Xanax in 1992 for PTSD after an assault. One drug led to more, the usual story. Got sicker and sicker, but believed I needed the drugs for my "underlying disease". Long story...lost everything. Life savings, home, physical and mental health, relationships, friendships, ability to work, everything. Amitryptiline, Prozac, bupropion, buspirone, flurazepam, diazepam, alprazolam, Paxil, citalopram, lamotrigine, gabapentin...probably more I've forgotten. 

Started multidrug taper in Feb 2010.  Doing a very slow microtaper, down to low doses now and feeling SO much better, getting my old personality and my brain back! Able to work full time, have a full social life, and cope with stress better than ever. Not perfect, but much better. After 23 lost years. Big Pharma has a lot to answer for. And "medicine for profit" is just not a great idea.

 

Feb 15 2010:  300 mg Neurontin  200 Lamictal   10 Celexa      0.65 Xanax   and 5 mg Ambien 

Feb 10 2014:   62 Lamictal    1.1 Celexa         0.135 Xanax    1.8 Valium

Feb 10 2015:   50 Lamictal      0.875 Celexa    0.11 Xanax      1.5 Valium

Feb 15 2016:   47.5 Lamictal   0.75 Celexa      0.0875 Xanax    1.42 Valium    

2/12/20             12                       0.045               0.007                   1 

May 2021            7                       0.01                  0.0037                1

Feb 2022            6                      0!!!                     0.00167               0.98                2.5 mg Ambien

Oct 2022       4.5 mg Lamictal    (off Celexa, off Xanax)   0.95 Valium    Ambien, 1/4 to 1/2 of a 5 mg tablet 

 

I'm not a doctor. Any advice I give is just my civilian opinion.

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Um may I just add that the whole "split personality" thing is a complete urban legend, popular misunderstanding screwed up idea about schizophrenia?

 

"Split personality" is not a symptom of what we call schizophrenia. The splitting of identity/personality is a dissociative disorder that used to be called "multiple personalities" and is now called "dissociative identity disorder."

 

It's caused by, usually, the severe abuse and torture of children during the period of life when their sense of identity is forming (between ages 3-4 and about 10). (Sometimes it develops as a result of nonabusive situations but always trauma--for example multiple serial painful surgeries. But this is rare. It's usually due to extreme abuse, rapes, etc.)

 

It's basically a form of complex PTSD and it can be resolved by lots of agonizing therapy. Most of the time unless you know someone with DID very well, you can't spot it from outside.

 

I get a little touchy about "split personality" jokes because it's a disorder caused by the torture of children.

 

Rhi,

I've heard these confused or used interchangeably from the time I first read anything about psychology. You explain so well why it's important to remember the underlying emotions involved. HUGS.

Pristiq tapered over 8 months ending Spring 2011 after 18 years of polydrugging that began w/Zoloft for fatigue/general malaise (not mood). CURRENT: 1mg Klonopin qhs (SSRI bruxism), 75mg trazodone qhs, various hormonesLitigation for 11 years for Work-related injury, settled 2004. Involuntary medical retirement in 2001 (age 39). 2012 - brain MRI showing diffuse, chronic cerebrovascular damage/demyelination possibly vasculitis/cerebritis. Dx w/autoimmune polyendocrine failure.<p>2013 - Dx w/CNS Sjogren's Lupus (FANA antibodies first appeared in 1997 but missed by doc).

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