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Should I engage in therapy during withdrawal?

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TreeElf

Hi guys,

 

As I explained in my intro topic, I'm currently stabilizing on 5mg Prozac. While I'm thankfully not in the state I was a couple of months ago, I still have extremely difficult days/moments. My moods and mental state change so rapidly. I have days where I'm almost 'high', hopeful, optimistic, even peaceful, and then that can change to abject terror and despair within minutes.

 

I began a 'process' of introspection, if I can put it that way, before I began tapering off medications. Like many, I had no idea withdrawal could be like this and always assumed I was severely mentally ill underneath, after attempting to come off in the past. My general instinct would be that the deep mental traumas should perhaps be looked at when someone is stable, but it feels like I started a process and once it's started it can't exactly be stopped. Like Pandora's Box - I did heaps of meditation, retreats, etc and began to uncover all my deluded mindsets, unresolved fears, tendencies etc etc. Now all of this is amplified times a million due to being in withdrawal. Some days, when I have a severe episode, I get really afraid that if I don't get some form of outside help I could mentally go to a very dangerous place. Although this could be magnified due to fear and my OCD.

 

I was recommended a mentor who does sessions via Skype. She seems to have the approach I'm looking for - integrative, acknowledging the issues as a holistic whole, emotionally, mentally and 'spiritually' (she has a Buddhist background and is an energy healer and counselor). I had a skype consultation with her and she was lovely. My only concerns are a) I have trouble making decisions now due to how obsessive and racing my mind is, constantly doubting everything, and b) it's going to be £350 a month for 6 months. This is a lot of money, I don't currently work and the only reason I have a few savings is because I received a backpay recently. I was going to save this to travel when I'm better, but am unsure whether I want to spend my savings on a therapy if it's not really going to be worth it.

 

Of course no one can tell me what I should do. But I was wondering if anyone was receiving therapy during withdrawal and how much they thought it helped? I tend to avoid most psychiatrists etc as I need someone who understands that my issues are part of a whole system, not just the OCD, not just depression, or on the other end of the scale, not 'just' a spiritual/energetic problem. I need someone somewhere in the middle. It's just a lot of money and I don't know if my hesitancy is part of my symptoms or my intuition (I have lost trust in that since coming off meds).

 

Would love to hear your thoughts!


2008-2013 - Various meds on and off since age 18 incl. Sertraline, Prozac, Mirtazipine, Abilify. Prescribed for severe OCD.

CT'd several times over these years and reinstated after subsequent psych hospitalisations.

2014-2015 - Clomipramine, quetiapine and Epilum

2015-Jan 2017 - Prozac 40mg (stopped contraceptive pill, most stable period of time)

(Beginning of taper) Jan-October 2017 - Tapered Prozac to zero.

15 Jan 2018 - Reinstated Prozac at 2mg due to acute w/d symptoms

February 2018 - tapered to 1.8mg

May 2018 - reinstated at 5mg due to severe w/d symptoms. 9 month hold, stabilized well at around 6/7 months.

March 2019 - Tapered to 4.9mg

Current supplements: fish oils, probiotic, ashwaganda, colostrum powder, cannabis

 

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Elqueso

Hi Abby,

 

I also am stabilizing on an AD after going through a couple of hellish weeks. I was depressed before this started, and now it has been amplified beyond what I though possible. Therapy is my next step, and I think you should try it too. It's better than taking more medication.


- Zoloft 100 mg for around 3 years (October 2013 - November 2016) / Diagnosed with GAD and Panic Disorder in 2013

- Tapered to 50 MG in 2017 after feeling like it no longer had much of an effect

- Started breaking pills in half around December 2017 or January 2018 for 25 mg doses

- Anxiety started returning very slightly in spring 2018

- July 2018 started reading up on AD withdrawals, which eventually led to a massive panic attack and upped my dose to 50 MG again

- Have been on 50 MG zoloft since July 22. Terrible anxiety and DP/DR. Can still sleep but experience bad anxiety in mornings.

- 0.25 MG of Xanax 1-2 times per day over the last two weeks (starting July 22nd). Stopping CT.

- Stabilizing on 50 MG of Zoloft

- Currently off of Xanax and stabilizing on 50MG of Zoloft

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TreeElf

Thanks for your reply Elqueso. I do think therapy would be helpful, I was just reluctant to spend all my savings on this particular one when I may not get the full benefits. Or when I could find someone cheaper. I've decided for now to wait until I feel more sure it's the right time and the right therapist. I'm relatively ok most days so there's no rush at the moment


2008-2013 - Various meds on and off since age 18 incl. Sertraline, Prozac, Mirtazipine, Abilify. Prescribed for severe OCD.

CT'd several times over these years and reinstated after subsequent psych hospitalisations.

2014-2015 - Clomipramine, quetiapine and Epilum

2015-Jan 2017 - Prozac 40mg (stopped contraceptive pill, most stable period of time)

(Beginning of taper) Jan-October 2017 - Tapered Prozac to zero.

15 Jan 2018 - Reinstated Prozac at 2mg due to acute w/d symptoms

February 2018 - tapered to 1.8mg

May 2018 - reinstated at 5mg due to severe w/d symptoms. 9 month hold, stabilized well at around 6/7 months.

March 2019 - Tapered to 4.9mg

Current supplements: fish oils, probiotic, ashwaganda, colostrum powder, cannabis

 

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carefulprayerful

Therapy during withdrawal?

 

Good morning.  Has anyone had old trauma stuff come up during WD and started therapy?  I want to deal with my issues, but I don't want to overwhelm my CNS.  

 

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Jan. 2018:     900 mg  Lithium      1.0 mg Risperidone            250 mg Lamotrigine

Jan. 2019:     0 mg Lithium           0.625 mg Risperidone        175 mg Lamotrigine

Jan. 2020:     0 mg Lithium           0.260 mg Risperidone        175 mg Lamotrigine

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manymoretodays

Hi carefulprayerful, @carefulprayerful

merged similar topics.

I've had some stuff come up during withdrawal to deal with.

Luckily I had established a good relationship with a therapist, LCSW, prior to more acute WD.

And so, for me, it's worked out well. 

She knows me well now, and accepts completely my going off medications, which helps.....a lot.

 

I think it can definitely depend on having a good fit with a therapist.

 

L, P, H, and G,

mmt

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Started with psycho meds circa 1988 I think 27 or 28 total.

AD's, antpsychotics, antiseizure mood stabilizers. Lithium, lamictal ,benzos, and stimulants. Some med. for narcolepsy once(Provigil,) Gabapentin........probably more.  Ask me?......I probably was on it.  Haphazard W/D's by Dr. recommend or uneducated self.

10/2014- off Lexapro--had been on highest dose 10 mg. then 5 mg. for a couple of years, went from 5 mg. to 3 mg. liquid and then CT in hospital(voluntary).  I got out of the hospital on a combination of low dose adderal salts x1/day and trileptal 150mg. x2/day.

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!

 

3/21/2016---I did some unwise updosing of trileptal/oxcarbazepine with some stressful stuff......doubled the above dose x2 during this last wave but began liquifying again and on approximately 68mg. starting today.  11/12//2016 24 mg. oxcarbazepine  12/9/2016 off oxcarbazepine/trileptal!!!! :) optimistic  2016 December 9- completely off all medications!!!!!

Omega3's,EPA +DHA= 1800 mg/day. Magnesium complex, orally, diluted in a liter of H2O(that I can shake up.....it usually dissolves more completely as the water gets down to room temperature) and/or Epsom salt baths prn.   Vit. C, D3, and E.  B12, melatonin tapered to 1mg., and bioidentical hormones sublingually.  Trace mineral drops.  L-lysine.  L-methylfolate=400 mcg plus daily spinach. Totally ready for a good long window to hit soon and getting better strings of full days and partial days along the way.  Definite improvement overall since I first arrived on the SA survivor ship.  Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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carefulprayerful

Thank you so much @manymoretodays.  I think it would be better for me to tackle some issues before I am fully off the Rx.  I want to do EMDR, which is not covered by my network, but if I am willing to spend on her, I think I have found someone good.  Wishing you healing, peace and happiness, CarefulP


Jan. 2018:     900 mg  Lithium      1.0 mg Risperidone            250 mg Lamotrigine

Jan. 2019:     0 mg Lithium           0.625 mg Risperidone        175 mg Lamotrigine

Jan. 2020:     0 mg Lithium           0.260 mg Risperidone        175 mg Lamotrigine

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