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Freesia: My antidepressant experience

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I was on antidepressant for about 15 to 17 years starting in about 1990

 

  • Effexor and Wellbutrin for most of those years.
  • Abilify added in at some point and I took it out.
  • Lorazepam / Klonopin stuck in there at some point.
  • Cymbalta the last few years switched medications totally still doing Klonopin with that.

 

I started to taper off using supplements and a naturopath help in September October of 2016.  The naturopath threw a whole ton of supplements at me.  I couldn't tell what was working and what wasn't and I ended up going off on my own a lot to try to reinvent the wheel.  I had four car accidents in this period of time and a fall.

 

I just don't seem to be doing well overall.  At this point it's been a year in eight or nine months since I discontinued.

I don't know what the situation would be with reinstatement. I'm very scared of all that.  I could definitely use some support going forward I thinking now that I have to discontinued myself laments and just go very low and slow.

 

Anxiety has reared its ugly head and sometimes it rolls into a little bit of low mood maybe just because my body so tired from the anxiety I don't know. So I need some help thanks.

 

I had gotten down to like lemon balm and a few other things like some vitamins and that was working for a little while and then I had a setback.

 

Anyone who can steer me in the right direction I'd appreciate it thanks.

 

Freesia

 

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Hi Freesia and welcome to SA,

 

I absolutely love the smell of freesias. 🙂  Just seeing your name and I could smell them.

 

The only supplements which SA recommends.  They are Magnesium and Omega-3 Fish Oil A lot of people find them helpful. Try a little bit of one at a time to see how it affects you.  I have found that using magnesium takes the edge off my anxiety.

 

Are you currently taking B vitamins?  B6 can be activating.

 

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Freesia

How do I see other ppls signatures? I just want to doine correctly. Thank you 

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SkyBlue

Hi Freesia, 

 

You'll likely only be able to see other people's signatures when viewing the site on a computer (not phone/tablet).

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Freesia

Ok TKS. Still new to the site.

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Freesia

I went off any depressants almost 2 years ago. 

From October/ November through end of February.

I've tried various supplements. Various aminos.  5 htp.  Some of the aminos "work" or for a time.

I get heartburn or gastric upset from some supplements.

I'm trying CBD now. A bit of it calms me.

I am starting to think I haven't gotten "off" psych meds at all by doing supplements. 

I just am not sure how to manage the anxiety. At this point it's a bit controllable with CBD lemon balm and theanine.

I need to function. Question if I'm progressing or stuck.  Am I messing myself up starting CBD more regularly? I really don't want to switch ADs for other things and on limited budget.  

 

The aminos can affect neurotransmitters too. So am I really helping myself?

 

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The only supplements that we recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 

 

 

 

Please research all supplements first and only add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.
 
It's important to try and remain as calm as possible and not to panic.  It's important to learn and use Non-drug techniques to cope

 

You might find these helpful:

 

Audio:  First Aid for Panic (4 minutes)
 

 

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