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What has been your favourite self help book, that has helped you through this?

May 12th 2016 took last bead of effexor. 8 month taper.  Bridge = prozac 5mg, 300mg Lithium

May 31st took last of prozac. Lithium 300 mg, estrogen patch 150, magnesium.

June 14th reinstated 1mg Prozac due to intolerable emotional distress. Cont with lithium 300mg, 150 magnesium, re added omega 3, cont estrogen patch. June 15-july 5th had marked improvement of emotional wd symptoms, likely due to the reinstatement. July 5th intense emotional symptoms returned.

July 15 decreased 50 mg of lithium to see if it improved low heart rate.

July 19th - increased prozac to 1.5mg.

July 22 marked improvement of emotional symptoms...again, likely due to increase of prozac. However sudden agitation developed so decreased back down to 1.25mg prozac. Realizing increasing dose is dangerous because of these adverse effects and also seeing that wave is inevitable regardless of reinstatement.

Continuing 250 lithium, 1.25mg prozac, estrogen.

Oct 31st - continued 250 lithium, 1 mg prozac, estrogen patch.

Jan 2018  - off of prozac (bridge) as of Dec 2017.  Starting to taper Lithium 250 mg.  Will do 10% per month. 

May 2018 - lithium 115mg.  Still having waves but they aren’t as bad.  However, I really struggle with emotional symptoms about 1 week after a cut.  Even this past micro taper of 1.5% was tough.  That was after holding for a month.

dec 2018- 80mg lithium.  Tapering 1 mg per week since last June.  Symptoms improving overall but still very sensitive to light, sound, social stimulation and I cry a lot.

March 2019 - 65 mg lithium.  Still tapering 1mg per week.  

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By far Road to Recovery by Baylissa Frederick.  Read the entire thing in almost one sitting.  Hope I got the name and author correct but it’s from memory because I don’t have it in front of me.  And memory is a little wonky at this stage.  


I also just purchased Switch on Your Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf.  Haven’t started it yet but heard some of her lectures someone posted on another thread and found her very insightful and interesting.  Her talks are based on science and Christianity.  

Zoloft  25mg-50mg   1997-December 2017, 100mg  December 1, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Buspar  15mg  December 13, 2017 - December 30, 2017

Lexapro 10mg  December 30, 2017 - January 17, 2018 (cross tapered w/ Zoloft below)

Zoloft 100mg  January 15, 2018 - April 5, 2018, 50mg April 6- April 7, 2018, 25mg April 7 - April 9, 2018

Deplin  15mg   February 13, 2018 - March 30, 2018

Xanax   1mg    January 15, 2018 - March 2018  (as needed-probably took around 10 times?)

Colonzepam 1mg April 11 - April 24, 2018, 0.5mg  April 25- May 2, 2018, 0.25mg May 3 - May 13, 2018

Remeron 7.5mg April 25, 2018 - May 15, 2018

Paxil 10mg  May 22, 2018- May 23, 2018

Vitamin D 2000IU and Vitamin B12 3000mcg  November 2017 - March 2018

Cav. filled w/ local anesthesia May 14, 2018, Colonoscopy & Endoscopy May 2018, completely under for both


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Highly sensitive person - how to thrive when the world overwhelmed you Elaine N Aaron 

Approx 1984 to present date prescribed various ADs consistently. 1995 approx-present Thyroxine 100 mcgrms. 19 Feb2019 stopped venlafaxine 150mg cold turkey. 

06 March 2019 restarted venlafaxine 150mg 10 beads.

04 April 2019 9 beads. 02 May 2019 8 beads 01 July 2019 7 beads. 29 July started using magnesium oil spray before bed 31 July 2019 started natures best fish oil 1300mg 01 Aug 2019 stopped fish oil 1000mgs 06 Aug 2019 Magnesium citrate 100mg .18 Aug 2019 reduced to 6 beads .11 Aug 2019 increased fish oil to 2,600 mg. 8 Sept 2019 increased magnesium citrate 200mg. 22 Sept  2019 reduced magnesium citrate to 100mg. 24 Sept 2019 reduced venlafaxine to 5 & half beads. 25th Sept increased fish oil to 3900mg . 11 October reduced venlafaxine to 5 tablets 

14 October stopped fish oil. 16 October stopped magnesium & started taking lemon balm infused in water with ginger & lemon.





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Mindfulness for Health, Vidyamala Birch (see image) is gently helpful. Including the chapter: "Everyday is a New Chance". It includes experiences of  those in predicaments including life-changing accidents, chronic pain from operations and health conditions. The ideas are transferrable.


The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley

As Huxley's eye sight deteriorated, desperate and in search of a solution, he turns to mescaline and so pens this stunningly  piece of writing on his experience of it, that is at once a philosophical homage, a nod to Castaneda and Blake, and a mystical poem to humanity. Inspiring much of the counter-culture of the 60s, but for  me it stands out as a journey through the 'eyes' of  a beautiful mind as he tries to come to terms with the loss of the visual world *- tremendously healing and transformative. 

"Given his damaged sight, the book's emphasis on the visual is all the more piquant, complicating the question of how much its visions reveal"  https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/jan/26/doors-perception-huxley-mescaline-reading-group





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)

I did not die, and yet I lost life’s breath
- Dante

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Sharon Salzberg : she wrote several books about the power of love, and give tools To learn love-méditation. 

It helps me To give some love To myself.



2006 : 20mg Paroxetine + Bromazepam(no specific dose) 

2008 : cold turkey of both

2010 : 20mg Deroxat + Bromazepam(no specific dose) 

2013: Switch from Bromazepam To Prazepam (long half-life)

2014-June2017 : Prazepam taper, 3% drops. 

2018 to August 2019 : weaning Paroxetine 20mg. 3% every 15 days.

- 22nd August updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg) because of a big wave. 

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paroxetine. 


April 2020-August 2020 : Paxil to Prozac bridge. Details https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/21457-erell-struggling-with-paroxetine/?do=findComment&comment=499847


Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil/ evening primrose oil 

Current medication : 7mg Fluoxetine + 1mg Diazepam + toothpick Paroxetine 

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