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Hi Everyone,

 

It has been 9 months since c/t off of stimulants, ssri’s and benzos after 18 years of use. My brain simply started rejecting the medication one day. My pupils would dilate and I felt like I was dying and would have huge panic attacks when I took the medication. I could not even do a taper due to the types of reactions I was having to even tiny amounts of the medications. I did not decide to stop, I HAD to stop. It was the scariest time in my life. I have never received an explanation for why I started experiencing such intense side effects after so many years. I’ve had numerous tests done which all came up normal, I have asked numerous doctors, therapists Etc... Sometimes I feel like it would be easier to move on if I had the answers... To this day, if there is an antidepressant commercial on tv or if I read an article on depression that suggests medication, my heart starts pounding and I start crying.  Please forgive me for not mentioning the pills by name, I feel very triggered when I do. Let’s just say it was hideous and there were many months I did not know if I would live or ever feel normal again. I am happy to say that I feel physically much better than I did 9 months ago. There have been moments and even days of feeling happy and hopeful. 

 

 My issue is that I do still struggle with some sadness and depression and that old thinking pattern of “maybe I should take something or maybe I need to be on medication, or you will never be happy” rears it’s head a lot. Despite explaining what I went through to various therapists, they always seem to say things like “well there are a lot of medications out there to try, if one didn’t work maybe another one will”. After 18 years of trying so many medications and going through horrific withdrawal, I can’t believe that I am even questioning it but I am. I feel very “brainwashed” still and insecure. It is a scary place to be; knowing I can’t go back because I literally can’t tolerate medication and also feeling scared that I will never feel truly happy. 

 

Can anyone relate? Any tips?

 

Thank you everyone, love and light to you all. 

Adderall 40mg, Lexapro 5mg, Ativan .5 mg PRN for 18 years. 
 

cold turkey august-September 2019 


 

100 percent medication free

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Welcome to SA, DreamerO.  I'm glad you're feeling better these days.

 

I don't have an answer as to why your brain started rejecting these drugs so violently after 18 years of use.  It sounds like at some point your brain had just had enough and in an act of self-preservation forced you to stop.  When the rejection of the drugs is as strong as it was in your case, we would call it an adverse reaction, rather than a side effect, though adverse reactions usually occur soon after starting the drug. It's possible you'll never know.  Other members may have some insights.

 

That old thinking pattern of "maybe I should be on drugs" puts me in mind of the concept of medication spellbinding, which occurs when you're on a drug and make every excuse for the harm the drug is causing you.  Of course, you're off the drugs, so it seems to be a sort of after-the-fact spellbinding.  You might find the works of Dr. Peter Breggin on spellbinding to be helpful in explaining your thoughts.  Here's one link.

Intoxication anosognosia: medication spellbinding (2007 ...

I do know that these drugs were never meant to be taken long-term, and, as you say, you are foreclosed from taking them in any case.  

 

These non-drug techniques may also be helpful to you as you look ahead to a drug-free life.

 

Non-drug techniques to cope

 

This is your Introduction topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.

 

Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current Valium dose as of Feb 22, 2022: 4.8mg 

March 22, 2022: hold at 4.8 and shift to Imipramine taper

Taper is 74% complete.

 

Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 16mg.  

Held until Aug 2021, tapered for 4 weeks to 14.4mg

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper.  Current dose as of May 17: 10.5mg 

Taper is 86% complete.  

  

Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg


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Hi everyone,

 

I originally posted this to benzo buddies and a member there recommended this site. I hope it is still applicable here. 

Like many in this community, after going through benzo withdrawal 1 year ago, I can’t tolerate antidepressants anymore. Before this nightmare I was able to take small doses of antidepressants and felt they gave me some relief from anxiety and depression but now that I can’t tolerate them at all (and I tried everything, even having them compounded into tiny doses etc). When I read about someone taking them successfully (like on social media or a celebrity or someone on a forum), I feel super upset and jealous. When I read things like “Zoloft gave me my life back, I wish I had taken it sooner” or “Prozac totally eliminated my panic attacks and now I can do anything”, I feel immensely triggered and down. Almost like there is this incredible, life changing thing that other people get to take and I can’t. I know I feel a million times better than I did when I first got off of the benzos, but I still have the anxiety and carry sadness that was there before I took anything. It’s hard to describe but I feel like I am missing out in some way because I’m not one of the SSRI success stories that I read about and it makes me feel like I will never feel great like other people do. I am even triggered being around people who take them. 

I have mentioned this to several therapists and doctors and they do not believe me and only suggest that if I feel this way then Ii should take them again. I know this is a strange rant (and filled with self pity) but I am really obsessing over it and feeling horrible about it so wanted to put it out there and see if anyone as any words for me.

Thank you 

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Adderall 40mg, Lexapro 5mg, Ativan .5 mg PRN for 18 years. 
 

cold turkey august-September 2019 


 

100 percent medication free

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@Dreamer0 Please note I merged your latest post with your existing introduction topic. Please continue posting here so all of your information is in one place.

 

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On 2/3/2021 at 2:06 PM, Dreamer0 said:

When I read about someone taking them successfully (like on social media or a celebrity or someone on a forum), I feel super upset and jealous. When I read things like “Zoloft gave me my life back, I wish I had taken it sooner” or “Prozac totally eliminated my panic attacks and now I can do anything”, I feel immensely triggered and down.

 

These drugs have a placebo effect. Please see:

 

Treating Depression: Is there a placebo effect? video (14 minute)

 

Irving Kirsch: The Placebo Effect and What It Tells Us About Antidepressant Efficacy

 

I'm going to repost what Gridley posted earlier in your thread when you were here last year:

 

On 6/10/2020 at 4:21 PM, Gridley said:

You might find the works of Dr. Peter Breggin on spellbinding to be helpful in explaining your thoughts.  Here's one link.

Intoxication anosognosia: medication spellbinding (2007 ...

 

I would take anyone saying how great they feel on antidepressants with a grain of salt. It's not fixing anything. Please see:

 

Again, chemical imbalance is a myth. Stop the lies, please.

 

You may want to read Robert Whitaker's book:

 

Anatomy of an Epidemic

 

Scroll down and you'll find source documents linked, along with a few videos. Whitaker's work comes highly recommended here.

 

We aren't here to convince you that these drugs are good or bad. You'll have to reach the decision if these drug are right for you on your own and then travel that path. All we can do is give you information. 

 

On 2/3/2021 at 2:06 PM, Dreamer0 said:

I have mentioned this to several therapists and doctors and they do not believe me and only suggest that if I feel this way then Ii should take them again. I know this is a strange rant (and filled with self pity) but I am really obsessing over it and feeling horrible about it so wanted to put it out there and see if anyone as any words for me.

 

That's what doctors are trained to believe and to message. Have you added in any non-drug coping strategies to your daily routine? 

 

Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms

 

We don't recommend a lot of supplements, as many members report their nervous systems are simply too fragile to handle them. However, magnesium and fish oil tend to be calming to the nervous system and many people report they do help. Please only add in one supplement at a time and at a small dose. For more, please see:

 

 King of supplements: Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil)

 

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Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

 

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@Dreamer0, I'm very sorry for the headspace you find yourself in. Maybe this is a place where you can feel more connected, since I would dare to say no one here is a supporter of these drugs! 

 

I'd like to offer you some unsolicited perspective. I am an anxious person by nature. Always have been. I can trace some of it back to childhood trauma, but my "aha moment" was when I had genetic testing done, which indicates that the gene responsible for calming my "fight or flight" response is underperforming. So now I know I've been literally wired for anxiety since birth.  

 

But here's what I also know: we can overcome our biology, and we can conquer our fears. Our brains have a marvelous way of doing that. That's what the fight of every person on this forum is about - overcoming. Whether through iatrogenic damage, conditioning (what you've come to believe about yourself), or genetics, the damage can be fixed. It takes a bloody long time to rewire a brain, but we're all betting that the changes and improvements we see along the way give us the intestinal fortitude to keep going. And it always seems to.

 

I currently see (via Zoom) a very skilled psychotherapist who believes my withdrawal issues are true. She is not a fan of psychotropic medication in general, and most importantly, she doesn't believe I should be on it. We are slowly unpacking my life, and working on CBT and visualization tools to build new and positive pathways in my brain. I had to shop awhile to find her. I would ask each potential therapist: (1) what have you heard about antidepressant withdrawal?; (2) do you believe discontinuation syndrome only lasts 4-6 weeks?; and (3) do you believe that a person with anxiety can live a full life without medication, and how confident are you in your own ability to help me facilitate that? After talking to 4 or 5 different therapists, I hit paydirt with her.

 

I don't mean to ramble on, but my point is I would urge you to do the same. Find someone who can help you address this fear you have of navigating the world unmedicated, and why you feel you cannot, because I assure you, you can. You are currently spellbound by these drugs. You see them as your only path to happiness. The fact that you cannot - and must not - ever take them again makes you feel that single path has been foreclosed, which makes you feel hopeless. I get it, and I completely sympathize. But feelings are not facts. Drugs are not your only shot at happiness (in fact, they are no shot at all). It just feels that way. And feelings can be - and are - changed. All the time.

 

You've already done an incredible amount of the work. Coming off multiple medications so quickly with relatively little withdrawal is quite a feat; one for which everyone on this forum envies you. I hope at some point you will be able to fully get your head around that. 

 

Sorry to write a novel. I just wanted to give you some support, because I fear that some members will see you as "better off" than most, when in fact, you are struggling with the same life issues we all are, just in a different form. The active moderators and mentors on this site are crazy-busy trying to help many people at once, so I wanted to offer you some peer support.

 

Normally, I would say something like "Hang in there. It gets better." But in your case, I think you need to grab the bull by the horns (as we say in Texas) and make something happen for yourself and your future. Please think about it. I'm rooting for you!

2016 - Zoloft 50 mg for klonopin w/d

Approx. Nov 2017 - successful taper of klonopin; Approx. Jan. 2018 - rapid taper Zoloft over 2 wks - no w/d symptoms; May 2018 - Reinstate 50 mg Zoloft per doctor; Aug 2018 - Rapid taper Zoloft over 3-4 weeks - no w/d symptoms for 1 mo.; Late Oct 2018 - pdoc rx'd 5mg lexapro -took for 1 wk; Early Nov 2018 - Reinstate 25 mg Zoloft; updose to 37.5 on Nov 28, 2018; Nov 30 2018 - returned to 25mg Zoloft upon mod. advice; Dec 9 - Dec10 2018 - 12.5mg zoloft liquid+12.5mg zoloft pill; Dec 11 2018 - 25mg zoloft all liquid; Feb 14 2019 - updosed to 26.25 mg liquid; Mar 6 2019 - updosed to 26.88 mg liquid - new symptoms; Mar 13 2019 - back down to 26.25 mg per mod suggestion

Dose Changes: Dec 2 2019 - 5% to 25mg; Jan 14 2020 - 10% to 22.5 (increase in sxs all month); Mar 10-15? 2020,  accidental updose to 25mg; Mar 22 2020 - back down to 22.5mg; Apr 12 2020 - 2.5% to 21.94mg; Apr 19 2020 - 2.5% to 21.375mg (symptom increase); May 17 2020 - 2.5% to 20.625mg; May 24 2020 - 2.5% to 20.1mg - Jun 14 2020 - noticed uptick in symptoms settled 2 days later - July 10 2020 - onset of wave

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Dejavu, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your deeply insightful and caring response. I can’t tell you how much it means to me and how helpful it is. You have given me a lot of hope.

Adderall 40mg, Lexapro 5mg, Ativan .5 mg PRN for 18 years. 
 

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Also, thank you very much Shep. I appreciate you sharing those resources with me

Adderall 40mg, Lexapro 5mg, Ativan .5 mg PRN for 18 years. 
 

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Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


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Hi Shep,

 

No. I have been 100 percent free of all psychiatric drugs and the birth control pill since September 2019. I also stopped alcohol in January 2020 (it was only moderate drinking but I was worried it was impeding recovery).  It took me one solid year to feel somewhat normal. I’ve gone from total agoraphobia, constant dizziness, brain fog, dp/dr, massive depression, no demotivation, trouble sleeping, to feeling “pretty good” today. I’m just struggling with this last bit of obsession with the drugs and some residual depression and anxiety and constant, incessant thinking. There were many years where I could control how I felt every single day with adderall, an ssri (switched types over the years) and ativan. I felt like I could do anything on those drugs (and get through any of life’s challenges) for a long time until I couldn’t. It is a very different animal dealing with life without the buffers. In any event, I am healthier than I have ever been but just lacking confidence, motivation and as Dejavu pointed out, it’s just strange navigating the world unmedicated and it is still very new to me. While I am no longer agoraphobic, my life is still quite small and I am not exactly travelling the world and meeting new people like I was on the drugs (pandemic aside). I wish I could get that back on my own.  I am very grateful to be free of the prison I was in and those miserable pills, just want to forget about them and move on. I read your success story all the time and it helps to motivate me. I worry about things like “will I ever be able to get on a plane again”? Or “will I ever feel confident and happy?”. I used medication to travel etc... I love travelling and worry I’ll never be able to get on a plane again. I suppose I used it for everything and as good as I feel today, I still feel “different” and less confident. I have been in therapy and it has been helpful but I can’t afford it anymore and I feel I have gained about as much as I can from it (twice per week for a year). As Dejavu put it, it feels like it’s time for me to grab the bull my the horns. I’m not sure if this is common but I don’t really feel like myself. This feeling is MUCH better than it was a year ago. 

 

 A year ago I would have given anything to feel as healthy and clear headed as I do today and yet it’s somehow not good enough. Despite my complaining,  what I know for sure is that being completely off of all psychiatric drugs is the right choice for me. Just hope I can “get that” on a deeper level and move on. I just feel filled with doubt when I realize how much society forces these drugs on people and there is always this nagging voice inside me that says “well if you were on adderall you would be a better student and have more confidence” or “if you were on an ssri you wouldn’t cry so much, and you would feel happier and more level”. After what I went through on these drugs, none of this thinking makes sense. Must be the spellbinding 

 

Thank you for reading this, I know it was long and a bit of a rant. 

Adderall 40mg, Lexapro 5mg, Ativan .5 mg PRN for 18 years. 
 

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15 hours ago, Dreamer0 said:

I have been in therapy and it has been helpful but I can’t afford it anymore and I feel I have gained about as much as I can from it (twice per week for a year).

 

Therapy is mainly meant to adjust you to the toxic world around you. Right now, you're in that post-zero stage where you're struggling to navigate the world around you because you haven't fully healed, but you've see the world in a way others haven't. In other words, you likely know more than your therapist (and most therapists). 

 

The self-doubt will fade out as you go out into the world and have more experiences. Those experiences won't erase the memories of withdrawal, but it will fill up your brain with better and better memories that will occupy you. In other words, you'll leave the world of withdrawal behind you and go out to have a much better life off of these drugs. I wouldn't spend a lot of time trying to analyze where you're at right now. The best is yet to come. 

 

Recovery is a process, not an event. And it sounds like you're getting closer and closer to a success story. 

 

BTW, are you familiar with the Mad in America site? You might enjoy some of the articles there. One of the best writers I've found there by far is Dr. Phil Hickey. He's one of the few therapists out there that really gets it when it comes to the suffering caused by these drugs. Here is an archive of his writings: 

 

Mad in America - Philip Hickey, PhD archives

 

 

Drug free May 22, 2015 after 30 years of neuroleptics, benzos, z-drugs, so-called "anti"-depressants, and amphetamines 

 

My Success Story:  Shep's Success: "Leaving Plato's Cave"

 

And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good — need we ask anyone to tell us these things? ~ Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice, but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

 

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Hi @Dreamer0

Nice to meet you. Congratulations on being drug-free! For about 2.5 years now, going by your signature. Yes?

It's been a while since you posted here in your intro thread. I'd love to read an update if you feel like sharing. No presh. 

I appreciate what you've shared thus far, a lot of what you write resonates with me.

Kudos to you on how far you've come. 

A.

 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 9pm 

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

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Hi Ariel,

 

Thank you for your reply and your congrats- congrats to you too!! I am still med free and to be honest, I’m feeling pretty great! It has really taken me up until this point to feel good. I’m sleeping well, I have energy, ability to concentrate, experiencing joy and excitement, stress tolerance, no brain fog or dizziness, and loads of hope for the future. Now that I’m not feeling the effects of the withdrawal anymore I have been able to concentrate on rebuilding. I have learned ways of dealing with my difficult emotions and panic/anxiety and that has been very empowering. Placed on these drugs at such a young age meant that I had zero coping skills and lived in constant fear of my own emotions. My life has been filled with stress lately and guess what? I’m dealing with it just fine! 

 

The only thing that seems to trip me up is when I hear somebody saying how great they feel on meds. How adderall helps them concentrate (adderall was the hardest thing for me to give up) or how happy they are and how they wished they had taken the meds sooner. As great as I am feeling there is always that thought in the back of my head that maybe I could feel a little bit better, be happier, concentrate more, do more things/go more places and so hearing the raving reviews about drugs is still very triggering.  Especially because I am still doing less in some ways than I was on the antidepressant, adderall and benzos (I was travelling, flying all over the world etc) and I still don’t feel quite strong enough to do those things yet. My withdrawal was so brutal and went on for years (felt like I was living on a different planet for two years)  so this type of thinking is really unproductive. 

 

How are you feeling and how are you doing?

Adderall 40mg, Lexapro 5mg, Ativan .5 mg PRN for 18 years. 
 

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Heya @Dreamer0

This is such awesome news! YAY!! Thank you so much for sharing your update. 

I am delighted for you. Not only have you healed from withdrawal, it sounds like you have worked hard to learn coping skills for drug-free life. I can't imagine a greater achievement. Congratulations, well done!

 

1 hour ago, Dreamer0 said:

Placed on these drugs at such a young age

 

How old were you when you were put on medication? I can't tell from your thread (maybe I missed it). 

 

1 hour ago, Dreamer0 said:

As great as I am feeling there is always that thought in the back of my head that maybe I could feel a little bit better, be happier, concentrate more, do more things/go more places and so hearing the raving reviews about drugs is still very triggering.

 

I hear you. I feel that way sometimes, too, especially about certain specific meds I've taken in the past that seemed to work for me at the time. I guess it's a kind of normal fantasizing -- I mean, if it weren't so common to want a quick/easy fix, these pills would never have been so successful in the first place! Life is hard, being confronted with limitations can be tough to accept, of course we are wont to dream of "if only" scenarios. In addition, you write that you started on meds at a young age, and you were on them for 18 years; this may contribute to a sort of habitual thinking, just a neural pathway shortcut tantamount to "reach for the pill". A lot of us have that, I think, both those who still take meds and those who don't. It's cool that you're so honest about it. The longer you live and thrive drug-free, and the more time you spend being present with your unmedicated self, connecting in organic nourishing self-relationship, the less those automatic responses will trigger you. Eventually they'll dissipate. I believe so. 

 

1 hour ago, Dreamer0 said:

Now that I’m not feeling the effects of the withdrawal anymore I have been able to concentrate on rebuilding. I have learned ways of dealing with my difficult emotions and panic/anxiety and that has been very empowering. Placed on these drugs at such a young age meant that I had zero coping skills and lived in constant fear of my own emotions. My life has been filled with stress lately and guess what? I’m dealing with it just fine! 

 

You are such a rock star. This is more inspiring and encouraging than I can express. You're my hero!

Thanks so much for taking the time to post an update. I feel like I'm on a vicarious high. It really means so much to hear from someone who's made it through. Maybe one day when you're ready you might consider writing a success story for the recovery forum? I know I'm not the only one who'd love to read it. 

Mad props, and keep up the good work! 

Gratitude and respect, 

A.

 

 

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 9pm 

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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Hi @Dreamer0

How are you going?

Thinking of you <3

1996-2018 - misc. polypharmacy, incl. SSRIs, SNRIs, neuroleptics, lithium, benzos, stimulants, antihistamines, etc. (approx. 30+ drugs)

2012-2018 - 10mg lexapro/escitalopram (20mg?)    Jan. 2018 - 10mg -> 5mg, then from 5mg -> 2.5mg, then 0mg  -->  July 2018 - 0mg

2017(?)-2020 - vyvanse/lisdexamfetamine 60-70mg    2020-2021 - 70mg down to 0mg  -->  July 2021 - 0mg

March-April 2021 - vortioxetine 5-10mg (approx. 7 weeks total; CT)  -->  April 28th, 2021 - 0mg

supplements: magnesium powder (dissolved in water) as needed throughout the day; 1 tsp fish oil w/ morning meal; 2mg melatonin 9pm 

 

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  - Karle Wilson Baker

love and justice are not two. without inner change, there can be no outer change; without collective change, no change matters.  - Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Holding multiple truths. Knowing that everyone has their own accurate view of the way things are.  - text on homemade banner at Afiya house

 

I am not a medical professional; this is not medical advice. 

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