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A Few Guiding Goals Towards Health


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Here are some steps I think may help me move on and get healthier.

 

1.) respect the past but don’t live in it. I can’t change the past

2.) don’t worry about bad things happening in the future. I don’t control all the bad things that might happen in the future.

3.) d0 3 things: sleep enough, walk outside and laugh — every day.

4.) reciprocally proportional relationships -- won't be a burden or be burdened by the people most consuming my time.

5.) eat appropriately.

6.) don't take drugs chronically.

7.) say my prayers (I'm not religious so I never got fooled into thinking prayer was about worship.)

8.) do stuff, practice new skills more frequent than I think about stuff and sit and watch others do stuff. I have eliminated my TV.

9.) have a routine. Getting better works better for me when I do the same things at the same times. Random activity is fine for the young and healthy but it's been the enemy of my recovery.

10.) believe in myself

11.) accept that which can't be changed

12.) GO! I am running out of time. BUT DON't RUSH IT! I don't want a setback

13.) Think probabilistically. I know most people make incorrect judgments about me (as they do when judging a lot of things by the conventional wisdom). I may need to meet more people to run across those agreeable in their perspective. I can always find a job, a doctor, a spouse, friends, hobbies -- it will take more looking than for a 'normal'

 

Cheers. Let's have a good day today.

"Well my ship's been split to splinters and it's sinking fast
I'm drowning in the poison, got no future, got no past
But my heart is not weary, it's light and it's free
I've got nothing but affection for all those who sailed with me.

Everybody's moving, if they ain't already there
Everybody's got to move somewhere
Stick with me baby, stick with me anyhow
Things should start to get interesting right about now."

- Zimmerman

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9.) have a routine. Getting better works better for me when I do the same things at the same times. Random activity is fine for the young and healthy but it's been the enemy of my recovery. Alex

 

Alex with starting a business and have slow times, I find that not having structure, particularly in the morning is not good for me. I did much better when the Alarm went off and I had to jump into the shower, hair, make-up, COFFEE, and out the door.

 

Not much time to wallow in fear and what if's.

 

Thank you for posting this list. ;)

Intro: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1902-nikki-hi-my-rundown-with-ads/

 

Paxil 1997-2004

Crossed over to Lexapro Paxil not available

at Pharmacies GSK halted deliveries

Lexapro 40mgs

Lexapro taper (2years)

Imipramine

Imipramine and Celexa

Now Nefazadone/Imipramine 50mgs. each

45mgs. Serzone  50mgs. Imipramine

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Beautiful topic, thanks, alex.

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Nice, Alex, I'm printing out that list to put up on the wall.

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 

 

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

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Nice Alex. Very, very helpful.

 

Routine, purpose, letting go of the past, remaining hopeful of the future.

 

All these things are so very helpful to me. :) Hugs, Annej

My Intro
2000-Effexor and Klonopin
April 2011- C/T Adderall, lithium, Seroquel, Lunesta; Pristiq and Klonopin cut by 1/2 due to med-induced "rapid cycling"
May 2011- Pristiq/Lexapro bridge/taper
June, 2011- K cut to 0.5 mg (doctor)
July 18, 2011 - Lexapro done
October 2011- K taper started
Jan, 2012- Off K, Remeron started -bad idea
March 2012- Horrific Tardive Akathisa/TD (Dx: TA versus withdrawal akathisia secondary to K w/d)
May 2012- Reinstatement of K
Current Psych Meds: Klonopin 2 mg + Propanolol 15 mg and titrating up
As of June 2013: TA gone or suppressed - struggling with tolerance to benzos - beta blocker helping

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These are very good healthy philosophies to live by! I'm going to do this too. One thing I'm working on right now is fooling myself into thinking something that feels negative is really positive and pretend to enjoy it in some way (my w/d symptoms, can't beat 'em so I'll join 'em in their party with my brain and CNS). "What we resist, persists".

Taper from Cymbalta, Paxil, Prozac & Antipsychotics finished June 2012.

Xanax 5% Taper - (8/12 - .5 mg) - (9/12 - .45) - (10/12 - .43) - (11/12 - .41) - (12/12 - .38)

My Paxil Website

My Intro

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Alex, wanted to read this again as a gentle reminder....thank you ;)

Intro: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1902-nikki-hi-my-rundown-with-ads/

 

Paxil 1997-2004

Crossed over to Lexapro Paxil not available

at Pharmacies GSK halted deliveries

Lexapro 40mgs

Lexapro taper (2years)

Imipramine

Imipramine and Celexa

Now Nefazadone/Imipramine 50mgs. each

45mgs. Serzone  50mgs. Imipramine

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Hope this is the right place to post this.

Lately I have been feeling up and then down often several times a day.

When I get down I now tell myself that this is just the resettling of my mind/body and to remember that it will pass.

When I am able to do that, I find I feel better very quickly and can go on with activities rather than canceling things and feeling worse.

I do find that a schedule/list is very helpful and the above helps me stick to it rather than give into feeling down and then feeling worse.

FM

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Alex I do refer back to this for a good morning reminder....thanks again

Intro: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1902-nikki-hi-my-rundown-with-ads/

 

Paxil 1997-2004

Crossed over to Lexapro Paxil not available

at Pharmacies GSK halted deliveries

Lexapro 40mgs

Lexapro taper (2years)

Imipramine

Imipramine and Celexa

Now Nefazadone/Imipramine 50mgs. each

45mgs. Serzone  50mgs. Imipramine

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Hi Alex,

 

I have been in a bit of a setback intermittently for the last two weeks and just started to pull out of it yesterday.

Developed symptoms (morning cortisol, anxiety ----->then came the "what if's") and I started to obsess and spiral towards

the depths of despair and then I reread your wonderful and inspiring A Few Guiding Goals Towards Health and I

surmised the following:

 

 

I truly believe I could have lessened the severity of my symptoms simply by applying the Guiding Goals to myself

instead of wallowing in the past and worrying about the future. The more I allowed myself to wallow in the past

and to fear the future, the worse I felt. Each symptoms grew and grew because I added fuel - fearful thoughts and

hopeless desperation.

 

I want to let you know how much you personally inspire me to keep my faith that I will not only survive the situation

that I find myself in, but perhaps, I can live my life to the very best of my ability by practicing the Guiding Goals.

 

Thank you Alex for your contributions to this forum. You inspire hope and confidence. :) Annej

My Intro
2000-Effexor and Klonopin
April 2011- C/T Adderall, lithium, Seroquel, Lunesta; Pristiq and Klonopin cut by 1/2 due to med-induced "rapid cycling"
May 2011- Pristiq/Lexapro bridge/taper
June, 2011- K cut to 0.5 mg (doctor)
July 18, 2011 - Lexapro done
October 2011- K taper started
Jan, 2012- Off K, Remeron started -bad idea
March 2012- Horrific Tardive Akathisa/TD (Dx: TA versus withdrawal akathisia secondary to K w/d)
May 2012- Reinstatement of K
Current Psych Meds: Klonopin 2 mg + Propanolol 15 mg and titrating up
As of June 2013: TA gone or suppressed - struggling with tolerance to benzos - beta blocker helping

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Hope this is the right place to post this.

Lately I have been feeling up and then down often several times a day.

When I get down I now tell myself that this is just the resettling of my mind/body and to remember that it will pass.

When I am able to do that, I find I feel better very quickly and can go on with activities rather than canceling things and feeling worse.

I do find that a schedule/list is very helpful and the above helps me stick to it rather than give into feeling down and then feeling worse.

FM

 

FM,

 

I cycle dramatically throughout the day and have noted that it's at very regular regular times. Most of them correlate to natural hormone fluctuations similar to cortisol in the morning. I found this helpful to keep in mind and allows me to manage it a bit better rather than do a psychological inventory of what caused my sudden mood dive (of course, I can find MANY contributors :o and then i focus on and reinforce them).

 

GREAT list, Alex! #9 is KEY to me and randomness derailed me after I was forced into medical retirement at 39. Of course, I didn't know it was the end of my career, so I was in limbo since 2001, thinking I could return to work.

 

I have to create something to do every day because I don't HAVE to be anywhere. The next time I HAVE to leave my house is the end of October for a doc appointment.

 

Yep. I definitely need a plan.

 

Ditto to Anniej's sentiment. You inspire many people here!

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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I want to let you know how much you personally inspire me to keep my faith that I will not only survive the situation

that I find myself in, but perhaps, I can live my life to the very best of my ability by practicing the Guiding Goals.

 

Thank you Alex for your contributions to this forum. You inspire hope and confidence. :) Annej

 

Ditto here Alex. I always enjoy your perspective on life. You are very grounding. Some of us live in the ( or "a") clouds and then there are those like you who pull us out. Thanks for that. :)

Fall 1995 xanax, zoloft. switched to Serzone

1996- spring 2003serzone/ xanax/ lightbox.

b]Fall 2003- Fall 2004? Lexapro 10 mg. Light box /4 mg. xanax.[/b]

2004 - Fall of 2009 10 mg Lex, 150 mg Wellbutrin XL % 4 mg xanax

November 2009- Sept. 2011 10 mg lex., 300 Well. XL, 4 mg Xanax [/b

Sept.2012- July 2012 20 mg Lex 300 Well. XL, 4 mg Xanax

My mantra " go slow & with the flow "

3/2/13.. Began equal dosing 5 Xs /day xanax, while simultaneously incorporating a 2.5 % drop ( from 3.5 mg/day to 3.4 mg/day)

4/6/13 dropped from 300 mg. Wellbutrin XL to 150 mg. Difficult but DONE! Down to 3.3 mg xanax/ day / 6/10/13 3 mg xanax/day; 7/15/2013 2.88mg xanax/day.

10/ 1/2013...... 2.5 mg xanax… ( switched to tablets again) WOO HOO!!!!!! Holding here… cont. with Lexapro.

1/ 2/2014.. tapered to 18mg ( by weight) of a 26 mg ( by weight) pill of 20 mg tab. lexapro. goal is 13mg (by weight OR 10 mg by ingredient content) and STOPPED. Feeling very down with unbalanced, unpredictable WD symptoms.

1/2/2014- ??? Taking a brain-healing break from tapering anything after actively tapering something for 1.5 years. So… daily doses as of 2/2/2014: 18 mg by weight Lex, 150 mg Well. XL, 2.5 mg xanax, down from 26 mg by weight Lex., 300 mg well. XL, 4 mg xanax in August, 2012. I'll take it. :) 5/8/14 started equivalent dose liquid./ tabs. 5/13/14 1.5 % cut.

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