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3 hours ago, Ather said:

Before prescribing medications, There should be Blood tests of all the major neurotransmitters, like a complete neurotransmitter profile, these tests are still not common and not available at many places and if they are then they are very expensive, they should be made common so a clear reference range in the general population comes out, doctors should prescribe after reading the data of different neurotransmitters and also listening to the patient very carefully, until this happens we cannot call it chemical imbalance.

 

These tests are not valid. There is no test to assess neurotransmitter status in the brain. There is no reference range.

 

"Chemical imbalance" has always been a hypothesis based on very little evidence, and was disproved long ago.


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On 11/12/2018 at 1:38 PM, Altostrata said:

  

These tests are not valid. There is no test to assess neurotransmitter status in the brain. There is no reference range.

  

"Chemical imbalance" has always been a hypothesis based on very little evidence, and was disproved long ago.

 

I think it is just a matter of time and effort, if the scientists and researchers can bring the whole long DNA sequence out, then they can do this too.


1995 to 1997: different antidepressants at maintenance dosages along with benzos 3 times a day.  

1998 to 2000: Citalopram 20mg + Benzo twice daily.

2001 to 2015: Sertraline 50 mg + Alprazolam (half of 0.25 mg once daily which is next to nothing)

2016 to 2017: Sertraline 50 mg + Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 25 mg (NO BENZO)

2017 to 2018: Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 50 mg  (NO BENZO)

2018 (Earlier): Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 5 mg + Clonazepam 0.25 mg x 2 daily (7 weeks on Olanzapine was a disaster, antipsychotics are not for panic disorder)

2018 August : Sertraline 50 mg for 20 days (couldn't take it any longer) + Clonazepam.

2018 Sept. 1st week: Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 25 mg + Clonazepam 0.25 mg -- 2018 Sept. 2nd week: Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 12.5mg +Clonazepam 0.25 mg 

2018 November: Clonazepam 0.50 mg at night (for sleep disturbed by tinnitus)

2019 January to now: Clonazepam 0.25 mg at night and 0.25 mg in the morning.

Remember: Going out for a Walk or for a Change does help, it may take a few days or weeks or months for some, but it definitely helps.

Here is Knowledge for you: The more you Know about your sickness the more bad it is for you, so forget about it !

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Altostrata

You can believe and fantasize anything you like. We do not permit such speculation on this site, it's a waste of time and terribly misleading for those who want to go off psychiatric drugs. If you want to discuss the future of the "chemical imbalance" theory, there's a big wide Web outside where you can chat about anything.

 

In our current reality, there is no basis for the "chemical imbalance" theory.


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Ather

I would be the last person to advocate the present day antidepressants or any other psychiatric drugs specially the SSRIs, as myself am going through a tough period of withdrawal from them.

 

When we first started to fly, many would die, we found a safer craft we thought it was safe (just like the SSRIs) an Airship but it killed many people, so then in the end we settled down on Airplanes, 747 being one of the safest and now the Airbus A380,  500,000 flights and not a single being fatal?

this is not fantasy this is real.

 

There is a lot of work to be done in this field, human brain / mind,  just like any other organ of the body like heart or liver or kidneys or stomach can be genetically sick or it can get sick during our stay in this world and there must be better solutions out there, hidden from our eyes for now.

 

Seek Knowledge from the cradle to the grave.

 

Your's Ather


1995 to 1997: different antidepressants at maintenance dosages along with benzos 3 times a day.  

1998 to 2000: Citalopram 20mg + Benzo twice daily.

2001 to 2015: Sertraline 50 mg + Alprazolam (half of 0.25 mg once daily which is next to nothing)

2016 to 2017: Sertraline 50 mg + Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 25 mg (NO BENZO)

2017 to 2018: Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 50 mg  (NO BENZO)

2018 (Earlier): Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 5 mg + Clonazepam 0.25 mg x 2 daily (7 weeks on Olanzapine was a disaster, antipsychotics are not for panic disorder)

2018 August : Sertraline 50 mg for 20 days (couldn't take it any longer) + Clonazepam.

2018 Sept. 1st week: Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 25 mg + Clonazepam 0.25 mg -- 2018 Sept. 2nd week: Dosulepin (Prothiaden) 12.5mg +Clonazepam 0.25 mg 

2018 November: Clonazepam 0.50 mg at night (for sleep disturbed by tinnitus)

2019 January to now: Clonazepam 0.25 mg at night and 0.25 mg in the morning.

Remember: Going out for a Walk or for a Change does help, it may take a few days or weeks or months for some, but it definitely helps.

Here is Knowledge for you: The more you Know about your sickness the more bad it is for you, so forget about it !

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That's true, Ather, but what we know now is there's no basis for the "chemical imbalance" theory, so discussing whether it might be true some time in the future is not productive.


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papaloapan

 In response to the first post at the 1st page of this thread of Jemima: Indeed the whole high-cholestrol theory of heart disease is flawed, you can read that in the great book "Biology of belief" by Dr Bruce Lipton: "Cholesterol is a lipid molecule that plays a vital role in our day-to-day survival. Cholesterol is an essential component of the membrane whose function is required for the survival of our 50 trillion cells."

 

There was an experiment with rats with samples of blood from them, used to study human atherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of arteries that is the leading cause of death in the US. The animals had so much cholesterol that their blood was milky white. Despite their apparently toxic level of cholesterol, these rats did not form endothelial cell plaques typical of atherosclerotic blood vessels. The scientist added an over-the-counter antihistamine drug (for allergy) when he introduced the cholesterol. Because antihistamines could override cholesterol's apparent role in atherosclerotic plaque formation, his work showed that the mere presence of cholesterol was NOT the driving force behind a blood vessel's malfunction. The results of animal studies point to the role that chronic stress plays in the creation of histamine and in the onset and exacerbation of atherosclerosis and promotion of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular pathology may instead primarily result from environmental stressors rather than genetic dysfunctions or cholesterol. 

 

The rush to judgement of medical establishment against cholesterol, was fueled by the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, because big pharma came up with their magic bullet as statins, used for lowering levels of cholesterol. To make long story short, in the experiment, the discovery was that the atherosclerosis was caused by stress and not by high levels of cholesterol. Statin drugs help almost nothing only for preventing cardiovascular disease with very little success, but statins are much more toxic and harmful than helpful. The jupiter study was a study manipulated by Astra Zeneca with false information just to create the lie that statins and the lowering of cholesterol helps healing heart disease. 

 

"Though statins accounted for $29 billion in US sales in 2013, their war against cholesterol has barely had an impact in cardiovascular disease. At best, statin drugs lower the actual risk of heart attack by around 0.3% while at the same time producing side effects in 15 to 40% of those using the drug. Recent independent studies have shown that statin use for primary prevention has minimal or no value in reducing heart attacks and mortality (Sultan and Hynes 2013)"

 

 

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Dec/1/17 started pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50mg tablets 1-0-0. Jan/4/18 started tapering pristiq by alternating dosages

Jan/5 & 6/18 changed to quetiapine XR 300mg. Jan/7&8/18 changed to quetiapine XR 150mg. Jan/9/18 went back to IR quetiapine 100mg 0-0-1.

Jan/14/18 started with 1.5mg melatonin 0-0-1, fish oil 1-0-1 and magnesium with calcium capsules 2-0-2.

Jan/20/18 went back to one daily pristiq 50mg 1-0-0

Feb/7/18 started neurovit 1-1-1 (glutamic acid 200mg, HCL lysine 150mg, sodium glycerophosphate 112mg & nicotinamide 30mg) 

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Mar/12/18 at night started 15 drops of tramadol. Each drop = 2.5 mg of tramadol. Mar/13/18 to Mar/19/18: (7 days) 15 drops twice a day (15 drops in the morning and 15 drops at night = 15-0-15). 

Mar/20/18 (1 day): morning 15 drops, night 12 drops = 15-0-12. Mar/21/18 (1 day) 12-0-10. Mar/22 & 23/18 (2 days) 12-0-12. Mar/24/18 (1 day) 9-0-9. Mar/25/18 (1 day) 6-0-6. Mar/26 and 27/18 (2 days) 9-0-9. Mar/28 and 29/18 (2 days) 6-0-6. Mar/30 and 31/18 (2 days) 4-0-4. Apr/1/18 - Apr/5/18 (5 days) 6-0-6 . Apr/6/18 - Apr/10/18 (5 days) 5-0-5. Apr/11/18 (1 day) 4-0-4 . Apr/12/18 - Apr/18/18 (7 days) 5-0-5. Apr/19/18 (1 day) 4-0-4. Apr/20/18 - May/3/18 (14 days) 4-0-5. 

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Aug/7/18 - Sep/3/18 (28 days) 2-0-2. Sep/4/18 - Sep/13/18 (10 days) 1-0-2. Sep/14/18 - Oct/18/18 (35 days) back to 2-0-2, Oct/19/18 - Nov/16/18 (29 days) 1-0-2. Nov/17/18 didn't take neurovit and ginko. Nov/18/18 - Dec/6/18 (19 days) 1-0-2. (total in 1-0-2 49 days) Dec/7/18 - Jan/29/19 (54 days) 1-0-1. Jan/30/19 - Feb/1/19 (3 days) 1-0-2. Feb/2/19 back to 1-0-1. Feb/2/19 - Mar/29/19 (56 days) 1-0-1. Mar/30/19 started 0-0-1 

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papaloapan

Just to clear up: the rats experiment is true and was done by a scientist who has nothing to do with a pharma company. The Jupiter study was done, funded and manipulated by the pharma company Astra Zeneca


Nov/30/17 started Q-MIND (quetiapine) IR tablets 100mg 0-0-1. 

Dec/1/17 started pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50mg tablets 1-0-0. Jan/4/18 started tapering pristiq by alternating dosages

Jan/5 & 6/18 changed to quetiapine XR 300mg. Jan/7&8/18 changed to quetiapine XR 150mg. Jan/9/18 went back to IR quetiapine 100mg 0-0-1.

Jan/14/18 started with 1.5mg melatonin 0-0-1, fish oil 1-0-1 and magnesium with calcium capsules 2-0-2.

Jan/20/18 went back to one daily pristiq 50mg 1-0-0

Feb/7/18 started neurovit 1-1-1 (glutamic acid 200mg, HCL lysine 150mg, sodium glycerophosphate 112mg & nicotinamide 30mg) 

?/?/18 started neurovit 1-1-0.   ?/?/18 started neurovit 1-0-0.  ?/?/18 started ginko biloba 40mg 1-0-0

Mar/12/18 at night started 15 drops of tramadol. Each drop = 2.5 mg of tramadol. Mar/13/18 to Mar/19/18: (7 days) 15 drops twice a day (15 drops in the morning and 15 drops at night = 15-0-15). 

Mar/20/18 (1 day): morning 15 drops, night 12 drops = 15-0-12. Mar/21/18 (1 day) 12-0-10. Mar/22 & 23/18 (2 days) 12-0-12. Mar/24/18 (1 day) 9-0-9. Mar/25/18 (1 day) 6-0-6. Mar/26 and 27/18 (2 days) 9-0-9. Mar/28 and 29/18 (2 days) 6-0-6. Mar/30 and 31/18 (2 days) 4-0-4. Apr/1/18 - Apr/5/18 (5 days) 6-0-6 . Apr/6/18 - Apr/10/18 (5 days) 5-0-5. Apr/11/18 (1 day) 4-0-4 . Apr/12/18 - Apr/18/18 (7 days) 5-0-5. Apr/19/18 (1 day) 4-0-4. Apr/20/18 - May/3/18 (14 days) 4-0-5. 

May/4/18 - May/18/18 (15 days) 4-0-4. May/19/18- Jun/1/18 (14 days) 3-0-4. Jun/2/18 - Jun/18/18 (17 days) 3-0-3. 

Jun/19/18 - Jul/7/18 (19 days) 2-0-3. Jul/8/18 - Jul/9/18 (2 days) 2-0-2 . Jul/10/18 - Aug/6/18 (28 days) 2-0-3.

Aug/7/18 - Sep/3/18 (28 days) 2-0-2. Sep/4/18 - Sep/13/18 (10 days) 1-0-2. Sep/14/18 - Oct/18/18 (35 days) back to 2-0-2, Oct/19/18 - Nov/16/18 (29 days) 1-0-2. Nov/17/18 didn't take neurovit and ginko. Nov/18/18 - Dec/6/18 (19 days) 1-0-2. (total in 1-0-2 49 days) Dec/7/18 - Jan/29/19 (54 days) 1-0-1. Jan/30/19 - Feb/1/19 (3 days) 1-0-2. Feb/2/19 back to 1-0-1. Feb/2/19 - Mar/29/19 (56 days) 1-0-1. Mar/30/19 started 0-0-1 

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Statins look up spacedoc.com

22 hours ago, papaloapan said:

 In response to the first post at the 1st page of this thread of Jemima: Indeed the whole high-cholestrol theory of heart disease is flawed, you can read that in the great book "Biology of belief" by Dr Bruce Lipton: "Cholesterol is a lipid molecule that plays a vital role in our day-to-day survival. Cholesterol is an essential component of the membrane whose function is required for the survival of our 50 trillion cells."

 

There was an experiment with rats with samples of blood from them, used to study human atherosclerosis, the hardening and narrowing of arteries that is the leading cause of death in the US. The animals had so much cholesterol that their blood was milky white. Despite their apparently toxic level of cholesterol, these rats did not form endothelial cell plaques typical of atherosclerotic blood vessels. The scientist added an over-the-counter antihistamine drug (for allergy) when he introduced the cholesterol. Because antihistamines could override cholesterol's apparent role in atherosclerotic plaque formation, his work showed that the mere presence of cholesterol was NOT the driving force behind a blood vessel's malfunction. The results of animal studies point to the role that chronic stress plays in the creation of histamine and in the onset and exacerbation of atherosclerosis and promotion of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular pathology may instead primarily result from environmental stressors rather than genetic dysfunctions or cholesterol. 

 

The rush to judgement of medical establishment against cholesterol, was fueled by the interests of the pharmaceutical industry, because big pharma came up with their magic bullet as statins, used for lowering levels of cholesterol. To make long story short, in the experiment, the discovery was that the atherosclerosis was caused by stress and not by high levels of cholesterol. Statin drugs help almost nothing only for preventing cardiovascular disease with very little success, but statins are much more toxic and harmful than helpful. The jupiter study was a study manipulated by Astra Zeneca with false information just to create the lie that statins and the lowering of cholesterol helps healing heart disease. 

 

"Though statins accounted for $29 billion in US sales in 2013, their war against cholesterol has barely had an impact in cardiovascular disease. At best, statin drugs lower the actual risk of heart attack by around 0.3% while at the same time producing side effects in 15 to 40% of those using the drug. Recent independent studies have shown that statin use for primary prevention has minimal or no value in reducing heart attacks and mortality (Sultan and Hynes 2013)"

 

 

 

 

Anyone interested in this should check out spacedoc.com 

A NASA  doctor who was put on a statin drug with horrid effects... his first page covers heart and cholesterol too. 


WARNING THIS WILL BE LONG
Had a car accident in 85
Codeine was the pain med when I was release from hosp continuous use till 89
Given PROZAC by a specialist to help with nerve pain in my leg 89-90 not sure which year
Was not told a thing about it being a psych med thought it was a pain killer no info about psych side effects I went nuts had hallucinations. As I had a head injury and was diagnosed with a concussion in 85 I was sent to a head injury clinic in 1990 five years after the accident. I don't think they knew I had been on prozac I did not think it a big deal and never did finish the bottle of pills. I had tests of course lots of them. Was put into a pain clinic and given amitriptyline which stopped the withdrawal but had many side effects. But I could sleep something I had not done in a very long time the pain lessened. My mother got cancer in 94 they switched my meds to Zoloft to help deal with this pressure as I was her main care giver she died in 96. I stopped zoloft in 96 had withdrawal was put on paxil went nutty quit it ct put on resperidol quit it ct had withdrawal was put on Effexor... 2years later celexa was added 20mg then increased to 40mg huge personality change went wild. Did too fast taper off Celexa 05 as I felt unwell for a long time prior... quit Effexor 150mg ct 07 found ****** 8 months into withdrawal learned some things was banned from there in 08 have kept learning since. there is really not enough room here to put my history but I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things especially any of the drugs mentioned above.
One thing I would like to add here is this tidbit ALL OPIATES INCREASE SEROTONIN it is not a huge jump to being in chronic pain to being put on an ssri/snri and opiates will affect your antidepressants and your thinking.

As I do not update much I will put my quit date Nov. 17 2007 I quit Effexor cold turkey. 

http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1096-introducing-myself-btdt/

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4 hours ago, Shep said:

With diabetes, you can measure the levels of glucose and then you take a certain measured amount of insulin. But with a so-called "anxiety disorder", you can't measure your serotonin or your levels of GABA.  There are no objective tests for any type of so-called "mental illness". On many levels, the "diabetes analogy" that many of us have been subjected to falls apart. 

 


REMINDER TO SELF:

I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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marconyc

I'm not sure why I'm jumping in here--probably just procrastinating at work--but I'd like to point out that studies purporting to prove the chemical imbalance theory of depression seem unable to show that changes in neurotransmitters (or hippocampal size, etc) are the cause of depression and not the consequence. 

 

I have seen some studies suggesting that up to about 40% of a person's depression risk may be genetic. However, even in people who have the suspected genes that predispose to depression, environment plays an enormous role. This article on "orchid genes" is interesting: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/12/the-science-of-success/307761/ The article states that "Most of us have genes that make us as hardy as dandelions: able to take root and survive almost anywhere. A few of us, however, are more like the orchid: fragile and fickle, but capable of blooming spectacularly if given greenhouse care. So holds a provocative new theory of genetics, which asserts that the very genes that give us the most trouble as a species, causing behaviors that are self-destructive and antisocial, also underlie humankind’s phenomenal adaptability and evolutionary success. With a bad environment and poor parenting, orchid children can end up depressed, drug-addicted, or in jail—but with the right environment and good parenting, they can grow up to be society’s most creative, successful, and happy people."

 

Furthermore, just because a condition has genetic roots doesn't mean it requires a pharmaceutical solution. Type 2 diabetes is a good example. There are clearly some genetic factors at play, but lifestyle seems to be more powerful an influence, and lifestyle modification can reverse it. 


2000–2015: sertraline 150mg for dysthymia and generalized anxiety disorder

2000–2002: clonazepam .5mg 3x/day, then tapered quickly with no withdrawal
Jan 2015–Dec 2016: tapered sertraline from 150 to 50mg; severe withdrawal at 50mg
Jan 2017: sertraline 100mg; clonazepam .5mg 2x/day

Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg; clonazepam .5mg 2x/day

April 2017–present: sertraline 200mg

April 2017: aripriprazole 1mg; clonazepam .5mg 2x/day

Aug 2018: aripiprazole 0.5 mg, tapered off clonazepam

Nov 2018: aripiprazole 1mg; Dec 2018: aripiprazole 0.75 mg; Jan 2, 2019: aripiprazole 0.5 mg; March 11, 2019: aripiprazole 0.25 mg; May 8: aripiprazole 0.22mg; June 8, 2019: aripiprazole 0.20mg; July 14, 2019: aripiprazole 0.18mg; Aug 21, 2019: aripiprazole 0.16mgai; 11/22/19: aripiprazole 4mgpw; 1/1/20: aripiprazole 3mgpw; 2/1/20 aripiprazole 0mgpw

 

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22 hours ago, ChessieCat said:
  On 3/10/2019 at 10:12 AM, Shep said:

With diabetes, you can measure the levels of glucose and then you take a certain measured amount of insulin. But with a so-called "anxiety disorder", you can't measure your serotonin or your levels of GABA.  There are no objective tests for any type of so-called "mental illness". On many levels, the "diabetes analogy" that many of us have been subjected to falls apart. 

 

That sums things up perfectly in three short sentences. If my "mental illness" is due to low serotonin levels, then show me the test to measure my serotonin levels.


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The latest issue of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences features several prominent researchers debunking the notion that mental health concerns are “brain disorders.” https://www.madinamerica.com/2019/03/mental-health-concerns-not-brain-disorders-say-researchers/

 

One of the points made in the review of the journal issue echoes what I wrote earlier in this thread: "Additionally, because correlation cannot prove causation, it is just as likely that any neurobiological changes detected are the result of a mental state, rather than the cause. That is, changes in a person’s neurotransmitter levels would actually be expected after drastic changes in sleep, eating, and mood states—biological changes could be caused by routine changes such as this, or they could both be part of some other process."

 

And here is a statement by the authors/researchers, which echoes @Shep: "“In the current scheme of things, explanatory reductionism is a remote possibility, not a realistic research target. We do not have biomarkers that are sufficiently reliable and predictive for diagnostic use. We have not identified genes that are specific to disorders and explain an appreciable amount of variance. We have not obtained insight into pathogenetic pathways in the brain that are sufficiently secure to inform treatment. If anything, we should wonder why the massive investments in research, that should have uncovered these factors, have not pushed back the prevalence of common mental disorders by a single percentage point.”

 

The authors state that reductionistic biological explanations of mental health “should not be understood as science but as science fiction.”

 


2000–2015: sertraline 150mg for dysthymia and generalized anxiety disorder

2000–2002: clonazepam .5mg 3x/day, then tapered quickly with no withdrawal
Jan 2015–Dec 2016: tapered sertraline from 150 to 50mg; severe withdrawal at 50mg
Jan 2017: sertraline 100mg; clonazepam .5mg 2x/day

Feb 2017: sertraline 150mg; clonazepam .5mg 2x/day

April 2017–present: sertraline 200mg

April 2017: aripriprazole 1mg; clonazepam .5mg 2x/day

Aug 2018: aripiprazole 0.5 mg, tapered off clonazepam

Nov 2018: aripiprazole 1mg; Dec 2018: aripiprazole 0.75 mg; Jan 2, 2019: aripiprazole 0.5 mg; March 11, 2019: aripiprazole 0.25 mg; May 8: aripiprazole 0.22mg; June 8, 2019: aripiprazole 0.20mg; July 14, 2019: aripiprazole 0.18mg; Aug 21, 2019: aripiprazole 0.16mgai; 11/22/19: aripiprazole 4mgpw; 1/1/20: aripiprazole 3mgpw; 2/1/20 aripiprazole 0mgpw

 

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Sass

That is exactly what I was told 23 years ago that I had a chemical imbalance in my brain

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ChessieCat

I was told it about 6 years ago so not much has changed unfortunately.


REMINDER TO SELF:

I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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Is it possible to add this to the links on the very first page?  This talks about why the chemical imbalance theory is a lie, how many leading experts in the field say it's a lie, and why it continues to be such a wide-spread belief? 

 

In addition to the links already available (thank you for those!), I also found this very valuable for digging deeper into all of these issues. 

It helps when having those "difficult discussions" that there are significant pieces of literature that might be shorter than Anatomy of an Epidemic (Whitaker), but still have detailed information with multiple credible sources. .    
Thanks!

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The biomedical model of mental disorder: A critical analysis of its validity, utility, and effects on psychotherapy research - Brett J. Deacon

http://jonabram.web.unc.edu/files/2013/09/Deacon_biomedical_model_2013.pdf (16 page paper)

  • See specific quotes and sources on pg 851 - "Limitations of the biomedical model"
    • “What we are missing is an understanding of the biology of the disorders and what is really going wrong.”
      “In truth, we still do not know how to define a [brain] circuit. Where does a circuit begin or end? How do the patterns of “activity” on imaging scans actually translate to what is happening in the brain? What is the direction of information flow? In fact, the metaphor of a circuit in the sense of flow of electricity may be woefully inadequate for describing how mental activity emerges from neuronal activity in the brain.”
      “Despite high expectations, neither genomics nor imaging has yet impacted the diagnosis or treatment of the 45 million Americans with serious or moderate mental illness each year….the gap between the surge in basic biological knowledge and the state of mental health care in this country has not narrowed and may be getting wider.”
      “Medications developed over the past five decades have been prescribed widely but have not been sufficient for reducing the morbidity and mortality of mental disorders.”
      ~ Thomas Insel, M.D., NIMH Director
       
    • “The disorders contained [in the DSM] are heuristics that have proven extremely useful in clinical practice and research, especially by creating a common language that can be applied with reasonably good interrater reliability. Unfortunately, the disorders within these classifications are not generally treated as heuristic, but to a great degree have become reified. Disorders within the DSM-IV or ICD-10 are often treated as if they were natural kinds, real entities that exist independently
      of any particular rater.”
      ~ Steven Hyman, M.D., former NIMH Director (1996–2001)
       
    • “Although the past two decades have produced a great deal of progress in neurobiological investigations, the field has thus far failed to identify a single neurobiological phenotypic marker or gene that is useful in making a diagnosis of a major
      psychiatric disorder or for predicting response to psychopharmacological treatment.”
      ~ Michael First, M.D., Editor of DSM-IV
       
    • “The incredible recent advances in neuroscience, molecular biology, and brain imaging…are still not relevant to the clinical practicalities of everyday psychiatric diagnosis. The clearest evidence supporting this disappointing fact is that not even one
      biological test is ready for inclusion in the criteria sets for DSM‐V.”
      ~ Allen Frances, M.D., Chair of DSM-IV Task Force
       
    • “…brain science has not advanced to the point where scientists or clinicians can point to readily discernible pathologic lesions or genetic abnormalities that in and of themselves serve as reliable or predictive biomarkers of a given mental
      disorder or mental disorders as a group.”
      ~ American Psychiatric Association
       
    • “Few lesions or physiological abnormalities define the mental disorders, and for the most part their causes are unknown.”
      ~ Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health
       
    • “Psychopharmacology is in crisis. The data are in, and it is clear that a massive experiment has failed: despite decades of research and billions of dollars invested, not a single mechanistically novel drug has reached the psychiatric market
      in more than 30 years.”
      ~ Christian Fibiger, Ph.D., former vice president of neuroscience at Eli Lilly and Amgen
       
    • “What the field lacks is sufficient basic knowledge about normal brain function and how its disturbance underlies the pathophysiology of psychiatric disease. Because of this, as the record now clearly shows, it remains too early to attempt
      rational drug design for psychiatric diseases as currently conceived.”
      “Chemical imbalance is sort of last-century thinking. It's much more complicated than that. It's really an outmoded way of thinking.”
      ~ Joseph Coyle, M.D., Editor of Archives of General Psychiatry
       
    • “In truth, the ‘chemical imbalance’ notion was always a kind of urban legend — never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists.”
      ~ Ronald Pies, M.D., Editor of Psychiatric Times
       
  • See critical questions on pg 857 - Quality of Care, and credibility of professionals will remain at risk until an honest and public dialog occurs that include these questions.
    • How can mental disorders be considered biologically-based brain diseases, or valid medical conditions, when researchers have not identified biological variables capable of reliably diagnosing any mental disorder, distinguishing between individuals with or without a mental disorder, or distinguishing different mental disorders from each other?
    • How can mental disorders be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain when scientists lack a baseline standard of what constitutes a chemical balance with which to discern an imbalance, and do not possess a direct measure of neurotransmitter levels in the brain that possesses diagnostic validity or clinical utility?
    • Given the historical lack of scientific evidence for the chemical imbalance theory of mental disorder, why have biomedical advocates promoted this story? Why have the APA, NIMH, and NAMI (among others, see Table 1) failed to publicly acknowledge that this story is unfounded? What have been the historical consequences of these actions? How have these actions been influenced by these organizations' involvement with the pharmaceutical industry?
    • If decades of biomedical research have not resulted in the development of clinically useful biological tests, innovative psychotropic medications, or improved mental health outcomes, should billions of dollars of taxpayer money continue to be preferentially allocated to biomedical research? Should zealous advocates of the biomedical model continue to head governmental agencies that determine national research and policy agendas?
    • If psychotropic medications are safe and effective, why has the rate of mental health disability risen in close temporal association with their increased use? Shouldn't the widespread use of safe and effective psychotropic medications lead to less severe, chronic, and disabling mental disorders, as opposed to the opposite?
    • If attributing mental disorder to biologically-based brain disease reduces mental health stigma, why has stigma not improved in the context of widespread promotion and increased public acceptance of the biomedical model?
    • If the biomedical model of mental disorder is less valid and psychotropic medications are less safe and effective than is commonly acknowledged, on what basis should psychiatrists be granted the legal authority to involuntarily hospitalize and forcibly treat individuals with mental disorders?

Psychiatric drug-induced Chronic Brain Impairment (CBI): Implications for long-term treatment with psychiatric medication
          May 2018
  Boyfriend left me without warning after double-dosage increase in Lexapro (also taking Ambien). He was not planning it - made the decision in 5 minutes. 
          Jul 2018    Discovered truth about Antidepressant impact to relationships. Docs did not warn boyfriend or any family of these dangers.  I do not trust my meds.  Decided to stop my prescription meds. 
                             Tapered slower than docs instructed. Was not on ADs, but did NOT know that my migraine med was a psychiatric med - and I tapered too fast.

          Sep 2018   Experienced "wake-up" - recognized it as something AD users experience when stopping meds.  Started experiencing withdrawal symptoms.  Reinstated low dose.  

 

Sep 2013  |  Topiramate 50 mg   Jun 2014  |  Phentermine 37.5 mg

Jul 2018   |  Topiramate 50 mg    |  Phentermine 19.0 mg

Aug 2018  |  Topiramate 25 mg   |  Phentermine 19.0 mg

Sept 2018 |  Topiramate   0 mg   |  Phentermine   0.0 mg

Sept 2018 |  Topiramate 25 mg   |  Phentermine 19.0 mg

Jan  2018 |  Topiramate 22 mg    |  Phentermine 37.5 mg                        Supplements: Omega 3, Magnesium L-Threonate, Probiotic

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Altostrata

Thank you for such an insightful post, WakeMeUp.


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Shep
On 11/12/2018 at 3:38 AM, Altostrata said:

"Chemical imbalance" has always been a hypothesis based on very little evidence, and was disproved long ago.

 

This from Wendy Burn, dated August 9, 2019, regarding the chemical imbalance: 

 

Wendy Burn - Twitter
 

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It hasn’t actually been disproven, we won’t know until we can actually measure the chemicals in the brain.

 

 

I'm afraid to ask exactly how Psychiatry Inc. plans on doing this or how high the body count will be during their experiments. 

 

Very disappointed to see this coming from the president of the Royal College of Psychiatry in 2019, although I'm not really surprised. Psychiatry is social control, not medicine. 

 

For a more honest take on it: 

 

History We Can’t Overlook Anymore: Details Before the Anti-Depressant Era

 

  • Jonathan Cole, NIMH, 1964: “Depression is, on the whole, one of the psychiatric conditions with the best prognosis for eventual recovery with or without treatment. Most depressions are self-limited.”
  • Nathan Kline, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1964: “In the treatment of depression, one always has an ally the fact that most depressions terminate in spontaneous remissions. This means that in many cases regardless of what one does the patient eventually will begin to get better.”
  • Dean Schuyler, head of the depression section at the NIMH, 1974: Most depressive episodes “will run their course and terminate with virtually complete recovery without specific intervention.”

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AlexRussia

90% of doctors I visited said depression and anxiety caused by chemical imbalance. Then I read some books they used as guidance , some quotes: "Diazepam use are safe and don't lead to addiction until u use it more then 9 month", "Withdrawal stops  after drug leaves the body" ,  "Z-drugs are not addicyive", "Antidepressants and neuroleptics do not cause withdrawal" and etc...    


2017 - july 2018 - phenazepam 1mg  when needed (kindling)

aug 2018 - phenazepam 1mg , escitalopram 5mg daily. 

september 2018 - CT from benzo and escitalopram, olanazapine 5mg for 3 days with no effect. Reinstated benzo 1mg , felt better and CT after few days.

october 2018 - mirtazapine (remeron)30mg

november 2018 - mirtazapine stopped working for sleep, Mirtazapine CT, then reinstated and  CT (two weeks) Reinstated benzo and CT after week

december 2018 -  seroquel 25 then 50mg, fluvoxamine several days (blurred vision), clomiprine 1 pill (seizure), amitriptyline 25 or  75 several days.

january- 2019 - seroquel 50mg started building tolerance , so took 75-100 sometimes, depakote  300mg  then 600, then 750 mg, started building tolerance too.

february 2019 - CT seroquel, CT depakote.

Feb- March 2019 - Almost no sleep for few weeks.  Took doxylamine several times.

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Altostrata

That was not a very smart comment by Wendy Burn. Technically accurate that a theory based on nothing might accidentally be found to be true. Evil spirits might be involved, as well --since nobody has managed to investigate living brains for the presence of evil spirits, why not?


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I keep hearing this myth in the community (ie, it isn't doctors saying it, though in the past I've certainly heard it or a version of it from doctors) including just a few days ago.

 

It's very frustrating. I'm afraid I don't go into it with them - my experience with these drugs is too private and too painful - so I guess I'm not doing anything to counter it. I make certain that my kids know the reality of these drugs. But I don't have it in me to go on a public crusade to stop this dangerous myth from circulating so I guess I'm part of the problem.


My thread here at SA: https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/topic/1775-bubbles/page/14/

2005 St John's Wort / 2006-2012 Lexapro 20mg, 2 failed attempts to stop, tapered over 4.5 months in early 2012

January 2013 started Sertraline, over time worked up to 100mg / July 2014 dropped from 100mg to 75mg, held for six months

2015 tapered to 50mg over several months, held for several months, some more drops

2016 Feb 35mg, 6 Mar 33mg, more drops (note big drop (calc error) & up to 25mg), more drops (about 2mg at a time)

2017 - more small drops, more long holds

2018 March at 11mg;  April 20 9mg; June 11 8.1mg; (July 10 7.7mg / July 18 7.3mg); ( Sept 2 7.2mg, Sept 5 7.1mg, Sept 9 7mg); 30 Sept 6.5mg, ? 6mg, 23 Nov 5.5mg) 19 Dec 5mg

2019 (micro drops over two weeks 24 Mar 4.9mg, 28 Mar 4.8mg, 31 Mar 4.7mg, 4 Apr 4.6mg, 7 Apr 4.5mg / 22 April 4.4mg, 26 April 4.3mg, 2 May 4.2mg, 5 May 4.1mg, 9 May 4mg), 3 Oct 3.9mg, (20 Oct 3.8mg, 27 Oct 3.7mg, 3 Nov 3.6mg), 24 Nov 3.5mg, 8 Dec 3.4mg, 15 Dec 3.3mg, 22 Dec 3.2mg

2020 19 Jan 3.1mg, 26 Jan 3.0mg; 1 Mar 2.9, 7 Mar 2.8, May (some drops here) 24 May 2.5, May 29 2.4, June 21 2.3, June 28 2.2mg,  July 4 2.1mg, July 24 (or maybe a bit before) 2mg

Current Sertraline: July 24: 2 mg / Armour Thyroid / endless allergy meds, erg

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32 minutes ago, bubbles said:

my experience with these drugs is too private and too painful - so I guess I'm not doing anything to counter it.

 

I haven't had the emotional energy to follow up with the psychologist who started me on Pristiq and told me that I needed an AD like a diabetic needs insulin.  I've been meaning to do it for at least 2 years but just haven't been able to.  I do feel bad about it, because I think of all the other people who may have been started/kept on drug/s through me not doing anything about it.

 

However, I need to look after me first.


REMINDER TO SELF:

I don't need the drug now, but my still brain does.

ADs:  25 years - 1 unknown, Prozac (caused muscle weakness), Zoloft/sertraline; citalopram (pooped out) CTed (very sick for 2.5 wks a few months after)

Pristiq:  50mg 2012, 100mg beg 2013 (mild Serotonin Toxicity)

Began tapering Oct 2015  Current from 17 Oct 2020:  Pristiq 0.56 mg (compounded + liquid)

My tapering program

My Intro (goes to my tapering graph)

My website - includes my brief history + links to videos & information on the web

PLEASE NOTE:  I am not a medical professional.  I provide information and make suggestions.

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13 hours ago, bubbles said:

But I don't have it in me to go on a public crusade to stop this dangerous myth from circulating so I guess I'm part of the problem.

 

12 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

I do feel bad about it, because I think of all the other people who may have been started/kept on drug/s through me not doing anything about it.

 

None of us on this forum are part of the problem and no one here should feel bad about it.  Your participation on this forum is an important part of the solution. 

 

Keep in mind that SA is used by researchers doing great work. 

 

SurvivingAntidepressants.org mentions and honors

 

Psychiatric Times: Online Communities for Drug Withdrawal: What Can We Learn?

 

And everyone coming off these drugs is a major disruption to power because we are leaving this system of oppression. When enough people boycott the system by coming off these drugs and enough doctors become dissenters (especially those who use forced treatment), the system will lose power. 

 

We all play a role and for that, we should all be very proud of our individual and collective accomplishments. 


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EmergingFromTheVoid

This stuff is fascinating! 


Antidepressants: On ADs for approx. 8 years. 30 mg/day of Escitalopram w/ Wellbutrin (unsure of dosage), for several years. 5 years ago I tapered off Wellbutrin. 3 years ago I tapered to 20 mg/day of Escitalopram. I started to taper the Escitalopram again -- cut my dose to 10 mg/day on Oct. 21st, 2019 . Cut to 5 mg/day on Nov. 9th, 2019. Cut to 2.5 mg/day on Nov. 25th, 2019. Cut to 0 mg/day on Dec. 12th, 2019 -- AD Free! 🙂

 

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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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Kelmo137

now that its many years later that im responding to what causes "mental illness" its now being said the problem starts with the gut and when the gut is not healthy it causes issues of depression and all these mental issues so many have.

 

i also think its environmental. we are so far away from our natural selves. we are working non stop just to barely survive. we are living in such a toxic world now.  we eat poisonus food and load our bodies with multiple drugs that have never cured anyone and do more harm than good. we are brainwashed by the media and have little control over our own lives loosing more freedoms and live a very depressing lifestyle addicted to our phones. the family structure is broken. kids are from homes with one parent or addicvt parents or abuseive parents or both parents forced to work leaving their kids to fend for themselves with no guidance. morals are less and less. people are going thgrough hard times and instead of facing it, going through the natural process and stages of grive, growing and learning from it we just go get drugs instead .

 

and these drugs are no different from the drugs sold on the street. in many ways they are even more dangerous and addictive if u will. they alter our state of mind and now we know how much worse it is get off them and stay off having wd lasting years. nothing close to these drugs we say are illegal. pharma is the biggest drug lord and the doctors are the street dealers. and so many more lives are being devistated far worse then this so called opioid epeidemic. it keeps people from exepting pharma as ok bc they are legal. we exept the well known side effects and risk alot in order to take this legal drug that might make me better. but look at illagal drugs as so much worse and addicts so bad and jail is the punishment meanwhile pharma and doctors are hurting and killing millions of us everyday and get away with it. we are in a silent epidemic and sadly in the end even when all this suffering is known pharma will continue to  make drugs and doctors will still sell them. neither parties knowing nothing at all about these so called legal drugs they hook america on. and in the end they pay off a few people and continue on  .

 

my life is ruined from these meds. and after a decade on them feeling trapped i learn more and more about what im on, i look back at how ridiculous its set up to convince people in one appointment without any tests that they have a mental illness and the relief comes in a pill. its never informed consent. we are taken advantage of, lied to about the high risks and get caught in a vicous cycle that is a never ending nightmare of torture by a doctor who promised to do no harm. then when we cant take it anymore and need help to get off we are not offered a shred of support and compassion. we are abandoned. thank god for places like this and scientists and doctors that see the problem and have this information available. these criminals should pay for this crime against humanity

 

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prozac 2008. do not know the dose. after a few weeks i had suicidal idealization and went to the hospital 4 days.

xanax .5 mg only took a few times

geodon started 2008. highest dose 180 mg

celexa 2008 40 mg

i tried so many different meds i cannot rrecall the name or dosage but all of them had severe side effects within a week and all were stopped

2008-present geodon. current dose 80mg

2008-present  celexa. current dose 40 mg

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