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Hi. I thought it might be interesting to share why we each first saw a psychiatrist. Were you referred by another doctor, or were you having symptoms you wanted help with, or were you hospitalized against your will, or were you a kid and a parent brought you in, or was it due to another cause?

 

I myself chose to see a psychiatrist of my own volition because I could not sleep while going through a divorce. I thought medicine was the answer, but little did I know I would be given the wrong psychoactive medicine. Needless to say, I'm not going back to a shink. I'm blessed in that I have only one drug I need to come off. The other two actually help me, but as someone on this site insightfully brought to my mind, those two drugs that help me were prescribed not by a shrink, but by my dysautonomia specialist, a cardiologist. They were prescribed for the underlying physical cause of my depression and anxiety, or so my cardiologist assumes... I myself consider several possible causes, none of which can be proved.

Ellen

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insomnia, anxiety, depression- since childhood

lyme disease, dysautonomia, chiari malformation- dx 4/1997

 

nortriptyline- 75mg since childhood

clonazepam- 3mg since 4/1997

trazodone-100mg since 4/2013, now tapering

 

rotating antibiotics and antimalarials for lyme disease

midodrine- 10mg for dysautonomia

repeated skull surgeries for chiari malformation

 

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That's odd. I thought most on this forum had been put on psychoactive drugs by psychiatrists. I thought my case of being diagnosed with a primary physical illness and only a secondary psychological illness was the exception and not the norm. If I'm mistaken, I'm relieved for you, as that would mean you too could ease psychological symptoms by treating the underlying physical illness. Hope this is the case. Blessings, Ellen

Ellen

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insomnia, anxiety, depression- since childhood

lyme disease, dysautonomia, chiari malformation- dx 4/1997

 

nortriptyline- 75mg since childhood

clonazepam- 3mg since 4/1997

trazodone-100mg since 4/2013, now tapering

 

rotating antibiotics and antimalarials for lyme disease

midodrine- 10mg for dysautonomia

repeated skull surgeries for chiari malformation

 

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Hi Ellen

 

I went to see a psych doc on the recommendation of a friend because I was very depressed.  The pdoc was very old and actually very good.  She used talk therapy and worked with me using the book Feeling Good by Dr. David Burns.  She taught me how to use cognitive behavioral therapy.  I've used what she taught me for over 25 years. 

 

Unfortunately she prescribed Prozac to go along with CBT.  I probably would have been ok working with her, but as I said she was very old and a relatively short time after I started seeing her she retired.  When I looked for another pdoc I went from doc to doc and that is when the different drug merry-go-round started.

 

As I've stated in my thread I believe that I was experiencing symptoms of celiac disease and hypothyroidism at that time.  Had there been the awareness around these issues then that there is now I think CBT and a diet adjustment would have resolved the problem.  Albeit, I will say that it is still difficult for a hypothyroid patient to get a diagnosis and decent treatment.

 

Karma

2007 @ 375 mg Effexor - 11/29/2011 - 43.75 mg Effexor (regular) & .625 mg Xanax

200 mg Gabapentin 2/27/21 - 194.5 mg, 5/28/21 - 183 mg, 8/2/21 - 170 mg, 11/28/21 - 150 mg, 4/19/22 - 122 mg; 8//7/22 - 100 mg
Xanax taper: 3/11/12 - 0.9375 mg, 3/25/12 - 0.875 mg, 4/6/12 - 0.8125 mg, 4/18/12 - 0.75 mg; 1/16 0.6875 mg; at some point 0.625 mg
Effexor taper: 1/29/12 - 40.625 mg, 4/29/12 - 39.875 mg, 5/11/12 - Switched to liquid Effexor, 5/25/12 - 38 mg, 7/6/12 - 35 mg, 8/17/12 - 32 mg, 9/14/12 - 30 mg, 10/19/12 - 28 mg, 11/9/12 - 26 mg, 11/30/12 - 24 mg, 01/14/13 - 22 mg. 02/25/13 - 20.8 mg, 03/18/13 - 19.2 mg, 4/15/13 - 17.6 mg, 8/10/13 - 16.4 mg, 9/7/13 - 15.2 mg, 10/19/13 - 14 mg, 1/15/14 - 13.2 mg, 3/1/2014 - 12.6 mg, 5/4/14 - 12 mg, 8/1/14 - 11.4 mg, 8/29/14 - 10.8 mg; 10/14/14 - 10.2 mg; 12/15/14 - 10 mg, 1/11/15 - 9.5 mg, 2/8/15 - 9 mg, 3/21/15 - 8.5 mg, 5/1/15 - 8 mg, 6/9/15 - 7.5 mg, 7/8/15 - 7 mg, 8/22/15 - 6.5 mg, 10/4/15 - 6 mg; 1/1/16 - 5.6 mg; 2/6/16 - 5.2 mg; 4/9 - 4.8 mg; 7/7 4.5 mg; 10/7 4.25 mg; 11/4 4.0 mg; 11/25 3.8 mg; 4/24 3.6 mg; 5/27 3.4 mg; 7/8 3.2 mg ... 10/18 2.8 mg; 1/18 2.6 mg; 4/7 2.4 mg; 5/26 2.15mg; 8/18 1.85 mg; 10/7 1.7 mg; 12/1 1.45 mg; 3/2 1.2 mg; 5/4 0.90 mg; 6/1 0.80 mg; 6/22 0.65 mg; 08/03 0.50 mg, 08/10 0.45 mg, 10/05 0.325 mg, 11/23 0.2 mg, 12/14 0.15 mg, 12/21 0.125 mg, 02/28 0.03125 mg, 2/15 0.015625 mg, 2/29/20 0.00 mg - OFF Effexor


I am not a medical professional - this is not medical advice. My suggestions are based on personal experience, reading, observation and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers

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It all started with a gift from my sister for premarital counseling. I had been through many changes and some losses over the past two years, and was working rotating shifts. The therapist drilled and drilled me about my dad who had depression. I finally started getting very tearful, couldn't concentrate, made a mistake at 4 a.m., and decided it wasn't safe for me to work like that. Saw pdoc therapist recommended, took Prozac, got well without dealing with anything. 9 years Iater I went to see my PCP for strep throat soon after adopting a baby. He asked how we were, I said we're so happy but I'm so tired. He said I really think you need to take the Prozac, never even asked me to come back for followup. The baby is turning 16 and I've been on meds every since. One way that my dad's depression affected me was that I felt very responsible to treat any mental health symptoms very diligently (he always carried on but was "non compliant" about counseling and meds-I don't think it was easy to be a farmer with mental health problems in the 70's). That philosophy has worked out brilliantly in my life....NOT.

1st round Prozac 1989/90, clear depression symptoms. 2nd round Prozac started 1999 when admitted to dr. I was tired. Prozac pooped out, switch to Cymbalta 3/2006. Diagnosed with bipolar disorder due to mania 6/2006--then I was taken abruptly off Cymbalta and didn't know I had SSRI withdrawal. Lots of meds for my intractable "bipolar" symptoms.

Zyprexa started about 9/06, mostly 5mg. Tapered 4/12 through12/29/12

Wellbutrin. XL 300 mg started 1/07, tapered 1/18/13 through 7/8/13

Oxazepam mostly continuously since 6/06, 30mg since 12/12, tapered 1.17.14 through 8.26.15

11/06 Lithium 600mg twice daily, 2.2.14 400mg TID DIY liquid, 2.12.14 1150mg, 3.2.14 1100mg, 3.18.14 1075mg, 4/14 updose to 1100mg, 6.1.14 900 mg capsules 7.8.14 810mg, 8.17.14 725mg, 8.24.24 700mg...10.22.14 487.5mg, 3.9.15 475mg, 4.1.15 462.5mg 4.21.15 450mg 8.11.15 375mg, 11.28.15 362.5mg, back to 375mg four days later, 3.4.16 updose to 475 (too much going on to risk trouble)

9/4/13 Toprol-XL 25mg daily for sudden hypertension, tapered 11.12.13 through 5.3.14, last 10 days or so switched to atenolol

7.4.14 Started Walsh Protocol

56 years old

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Oh me?  I went to a general MD for a physical.  When he took my pulse and saw that it was fast, he mentioned it.  I said "well, I get a little nervous when I go to doctors."  He said "do you get nervous a lot?"  I said "sometimes I guess I get more nervous than I should."  He said "I have just the thing for you", and pulled out some samples of this new SNRI called Effexor.  The rest was history....
 

On Venlafaxine XR 75mg > 20 years, because a general MD decided to try these new "calming pills" taken from his sample closet because my pulse was a little high since I get nervous going to the doctor.

 

June 2010 - Cold turkey

September 2010 - Sudden onset of EXTREME anxiety, constant terror and fear that got marginally better at night.  I had no idea what or why this was; had no idea it was the quitting of Effexor.  (I was never in my life even remotely like this)

December 2010 - reinstated 75mgs Effexor XR, felt no better months later

January 2011 - Began 5% taper every month

2012 - Anxiety began improving by had many windows and waves

January 2014 - Fell back into sudden onset of same anxiety, fear as in 2010; realized I was tapering too quickly.  I was not allowing withdrawal effects to dissipate before another taper.  Began 2% taper every 6 to 8 months

2016 - Fear, anxiety began to wane

2017, 18 & 19 - Constant Fear & anxiety stopped, just occasional minor bouts that lasted 3 days or so

December 2020 - Now at ~40mgs Effexor XR, 2.5mgs Crestor (Cutting 5mg pill in half due to sudden palpitations or PVCs)

 
 
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I decided to see a Psychiatrist on my own about a year ago to help me eventually get off of my anitdeprressant, Citalopram.  I think seeing him has been the worst thing for me.  All he wants to do is put me on scripts  After being off of Citalopram for 3 months now, I firmly believe I am going through SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome.  When I went to see him this past Thursday, he totally shut me down and told me that's not what I'm going through because I've been off my ADs too long now for it to be that.  The research I've found shows that somebody on ADs for as long as I have been on them, over 10 years, can have withdrawal symptoms for as long as a year.  He prescribed me Clonazepam.  I took a 1/4 of a 0.5mg pill for two days and discontinued.  They made me feel awful and I couldn't drive due to vision issues and dizziness.  Now I'm trying to figure out how to break up with my psychiatrist and whether or not I should continue seeing him.

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Beckla, I know this is easier said than done, but could you just cancel your next visit with the pdoc and not ever reschedule? So that I'm not unwittingly giving medical advice, which I can't, please continue to see your primary care doc.

 

Where is North Berwick? I'm from Presque Isle, Maine- next to Caribou in the Northeast tip of Maine. I'm jealous of your weather right now. We get essentially no snow in Alabama, and I miss it. Wish I could move home!

 

I apologize to all others if I thought incorrectly that you declined to reply because you didn't see a shrink. My limited experience with shrinks is that they (psychiatrists) think they're always in the right and rarely take patients' input seriously, because, after all, they view us as insane. Sorry to generalize and be so blunt, but I wasn't at all impressed with the one I saw, and she did me much more harm than good. I realize there are probably good psychiatrists out there too, but mine was not good at her job- of course in my own opinion.

Ellen

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insomnia, anxiety, depression- since childhood

lyme disease, dysautonomia, chiari malformation- dx 4/1997

 

nortriptyline- 75mg since childhood

clonazepam- 3mg since 4/1997

trazodone-100mg since 4/2013, now tapering

 

rotating antibiotics and antimalarials for lyme disease

midodrine- 10mg for dysautonomia

repeated skull surgeries for chiari malformation

 

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The first (and main psychiatrist for 15+ years) specialized in Headache and ADHD Treatment. I went to him for severe headaches. My life and mood were actually very good at the time aside from headaches and fatigue, both of which were treated as components of depression.

 

The rest is history.

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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Barb, forgive me for not having read your intro/update thread, but did the psychiatrist do anything to help the headaches, or were you just put on ADs and got worse then tried to come off ADs and got even worse yet?

Ellen

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insomnia, anxiety, depression- since childhood

lyme disease, dysautonomia, chiari malformation- dx 4/1997

 

nortriptyline- 75mg since childhood

clonazepam- 3mg since 4/1997

trazodone-100mg since 4/2013, now tapering

 

rotating antibiotics and antimalarials for lyme disease

midodrine- 10mg for dysautonomia

repeated skull surgeries for chiari malformation

 

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I decided to see a Psychiatrist on my own about a year ago to help me eventually get off of my anitdeprressant, Citalopram.  I think seeing him has been the worst thing for me.  All he wants to do is put me on scripts  After being off of Citalopram for 3 months now, I firmly believe I am going through SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome.  When I went to see him this past Thursday, he totally shut me down and told me that's not what I'm going through because I've been off my ADs too long now for it to be that.  The research I've found shows that somebody on ADs for as long as I have been on them, over 10 years, can have withdrawal symptoms for as long as a year.  He prescribed me Clonazepam.  I took a 1/4 of a 0.5mg pill for two days and discontinued.  They made me feel awful and I couldn't drive due to vision issues and dizziness.  Now I'm trying to figure out how to break up with my psychiatrist and whether or not I should continue seeing him.

 

Beckla7,

 

Welcome to our community.  Please post your introduction in our Introductions and updates forum.  Our moderators and members will be able to provide you with suggestions and support.

 

Ellen is correct that any doctor can prescribe psych meds, so you don't need to continue to see a psychiatrist that you do not trust. 

 

Karma

2007 @ 375 mg Effexor - 11/29/2011 - 43.75 mg Effexor (regular) & .625 mg Xanax

200 mg Gabapentin 2/27/21 - 194.5 mg, 5/28/21 - 183 mg, 8/2/21 - 170 mg, 11/28/21 - 150 mg, 4/19/22 - 122 mg; 8//7/22 - 100 mg
Xanax taper: 3/11/12 - 0.9375 mg, 3/25/12 - 0.875 mg, 4/6/12 - 0.8125 mg, 4/18/12 - 0.75 mg; 1/16 0.6875 mg; at some point 0.625 mg
Effexor taper: 1/29/12 - 40.625 mg, 4/29/12 - 39.875 mg, 5/11/12 - Switched to liquid Effexor, 5/25/12 - 38 mg, 7/6/12 - 35 mg, 8/17/12 - 32 mg, 9/14/12 - 30 mg, 10/19/12 - 28 mg, 11/9/12 - 26 mg, 11/30/12 - 24 mg, 01/14/13 - 22 mg. 02/25/13 - 20.8 mg, 03/18/13 - 19.2 mg, 4/15/13 - 17.6 mg, 8/10/13 - 16.4 mg, 9/7/13 - 15.2 mg, 10/19/13 - 14 mg, 1/15/14 - 13.2 mg, 3/1/2014 - 12.6 mg, 5/4/14 - 12 mg, 8/1/14 - 11.4 mg, 8/29/14 - 10.8 mg; 10/14/14 - 10.2 mg; 12/15/14 - 10 mg, 1/11/15 - 9.5 mg, 2/8/15 - 9 mg, 3/21/15 - 8.5 mg, 5/1/15 - 8 mg, 6/9/15 - 7.5 mg, 7/8/15 - 7 mg, 8/22/15 - 6.5 mg, 10/4/15 - 6 mg; 1/1/16 - 5.6 mg; 2/6/16 - 5.2 mg; 4/9 - 4.8 mg; 7/7 4.5 mg; 10/7 4.25 mg; 11/4 4.0 mg; 11/25 3.8 mg; 4/24 3.6 mg; 5/27 3.4 mg; 7/8 3.2 mg ... 10/18 2.8 mg; 1/18 2.6 mg; 4/7 2.4 mg; 5/26 2.15mg; 8/18 1.85 mg; 10/7 1.7 mg; 12/1 1.45 mg; 3/2 1.2 mg; 5/4 0.90 mg; 6/1 0.80 mg; 6/22 0.65 mg; 08/03 0.50 mg, 08/10 0.45 mg, 10/05 0.325 mg, 11/23 0.2 mg, 12/14 0.15 mg, 12/21 0.125 mg, 02/28 0.03125 mg, 2/15 0.015625 mg, 2/29/20 0.00 mg - OFF Effexor


I am not a medical professional - this is not medical advice. My suggestions are based on personal experience, reading, observation and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers

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I went to an generel doctor at the hospital said i was feeling down and needed help.. She gave me ssri , she didnt even send me to an psykolog to talk about stuff..

 

//Bella

2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 
2018/Oct: Iam still feeling great. It is hard to believe my own story when I read back, what I went through!

 

 

 

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I decided to see a Psychiatrist on my own about a year ago to help me eventually get off of my anitdeprressant, Citalopram.  I think seeing him has been the worst thing for me.  All he wants to do is put me on scripts  After being off of Citalopram for 3 months now, I firmly believe I am going through SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome.  When I went to see him this past Thursday, he totally shut me down and told me that's not what I'm going through because I've been off my ADs too long now for it to be that.  The research I've found shows that somebody on ADs for as long as I have been on them, over 10 years, can have withdrawal symptoms for as long as a year.  He prescribed me Clonazepam.  I took a 1/4 of a 0.5mg pill for two days and discontinued.  They made me feel awful and I couldn't drive due to vision issues and dizziness.  Now I'm trying to figure out how to break up with my psychiatrist and whether or not I should continue seeing him.

Hi, i was on citalopram for 6 years and my withdrawals came after 3months.. I was fine until then , then everything came like a light from heaven, and mixed up me totally.. never been so turbulent in my whole life, my doc said same thing, cant be withdrawal , u have been off it to long, i told him.. this is not from this world, he diagnosed me with new diagnoses and made up a plan for us, i dont trust him, i will never ever go back to ssri and i can agree talk to an psykolog for once, if she ever start talks about drugs again, imma stand up and take my legs and walk out from there right away.. im tired of their only conclusion is " drugs "

2007 - 2013: was on citalopram (tried to quit a few times, never worked, always went back on. max dose 40mg)

2012-2013: was tapering my citalopram all down to 2,5 mg then quit.
2013/aug: Took  my last pill 

W/D hit me bad after a few weeks off my medicine.

2014/August: 12 months off (much improved)

2015/April: 20months off. ( much improved, still some symtoms comes in waves, but not so intense.)

2015/june: 22months off. FELT different than before, all shakings suddenly stopped, feel much better. a fantastic feeling!

2016/Feb : 2 years and 6 months off, END of my suffering. I feel perfectly fine and back to normal. 
2018/Oct: Iam still feeling great. It is hard to believe my own story when I read back, what I went through!

 

 

 

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I went to my doctor and asked to be referred for counselling.

I had been through a lot of trauma and couldn't stop crying and thinking about what had 

happened to us. He referred me to a psychiatrist.........the rest is history. 20 years and 

many many drugs later I finally saw the therapist. She is really good and I wish I'd seen

her 20 years ago instead of the drug pusher. 

**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.

 

 

Different drugs occasionally (mostly benzos) 1976 - 1981 (no problem)

1993 - 2002 in and out of hospital. every type of drug + ECT. Staring with seroxat

2002  effexor. 

Tapered  March 2012 to March 2013, ending with 5 beads.

Withdrawal April 2013 . Reinstated 5 beads reduced to 4 beads May 2013

Restarted taper  Nov 2013  

OFF EFFEXOR Feb 2015    :D 

Tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014

 

Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg  

 July 2017 30mg.  May 15 2018 25mg

Taking fish oil, magnesium, B12, folic acid, bilberry eyebright for eye pressure. 

 

My story http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/4199-hello-mammap-checking-in/page-33

 

Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible

 

 

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I was put on prozac for pain by an orthopedic surgeon.  I had a car accident 4-5 years before and was taking tylenol 3 for leg pain.  I knew nothing about drugs at the time or addiction... as t3 has codeine... could have been part of it and that aspect was never discussed with me. He thought I was taking too much t3 he did not send me for xrays or any tests whatsoever.  He gave me a script for prozac under it's formal name so I did not know it was prozac but honestly I had never heard of the drug so that would not have helped me any.  I took the drug about 2 wks maybe 3 less than a month that I know for sure... as my partner was in Texas doing some business for three wks this all happened while he was away...  so it was less than 3wks... I went crazy.  I had hallucinations seen things felt things experienced things that were not real.  I held on a long as I could trying to figure out what the hell was going on.  I had hit my head in the car accident where I hurt my leg that is where the nerve pain came from.  I ended up in emerg scared to death... and suicidal I talked to a shrink there and decided to go home as it was time to get my child up for school and I did not want to disrupt life my sitter needed to go... home I went.  The hosp called my family doctor who called me the next day.. I was crying as soon as I answered the phone and I could not stop... I cried for days.  Uncontrollably I had completely lost it.  I had a concussion in the accident it was suspected this reaction had something to do with me hitting my head and the concussion... it had been 4-5 years since the accident this was a very very delayed reaction... I had time off to heal after the accident but then went back to work and had worked for 3 or so years. After taking prozac for less than 3 wks I did not work again for years... I completely fell apart. Could not sleep had more crazy episodes life has not been the same since. That was 89 or 90.  

My family doc sent me for counselling I tried a couple of calm down drugs during that time but nothing stuck all short term. 3-4 years later still had not worked yet... I went to a pain clinic as I had sever insomnia and pain way more pain in more places than I had ever thought possible in my life. I was put on amitriptyline at the pain clinic that helped with sleep. It was a good thing to sleep but I had to go to bed after dinner as I could not see... other side effects too but at least I could kind of function... before it I could not function and I had a child. 

I ended up at a head injury clinic because they thought maybe all this was started by hitting my head ... that works if you disregard the years I was fine.. worked had a life and a man I loved... during those 3-4 years after the accident and before prozac. I did not know any better thought maybe it did make me crazy but now I think differently.  Now I think it was the prozac all along and the funny things is my mates mother who lived thru the hippy 60's and ran a boarding house at that time said somebody drugged you what are you taking lol... I said nothing new just  drug for my leg I really thought it was an anti inflammatory... I really did. Had I listened to her heeded her wisdom I may have missed some of this pain but I believed in doctors and the system. I felt I had no other choice.  This was 1990 there were no laptops then. No google. 

I seen my first shrink in 1994 9 years after the accident... when I was having side effects from the amitriptyline... he added zoloft... switched to paxil .. almost the same for me as prozac very short term use.. then I was put on lorazapam and resperidol cold turkeyed both when I could not get out of bed for a couple of months... depressed back to a new shrink as I had moved... then to effexor... year by then was 2000... 

Sorry I have become carried away here 

 

Short version had a reaction to prozac... couple wks use reaction was not identified was thought crazy suffered long and hard tried to talk my way thru it but it would not relent... went thru this for four years when a trycylic was given by a pain specialist.. and I could sleep. 

 

Seen my first shrink in 95 5 years post prozac 10 years post car accident where I hurt my leg ... leg pain was the reason I was given prozac by an orthopedic surgeon that seemed to retire the day after I seen him. For sure he is dead now.

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/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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Relationship hint. 

The last time I actually lived with a man in a relationship was before I took Prozac I think it is an important aspect of peoples lives tho it may not belong in this particular spot I don't have the energy now for more than a hint. Helen Fisher has done some important research on antidepressants and relationships. 

A search on her will find a lot more as I said a hint. 

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/

There is a crack in everything ..That's how the light gets in :)

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