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Risperdrawlin

Hello,

 

I'm currently coming off Risperdal and I'm wondering how I might feel and act once I'm off the drug compared to how I am now. If you have been on Risperdal and are now off it, what is different? How do you act and feel different off the drug? I would especially like to hear from people who have tapered off Risperdal safely.

 

I'm still on Risperdal, but I imagine when I'm off it I will have more affect. I don't really know what else.

 

Thanks!

Was taking: 2 mg Risperdal

50 mg Lamictal

100 mg Zoloft

 

Currently taking:

0 mg Risperdal- finished 6/20/2015

0 mg Lamictal- finished 10/6/2015

0 mg Zoloft- finished ~March 2016

 

I am med-free!!

 

My intro thread: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7656-risperdrawlin-trying-to-come-off-all-psychiatric-medication-eventually/

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When I was on Risperidone I felt heavily sedated I was on 4mg a day 2mg in the morning and 2mg at night It was to high of a dose for me but I didn't know that,

I would also sleep way to much, couldn't cum after an orgasm and it made me wet the bed a few times and I never did that before. One day I felt this overwhelming shock feeling followed by a panic feeling in my chest it was really bad felt like brain damage or something or like someone hit me in the head with a brick, I took this "med" for 3 months and stopped it I did tapper for like 4 weeks from 4mg to 2mg then to 1mg and finally .5mg I have been off it for 4 months now and am experiencing no emotions besides worry, fear and guilt (anhedonia) I cant get pleasure from anything (apathy) my world just feels dull or like my souls been ripped out of me, im like a zombie constantly in a daze, cant think clearly like I used to, unmotivated, an inability to communicate in the real world, memory loss, insomnia, I have wild dreams every night,dont get excited about anything, slow thinking, feels like I lost IQ points, very low energy and fatigue, cant have fun, I am only existing, I dont enjoy anything,the only memories I have are memories and feelings from the time before I took the medication, it is the worst feeling to feel like you are a stranger to yourself . I feel like I am a walking dead person, I would give anything to feel the feeling of physical tiredness and actually take a nap, nonexistent, sex drive gone so ya its hell to say the least, before I took these "meds" I was very happy, cheerful, very creative, bubbly, could listen to music for hours, loved taking showers and driving into town, funny, could think of things to say on a dime and make anyone laugh, talk to girls, do hard labor no problem, had abs and a muscular structure, I was charming, had a care free zest for life, was healthy as a horse, did all kinds of activities, had loads of energy, my cum could hit the ceiling, went to bars/clubs, could party all night, and enjoyed every waking moment of my life, so ya Risperidone ruined my life and now im praying alot and hoping all the bad things are just withdrawals and will go away within a year or so...if not, shotgun sorry...and thats what its like for me feel free to ask me questions??       

took Risperidone 4mg for 3 months

Stopped Risperidone on September 12

Started Trazodone 50mg for sleep on 28 nov 2014

Stopped Trazodone 50mg on Jan 12, 2015

Ativan,2mg,clonazepam,1mg,oxazepam,15mg, tried them for sleep then stopped with no results

started Celexa 12 dec 2014 

Stopped Celexa 30 of dec fearing it would make me worse 

currently on no meds

SUPPLEMENTS that im takeing: Centrum for men,Omega 3-6-9,Max-B12,Oceans alive,Brain energizer,Magnesium trophic,Vitamin C,Panaseeda oil,Serotune

 

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Was taking: 2 mg Risperdal

50 mg Lamictal

100 mg Zoloft

 

Currently taking:

0 mg Risperdal- finished 6/20/2015

0 mg Lamictal- finished 10/6/2015

0 mg Zoloft- finished ~March 2016

 

I am med-free!!

 

My intro thread: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7656-risperdrawlin-trying-to-come-off-all-psychiatric-medication-eventually/

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Jim, I know what you mean about being a zombie who doesn't ever get tired enough to need a nap. If only my mind would get tired like it used to. One night not long ago I ended up staying up all night reading stuff on the internet. The following night I was able to fall asleep. But that is a high price to pay.

2009: Cancer hospital said I had adjustment disorder because I thought they were doing it wrong. Their headshrinker prescribed Effexor, and my life set on a new course. I didn't know what was ahead, like a passenger on Disneyland's Matterhorn, smiling and waving as it climbs...clink, clink, clink.

2010: Post surgical accidental Effexor discontinuation by nurses, masked by intravenous Dilaudid. (The car is balanced at the top of the track.) I get home, pop a Vicodin, and ...

Whooosh...down, down, down, down, down...goes the trajectory of my life, up goes my mood and tendency to think everything is a good idea.
2012: After the bipolar jig was up, now a walking bag of unrelated symptoms, I went crazy on Daytrana (the Ritalin skin patch by Noven), because ADHD was a perfect fit for a bag of unrelated symptoms. I was prescribed Effexor for the nervousness of it, and things got neurological. An EEG showed enough activity to warrant an epilepsy diagnosis rather than non-epileptic ("psychogenic") seizures.

:o 2013-2014: Quit everything and got worse. I probably went through DAWS: dopamine agonist withdrawal syndrome. I drank to not feel, but I felt a lot: dread, fear, regret, grief: an utter sense of total loss of everything worth breathing about, for almost two years.

I was not suicidal but I wanted to be dead, at least dead to the experience of my own brain and body.

2015: I  began to recover after adding virgin coconut oil and organic grass-fed fed butter to a cup of instant coffee in the morning.

I did it hoping for mental acuity and better memory. After ten days of that, I was much better, mood-wise. Approximately neutral.

And, I experienced drowsiness. I could sleep. Not exactly happy, I did 30 days on Wellbutrin, because it had done me no harm in the past. 

I don't have the DAWS mood or state of mind. It never feel like doing anything if it means standing up.

In fact, I don't especially like moving. I'm a brain with a beanbag body.   :unsure:

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Can someone work while on neuroleptic medication, Risperdal, Is it possible?

I'm thinking on moving to the UK for work.

2011 protracted withdrawal symptoms from Effexor, managed to come off
2013-2015  risperidone consta 50 mg, started tapering from March 2015 to 1,66mg/day and from 02/2015 started seroxat 10mg/day

01/17 Seroxat 2,0mg,olanzapine 5mg,risperidone consta 25mg/every 15days

05/17 Seroxat 1mg,olanzapine 5mg,risp.consta 25mg/every 15days

06/17 Seroxat 2drops,olanzapine 5mg,liquid risperidone2mg

07/17 Seroxat 1 drop,olanzapine 5mg,Risperidone 0mg, 10/17 Seroxat 0mg,olanzapine,5mg,Risperidone 0mg, 12/17 Seroxat 1/2 drop, olanzapine 5mg,  04/18 Olanzapine 1,25mg, 04/18 xanax 0,5mg

24/06/2019 doc said to take 10mg olanzapine for 13days and down to 5mg
 been taking 10mg for 14 days, 5mg for 8 days  and  tapered to  3/4quart. 5mg  for 14 days, 1/2 for 14 days,

01/08/19 2,5mg

08/2021 5mg olanzapine

Supplements Omega 3, Turmeric, Bacopa monneri, Mucuna Pruriens

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Miko789, YES, you can. Not sure if you're trying to come off. I found that after I came off Risperdal I felt better. I think I had more energy and emotional expression.

Was taking: 2 mg Risperdal

50 mg Lamictal

100 mg Zoloft

 

Currently taking:

0 mg Risperdal- finished 6/20/2015

0 mg Lamictal- finished 10/6/2015

0 mg Zoloft- finished ~March 2016

 

I am med-free!!

 

My intro thread: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7656-risperdrawlin-trying-to-come-off-all-psychiatric-medication-eventually/

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ypu are very lucky guy risperdrawlin! risperdal killed me many months ago :(

March 2010/ October 2010:

Sereupin 30mg a day, EN 15 drops a day

October 2010/ 1st November 2014:

Cipralex 50mg a day (tapered to 40mg a day in August 2013), EN 15 drops a day (switched to Lexotan 15 drops a day in September 2014)

Started Risperdal 1mg a day on the 1st November 2014.

Stopped Risperdal on the 23 November 2014 because that day, after a short mental crysis, I suddenly lost all my emotions,desires,motivation and they not come back yet.

Stopped Cipralex C/T in December 2014.

Added, tapered and stopped other drugs during the following months (also a voluntary hospitalization in January 2015 for a suicide attempt)...no changes yet.

 

 

I'm med free from 3rd December 2015

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Thanks Luca. If I were you, I would not be so quick to dismiss your experience as having "no emotions". You've had a lot of med changes and a lot of stuff go on. I think if you had no desires you wouldn't be trying to change anything. You're also currently taking Valium which might have a numbing effect. You should check out DBT, it's helped me. So have meditation and regular (Monday-Friday) work in a fast-paced, social environment. I got exercise and interacted a lot.

Was taking: 2 mg Risperdal

50 mg Lamictal

100 mg Zoloft

 

Currently taking:

0 mg Risperdal- finished 6/20/2015

0 mg Lamictal- finished 10/6/2015

0 mg Zoloft- finished ~March 2016

 

I am med-free!!

 

My intro thread: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7656-risperdrawlin-trying-to-come-off-all-psychiatric-medication-eventually/

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Miko789, YES, you can. Not sure if you're trying to come off. I found that after I came off Risperdal I felt better. I think I had more energy and emotional expression.

 

 

Yeah I try to come off but first I have to taper off seroxat.

 

How long did it take u to taper off completely?

how long have u been taking it?

2011 protracted withdrawal symptoms from Effexor, managed to come off
2013-2015  risperidone consta 50 mg, started tapering from March 2015 to 1,66mg/day and from 02/2015 started seroxat 10mg/day

01/17 Seroxat 2,0mg,olanzapine 5mg,risperidone consta 25mg/every 15days

05/17 Seroxat 1mg,olanzapine 5mg,risp.consta 25mg/every 15days

06/17 Seroxat 2drops,olanzapine 5mg,liquid risperidone2mg

07/17 Seroxat 1 drop,olanzapine 5mg,Risperidone 0mg, 10/17 Seroxat 0mg,olanzapine,5mg,Risperidone 0mg, 12/17 Seroxat 1/2 drop, olanzapine 5mg,  04/18 Olanzapine 1,25mg, 04/18 xanax 0,5mg

24/06/2019 doc said to take 10mg olanzapine for 13days and down to 5mg
 been taking 10mg for 14 days, 5mg for 8 days  and  tapered to  3/4quart. 5mg  for 14 days, 1/2 for 14 days,

01/08/19 2,5mg

08/2021 5mg olanzapine

Supplements Omega 3, Turmeric, Bacopa monneri, Mucuna Pruriens

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I'm coming off saphris right now, was only on it for 2 months and my anxiety is bad. I am barely sleeping at night. Insomnia was listed as the number one w/d symptom of saphris. But the anxiety thing is bugging me out even more. A good drug you can buy online to help wd is picamilon.

trintellix 1 mg and rexulti .5mg

 

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Hey Miko789, sorry for the late response, I hadn't checked the site in awhile. I'm off Risperdal. I'm currently tapering off Lamictal. I'm at 1.5625 mg of Lamictal per night. You can see how long it took me to taper off Risperdal and everything in my signature and intro thread. This post here (http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7656-risperdrawlin-trying-to-come-off-all-psychiatric-medication-eventually/?p=163397). I stopped Risperdal June 20th, 2015 and haven't taken a dose since then. I had started taking it March/ April 2013, and I started tapering it early October, 2014. The taper took about 8 and a half months. I had been on the drug for about a year and a half before I started tapering.

Was taking: 2 mg Risperdal

50 mg Lamictal

100 mg Zoloft

 

Currently taking:

0 mg Risperdal- finished 6/20/2015

0 mg Lamictal- finished 10/6/2015

0 mg Zoloft- finished ~March 2016

 

I am med-free!!

 

My intro thread: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7656-risperdrawlin-trying-to-come-off-all-psychiatric-medication-eventually/

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Hey Miko789, sorry for the late response, I hadn't checked the site in awhile. I'm off Risperdal. I'm currently tapering off Lamictal. I'm at 1.5625 mg of Lamictal per night. You can see how long it took me to taper off Risperdal and everything in my signature and intro thread. This post here (http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7656-risperdrawlin-trying-to-come-off-all-psychiatric-medication-eventually/?p=163397). I stopped Risperdal June 20th, 2015 and haven't taken a dose since then. I had started taking it March/ April 2013, and I started tapering it early October, 2014. The taper took about 8 and a half months. I had been on the drug for about a year and a half before I started tapering.

 

No problem, I too don't log in to the website too often.

Have you been taking the long acting injection 25mg ? and then you stopped and start tapering with liquid Risperdal the last 8 1/2 months?

I am now taking the injection 25mg every 15 days. I start taking it from October 2013.It's about 1,66mg/day. what's the liquid Risperdal called? My doctor doesn't agree to reduce gradually the drug, I have to convince him.He says to continue taking it for a year more

2011 protracted withdrawal symptoms from Effexor, managed to come off
2013-2015  risperidone consta 50 mg, started tapering from March 2015 to 1,66mg/day and from 02/2015 started seroxat 10mg/day

01/17 Seroxat 2,0mg,olanzapine 5mg,risperidone consta 25mg/every 15days

05/17 Seroxat 1mg,olanzapine 5mg,risp.consta 25mg/every 15days

06/17 Seroxat 2drops,olanzapine 5mg,liquid risperidone2mg

07/17 Seroxat 1 drop,olanzapine 5mg,Risperidone 0mg, 10/17 Seroxat 0mg,olanzapine,5mg,Risperidone 0mg, 12/17 Seroxat 1/2 drop, olanzapine 5mg,  04/18 Olanzapine 1,25mg, 04/18 xanax 0,5mg

24/06/2019 doc said to take 10mg olanzapine for 13days and down to 5mg
 been taking 10mg for 14 days, 5mg for 8 days  and  tapered to  3/4quart. 5mg  for 14 days, 1/2 for 14 days,

01/08/19 2,5mg

08/2021 5mg olanzapine

Supplements Omega 3, Turmeric, Bacopa monneri, Mucuna Pruriens

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I never took a long-acting injection. I took a pill or pills every day. I'd do some research; I think some people might have experienced withdrawal effects when switching, even if the supposed dose per day did not decrease.

 

I am going to write something about my own approach to/ experience coming off these drugs (a separate post). I think you should consider a new psychiatrist (and I mean consider, not switch to-- consider). I would be wary of committing to being on the drug a day longer, let alone a year. Supposedly the longer you are on it the more it affects your brain chemistry.

 

I have come off these drugs while doing DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and meeting about every month to month-and-a-half with a psychiatrist. I go to a DBT group once a week where we learn skills from a program intended to help people manage emotions and related things. Mindfulness is the core skill, the most important one. DBT is intended for people with Borderline Personality Disorder or a history of suicide attempts or self-harm. In addition to the group, I attend individual therapy twice a week with a therapist trained in DBT and we talk about a lot of stuff. So that's 3 "therapy" appointments per week, sometimes "4" if you count the psychiatrist some weeks. Along with the appointments I fill out a DBT diary card every night which tracks what I did that day, how I felt, my desire to self-harm or commit suicide or escape etc, my desire to quit therapy, and which of the DBT skills I used that day. I also meditate or do a meditation-like activity for 10 minutes each night before bed. I also keep a notebook of the drugs (what dosage I took each day and I make sure to check off that I took the drug), what times I wake up and go to sleep, and the vitamins/ other prescriptions I need to take, and if there's something else I need to do every day like homework for the DBT group I can or do throw that in there as well.

 

As far as coming off the drugs, I have been basically completely in charge since the beginning. I have kept track of my symptoms and reduced my doses when I've felt ready. I've had my own way of looking at coming off the drugs and my own method I've followed. I will write about it in the post, which I plan to link to. If I forget to leave a link here just post here reminding me.

Was taking: 2 mg Risperdal

50 mg Lamictal

100 mg Zoloft

 

Currently taking:

0 mg Risperdal- finished 6/20/2015

0 mg Lamictal- finished 10/6/2015

0 mg Zoloft- finished ~March 2016

 

I am med-free!!

 

My intro thread: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7656-risperdrawlin-trying-to-come-off-all-psychiatric-medication-eventually/

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I never met an antipsychotic I liked.  With Risperdal.......I took the first dose and I could hardly move my legs, like they were asleep or something.  It was terrifying.  I think that was it for that one.  One dose.  I don't remember the amount that I was prescribed.

Started with psycho meds/psychiatric care circa 1988.  In retrospect, and on contemplation, situational overwhelm.

Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16 medication free!!

Longer signature post here, with current supplements.

Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016. 

None of my posts are intended as medical advice.  Please discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical provider. manymoretodays

 

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Word, thanks for your response manymoretodays.

 

Here's the post I just made about tapering (http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/10320-risperdrawlins-cut-big-hold-long-taper-principle-for-drugs-you-have-been-on-less-than-15-years/), Miko789 and anyone else who is interested.

Was taking: 2 mg Risperdal

50 mg Lamictal

100 mg Zoloft

 

Currently taking:

0 mg Risperdal- finished 6/20/2015

0 mg Lamictal- finished 10/6/2015

0 mg Zoloft- finished ~March 2016

 

I am med-free!!

 

My intro thread: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7656-risperdrawlin-trying-to-come-off-all-psychiatric-medication-eventually/

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I'm currently tapering off Risperdal from 2mgs. now at .05 mgs.  I hope to be off completely by Christmas.  I've had no withdrawals symptoms so far, doing a very gradual taper so I'm sure that's why.  I'm wondering how others felt getting off this drug after a slow taper.  Although you might not have had many symptoms from tapering, did any symptoms emerge once you stopped taking Riserdal keeping in mind you did a gradual taper?

.5 mgs. Risperdal, Feb. 1/16 10% cut or less., mild w/d symptoms (cut too much), Apr. 1/16 5% or less cut, no w/d symptoms, May 15/16 5% or less cut, no w/d symptoms, Sept. 1/16 less than .25 mgs., no w/d symptoms, feeling great.  Risperdal tablets are disintegrating so shaving tiny tiny amounts is how I do it.

 

2012 to Aug./15 tapered 75 mgs. Effexor to nothing, felt great for 3 months then hit an anxiety patch late Oct., couldn't sleep, shaky all the time, couldn't concentrate. Nov. 1/15 reinstated tiny fraction, Feb. 1/16 8 beads, June 1/16 4 beads, Sept. 1/16 3 beads, no w/d symptoms, Feb. 10/16 2 beads, great no w/d symptoms, taking this really really slow.

 

200 mgs. Trazodone for sleep.  Will taper very slowly when Effexor and Risperdal are done with proven stability.

Taking Magnesium Citrate, Omega 3 Fish Oil  and Ashwagandha (has calming effect, promotes good sleep & feel energized)

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Welcome PPPPP9,

 

Congrats on getting so far on your taper - and with no w/ds!  You will be the envy of many here, but also an inspiration to take things gently.

 

Would you like to start yourself an intro in the Intro forum?  That way more people will 'meet' you and we can follow how things continue to do for you. 

 

I'm not on Risperdal, so I'll let others jump in to answer that question.

 

Karen

2010  Fluoxetine 20mg.  2011  Escitalopram 20mg.  2013 Tapered badly and destabilised CNS.  Effexor 150mg. 

2015 Begin using info at SurvivingAntidepressants.  Cut 10% - bad w/d 2 months, held 1 month. 

Micro-tapering: four weekly 0.4% cuts, hold 4 weeks (struggling with symptoms).

8 month hold.

2017 Micro-tapering: four weekly 1% cuts, hold 4 weeks (symptoms almost non-existent).

2020 Still micro-tapering. Just over 2/3 of the way off effexor. Minimal symptoms, - and sleeping well.
Supplements: Fish oil, vitamin C, iron, oat-straw tea, nettle tea.

My story of healing:ContinuedHealing

***I am not a doctor; please do your own research and be able to take responsibility for decisions you make.*** 

           'The possibility of renewal exists so long as life exists.'  Dr Gabor Mate.

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Welcome PPP9 to s/a.

 

I'm also tapering off Risperdal. I'm on long acting injections. From March 2015 I tapered from 50mg/every 15 days to 25mg .without considerable withdrawal symptoms. Its 1,66mg /day. Don't know how it'll go from now on. Have to switch to oral to taper from here I suppose.

 

Forgive me for any grammatical errors as I'm not a native English speaker.

2011 protracted withdrawal symptoms from Effexor, managed to come off
2013-2015  risperidone consta 50 mg, started tapering from March 2015 to 1,66mg/day and from 02/2015 started seroxat 10mg/day

01/17 Seroxat 2,0mg,olanzapine 5mg,risperidone consta 25mg/every 15days

05/17 Seroxat 1mg,olanzapine 5mg,risp.consta 25mg/every 15days

06/17 Seroxat 2drops,olanzapine 5mg,liquid risperidone2mg

07/17 Seroxat 1 drop,olanzapine 5mg,Risperidone 0mg, 10/17 Seroxat 0mg,olanzapine,5mg,Risperidone 0mg, 12/17 Seroxat 1/2 drop, olanzapine 5mg,  04/18 Olanzapine 1,25mg, 04/18 xanax 0,5mg

24/06/2019 doc said to take 10mg olanzapine for 13days and down to 5mg
 been taking 10mg for 14 days, 5mg for 8 days  and  tapered to  3/4quart. 5mg  for 14 days, 1/2 for 14 days,

01/08/19 2,5mg

08/2021 5mg olanzapine

Supplements Omega 3, Turmeric, Bacopa monneri, Mucuna Pruriens

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Feeling like a zombie. No emotions and feels lazy all the time. I feels like I can't do anything properly. My memory is all messed up. Low IQ. No pleasure at all doing activities.

Took RISPOND (RISPERIDONE) 1mg twice daily (morning and night) for 3 months along with Dayo OD 500 at night. Quit cold turkey of all meds in feb 29, 2016. Its been 4 months off the meds now!( as of 29 June, 2016)

Intense withdrawal effect. Not able to focus on something completely. Some memory problems. Passion for everything has died. Everything has to be done forcefully. No enjoyment in listening to a song or watching a movie. Everything seems pointless. Zero libido. Lost the desire and ability to fall in love. Emotions are withdrawn.

its been a while now, taking 2-3 meds in morning and evening. I'll update it tomorrow.
28/03/2017

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