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    I went off my antidepressant for a little bit. I went back on and now everyone thinks I’ve lost my marbles when my true personality shines through!😂 #MoodDisorders #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #Depression #Antidepressants #MentalHealth


    Am I Being Unreasonable?

    I asked my boyfriend to take me to Urgent Care tomorrow, but he said he's going into work (he can choose to work from the motel, but if he doesn't go into the office sometimes, he says he'll lose his office space). I consider this important.

    Ever since I got the cold or whatever it is/was (not Covid--I was tested at the doctor), the lymph nodes on the left side of my face and both sides of my neck (but especially the left) have been swollen and sometimes a bit sore in spots.

    On top of that, my dental problems seriously need addressing. My mouth is always uncomfortable (not pain, usually, but my upper lip is tightening and sinking in), my teeth are broken, rotten, and sharp (and some missing), a dental pin is sticking out and often scratches the inside of my mouth (wiping my mouth causes this as well), and I taste something metallic from at least one of the teeth (it doesn't taste like the abscesses I've had before, but I'm sure there's at least one abscess) all the time (even when I eat). I'm extremely limited as to what I can eat, and I already had trouble finding healthy things I could eat so it's much worse now, and when I stay in the motel all day, I have to rely on my boyfriend, who only wants to get something cheap and convenient.

    I get mild sore throats (they had been worse, but not too bad) and earaches (much rarer) off and on, but not nearly as often.

    I can't and don't want to go alone. It's an OCD problem for me to go to a medical office, but my main reason for not wanting to go alone is, I'm scared.

    Please be honest: Am I being unreasonable?

    #informedconsent #bigpharmaharm #Antidepressants


    What's your experience stopping antidepressants? #prozac #Depression #Fluoxetine

    Hey, I've been in a good place lately and I've been thinking about quitting my #Antidepressants
    I'm pretty sure I'm having some side effects to the medication and I've been thinking about quitting for 4 years. I'm just scared to try. The what ifs and all.
    If you have any experience in quitting to take antidepressants, please share! Or any info at all about it


    Wondering if I need to dose up again

    Almost 6 months ago, I got off Lamotrigine and now my only remaining regular dose med is Lexapro (escitalpropram) I am on 20mg. My depression has been pretty bad, although I can do things like make dinner, grocery shop and do laundry. I am sleeping about 13 hours a day. I am out of the us and will be for a couple more months. I am wondering if a boost in my Lexapro will help me. I don’t want to add back latuda or Lamotrigine cause of the side effects. I am a 58yo woman, 5’10 175lbs, I am bi-polar 2 with severe anxiety disorder. What are other peoples doses of Lexapro? #Antidepressants


    Day 1 of Increased Dosage

    The doc increased my dosage again. I don't like it. Because it means I have to go through the side effects again before my body adjusts. Nightmares, dizziness and suicidal thoughts.

    Maybe one will think I will be fine because the body does eventually adjust again. But this does not negate the difficulties during the adjustment period. I typically take about 3 weeks or so to adjust.

    I know it is tiring for those around me. So I try to keep the struggles to myself. #Depression #Antidepressants #increaseddosage



    What does it mean when you feel a fairly marked effect from missing your head meds for one day? It wasn’t even a whole day really, but I didn’t take them in the morning, as I usually do, and I felt really disconnected, even dizzy at one point. #Antidepressants


    Tapering off Abilify #Abilify #Tapering #Anxiety #Depression #Antidepressants

    Last week I saw my psychiatrist and it was decided that I would try tapering off Abilify. I'm on a fairly low dose so I wasn't expecting to have many issues. Fast forward three days into tapering and I have had headaches w/light and sound sensitivity for three days and pain relievers are barely helping. I also feel incredibly flat emotionally. Last night I couldn't sleep even though I take trazadone every night to help with that.

    I'm not quite sure what to do at this point. While I wouldn't mind having one less medication to take is it really worth feeling this cruddy to get to that point? Anyone have any insight or advice?


    🙄 Do I have the right to be annoyed, I kind of am 😬

    [potential] content warning: disordered eating x body dysmorphia - though this is tangential for context, & not my main point 🙃

    My friend and I were listening to a Zoom webinar (omg it started kinda tangentially, I'm telling you) about mental health & part of the discussion was the facilitator talking about body image & body dysmorphic disorder. & she made this offhand comment abt how most people probably had an eating disorder in high school (wow I'm don't even know what to think) - and she mentioned a few things she remembered doing.

    So then I'm like, I don't think I ever did although in my early 20s I definitely had some issues with disordered eating (😳😳😳 I'd like to think I'm at least better now in comparison to then, but uh hey)

    Then she asks me if it was with the intention to lose weight (obviously not??? It's never about the food .. I swear ...) or for other reasons. & I'm like, no the only time I was legit body-image-concerned was when I was having to take Mirtazapine (IT WAS LEGIT DISTRESSING OK no clothes could fit. It was probably minor compared to the full extent I've heard of but try realising your entire closet doesn't fit!!!!)

    I explained that Mirtazapine was the reason I switched to my current meds (Sertraline btw), and she says "I heard most anti depressants will make you gain weight" & I'm like, it depends. Then she talks about how she got Sertraline off the shelf (I'm not explaining this, but it's possible - just not where I am) & how she takes it, but occasionally, cos "hmm will gain weight"

    HELLO I KNOW WHAT ITS LIKE I'VE BEEN THERE & no it really doesn't, not for me at least. Then she shoves me some link to some research paper like, poof, here's the proof.

    I'm so pissed cos it's like, so research paper is more valid than a lived experience? & it's like Sertraline isn't even the kind of meds you take on and off (lol it's not a benzo c'monnnn 🙄) - I'd know, cos altho I've been on Sertraline for everrrr, I tried a few things before this.

    It makes me so upset to think that people can just get these things off the shelf and use them however they wish, & discredit the views of someone with lived experience to actually do this properly.

    & suffice to say, the max dose I've been on Sertraline is 100mg. All that has given me is dry mouth x plenty (ugh, if anything I guess it forces me to keep hydrated? 😂), feeling horribly sick as a combination of dry mouth x reflex (I call it the "morning sickness but I'm not preggers ..." 😬🙃😑), - & yes, in the adjustment phase it made me lose a certain amount of weight, yes. 🙃

    I understand that experiences vary, but my gripe is having my lived experience (vs her hypothetical experience) treated like that!! 😠😡😠😡😠😡


    #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Anxiety #SocialAnxiety #Sertraline #Zoloft #SideEffects #Antidepressants #DisorderedEating