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    Benzo Withdrawal - Support Wanted

    Day 1. And honestly looking for some advice or support as a do this.

    I've was taking Xanax (Azor here in South Africa) for a good 3 years or so, then was switched to clobazam (Urbanol) earlier this year. It's been about 4 years since I was put on benzos and while I know it's only recommended for short term use, I've remained on a low dose and my doctor only prescribed 2 months at a time.

    Now, with the brain fog of Fibro getting worse and my memory giving me issues, I decided it's time to get off. I'm tapering and doc said 1/2 my usual dose every night for 2 weeks then same dose but every second day for another 2 weeks.

    I took my first half dose last night and what a night it was! The nightmares and vivid dreams, waking up a lot and feeling a bit nauseous. This morning I feel super weird. Very dizzy, nauseous, tired. It also feels like someone is holding ice against my forehead and arms. And I have a strange feeling running up the back of my neck into my head, it changes from an icy feeling to a slight pins and needles feeling.

    I'm not freaking out... Yet, haha... Because I know I'll experience withdrawal (I tried to do this before and failed) and right now I'm just uncomfortable and feel a little weird. However, I know it's going to get a little harder before it gets easier.

    Anyone else go through benzo withdrawal after being on them for a few years? How did you manage? Any tips?

    #benzo #withdrawal #detox #Xanax #Anxiety #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Fibromyalgia #AnxietyMedication #PsychiatricMedication #Advice

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    Funny! But Also How Apathy Feels

    This meme made me laugh! Laughing is such good medicine. But then I realized it sort of expresses how impossibly hard it is trying to break free of the cycle of depression, anxiety and apathy. I have so much to do, and lots of it is extremely important, like filing our taxes and preparing for our move. And yet many days even the pressure of deadlines and the threat of financial penalty does more to convince me to go hide in My Nest than it does to help me focus on the tasks I need to do. It all feels so heavy and impossible all of the time.

    I found powerful help with my peace of mind through meditation (link below), and my morning light therapy sessions have been amazing for lifting my depression. I actually feel ok a lot of the time, but my terrible apathy problem remains and keeps me stuck in avoidance-mode. So frustrating!

    I suspect the solution involves exercise but I am the 24/7 care-giver for my husband, who has no short-term memory and cannot be left unsupervised (and whose presence on a walk negates all of the exercise benefits of it.) So you see? The meme’s absurd math problem is exactly how my life feels. Cheers!

    Mooji’s Invitation to Freedom: youtu.be/ptcINj_7tcI.
    (If the link has expired, just go to YouTube and run a search for “Mooji invitation to freedom”.

    #apathy #Depression #BipolarDepression #Anxiety #MajorDepressiveDisorder #SocialAnxiety #Fibromyalgia #ChronicFatigue #PsychiatricMedication

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    To Those Who Are Misunderstood, You Are Not Alone

    I lost interest in almost everything, that I lost myself too.

    In junior high school, I, tagged as rebellious, reckless, tactless, extremely “lazy,” and undisciplined, was misunderstood and scorched. None, including the guidance counselors, sought symptoms of my condition. The faculty came up with ridiculous assumptions regarding the causes of my onerous behavior and attitude, which made my reputation even worse. Little did I notice that the treatment I received from my fellow students and the faculty made my mental illnesses worse—shunned from the school community. Yet, during those years, no one knew how hard I was dealing with my personal issues, but I couldn’t utter nor scream for help because even I couldn’t understand my mental state; mental illness wasn’t an acceptable condition. In my senior year, I was in a new academic environment. People around me were fantastic and loving. However, despite their love and support, the chaos inside my head persisted, and my behavior deteriorated. There came to a point wherein my illnesses got severe, wherein I attempted multiple suicides and self-harm, but I survived them. Despite the inner turmoil, suicide attempts, and self-harm, a part of me never gave up.

    After a psychologist conducted a psychological assessment in my new school, my results indicated that I may be mentally ill. There, I realized that I should seek professional help. It took me 5 years to accept the fact that I am mentally ill and took me 6 years to get professional help. After all, I've realized that I was not a bad person, only misunderstood and untreated. The medication and awareness that I received uplifted my mental health. Although there's no assurance that lapses can be completely eradicated, at least, there is progress.

    I am very fortunate and grateful to be surrounded by supportive friends and family who accept and help me with my personal predicaments. Together, they and I saved me.

    #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar2Disorder #HighSchool #Therapy #PsychiatricMedication #MentalHealth #MentalHealthAwareness #untreated #misunderstood #Awareness #Positivity

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    Aging on medications #MentalHealth #PsychiatricMedication #Bipolar #SideEffects

    Hi, mighty friends! I was recently looking up info on psychoactive drugs that I use or may be prescribed. It seems like all atypical antipsychotics and related meds were stated to not be used for geriatric/elderly patient treatment. That led me to wonder what options I will have in the coming years and if my current drugs may be too detrimental to my physical health over time. Have you wondered the same thing? Have your medications been changed due to longterm side effects? Have you been prescribed something simply because you are aging?
    For instance, I am on olanzapine now which can lead to metabolic disorder, diabetes and other conditions. It works for my mental health but the long term effects concern me. Thoughts? Experiences? Thanks for reading! #MentalHealth #SideEffects #psychiatricmedications

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    Blurry vision side effect? #MentalHealth #PsychiatricMedication #Bipolar #Sideeffect

    Has anyone experienced blurry vision from a psychiatric medication and specifically lamotrigine/Lamictal or olanzapine/Zyprexa? I am experiencing several side effects and am noticing blurry vision now. #Bipolar #SideEffects #MentalHealth #PsychiatricMedication

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    How do you manage your meds? #Medication #TreatmentresistantDepression #TRD #PsychiatricMedication #MajorDepression #ChronicDepression

    How do you know when your medication isn’t working? How long after it’s prescribed do you notice any difference? Are you active in making the decision on which meds you take?

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    Weekend trip

    This is a picture from this past weekends long trip to Parkersburg, WV. Me forcing a smile through the pain and exhaustion because my husband thinks when he sleeps wrong it’s the same as what I go through every day and it just can’t be that bad, so I smile through it. We spent 4 days in Parkersburg/Marietta walking to the various places he wanted to see/tour/explore. My phone logged 22,384 steps, 10 miles walked in those 4 days. Mind you, I took vacation time for a Mental Health break so I could rest. I was mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted before the trip. I have Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s, Psoriasis & Hypothyroidism. I have regurgitation on the right valve of my heart, which causes me chest pain and shortness of breath. I’m also fighting depression, anxiety, PTSD and most recently suicidal ideation. Here I sit, 3 days after getting home and I have no energy, my chest hurts when I breathe (thank you heart valve regurgitation) and all I want to do and can do is sleep. Some break huh?? #MentalHealth #Fibromyalgia #Psoriasis #HashimotosThyroiditis #HypothyroidismUnderactiveThyroidDisease #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #SuicidalThoughts #SuicidalIdeation #exhaustion #EmotionalHealth #ChronicPain #BackPain #Pain #Migraine #PsychiatricMedication

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    Medication Reduction Leading to More Depressive Symptoms

    I’ve had some medication adjustments done for my anti-depressants about a month ago and it’s making things really tough for me. I can feel more symptoms of my depression and anxiety breaking through, and I’ve been feeling very overwhelmed at work over the past week. I’ve often felt the need to take half a day off when I’m in my office and I’ve had trouble focusing on my tasks. I’ve been really restless, irritable and unmotivated, and it is completely unlike how I usually am. It’s pretty prominent that even my colleague has noticed it. I don’t really know how to describe it because it doesn’t feel like just work fatigue, it’s just plain horrible.

    I’ve already made an appointment to see my doctor earlier to discuss this and make changes to my dosage but it’s going to take awhile and I feel so overwhelmed by the fact that it’s going to be like this for the next couple of weeks. It’s Monday tomorrow where I am, and I’m so anxious about it and worried that I’ll end up taking the day off and having it affect my job (I take time off to see my medical team quite often so it’s worrying). I hate the feeling and I hate that I feel so helpless until things get better. I feel like I’m going to have a breakdown soon and I’ve no idea how to make things better.

    #Depression #MentalHealth #Anxiety #PsychiatricMedication #PanicAttack #AnxietyAttack #ClinicalDepression #Mentalillnessfeelslike #Antidepressant #ObsessiveCompulsiveAndRelatedDisorder #EatingDisorders

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