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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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    Antidepressant Withdrawal

    #effector #withdrawal
    Has anyone tried stopping, tapering off their antidepressant? How's it going? How do you feel?
    I've been researching this topic and after being on venlafexine ER for a number of years I am down to 1ml liquid of 25mg IR per day.



    Looking for advice- unfortunately, about two years ago when my anxiety was unbelievable, I got prescribed Xanax and did indeed become addicted. Very much so. It’s taken almost two years now but I’m almost off. My brains coming back. It’s exciting and also completely terrifying. I haven’t been able to work because of withdrawals, but I’m well enough now to at least get out into the world and start trying.
    I miss life. I miss people.
    The problem is, in my past, the people I had in my community as friends were not nice people. It’s not a great neighbourhood and holds a lot of dark memories from my past.
    I don’t have many people to rely on or even see and it’s led to (along with other things) a huge crash in self esteem and confidence.
    What are some things I can do to get out and be social without committing to a job yet? I’ve thought of volunteering but any other ideas are also helpful!

    #Benzos #withdrawal #Xanax #valium #Socializing #BPD #social isolation #CovidIsolation #selfisolation #Newfriends

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    Thanksgiving is going to be lit!!!

    My doctor messed up my prescription so I have been off of them for a few days, I already feel my lil monster growling inside.😈 #Thanksgiving #withdrawal #Medication


    Feeling Invisible

    I was ‘invisible’ for most of my childhood, living in an abusive home. I’ve had occasional recurrences over the years, but none as bad as today’s episode. Our son is an addict, and has symptoms of antisocial personality disorder and narcissism. It feels like there’s no escape, so with that, I go inward. I know that I have to open the door from the inside, but it’s hard to do right now.
    #MentalHealth #PTSD #Addiction #Anxiety #Depression #withdrawal

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    Warriors fighting battles you can not see need to be respected based on what they say, not how things may appear!

    Many of us fight invisible battles every day but yet we look like we have got it all together. When someone says they are depressed don't assume they're just feeling a little down that day and not respect that what they say is real, challenging, and can be deeply painful emotionally. When someone says they have chronic pain you can not see, and you've never been there, don't think they are complaining and should just deal with it or judge when they can not do things that they “appear” completely capable of doing. When someone says they are suffering from a migraine don't minimize it as it's”just” a headache or nothing major. Many of us are carrying a lot of weight on our shoulders and just hide it well....please appreciate our ability to be present and function as “normal” people do. Please love, support and honor others if they mention battles they face you can not see...the weight they carry on their shoulders can be far heavier than what it appears!

    (Feel free to share this with friends or family in your life who you feel need to hear it, they probably do)

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #BipolarDepression #Bipolar2Disorder #Bipolar1Disorder #ADHD #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Suicide #Mania #ManicEpisode #Psychiatric #Fibromyalgia #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #ChronicFatigue #Disability #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #Autism #Dementia #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #withdrawal #Cancer #TraumaticBrainInjury #BrainInjury #Grief #ChildLoss #LossOfAParent #SuicideSurvivor #HIVAIDS #longtermsurvivor #IfYouFeelHopeless #Deafness #PeripheralNeuropathy #EatingDisorders #AlcoholDependence #DrugDependence #SOBER #Selflove #Selfcare #Happiness #relief #Hope #Acceptance #grateful #physicalhealth #EmotionalHealth #MightyMinute #MentalHealthHero #DistractMe

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    Medication issues

    I’ve been on and off antidepressants most of my life. I have been on almost all of them that are our there at one time or another and they eventually stop working. After my hospitalization in February I was put on 225 mg of Effexor. Now, I was told it’s not a good idea to stop suddenly without tapering off of it. I realized why after missing doses, most recently having horrible withdrawal symptoms a little over a week ago. I currently do not have insurance and my benefits don’t start until December at my job. I currently do not qualify for Medicaid, which is what I was on until separating from my husband in May. I am down to two days of medication and cannot get into my psychiatric nurse practitioner until the 4th. I’m terrified of the possibility of how sick it will make me and of being emotionally unstable, as I have experienced in the past when missing several doses. Only this time I cannot just remember to take a dose and fix it as I won’t have any. I guess I feel like this is more serious than I feel anyone is taking it. Like they tell you not to just go off of it and then when you tell them your situation they’re like “I don’t know what to tell you.” I just had therapy and I told my therapist I know they have an education and they have never had to be on this stuff so I don’t feel like they can fully understand. He was very empathetic and kind about it and of course there’s little he can do. I’m just frustrated and a little scared of what’s ahead. I told him if I get through the next two weeks I’m going off of it completely. He agreed that I could definitely try that if the side effects and withdrawal symptoms were that bad. My psychiatric nurse practitioner may not agree. #MajorDepressiveDisorder #CPTSD #Anxiety #Effexor #Antidepressants #withdrawal


    Worried about my mum and detox #Alcoholism

    My mum has been an alcoholic for as long as I can remember and she recently got very sick and ended up in hospital. Turns out she was in severe alcohol withdrawal. She's on Benzo treatment to help currently but I'm really worried for her, I'm scared she will want the suffering to end so bad that she will start drinking again or she just won't make it. I wish I was with her to help her, but all I can do is call her to check in, it's making me feel extremely guilty and like a terrible daughter. #withdrawal #Alcoholism #Anxiety #Depression


    Emotional heroin?

    Someone told me once that withdrawal and recovery from sex and love addiction is worse than heroin. She had both in her life, and said this was way harder. We can put down a bottle, drug, slot machine...we cannot leave relationships (obviously we can leave specific ones) but we need people, we need connection. The way we relate is so fucked up though. That is the problem. Trying to rewrite something is way harder than just doing it right from the beginning. Of course we all wish this was how things were. This shit is real though, I feel it in my body. The body aches, nausea, exhaustion, irritability...it’s real. Some days I feel like I’m dying. I feel very alone in this often because it doesn’t get talked about. My name is Sarah, I am a sex love and fantasy addict. Today I am 5 days sober. #slaa #withdrawal #Sobriety #Recovery

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    #Acquired brain injury #Trauma # fog brain #pyschmedication #withdrawal #Bipolar schiZoaffective disorder

    Anyone have aqqiured brain injury from Pysch drugs or trauma or both ? Dies ketamine poisoning cause these issues ( speech word finding and memory ) fatigue
    Anyone tried getting off Lamitrogine? Anyone know anything about psychiatric survivors groups who are people getting off all pysch meds .... anyone woth sudden onset restless leg syndrome ? Do u think it’s related to any of the above ? Post surgery ended in ICU with acute liver poisoning from Anethesiologist and ketamine ?