Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms
Posted 18 April 2017 - 06:03 PM
Posted 19 April 2017 - 04:34 AM
These are all really great tips, emerging!
Though it is kind of hard to get hugs during the work day... But my wife and daughter load me up with hugs before I leave in the morning.
Still, I do wish there was a magic "anti-cortisol pill."
Link to my intro/main thread: http://survivinganti...jerr-say-hello/
Dates are tentative (my memory is shot)...
Prozac & Lithium from 1999 to 2003 (I don't remember the dosages). Went off but developed symptoms so put back on after 4 months.
Switched to Effexor (75mg 3/day) and Seroquel (50mg 3/day) some time in 2010 (I think). Did a self-taper during 2016 after losing insurance. Been off since around the beginning of 2017.
Developed Discontinuation Syndrome beginning with uncontrolled/unexplained crying in 02/17.
Moved on to full-blow symptoms from there. Been really bad since late 03/17.
Posted 24 April 2017 - 06:37 AM
The Speakmans are a couple in the UK who are therapists and have amazing results. I have seen them live and watched them on tv. Their therapy is simple and effective for fears, phobias, anxiety and PTSD. My only reservation is that they claim to have helped people to get off the drugs that peple have needed to get through their anxieties. I have no idea how they do this but intend to email them to see how they taper.
Take a look at their youtube channel.
**I am not a medical professional, if in doubt please consult a doctor with withdrawal knowledge.
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Many drugs for many years, prescribed diazepam first 1973, took occasionally. 3 or 4 tricyclics for short periods.
1993 had a breakdown leading to 10 years of drug experiments with all classes of psych drugs.
Tapered by counting beads from 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
Also tapered atenolol and omeprazole Dec 2013 - May 2014
Tapering tramadol, Feb 2015 100mg , March 2015 50mg -hold- Feb2016 46mg March 8 2016 45 April 44mg May 11 43mg June 14 42mg
Taking fish oil, magnesium, pro biotic.
Lesson learned, slow down taper at lower doses. Taper no more than 10% of CURRENT dose if possible
Following every sunset is a brand new day
Posted 18 May 2017 - 04:59 AM
Hello there,Read your story---and must say that some years ago i analyzed every thing andthen found out that at the end of the day analysing does not help to solveany issues--It actually causes more issues. when ever I found self analysingI would say out loud "Not you again" your analysis does not work.I have learned not to analyse, but take things in my stride one day at a time.Not saying you must do it....If you feel comfortable with it and whatever worksfor you great. Just sharingKeep on keeping on
I can totally relate to that.
jan 2016 paroxetine 30mg
may 2016 paroxetine 0mg cold turkey (don't!)
dec 2016 withdrawal symptoms: tremor (could barely stand up)
jan 2017 paroxetine 7.5mg
feb 2017 paroxetine 7mg
mar 2017 paroxetine 6.5mg
apr 2017 paroxetine 6mg
may 2017 paroxetine 5.5mg
Posted 20 May 2017 - 10:32 PM
NON DRUG TECHNIQUE: AFFIRMATION ALTOIDS
Cinnamon Altoids - my favorite. A sharp spike to the taste buds, and a soothing, yet stimulating feeling. It seems to enliven thought, and helps with sugar cravings.
Peppermint Altoids - awesome. Cooling, intense. Also very good for thinking.
Ginger Altoids - okay, these weren't "Altoids," but Paul Newman's. It was weird. It doesn't feel like a lolly - feels a bit like medicine. I can feel it heat up my digestion, and seems to help things work better in the belly. But it is not the mental (peppermint) or emotional (cinnamon) rush that I get from the Altoids.
"Easy, easy - just go easy and you'll finish." - Hawaiian Kapuna
Holding is hard work, holding is a blessing. Give your brain time to heal before you try again.
My suggestions are not medical advice, you are in charge of your own medical choices.
A lifetime of being prescribed antidepressants that caused problems (30 years in total). At age 35 flipped to "bipolar," but was not diagnosed for 5 years. Started my journey in Midwest United States. Crossed the Pacific for love and hope; currently living in Australia. CT Seroquel 25 mg some time in 2013. Tapered Reboxetine 4 mg Oct 2013 to Sept 2014 = GONE (3 years on Reboxetine). Tapered Lithium 900 to 475 MG (alternating with the SNRI) Jan 2014 - Nov 2014, tapered Lithium 475 mg Jan 2015 - Feb 2016 = GONE (10 years on Lithium). Many mistakes in dry cutting dosages were made.
Currently Lithium Orotate 1.67 mg only. I will re-evaluate this supplement in 2017.
I have been psych drug FREE since 1 Feb 2016!