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Coming from a family with mental health issues--all taking meds


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#1 HeatherRose

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 11:28 PM

hi. I have not started a new  topic however i have to ask how many of you come from a family history of mental illness? My family is rampant with it. My cousins and aunts are all on psych meds of different types. My mom has schizzoaffective disorder and an organic brain disorder--my father had bipolar disorder and alcohol addiction. Explaining what I am doing with my medications and also about SA to my family has been tricky as they are all very medication oriented and also have seen me at my worst and are afraid when I tell them I am working on some medication stuff. They are afraid i will go into psychosis or "spin out" into mania or worse.

 

So here is my big question: If you are from a family where mental illness is heavy or prominent how do you put it to your family that you are working on med withdrawal research and finding what fits?


Diagnosed in 1991: Started on LIthium at first. Added Haladol to stop psychotic symptoms.Changed meds many times from that time on. I can't remember them all. Some meds I have been on: Lithium, Halodol, Depakote, Seroquel, Tegretol, Trileptal, Abilify, Prozac, Zoloft, Xanax, Adivan, Neurontin, Lamictal, Prolixin Injections. Recently also taken off of Chantix. Was on 1mg Chantix for 4 months. Withdrawn in 5/16.I am currently taking: Invega injection 177mg once a month--can go down to every 3 months; Lamictal 200mg 2X a day; Adivan 2mg; Propanolol 80mg; Rozerem 8mg; Remeron 7.5 mg; Levothyroxin 50mcg, Mobic 15mg<p>

 

In the last week--as of 8/10/2016 I have been stopped on my Remeron 7.5 mg and started on Zoloft 100mg per day.


#2 JanCarol

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Posted 07 August 2016 - 11:49 PM

At least 3 genetic generations here, plus raised with plenty of neurosis too.

 

Grandmother found Great-Grandmother's suicide.

 

Next generation included a bigamist, a bag lady, and an OCD naval officer, and a chameleon (everyone said, nobody knew who he was, he presented a different "face" to everyone he met).  But they were never drugged, just considered "eccentric."

 

Current generation includes depression, anxiety and some social dysfunctions - maybe some Asperger's type stuff too.

 

Ironically, all the drugs have been on the neurotic side who raised me (my adopted = real family).  Mother has been on xanax for 25 years, my brother takes xanax and lexapro, probably on drugs for at least 20 years.  

 

It's not the diagnosis that determines who you are.


"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!


#3 HeatherRose

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 01:40 PM

No for sure! My family has problems all the way back to at least as far as my great-grandfather who, my mom's cousin tells me, died in a mental institution when another patient stabbed him for taking his eggs at breakfast. Not sure if this is entirely true but my grandpa prewett had shock treatments in the 40's when it was REALLY bad and then there is my dad who i dont' know where all his stuff came from.


Diagnosed in 1991: Started on LIthium at first. Added Haladol to stop psychotic symptoms.Changed meds many times from that time on. I can't remember them all. Some meds I have been on: Lithium, Halodol, Depakote, Seroquel, Tegretol, Trileptal, Abilify, Prozac, Zoloft, Xanax, Adivan, Neurontin, Lamictal, Prolixin Injections. Recently also taken off of Chantix. Was on 1mg Chantix for 4 months. Withdrawn in 5/16.I am currently taking: Invega injection 177mg once a month--can go down to every 3 months; Lamictal 200mg 2X a day; Adivan 2mg; Propanolol 80mg; Rozerem 8mg; Remeron 7.5 mg; Levothyroxin 50mcg, Mobic 15mg<p>

 

In the last week--as of 8/10/2016 I have been stopped on my Remeron 7.5 mg and started on Zoloft 100mg per day.


#4 JanCarol

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Posted 03 September 2016 - 10:15 PM

Epigenetics.

 

I look at - what was happening to the parents when the baby was in the womb?  What was happening to their parents that was passed on to them?

 

Like - even though my parents suffered the depression - somehow this depression-era thinking (hoarding, scrimping, saving) is hard wired into me, too.  

 

A child who was "inconvenient" or "unwanted" would receive those chemicals in the womb as an epigenetic insult.  It makes me wonder - as I was given up for adoption - how conflicted my birthmother was about me.  Did she waver - think about keeping me?  Or not?  I know at one point, her childless sister wanted to adopt me (I'm so glad that didn't happened, she was ****-and-span Navy OCD!).  She had other children before me, and another son after me - so what must her feelings have been while she was pregnant with me?  It would have affected me just as much as the fact that I was ripped from her and motherless for the first 9 months of my life.

 

I've looked at wars a lot.  My father, raised in extreme poverty, was also the son of a WW1 veteran who was gassed in the trenches.  How did this make him who he was?  What did he pass along to me, of this "fear of survival?"

 

Just some thoughts on a Sunday afternoon....


"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!


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Posted 01 February 2017 - 01:46 PM

i dont want to discount anyones situation or make it trivial.

 

but i think we should take some power back from psychiatrist and doctors and not believe everything were told ,believing them has us having to deal with the  fall out of these drugs.

 

the DSM has a lot to answer for here ,the go to book for psychiatrist and before we know it we have the diagnosis from a questioner, and then a label. we are human beings not our labels in my opinion .

 

absolutely no one is perfect and life can b tough at times, I am working on stopping my perfectionist ways because I realise were it comes from and its working .

I believe the negative self talk we have starts form very young ,parents ,teachers ,people in authority talking us down for what ever reason and we soak it up like a sponge.

I believe we need to stop letting people label us and believe our hearts .

 

I'm very interested in ancestry,  the way each generation talks to the next and its past on down like that .my situation mirrors my fathers growing up. I stand   corrected but I don't see a definitive test out there to tell us what we have  is %100 true .

 

I believe psychiatry has a purpose ,I've benefitted from it ,but there's many critics of it out there and its labels. PETER BREGGIN its most famous . 

 

 I mean no offence to anyone's situation.  


21​/06/2012 citrol10mg for stress, constant urination ,diazepam 2mg 26/07/2012 .12/07/2012 citroll 20mg,

​24/09/2013 Lexapro 20mg.didnt take them for a week during this year felt extremely strange ,had no idea down to drugs at the time .

​20/10/2014 venlafaxine xl 75mg.09/01/2015 venlafaxine xl 37.5. questioned doctor about drop in dose ,I was told no problem.

​13/04/2015 venlafaxine xl 150mg NEVER TOOK THEM getting wise?.20/04/2015 venlafaxine xl 75mg.19/08/2015 Xanax 250mcg [agitated]

​10/06/2015 venlafaxine 37.5mg.02/03/2016 five beads out for taper only lasted till 06/06/2016 extreme irritability and anxiety. 

​11/11/2016 Xanax 250mcg took them for few days ,fairly distressing time [working nearly impossible].11/11/2016 I was given a prescription for  Zyprexa 2.5mg AND DECIDED  NOT TO GET IT FROM CHEMIST.[my doctor gave them a great sales pitch ,talking about other patients that have benefited ,in witch it just annoyed me ]


#6 JanCarol

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Posted 02 February 2017 - 07:20 AM

Amen! 

 

The truth is, you can look back, and sometimes you get an "aha!" when you look at family history.

 

Sometimes, you can feel more compassion for those who messed you up.

 

Sometimes, it's more constructive to look forward and think about, "what can I do next?"

 

But I do not think it is pure genes.  That is the way of eugenics, and I reject that.


"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!