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Great experience withdrawing through meditation class


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#1 dreamingneonblack

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 07:31 PM

Okay so no withdrawal experience can ever be great, but I say it relatively speaking.

 

I'm having withdrawals from a bout-of-panic taper (see my introduction about health insurance no longer covering my meds) I did last week. Two nights ago, I decided to go to my meditation class anyway. After meditation (we alternate between sitting and walking meditation where we try to focus on the present moment only, particularly the breath) we do contemplation. During this point we go around and introduce ourselves and if we choose we can add what we think. I had crazy anxiety at the thought of the attention turning to me and I'd stutter or try to explain my ideas but fail because of the brain fog and forgetfulness. I decided to continue my meditation by focusing on that present moment and experiencing my physical symptoms. I started to enjoy my anxiety because I realized how alert I felt. Not only that but I was wide awake and I'm usually so tired. My thoughts stopped racing because I was no longer focused on the future of all the ways I could fail and/or embarrass myself. I figured I might mess up and I think I could have explained myself better, but I did it and had a few people come up and chat with me after about what I said. Even before the positive reinforcement I realized it was the first time I could reflect back on an anxiety attack and think positively about it when I'm used to feeling so much shame.

 

Later, somebody told me that they try to meditate in everything that they do all day everyday. I decided to try this at work the following day as I was a bit panicky about my first withdrawals fresh out of college and into my career. I thought it was going to be worse because I would be more focused on the feelings of withdrawal but I think I was able to recover some of my work efficiency through the brain fog and even remember details a bit better than usual (imagine when I won't be withdrawing!).

 

I guess it makes sense that it would block my anxiety since anxiety is completely future-centric.

 

Fingers crossed I can keep at least half of this mental strength during the harsher moments of my withdrawals. I hope some of you may consider attempting this and get some relief from it as I did.


2011 on paxil 10mg
2013 switched to oral suspension, 10mg
No documentation of tapers in this time period
2015 tapered down to 4.8 mg
2016 after enduring extreme depression for 6 months, psychiatrist suggested returning to previous dose. Back up to 5.2 mg
2017 4.8 mg  

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 06:08 AM

Doing Meditation atleast for an hour helps in coming of withdrawal. Certain Neuro-Chemicals they tend to move across required Brain regions during meditation.



#3 miT

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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:02 AM

Meditation is definitely supportive in the withdrawal process. It won’t magically remove all fears and worries, but it is a way to become aware of your resistence to them when they arise. After all it’s your resistence that keeps them alive and even adds wheight to them. So eventually through meditation you are the one dealing with whatever hurts you by growing as a person.
My name is Tim. In 2010 I was prescribed paroxetine/seroxat/paxil for depression and (social) anxiety.

2010-15 from 10mg up to 20mg
jan 2016 30mg
may 2016 0mg cold turkey (don't!)
dec 2016 symptoms: anxiety,tremor (could barely stand)
jan 2017 reinstated at 7.5mg to taper in steps of 10%
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may 2017 5.0mg