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#1 Altostrata

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:31 AM

Members may notice you can't start a topic here. This forum is for announcements and site support.

 

Only administrators or moderators can start topics in this forum.

 

You can reply to any topic in this forum.

 

If you'd like to suggest a new topic in Read This First, please send the administrator (or moderator, when we have them) a pm. Members may start a topic or post in any other forum.

 

If you are new to the site, go to the Introductions forum to start your first topic so the community can get to know you. You can add updates about your progress to your Intro topic; it will be a kind of journal or history of your case.

 

In addition, Please put your withdrawal history in your signature to help the moderators.


Edited by Altostrata, 08 July 2015 - 12:19 PM.
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#2 Bonpensiero

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 09:49 AM

First of all, thanks so much for doing this site at all, let alone for taking the trouble to upgrade it. 

 

My comment is that, even after several visits, I still find the site not very easy to navigate and am still not really sure where/how to post new topics. For example, you say that new posts should go on your intro thread, but does that include if you want to start a new topic about yourself (like I have just today)? If new topics go on your existing thread, how do you give the new topic a title? Things like that are confusing, and when you're bummed out on a wave and really struggling to do anything at all, can be even more frustrating. So clearer layout, navigation and user instructions would be welcome.


20mg Fluoxetine daily for 13 years. I did two tapers (both before I found this site). The first, about three years ago, was by breaking open the capsule and reducing the amount of powder. I did that for about 8 months. My doc then told me this was wrong and that, if I wanted to taper, I should use the liquid form. I then went on to the liquid form at full dose and started to taper again. This second taper took about a year, ending in about May this year. Since then, due to bad withdrawal, I have reinstated to 2mg and am just about coping, but not exactly thriving.

 

Update: November 2015: upped reinstatement dosage to 4mg on advice received here. Since then, periods of feeling OK alternating with deep pits of suicidal despair, but the former are just about winning out over the latter. Was seriously considering going back on at full dosage for good, but have so far managed to resist that temptation. 

 

Update Feb 2016: feeling OK, although still not immune from waves of despair and deep depression. Reduced the 4mg by 10% with the aim of eventually getting back down to zero again, which I will be doing very, very, very slowly. Also taking 100mg 5HTP daily, which helps a little.   

 


#3 Altostrata

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 12:18 PM

I'm confused about where to post. What goes in my Introductions topic?

 

Your topic in the Introductions and updates forum serves a number of purposes:

  • It introduces you to the community. If someone sees a post of yours elsewhere on the site, they can look up your Intro topic and understand your situation. This is very helpful for the moderators.
  • You can put questions in it about your particular situation, such as your own dosing regimen. Again, it's easier for the moderators and others to answer questions when they can see your context.
  • You can use it as a journal to track your progress, keeping your progress notes, questions, and dosing notes in one place.
  • Other people who are tapering off the same drugs can find your Intro topic via search in the Introductions forum and read of your experience.
  • It is a case report that can be helpful to physicians trying to learn about tapering and withdrawal syndrome. (I know of several doctors who refer to the site for this purpose.)

Keeping your Introductions topic updated reduces repetition throughout the site. You only have to explain your history once. If you have a question about your own personal situation, you'll be able to find the answer in your topic. And other community members will be able to follow how you're doing.

 

Everything about your own personal situation belongs in your Introductions topic. The Introductions forum is a collection of case histories.

 

You can follow your own Intro topic by clicking on the Follow This Topic button at the top right of every topic. You will get an alert so you can respond to any new posts.

 

There is only one topic to a member in the Introductions forum. Moderators will merge multiple topics started by one member in the Intro forum.

 

(If you find all this confusing, you can't go wrong posting just in your Intro topic for a while, until you understand how the site is organized.)

 

For more general discussion, you can post or start topics in the other forums:

 

Tapering forum -- Mostly for reference by other people who are planning their tapers.

 

We prefer that cross-talk be kept to a minimum in Tapering -- it makes the topics more difficult to understand by the thousands of non-members reading them from the Web.

 

The moderators will move initial posts that introduce a new member and discussions about personal tapering schedules and dosing to the appropriate Introductions topics. These fill out the members' Introductions topics.

 

Symptoms and Self-Care forum -- A place for peer support and sharing tips about dealing with symptoms.

 

Before starting a topic in Symptoms, use search in the Symptoms forum to see if a discussion of your question already exists. You may be able to see what other people have posted and what they've tried before. I think we've covered just about every supplement or vitamin there is. You can add to a topic no matter how old it is -- no need to start a new topic.

 

Moderators will merge related Symptoms topics that are about the same thing. We're trying to keep the accumulated wisdom accessible and reduce topic proliferation.

 

Media forum -- Articles and links to other sites. Use search to see if a discussion of your Media tidbit already exists. People tend to post the same articles over and over. The meatier discussions may be the older ones.

 

Events, Controversies, etc. forum -- General discussion, for speculation, theories, and proposals for activities. It is publicly viewable.

 

Off-Topic -- Fun and games, anything goes. Off-Topic cannot be seen by non-members or Google.

 

Journals -- A library strictly for articles from scientific journals. There is a required format for starting topics. If an article is not from a scientific journal, please post it in Media.

 

The initial posts in topics in Tapering, Symptoms, Media, and Events, along with topic starts in Finding Meaning, Family and Friends, Recovery Success Stories, and Journals are auto-posted to Twitter and Facebook. Posts in Introductions and members-only forums, such as Off-Topic, are not auto-posted anywhere else.


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#4 Altostrata

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Posted 08 July 2015 - 12:30 PM

Good questions, Bonpensiero. I've put an explanation of site organization and navigation here http://survivinganti...d-answers/?p=71

 

An addition to a topic is called a post or an update. You do not need to title it, it is attached to the existing topic.

 

Your Introductions topic is, essentially, a history of your case as you taper or recover from withdrawal syndrome. All questions about your own personal situation go in those topics.

 

This makes it much easier for you to look back on your progress and review the answers.

 

These histories are very important to educate doctors. If we did not ask people to put the information pertaining to their cases in the Intro topics, it would be scattered all over the site and difficult for anyone to follow.

 

If you want to start a more general discussion, such as the value of psychotherapy or analysis while in withdrawal, that would be a new topic in the Symptoms and Self-Care forum.

 

(And, since others will be interested in the answers to your questions, I moved your posts here so they wouldn't get lost.)


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#5 AliceBauer

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 07:03 AM

I'm sorry but I'm having difficulty trying to find where to create a signature. I'm on my phone and on the top right hand corner there is a little button with four squares on it. When I click that there are options like members, search, etc. but I'm by finding where to create a signature...?

Restarted Zoloft 1/17/2015 and upped doseage every week to three weeks. Bad response.

Switched from 150 mg Zoloft to 10 mg Lexapro.

Two weeks into 10 mg Lexapro added buspar.

Discontinued buspar

Upped Lexapro to 15 mg and immediately began tapering down

Added Depakote

Switched from Lexapro 5mg  to amitriptyline 75 mg

Tapered Depakote over a few days and discontinued amitriptyline after 6 days use.

Terrible response to all and now on nothing.


#6 cymbaltawithdrawal5600

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 07:12 AM

You need to start a topic in the Introductions Forum first and that is covered in this topic if you will read it from the beginning.

 

Signature instructions for a phone are in this topic. You'll miss a lot when reading from a phone unless you view the site in 'full version'. Full version is not optimized for mobile. You cannot create a signature if you are viewing the moblie version.

 

Signatures can be created anytime but sooner the better if you want us to be able to interact properly with you.

 

In addition, we recommend you don't use your real name as your user name. Send a PM to Altostrata if you have done this and tell her what username you would like instead.


What happened and how I arrived here: http://survivinganti...ion/#entry50878

July 2016 I have decided to leave my story here at SA unfinished. I have left my contact information in my profile for anyone who wishes to talk to me. I have a posting history spanning nearly 4 years and 3000+ posts all over the site.

Thank you to all who participated in my recovery. I'll miss talking to you but know that I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines, suffering and rejoicing with you in spirit, as you go on in your journey.

#7 AliceBauer

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Posted 07 August 2015 - 11:04 AM

It isnt my real name :) Im just not super creative with usernames so I made up a name that sounded real lol. And thank you. I moved over to my laptop and was able to find it easily.


Restarted Zoloft 1/17/2015 and upped doseage every week to three weeks. Bad response.

Switched from 150 mg Zoloft to 10 mg Lexapro.

Two weeks into 10 mg Lexapro added buspar.

Discontinued buspar

Upped Lexapro to 15 mg and immediately began tapering down

Added Depakote

Switched from Lexapro 5mg  to amitriptyline 75 mg

Tapered Depakote over a few days and discontinued amitriptyline after 6 days use.

Terrible response to all and now on nothing.


#8 Altostrata

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Posted 05 September 2015 - 11:18 AM

This Web site is an Internet forum site. Internet forums have been around almost as long as the Internet. Millions of people have used them.

 

Forum sites have very simple structures. Click here http://survivingantidepressants.org/, on the Forums tab above, or the site logo  and you will see the home page -- the "table of contents" or the forums that comprise the site.

 

Within each forum are topics. The topics are comprised of posts in chronological sequence that make a conversation -- like a Facebook thread, but with more permanence. You will be able to find them later.

 

If you are new to this site, go to the Introductions and updates forum and start a topic about yourself, including your screen name in the title.


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