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Rose, A Patient of Dr. Brogan

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apace41   
apace41

I wanted to post this in a place where people would see it so I chose here (everyone is looking for success stories).  This is an interview between Dr. Kelly Brogan and one of her patients who recovered after 25 years of being polydrugged.  It is a success story for sure.

 

http://kellybroganmd.com/rose-recovery-from-depression-after-25-years-of-psychiatric-medication/

 

Best,

 

Andy

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reachingforthestars   
reachingforthestars

Thank you for sharing this link aspace41 :)

 

I wish I knew more details how she tapered.

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apace41   
apace41

Agreed.  I didn't post it for the specifics -- just for the result and the fact that someone who was bedbound for 14 months is now doing so well.

 

Details would be great of course.  I will see what I can find out.

 

Best,

 

Andy

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scallywag   
scallywag

Great video, thanks for posting it Andy.  If I had two wishes for it

  1. Taper specifics as reachingFTS and Amy have mentioned,
  2. Audio editing to remove the ambient noise. </end of cranky, finicky listening>

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

....

Rose:                                      The shock that it was just as horribly painful as coming off of any other street drug or alcohol or any drug that is deemed a bad, horribly addictive drug. Coming off of two anti-depressants and anti-anxiety (which I was only on a tiny bit of anti-anxiety for a few years at the end) was, I would have to say, 100 times worse than coming off of street drugs.

Dr. Brogan:                            It’s shocking. So you spent quite some time really struggling with disability around this taper process, right?  

Rose:                                      Yes. I basically was in bed for about 70% of the time for the first 15 months. That’s a lot. I would have little periods where I felt good enough to go outside, go for a hike.

And let me tell you, whatever I could do, I […] I’m like, “I’m going out into the woods and going for a walk” or “I’m going to go lay in the sun” or whatever. I needed to feel life.

Dr. Brogan:                            Yes. So there’s something that sustained you through a period of time where many people would consider giving up all hope, wondering how long this could last, “Am I permanently damaged? Is it possible for me to ever feel stable and vital again?”

                                                So, something sustained you. What would you say that was?

Rose:                                      I think I just hoped. I had a lot of hope. Even while I was medicated, I think that I always tried things. I just had hope that I wasn’t going to feel like this forever. I think I remembered something from when I was a kid, maybe a few weeks where I felt good. I grabbed on to that and I was like, “I could feel like that again.”

                                                I think I’ve always been a dreamer. I think I would have this fantasy that I can dream that dream again. And just that, just that little tiny thing was enough for me to say, “There is no going back. I don’t care how crappy I feel. I am not going to take any pharmaceutical to make me feel better.”

                                                And I was offered all kinds of stuff, Lyrica, whatever, Gabapentin, blah-blah-blah. I’m like, “There’s no way.”

Dr. Brogan:                            So you committed.

Rose:                                      I was totally committed. And I had faith that it was going to get better. I mean it was going to pass. Even though I was doing this all by myself—

I haven’t met you yet. I didn’t have forums. I did not enter any group forums or anything. The only time I would look anything up is if a symptom was lasting too long. I would just quickly check the forums to make sure something terribly wasn’t wrong. Do I need to go to see a doctor or something? Am I dying? And I would see that okay, this is fine and I would just go off the forums because the forums bring me anxiety. They perpetuate it by fear and I try not to look at them. It was too much. I tried to distract myself from the sickness. So I threw myself into my […]

 

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Marsha   
Marsha

I don't know. I have lived in a perpetual state of trauma since I can remember save maybe 10 years of my life. Sexual abuse, physical, mental, emotional abuse, rape, and then the drugging 22 years so far. My mind and body don't work so good any more. I don't think I have that much longer to live. This is a fact I must face and accept. Hoping for the best though. If I survive, I will have one whopper of a success story. If I have spoken inappropriately I apologize and understand if my post is removed.

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injuredman   
injuredman

Marsha,

 

Perhaps we can offer some hope to each other.

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