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Shem

How early were you diagnosed?

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Shem

I'm curious but was anyone here born with mental problems that function fine now without "Medications"? Meaning as young as you can remember?

 

I ask because I had a lot of anxiety growing up as a child, mostly separation anxiety from my parents but I was never medicated. As I grew older I started to out grow it until one of my parents died in front of me when I was 15 which led me down this path, so really I am just curious.

 

I almost feel like I got trapped and there is no way out. The withdrawal from this Anafranil is horrible, I just don't know if I got trapped on the Klonopin and might just have to remain on it because I am barely holding on as it is and I can't imagine having something but I remember before the trauma I wasn't on anything, you know?

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Siskin

Hi Shem,

 

My son was definitely born with problems - autism, sensory processing disorder, anxiety - but he was medicated at age 6 for what his p-doc described as "the most severe case of OCD I've ever seen in a child this age". He was very disabled by his obsessions and compulsions, could barely leave the house, and was definitely suffering. So we agreed to putting him on Paxil, then later Prozac. It gave him a great deal of relief from his OCD symptoms, but never addressed the root cause.

 

Now, at age 22 and off meds for 3 years, he has absolutely no evidence of OCD. We were able to treat that effectively with diet. But now he's completely disabled by withdrawal - cannot think well enough to fill out a basic name/address/signature form, cannot compose an email, emotionally numb, etc.

 

Our younger son is also autistic, and is doing well his first year away from home at college in another state. He was never medicated. Autism is a cake-walk compared to withdrawal.

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Shem

I am sorry to hear that and I can totally relate. I would be a lot more at ease if it wasn't for the Klonopin that was thrown in as well during this whole thing, I am feeling pretty hopeless and lost.

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Laetitia

Hi, 

 

I was diagnosed at the age of 17 with sleep OCD (afraid not to be able to sleep which leads to insomnia), extreme anxiety. Now after 20 years of ssri's my OCD got worse because I have new obsessions. CBT does not help. I also feel trapped. Hooked on 3 meds and no life, unable to work, unable to sleep in other places or with a man so no romantic life either, living alone. I am no even sure this is all coming from the drugs, I just think my problem got worse over the years and drugs helped before poop out and when all drugs stopped working I just crashed big time. 

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