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NaturalBalance   
NaturalBalance

Hey,

I'm Erin, I live North of Brisbane and just joined.

Hope to chat to some other Aussies

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JanCarol   
JanCarol

Wow, 5 Brissies here!  Do I smell a coffee in our future?  (dairy free, for me)

 

I'd love to catch up with others, would even make a special trip to do it, it would be truly awkward but exciting to see faces and touch people who are doing this, have done this.

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dalsaan   
dalsaan

Hi Naturalbalance,

 

Welcome to the site and thanks for filling out your signature

 

Can I please ask you to open a topic for yourself in the introductions forum. Each member has one thread that is their own. This is where you can ask questions and we can provide support. It's also where you can keep something iof a record or journal about what's happening for you .

 

Dalsaan

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dcrmt   
dcrmt

Wow, 5 Brissies here!  Do I smell a coffee in our future?  (dairy free, for me)

 

I'd love to catch up with others, would even make a special trip to do it, it would be truly awkward but exciting to see faces and touch people who are doing this, have done this.

 

haha I just quit caffeine yesterday in the hope of improving my sleep patterns a bit.

 

Don't think I was that addicted as there're no withdrawal headaches, but yeah, it'll have to be decaf for me.

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ang   
ang

Hi all , I live in Sydney and would be interested to talk to Four Corners.

      

I've been treated with anti-depressants for around 30 years ( I just turned 50!!) and lived with serotonin syndrome for many years.    This was not recognized and the doctors I was seeing kept increasing the doses and changing me from one to another. 

I have recently been diagnosed by the Black Dog Institute as having Bipolar 2, depression (melancholic) and a panic disorder.    Am now on a mood stabiliser and feeling the best , most calm , I can remember.

  

I'd really like to be put in touch with other members in Australia.    All the best , One

What is serontonin syndrome?

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Fresh   
Fresh

Hi ang and all ,

 

Serotonin syndrome (or serotonin toxicity) is an excess of serotonin in the body which produces a potentially deadly range of symptoms.  Symptoms can include confusion , agitation , restlessness , headache , tremor , shivering and goose bumps , profuse sweating , diarrhoea , fever , changes in blood pressure , rapid heart rate , mental state changes (e.g. hypomania).     In severe cases unconsciousness , coma  , renal failure and death.

 

The way that SSRI and SNRI's work is by increasing serotonin levels , which has been shown to help depression.    The doctor who I was seeing had me taking

Lexapro 40mg daily between October 2004 and sometime after September 2010 - that is twice the recommended dose , and I weighed 42 kilos at the time.   I've since had genetic testing and it shows that the genes used to metabolize serotonin are compromised or just not working in me.

 

Until 2013 I had no idea about the complications of anti-depressants , and it's been a huge learning curve.   I was fortunate to have my care taken over by one of the Australian experts in this area , forensic psychiatrist Dr. Yolande Lucire.    Her new website is adversereactionsaustralia.com and I encourage everyone to check it out. 

 

Sorry I haven't filled in my history yet - I tend to feel overwhelmed when I see the course of my journey.   I lived in such a painful place for so many years , and it has impacted my life tremendously.    I'm really happy for everyone who has made it to this site - it's a huge thing to know you're not the only one , right?

 

If anyone wants to contact me , please do.   It doesn't matter what state you're in   (either geographical or mental , LOL).

 

Happy holidays  to all ,   xxx 

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Altostrata   
Altostrata

Fresh, please post your story in our Introductions forum -- it can be your journal and a case history to educate doctors.

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Cheeky   
Cheeky

I'm wanting to meet with other people from Australia for a support group.

It would be good if we could help each other out as we live close.

If anybody new of doctors or clinics etc, that specializes in withdrawal

Could share information and there stories .

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clofty   
clofty

Hi I live in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and have been tapering Effexor but am stuck on 37.5mg forever!

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Hopefull   
Hopefull

Hi Daalsan,

 

Can you please recommend a good psychiatrist in Melbourne. I ideally it would be someone who has similar philosophy to Dr Peter Breggin.  I would really appreciate your help in this as it is hard to find a psychiatrist that actively works with their patient towards recovery, instead of just prescribing medication. I am onto my 2nd psychiatrist. Still searching for the right one. I am really tired of forking out so much money towards useless doctors. Doctors who do not know what protracted withdrawal is, doctors who can't explain what happen to me, and is still happening to me. Doctors who don't have a clue about tapering their patients from AD's. Dr Purssey is the only Aussie doctor that is listed on this site.   Thank you.

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dalsaan   
dalsaan

Hi Hopefull,

 

I'm sorry I dont know of any psychiatrists in Melbourne or doctors that know anything about withdrawal.   I have had to manage my own withdrawal with help and advice here.

 

Dalsaan

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Tammi   
Tammi

Hi

 

I'm on the Gold Coast have just joined after PP closed.

 

Tammi

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dalsaan   
dalsaan

HI Tammi,

 

Welcome to SA.  A lot of your PP friends are here and there is a thread about the closure of PP here http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/7513-paxil-progress-is-closing/page-33

 

Can I ask you to start your own thread in the introductions section.   We each have one (and one only)   Your thread is the place where you can ask for advice/support on your personal situation and detail what's happening for you.   It's also the place where people can drop by and say hello.

 

Cheers

 

Dalsaan

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JanCarol   
JanCarol

Hey Aussies! 

 

I got this from MIA (Mad In America) - prominent Dutch Professor of Psychiatry, Peter Gotzsche, is coming to Oz, and to a hall near you!  He's promoting his book, so tickets are cheap (I paid $22 a head):

 

http://blogs.crikey.com.au%2Fcroakey%2F2015%2F01%2F18%2Fprofessor-peter-gotzsche-to-deliver-a-powerful-critique-of-psychiatry%2F&h=PAQHqnAEB

 

https://www.mentalaz.wordpress.com%2Fhome%2F&h=PAQHqnAEB

 

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mental-health-overdiagnosed-overmedicated-talk-by-professor-peter-gtzsche-tickets-13237695303

 

I hope I got the links right, but anyway, just googling his name and Australia will get you info about the book tour.

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Fresh   
Fresh

Thanks  for sharing Jancarol         Happy Australia Day to anyone reading this.

 

Best wishes for continued healing ,  Fresh

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Kar   
Kar

I am an Aussie.  I've posted in the self-introduction thread.  Thanks.

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altruist   
altruist

I am from Sydney and I was wondering if there were any other Sydney-siders here?

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Fresh   
Fresh

Hi altruist , I'm in Sydney too.    Have you seen the section on tapering ?     There's info. about tapering Cymbalta there.

Dr Lucire isn't taking on new clients , but has offered to act as a consultant.    Her website is in my signature.

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JanCarol   
JanCarol

OK, enough fiction.  I'm ready to get real.

 

I have NO REASON for anonymity, no reason to hide.  So I should "come out" first.

 

If you wish to contact me directly for a chat and coffee, here I am:

 

Mobile Oh Four One Seven 90125 Nine.  I prefer texts because I'm hard of hearing.

 

JanCarolwow at gmail.com

 

I KNOW this is publicinformation!!!!  That's okay.

 

Come out, come out, wherever you are!

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ang   
ang

Hi janCarol....... bit far for me to come and have a coffee!!     australias such a big place.  I am in Albany, WA.

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Fresh   
Fresh

Too far for me also JanCarol , but I love your ballsy attitude.

 

I met someone from this site recently and it was a wonderful experience - for us both.    We're going to make it a regular thing , every month or two.   It was like meeting an old friend , where you didn't have to explain and didn't need to feel embarrassed or inadequate.

I highly recommend trying to set something up.   We could all do with the extra support.

 

Fresh

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Cheeky   
Cheeky

Hey fresh,

I would love to met up with any Aussies , it would be great to have a face to face talk about all this stuff.

I feel 95% of people don't understand about antidepressants and the problems they cause.

All Sydney people or anyone else who wants to get together , let's organize it .

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Fresh   
Fresh

That's a good idea Cheeky.

    

A couple of issues though , there's only a few of us in each state , and geography could be a problem.    The other thing is as a group , we're extremely unreliable   

(due to ongoing symptoms) or even housebound , so it may only be 2 or 3 people at first.    But 2 or 3 people who relate is more valuable than a hundred who don't , I reckon.

 

If you'd like to meet me and steeley , just message me  :)   (sorry steeley , I've blown your cover!  lol)

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Damienpryan   
Damienpryan

Hi all

 

I'm in Melbourne.

 

Decaf for me ;-)

 

Cheers

 

Damien

 

(You can always get me on damien -at- ryancs.com.au)

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JanCarol   
JanCarol

Actually, I know of about 5 SA'rs within cooee of here.  7 if you go all the way to City.  And probably more if we include the Gold Coast and Southside.

 

So yes, there's the tyrrany of geography, but hey - you cross those rivers and ride those trains to see your family and friends, don't you?  

 

A one off meeting shouldn't be impossible.

 

I'm just chock-a-block with medical appointments at the mo:  6 this week alone.   :o

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ardyes   
ardyes

Hi. I live in Melbourne and would like to meet up with people. I'm currently staying on the sunshine coast too. :)

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Sujema   
Sujema

Hi to the Aussies,

I live South of Sydney. I'm particularly interested in Communicating with anyone who I has recently come off Effexor, to hear if you are experiencing similar withdrawal symptoms as myself, and how you are coping.

Sujema <<>>

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Cheeky   
Cheeky

hey Sujema,

I have not come off Effexor, but what you describe in your signature is common for withdrawel.

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Damienpryan   
Damienpryan

I'd agree with cheeky.

The ssri's are largely similar in there symptoms when stopping.

I was on Effexor a long time ago before switching to Lexapro.

I had heard Effexor nicknamed 'side effectsor'.

Cheers

Damien

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Damienpryan   
Damienpryan

I'd agree with cheeky.

The ssri's are largely similar in there symptoms when stopping.

I was on Effexor a long time ago before switching to Lexapro.

I had heard Effexor nicknamed 'side effectsor'.

Cheers

Damien

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AliG   
AliG

Hi, I'm in Brisbane and would love to meet fellow Brisbanite's for coffee!  There seems to be a few of us.

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JanCarol   
JanCarol

Hey AliG - 

 

I have had a request to start a support group for Brissie SA.   I believe this may be part of my porpoise in life.  I had a dream, and in the dream I even know where it would take place.  But that's years down the road.

 

If I can get a core SA group in Brisbane of at least 3, but preferably 5, then I will start advertising for "general public" on Meetup.   This will be social, peer support - learning from each other to get better, learning how we do things the same, or differently, what works and what doesn't - or just get together and whinge with like minded people!

 

We may attract some drama queens and nutbags but if our core group is strong, that won't shake it.

 

I'll send you my schedule this week - you pick the venue - we will coffee! (or decaf, or soy chai latte, or whatever)

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ang   
ang

We may attract some drama queens and nutbags but if our core group is strong, that won't shake it. Someones quote.

 

If you believe this, then perhaps you are not ready to start a group.  In my experience, the drama queens and nutbags are the ones who are apparently """well"..  

 

I appreciate your open and honest comments, I hope no-one minds if I write about my thoughts and expeiences.  There is a Depression Support Group in Albany, where I am, but I have never been.  I don't know why?  Maybe because they are accepting that they have an ""illness" by the title of the group, but I could be wrong. Perhaps they are also survivors of antidepressants, I dont know.               I dont think I ever had an illness, just a bad doctor. Perhaps there are already "Depression Support Groups" out there already, in your areas?

 

Have you had experience with "nutbags" before?  I have, he was my ex husband, and he was "going to get me shot".......  apparently he was sane.  No-one would ever pick him out of a crowd, for being a nutbag,  but he was... for quite a while there.  It was quite a worry, when I heard blasts over two nights, and found a spent shotgun cartridge in front of my house  (I live in Australia, we do not have guns)....  all I could do was laugh, when my son picked up the cartridge,  and say  ""oh well he missed".

 

Anyhow I wish you well.   I apologise for my ramblings, or musings?

 

Why does it have to be an official sort of group?  Are you going to have a proper meeting, with an agenda and such?  Or just an informal get together in a coffee shop?  Or perhaps a half hour walk together in a park?

 

It seems to be some "brainwashing", I believe, that people with mental illnesses should not communicate with each other, stay anonymous  ""as there are nutbags out there"...  I found it quite weird, but interesting, that in Graylands, when I finally made it to Mother and Baby ward, that the Mothers there would not go out amongst the other ""ïll patients"...  they were frightened of them, but they were just the same, just in a different ward.......Amazing, there was this heirachy in ill patients.  Mother and Baby patients put themselves above all the other patients..  I had already been in every ward, and they were all the same.  A bit like I am ill, but not as ill as the others....  We are all equal, but some more equal than others.

 

While there,  I found that the patients were the sane ones.  All there because of some horrific trauma during childhood, or abuse in their present life. Or like me, getting over a severe reaction to a medication. 

 

I was never allowed to continue to communicate with friends I made there.  All secrecy stuff.  Keep all the nutters apart. Surely this place could have passed letters between old patients?   I still wonder how they are getting on now.  It was the patients, there, who make the other patients better.  I have so many stories to tell, all humble and humane, the staff were not humane, just patients to patients.

 

It seems just another perpetuation of the myth that mentally ill people cause all the drama and trauma in the world, I think they (we) are the ones who suffer all the drama and trauma. The only person I was terrified of was my husband, he wanted to "have me shot"....and he was apparently sane?

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