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Unread 06-18-2017, 08:00 AM   #11
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Yes I'm afraid of long term anti-psychotics. I hope not to take them long term, but having SZA I don't know how how feasible that is.

Have you ever responded well to an anti-depressant?
Never tried one. But the way atypical antidepressants work like antidepressants is the right way, I think. It works indirectly by selective blocking, not by pumping and flooding. Flooding never works for long since your body over time becomes less sensitive. And when you stop, the insensitivity remains, creating effectively a shortage. What's more, you are psychologically weakened to deal with anxiety (same with the blocking).

Do you think you are too dependent on one or more of your meds?
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Unread 06-18-2017, 12:23 PM   #12
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I'm only on latuda for the time being. I guess it depends on what you mean by dependent. I think I obviously need something. So I guess I am dependent. But I don't use it for sleep or anything. However I am dependent on supplements for sleep. If I want to get to sleep before midnight I have to take melatonin and valerian root. I've read that it's not good to use melatonin long term. I've reduced my dose to 5mg instead of ten, and I'm hoping to cut it out once school ends and I can stand not getting a lot of sleep for a little while.

What's one med you refuse to try no matter what?
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Unread 06-19-2017, 12:56 PM   #13
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Antidepressants. I'd rather take benzodiazepines as needed. But neither is a solution. Not unless you like anxiety.

Would you rather take lots of meds at low doses or few at high doses?
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Unread 06-19-2017, 01:32 PM   #14
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A lot of low. Bad move. You never know what's working. If anything.
I'm also scared of Abilify. Are you?.
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Zoloft it such bad effects on me sent me super manic. All other ssri's sent me manic to some extent but none of them like 50mg of zoloft.
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I'd take Abilify although I'd rather take something older so the incidence of side-effects is better known.

How often and for how long do you go off your meds (and why)?
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I've gone off my meds to try to make myself manic.

What was your first psych med?
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First psych med was Klonopin for GAD.

What's your least favorite med in your cocktail?
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Topamax. I can't tolerate a dose big enough to do much but if I try to go off it I stop sleeping. Yet with all the sedation I'm on I struggle to believe 25 mg of topamax actually does anything. I resent it.

Would you try a drug that was inconvenient if it was more likely to work?
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Depends on how much more likely. You can't expect meds to solve everything.

Do you actively try to reduce your reliance on meds (and how)?
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