... ssri and stopped taking it gradually until for the past 1 yr. I had a relapse and tried taking ssri back but could not tolerate the side effects esp the GI s.effects.was started on mirtazapine but made my brain foggy and irritable.not really helping me.anyone with any ideasbor experiences?
Hi, torque! Sorry to hear you're in a bad way and I understand because I had to try many, many drugs and combinations before my psychiatrist (BTW, if you seeing a family doctor you might ask for a referral to a psychiatrist) and I found the answer that controls my symptoms with no side effects at all.
Every person will react differently as far as response to a medication and the same apples to side effects. You have many different classes of antidepressants to work with, all of which affect different areas of the brain; adding an antipsychotic like Abilify can work wonders as can mood stabilizers.
You had a relapse so you most likely need to be medications. It's frustrating ~ a total PIA ~ but I'm here to tell you it's work the effort. I love my life now!!
Try to hang in there and work closely with a knowledgable doctor whom you trust.
My best wishes, WCV
I get where you are coming from. What I used to do when I was feeling GREAT on meds is gradually decrease then stop. I think I did more damage to myself by going on and off psych meds. Currently, I take only Ativan at 1mg every night. That helps with sleep and anxiety. I also take Amitriptyline at 50mg every night. That helps with nerve pain and deeper sleep. I am an insomniac. The insomnia part appears to be the remnants of the psych issues that are left... that is managed quite well now.
I wanted to add that there are a lot of options for people like us. There are a multitude of relaxation techniques to try. There are creative outlets to explore. I do massage therapy, for instance, every two to three weeks. I get a pedicure every month. I have learned and experienced the positive benefits of taking good care of myself - being "nice" instead of self-destructive behavior.
Just wondering what you have tried that works... what you love to do... what hobbies you have. I know from my own personal experience that meds are only half the battle. The other part is what we do with what we have left. Just giving you some food for thought.
Cymbalta was great for me and I was on it for many years. It was the last psych med I tried. Prior to that I was on Parnate - an MAO inhibitor. Some of those psych meds really screwed up my thinking. I am glad I have joy in my life again... that was missing for so, so very long.
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