I'm intrested in discussing psych medications. I have some mental health issues myself,bout psychiatric medications based on experience of being on them. At the same time, psychopharmacology is one of my biggest passions. How neurotransmitters effect behavior, thoughts, personality, emotions, etc. It's very fascinating how, for example, someone's doctor putting them on Prozac (fluoxetine), and how the blockade of the serotonin transporter (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor and Serotonin-2C Antagonist), thus increasing synaptic levels of serotonin, and how it effects how they think and feel, and most importantly how they function. It's amazing, for example, how not having enough serotonin that causes less serotonin receptors in the post-synapse from being activated, can make thinking positively, having a good attitude difficult. On another note, some people who take Ritalin (methylphenidate), for examle, and some people get calm, less talkative, and focused like a zombie... Other people take it and it gives them energy, confidence, feeling invinclbe, and become dependent on the Ritalin. It makes sense, because there's no other drug that's similar to cocaine than Ritalin. Unlinke Ritalin, which is not an amphetamine stimulant, dextroamphetamine on the other hand, brand names: Adderall, Dexedrine, are. And believe it or not, methamphetamine is a medication that can be prescribed (brand name: Dexoxyn), and used for theraputic reasons, like extreme cases of Narcolepsy... The point is, is that any drug can be USED -or- ABUSED
Your analysis points to the central problem with psychiatry; every brain is different. What works just fine for one person does not for another.
Much of the conversation on this board is about the process of finding the correct combination. It has taken me 14 years to get it. Other have taken even longer.
Add to this fun and games that the brain changes with age and purposeful and accidental abuse of our meds becomes a real problem.
Brain chemistry is one of the most exciting area in medicine right now (next to gene therapy). What we are learning and unlearning is amazing.
How do I feel about all this? My meds are working and I am happy. When they don't work, which has not happened in a long time now, I am worse than living with a rabid dog. I don't know how my family puts up with me, or why.
I wish the doctors had better tools to choose meds, but they don't. Experience and sometimes luck is all they have. It works 95% of the time on the first try. When you are in that last 5% of 'tuning' it can be frustrating, but it is what makes the most difference in the long run.
I hope to continue this conversation.
Hello renewedsoul10. Welcome to the site. The brain is an organ that is or can be easily put into a state of "couch potatoe".It needs constant work to fall into such a state. Crossword puzzles offer a unique and time trusted way of making one think, exercising the brain. I look back to the older drugs (cylics and MAOI's) that were first used to treat the vatious forms of depression vs the new age and truth be told, the newer families SSRI's etc have in my point of view, limited success when compared. The major difference again, my own view point are the side effects are minimal in comparison to the older ones. I find that within the past twenty or so years now, not much new has arrived on the stage. Prozac has been out for oh, thirty plus years now, as is Zoloft etc. You raised the point of off label use and this is very true within the newer families of SNRI's etc. Duel, multiple functions unlike the drugs of fourty plus years ago and counting.
Drugs can be abused true, but I've found that this is more the result of the severity of the depression and the length of time being ill. People will by nature, through not fault of thier own, tend to over medicate when having taken brand X for umpteen years with no successfull outcome. Regards, pledge
Hi renewedsoul (love your username!) I've been on and off Prozac (fluoxetine) for about 16 years. I can tell you, from experience, that I DO have a better out look on life in general, and am much more positive than when I am not taking it.
You seem to want more info on Ritalin though, so I won't take up a lot of room here.
Good luck and hope you get lots of responses,
p.s. I hope you joined the ADHD support group, along with Ritalin support group, also the ADD support group, you will get more answers to your question that way.
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