I have been diagnosed with severe OCD and generalized anxiety disorder, and have been suffering with extreme symptoms for the past two years. Throughout this period, I have been regularly seeing a psychologist and working on CBT therapies. It was quickly evident that medication was necessary, as my symptoms are quite severe. Throughout this period of pharmacological treatment, I tried a variety of medications including SSRIs, and SNRI, benzodiazepines, an anti-psychotic, and a tricyclic. Each of these medications worsened the severity of my OCD (some more than others) significantly, such that I have been unable to remain on most of these medications for a very lengthy duration; the medications also seem to cause extreme fatigue. I am also very sensitive to most of the medications I have tried, and usually start at a dosage about 1/5th-1/10th of what is normally prescribed. For instance, I was on Zoloft for 4 months (I could tolerate this moderately well at a low dosage) at a dosage of 5 mg/day. I tried for one 4 week-period to increase to 10 mg/day, but was totally non-functional for this period. If I increase the dosage too much, the OCD becomes unbearable, and I am often debilitated by fatigue. I apologize for the lengthy description, but feel that I am running out of treatment options. I am a student and have been on medical leave for 1.5 years, and am so eager to return to my studies. I appreciate any advice or experience that anyone is able to offer. Thank you.
12Microbiome; Believe me this is more common than people know. But on the good side, there is many many more medication that sadly the only way to find out is the taking of them for at least 2 to 5 weeks. And remember you can't worry about 1 ssri giving you problems and think you can't take any anymore unless it was one of the side effects that can be very serious. HAVE THEY DONE THE NEW BLOOD TEST on you that tells them which class of medication that you should respond better to that is out now and worth a try. And very Important don't take it out on you which we do that you have to take a bit longer off from work or school. We are looking at the long term. And Very Important is you can not give up or dwell on times when you don't do too well we all have these days. You have to remember to keep the faith and think positive and also use your sense of humor.
you may laugh but this is very serious Treat you well and know that they are so many people that have this problem and in time it will be under control. But very hard at times if you have to ALSO remember I found for myself that very negative people are not good to be around they will pull you down with you and them. Micro; I don't mean to make this feel or sound bad. But in a year and 1/2, all of these people should have come up with better results for you. A therapist is very Important to help you work thru all of this but you should switch back to a psychiatrist that has all the current and new medication. And also remember we can be the hardest on ourselves so try and give yourself so breaks. And what helped me a lot is while reading about the different problems we can get many times the doctor will guess. But Ocd, overlaps very much with general anxiety disorder and a few other And you and the problems with many medications makes it a bit more of a challenge But it can and will be taken care of many of this medication that you have had remembered that they can make your symptoms even worse for the first 7 to 14 days and then the zombie high anxiety, And stress ease up at that point then the doctor should start to slowly raise them. I hope there is some information in here that will help and give you hope if you continue to think in the new and right way. ways that will start an improvement. ALSO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COME BACK TO DRUGS.COM AT ANYTIME IF I OR ONE OF THE OTHER GREAT PEOPLE HERE CAN HELP ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THEY PUT YOU ON. Best of luck to you and please keep in touch, You can beat this and don't put so much pressure on yourself, I am more than guilty of that. Chuck1957 P.S. Remember that you should ask the doctor about the blood test that will give a match to what medication
I also can only tolerate low doses of Meds for GAD. My doctor took a cheek swab and sent it into Genesight for testing of my responses to psychotropic drugs. We got the results back and I was able to start on an antidepressant called Effexsor which I have been on for a month at a therapeutic dose. Lynn
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