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    • If you're suicidal and need help now

      Call/email a semi-pro. There are many free sources of help on the web and the phone. USA: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or 1-800-SUICIDE - 24 hours a day Australia: Lifeline at 13 11 14 - 24 hours a day New Zealand: Lifeline at 0800 543 354 - 24 hours a day Ireland: Samaritans at 1850 60 90 90 - 24 hours a day UK: Samaritans at 08457 90 90 90 - 24 hours a day Canada: Try a number from here Canada/Youth (under 20): Kids' Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 - 24 hours a day (anonymous and confidential - can't trace calls) Canada and USA / Youth: Covenant House Nineline at 1-800-999-9999 (2 pm til midnight) Trans* Folks: (877) 565 8860 - by and for trans* folks in North America - translifeline.org If you don't want to chat on the phone, you can chat with a trained volunteer online here: https://www.imalive.org Websites and other info: You can call The Samaritans if you are in Ireland (1850 60 90 90) or the UK (08457 90 90 90), . They provide "confidential non-judgemental emotional support 24 hours a day". You can contact them by email, phone, or letter, or talk to someone face to face at one of their branches. If you are in Australia, you can contact Lifeline at 13 11 14. They are open 24 hours a day. If you would prefer, you can also try out their online crisis chat which is open from 8 pm - 4am AEST. People from New Zealand can also call Lifeline - see number above. NZ folks can also see this website for a list of helplines: http://www.mhc.govt.nz/urgent-help If you are in the US, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 24 hours a day. If you are in Canada, you can try this list of regional crisis lines (mainly in Ontario). If you are in Canada and under 20, you can call Kids' Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 (it's confidential and they can't trace your call). If you are in Canada and you require support in French, Suicide Action Montreal operates a bilingual line: (514) 723-4000 If none of these are in your area, you can try searching "suicide or crisis helpline in [insert your location here]." If you STILL can't find anything and you need to talk to someone now, try calling one of the above lines, even if it isn't in your area. Here are some websites that provide support and information about suicide and suicide prevention. They may also contain lists of helplines that are not listed above: http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/ http://www.suicide.org/ http://suicide.com/ http://suicidal.com/

Meds and Other Crap That Make Life Tolerable


  1. Anticonvulsants / Mood Stabilizers - Bodies A-Twitchin', Moods A-Switchin'


    These meds have almost as many uses as Obecalp, including migraines, mood swings and epileptic shakin'. How are they working for you? Trade notes with your med mates here. Including: Depakote (divalproex sodium), Depakene (valproic acid), Depacon (valproate sodium), Dilantin (phenytoin), Luminal (phenobarbital), Tegretol /Carbatrol (carbamazepine), Trileptal (oxcarbazepine), Neurontin (gabapentin), Lyrica (pregablin), Gabitril (tiagabine), Felbatol (felbamate), Keppra (levetiracetam), Lamictal (lamotrigine), Topamax (topiramate), Zonegran (zonisamide) as well as all the formulations of Lithium (lithium carbonate)


  2. Antidepressants - If You're Crappy and You Know It


    No matter what flavor of pavement you are licking, one of these could be your ride out of hell. Whether you're fighting with depression, anxiety, ADD, IBS, or any of a dozen or so conditions, there are multiple options on the menu. Choices include: The SSRI's Celexa/Cipramil (citalopram hydrobromide), Lexapro/Cipralax (escitalopram oxalate), Luvox/Floxyfral/Faverin (fluvoxamine maleate), Paxil/Aropax/Paroxat/Paxetin/Seroxat (paroxetine), Prozac/Erocap/Lorien/Lovan/Zactin (fluoxetine), and Zoloft/Lustral (sertraline); Multiple Reuptake Inhibitors (MRIs) - Effexor (venlafaxine), Cymbalta (duloxetine), Serzone/Dutonin (nefazodone), Wellbutrin (bupropion); Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) - Marplan (isocarboxazid), Nardil (phenelzine sulfate), Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate); Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)-Elavil/Amitrip/Amyline/all the other incarnations (amitriptyline), Ludiomil (maprotiline), Norpramin (desipramine), Pamelor/Allegron/Aventyl/etc (nortiptyline), Sinequan (doxepin), Surmontil (trimipamine), Toframil/Imprin/Janimine (impramine pamoate/impramine hydrochloride), Vivactil (protriptyline); and miscellaneous ADs-Ascendin/Asendin/Asendis (amoxapine), Desyrel/Molipaxin (trazodone), Etrafon/Triavil (amitriptyline hydrochloride & perphenazine), Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide & amitriptyline HCl), Remeron/Avanaza (mirtazapine)


  3. Cocktails - Medicated to the Gills and Floundering

    Bloody Marys, Long Island Iced Teas, Harvey Wallbangers - not really. Alcohol plus psychoactive meds = big no-no. The cocktails here are made from multiple medications. Sometimes they work together in strange and mysterious ways, even if they're not clinically supposed to. See http://www.aidsmeds.com/cmm/DrugsNewContent.asp for a good interaction checker.

  4. Antipsychotics / Neuroleptics / Major Tranquilizers - The Acme Pill-O-Matics


    Just because you're on these does not mean you are psychotic. They can slice mania, dice OCD, and make julienne strips of your depression. They aren't bad for psychosis either. Medications in this category are Risperdal (risperidone), Zyprexa (olanzapine), Abilify (aripiprazole), Geodon (ziprasidone HCl), Seroquel (quetiapine), Clozaril (clozapine) and lots of older ones.


  5. Miscellaneous Medications & Miscellaneous Questions About Meds

    Smorgasbord in a bottle: These are all the weird, wild & wacky meds we just can't pigeonhole elsewhere, including - but not limited to - those used as anything from antihistamines to telomerase therapy. Yes, they can mess with your head. Talk about 'em here.

  6. Benzodiazepines - Take a Chill Pill!

    Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Tranxene (clorazepate dipotassium), Valium / Diastat (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam)

  7. CNS Stimulants - Warped & Wired


    All revved up and no place to go. Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts), Desoxyn (methamphetamine), Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine sulfate), Focalin (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride), Ritalin / Concerta / Metadate (methylphenidate hydrochloride), Cylert (pemoline) as well as caffeine, ephedrine, and all those things they sell in gas stations next to the rolling papers.


  8. Side Effects - It Turned Me into a Newt! A Newt? I Got Better.

    Suddenly you've got more gas than the Hindenburg, your nails grew eighteen inches, and your pubic hair turned green. Could it have something to do with that new med you just started taking? This board accepts queries both delicate and indelicate.

  9. What The Hell is THAT? - Medical, Nutritional, and Lifestyle Alternatives

    Your dear aunt's friend of a friend "swears by it", and the guy on TV says Big Government won't let you have it (If it's medical marijuana, he's right), or maybe it's being offered as a class down at the community center. Ask here - maybe someone has heard of it, has a reference for studies on it, or has already tried it out. Just be careful with the Kool-Aid.

    1. Just don't ask how to score some for yourself if it's illegal in your country.
    2. Alternative lifestyle? try the GLBT board
    3. Attention Scientologists: Please post in this forum. Making fun of you makes us feel even better than poking fun at potheads trying to score on a psych forum.
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  11. ECT etc. - Watt's up, Doc?

    If it runs on electricity, makes you feel better, and isn't sold in sex shops, this is the place to talk about it. Includes lightboxes, ECT, VNS, cranial nerve stimulation, sticking magnets to your head and licking 9-volt batteries.