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  1. For the people in whom Buspar works, it can be very helpful. It acts on serotonin, rather than GABA, so doesn't pack the same kind of immediate anxiety relief that benzos do. As such, it also carries essentially nil in terms of addiction potential. We want our members here to work together with their health care providers. Please encourage people to ask smart questions rather than criticize and change providers without adequate information.
  2. @notloki hits the mark most consistent with the practice of the clinic where I work. Anyone who's on a controlled substance has to sign an agreement that includes, among other "don't be a dick to us, we won't be a dick to you" clauses, there is "expect you're going to have to give a urine sample when you come in for your appointment." If a patient tests negative for the medication that the doc is prescribing and the doc continues to prescribe, the DEA can file charges and arrest the doc for supplying drugs, which can put their prescribing ability and medical license... and therefore their ability to work in jeopardy. It's also important to know if someone's testing positive for other substances that can be dangerous when combined with what the doc is prescribing. It would be considered negligent practice to NOT test, since that's the current practice standard. It's another variation of this is why we can't have nice things. Unfortunately the urine drug screen market is getting some fat cats a whole lot more money. It's ridiculously lucrative, and the more things tighten up in the prescribing world, the more you can expect you're going to get tested. If your insurance won't cover it, it might be worth it to see if your doc could order a less expensive test or at least a test that insurance would cover. If you have a good relationship with your health care provider, they'll tend to work with you on stuff like this. They probably don't know how much the test they're ordering costs, and that it's not covered by insurance. PS-I live in a state that's been hit VERY hard by opiate overdose deaths.
  3. Can you overdose on Neurontin?

    This is the kind of question that is best answered in person by a medical provider. At a minimum, slurred speech, dizziness, diarrhea. At worst, death. Please call a poison control center or go to your closest emergency department for evaluation and treatment.
  4. I feel you, though I thought I had my midlife crisis as a teen and at 43 am getting over the surprise of still being alive... just in time to realize I’m probably close to or over the half way point already. ”youth is wasted on the young” now you kids turn down that noise you call music and get off my lawn!
  5. Oh good @CrazyRedhead. Thanks for saying and linking stuff. It's been a little while since I needed to know that stuff.
  6. It's good to at least call and let them know you're working? You have, I believe, 9 months of earning more than amount for "substantial gainful activity" as "trial work" periods, in a rolling window of 12 months. But if you never earn more than the minimum, you don't use your trial work months. https://choosework.ssa.gov/blog/2018-02-28-myth-busted-trial-work-period
  7. Best Non-benzo anxiety med?

    Sometimes blood pressure meds can be used for anti-anxiety purposes, both alpha blockers (like clonidine/Catapres, not to be confused with benzo Klonopin/clonazepam, or prazosin/Minipress--but that's more often used for PTSD-type nightmares) and beta blockers (like propranolol/Inderal, more often used for performance-type anxiety. I'm curious if you've thought about changing to a longer-acting benzo like clonazepam before changing drug families all together. I hear that you don't want to deal with a long-term taper, and also that you're getting tolerant to the effects of Xanax. Sometimes people have better results with tolerance by changing to a longer-acting med and then tapering gradually from there.
  8. My first time cutting

    Sorry to hear that self harm was the thing that seemed like the best way to manage the distress you were feeling. If you haven't already done so, please read the guidelines to posting in the SI forum. We are a place that encourages people to find alternative ways to cope and minimize harm associated with self injurious behaviors until you are ready to stop. You sound like a person who might be under 18, which means you might be living at home with adults who care about you, or going to school where there might be some people who could help you talk to caregivers/parents about the distress you're feeling and how you've been trying to cope in ways that are less healthy. Please also keep in mind that when posting in the self harm part of the board, we take a little extra caution to not talk about specific tools or methods of self harming, or locations of self harm.
  9. I think about this sometimes, and I'm glad Nugget isn't there in any sense yet. There's a couple of quality of life scales for pets on this site: https://www.lapoflove.com/Quality-of-Life/Quality-of-Life-Scoring-Tools I hope it's helpful. <3
  10. Does this therapist raise red flags?

    I would not like to work with that person, though I can understand why she may do things the ways she does. Not being able to see a therapist for weeks when doing trauma work is concerning to me.
  11. MAOI Diet Effects

    WHEW! I was hoping someone else might be able to chime in as well! Mostly I'm guessing based on what I know of MAOIs and halloumi (which is delicious).
  12. MAOI Diet Effects

    It's a great question. Given that halloumi is an unripened cheese, I would think it's going to be significantly lower in tyramine (the culprit for MAOI diets as I understand) than other kinds of aged cheese. Does your doctor's office or insurance company have a nutritionist that might be able to help you figure it out? I'd be inclined to try a small amount and if it spikes my blood pressure and makes me miserable to take that as an answer.
  13. I confess... I don't see the point of this board

    We have set up the confessional such that users can request to have the post locked after making it if they want to make absolutely sure there's no commenting on a post. Another option is to tell people what kind of responses you're looking for. That will tend to increase the likelihood of getting more of what you're looking for, and also gives mods more discretion to step in and knock heads if needed. Otherwise, we tend to be a pretty hands off place that's a refuge from people who are likely to get kicked off other MH support sites.
  14. Ask him. Let him know you ran into some financial troubles and you felt too ashamed to return his calls. Let him know you would like to make things right financially. And ask if he would be willing to take you back as a client or if you've burned the bridge... essentially all the words you already have used. Therapists get this stuff. The answer might be no or not right now or "my practice is full". But the answer might also be yes.
  15. I want to die NOW, but...

    It sucks that you’re having such a hard time right now. sometimes self harm is a way that we keep from doing something more dangerous. We do it because we know on some level that it helps in the short term even if it causes more problems in the long run. if you do feel like self harm is the only way to deal with your current state of distress (have you seen the pinned topic on this part of the board about things to try to keep yourself occupied while urged are high) let’s talk about harm reduction. What kind of self harm might be enough to help you get through this moment while causing the least amount of damage to your body? we generally don’t talk about specific methods here, but just by way of example, in the past I’ve stuck a thumbtack in my shoe and walked somewhere that was 5 miles away and back. what do you think about harm reduction vs delaying a decision about self harming and distracting yourself until tomorrow?