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  1. I've have experienced remission from depression for a number of years. If the meds stop the depression returns.
  2. https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/devices/vagus-nerve-stimulation-vns
  3. Keep in mind insurance will not pay if you leave AMA (Against Medical Advice).
  4. My understanding is that bromocriptine or cabergoline are rough drugs to take, i.e. side effects. Of course Abilify is no walk in the park for some people but hopefully the low dose would make it easier to take. I have seen large reductions of prolactin with very little Abilify.
  5. A low dose of Abilify will lower prolactin and is used by some docs to treat risperidone side effects like raised prolactin.
  6. A benzo would be ideal right now. Benzos are ideal for rough med changes, I would never change anything without them.
  7. It will take about 20 days to clear Rexulti so depending on when you stopped you still have some Rexulti in your body. I would suspect when the AAP is cleared you may have the same symptom (agitation) for a while as your serotonin and dopamine receptors get used to the new environment. The way to avoid this with long half life meds is you have to taper some to allow your receptors to gradually get used a lower dose of Rexulti. So do something like move to .5 mg (cut a 1 mg in half) for at least 20 days and then try stopping. Remember you still have 20 days to fully wash out.
  8. Over the years I have developed some signs that I think indicate I am depressed. They are clear signs that can only be answered by yes or no. Grooming is a common place to look for signs of depression as, for me, grooming is the first thing to go. So one question would be "have I bathed in the last 3 days ?" This does not include standing in front of the sink, "washing around the edges" and other attempts to bath. Bathing must involve, almost always, the shower. Wearing the same clothes for more than 3 days is a sign of depression, for me.
  9. Combination of 2 benzos will do this, even at low doses. Benzos potentiate each other. All benzos have slurring as a side effect. For example. I can take up to 4 mg Klonopin without slurring or 4 mg Ativan. But take 1 mg Klonopin taken daily with 1 mg ativan taken as needed and I slur.
  10. Have you considered disability ? Put your severe depression coupled with the significant med side effects (Social Security considers those) plus a poor work history and you have disability.
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