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  1. Yes, very supportive. Has let me tried pretty much any drug i want. Doing blood tests at the moment to see if anything wrong that might show up
  2. Im functioning on pregabalin, valium & citalopram. but i worry about benzo-withdrawal if/when they take me off it. If i could end things without leaving behind a trail of destruction id do it
  3. Ive been taking codeine everyday for the last 10 months. Trying to taper myself off it. Also abusing pregabalin- taking 900mg some days instead of the max dose 600mg. And also popping diazepam whenever needed. havent drunk for 20 years due to alcoholism but cos I’m in a depressive fit the siren song of alcohol has never been so alluring. I mustn’t, can’t drink.
  4. Pregabalin is a major factor in weight management for me. I’m on 600mg & can just about control my urge to binge. As soon as something else is added to the pot my appetite goes through the roof. I’d drop pregabalin if it weren’t so effective at managing intrusive thoughts. It doesn’t stop the frequency of them but it does stop the intensity of them. Whereas things would hang around on average for 2 weeks , pregabalin drops it to about 3 days. Helps calm me too. It’s tricky. I know most of us here are in a similar boat
  5. They don’t prescribe bupropion in the uk, except I think short term for quitting smoking. Mirtazapine, trazodone, clomipramine and reboxetine were tried as well. All gave me either paresthesia or insomnia. I seem to have become sensitive to side effects unlike my early twenties. I’ll ask the doc about trintellix. thanks for answering
  6. Anxiety, depression , very bad ocd, irritability & anger. ive tried every SSRI & SNRI. Currently on pregabalin, citalopram & diazepam. not long completed a second CBT course. Psych wants to try a low antipsychotic but I’m extremely wary as I’m struggling with weight & have ongoing gastrointestinal problems(gastroparesis) made worse by being overweight. ive been under psychiatric supervision since I was 9. I’m now 48. - but I function. I run a business with my wife. But underneath it’s always been the same. I think I’m tired now of it. The only reason I’m still here is because of the devastation I’d leave behind
  7. Nothing has worked. Every drug I’ve tried makes things worse. I hate being alive. There’s just anxiety I can’t kill myself as it would destroy my kids and wife’s lives. But other than that preventive factor I don’t see the point I don’t understand how people cope. what keeps you motivated?
  8. at an intellectual level i can understand the idea of cognitive distancing. I appreciate and know the truth of what CBT says about the nature of thoughts, but it doesnt seem to lessen the impact of them. They can still punch me in the gut and leave me winded. Must try harder i guess. thanks for replying
  9. I liken my intrusive thoughts to a visual “ear worm”. Does anyone have any tips on how to deal with a constant “visual worm” of , without going into too much detail, an unpleasant scatalogical nature?
  10. Ive taken the plunge. Been 4 weeks without an SSRI/SNRI for the first time in 25 years. Ive got Pregabalin & Diazepam to cushion the blow. Still getting Paresthesia tho it is milder so maybe its the Pregabalin??? Intrusive thoughts are through the roof and i feel like i could burst into tears at any time. Depressed as well though not in a "cant get out of bed " way. im going to give it another two weeks and see what happens. Going to see Doc about paresthesia if its still there and im thinking of lowering Pregabalin and getting back on an SSRI at a level i can tolerate the Paraesthesia at
  11. ive had two lots of CBT, done a mindfulness based cbt course and an ACT course. To be honest ive found the Stoic philosophers more helpful than any of these courses theyre not really working (maybe mildly) that's why im thinking of stopping them. Its just side effects all the way - im hoping to go back on them in the future in the hope that the break will leave my system a little less primed to overreact I know its a fanciful idea, appreciate the replies
  12. has anyone tried taking a holiday from meds? It seems my system just cant cope anymore. The most recent drug Reboxetine has been horrible. constant Dyspepsia , vomiting and the dreaded Paresthesia. I think im gonna just stick with pregabalin (which side effects i can cope with) and try to taper off Diazepam (cos of the bad reputation long term use gets). My Psych is against it and has persuaded me to try Trazodone. If my system reacts badly again i think thats it, ive had it. I just cant see an antipsychotic or tricyclic being tolerable whilst the others arent. Im tempted to tough it out and just put up with the OCD/anxiety and intrusive thoughts for as long as i can & then if the wheels start to come off go back & try an SSRI again. Ive had 3 years of coming on and coming off meds and im sick of it! sick of feeling ill. I may as well just be mentally ill instead of physically ill too has anyone tried this before?
  13. ive been on them for 25 years. for some reason about 18 months ago they started to give me bad paraesthesia. I switched from snri cymbalta to sertraline, then fluoxetine, then citalopram then effexor which ive justed tapered off. Dunno whether to try Luvox (which ive never tried ) or try escitalopram again (which id had about 7 years ago). next step is clomipramine or an AP but im convinced that anything that touches serotonin is going to give me this paraesthesia.
  14. Ive taken 5mg of diazepam every day for a year now for irritability and anger (on top of pregabalin). Im currently SSRI free and feel horrible , Ocd is florid to say the least! 5mg isnt alot in comparison to what some take but im going to have to come off it at some point. Im seeing the psych on Monday so ill find out what the plan is then
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