our logo
Freedom is in you...
You are enough. You are your solution.  
Go Back   paxilprogress > Paxil > General Discussion
User Name
Password
Register Moderation Guidelines Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

General Discussion Open discussion about Paxil, Paxil Withdrawal, successes and progress, good stories and bad, with and without.

Adverse Drug Reaction Reporting    FDA Warnings    Published Withdrawal Studies    Pregnancy Warnings    Forum Psychology

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-08-2012, 09:48 PM   #1
jonw
 
jonw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 17
Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Hello again,

but I would like to know if there are any un-biased scientifically valid studies that show that psychiatric medications (SSRI's, Antipsychotics) actually help people live better lives and do more good than harm?


Just curious

ps - I am new here, so I hope I am not over-posting and posting appropriately; thanks for letting me join this forum.
__________________
Nov 2010
Prozac 20 mg 10 days
Risperdal 1 mg 10 days

Dec 2010-Feb 2011 (2 months)
Zoloft 200 mg/day
Zyprexa 30mg/day
Risperdol 2 mg/day
Haldol - 1 dose (?)

Feb 2011 - March 2011 (30 days)
Switched to Lamicatal
Lamicatal 200mg/day
Zoloft at 200mg/day

May 2011- June 2011 (30 days)
Zoloft 200mg/day
Abilify 10mg/day

medication free since July 2011
Suffered severe side-effects and withdrawal effects
while switching
jonw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 12:20 AM   #2
Hikingsd
 
Hikingsd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: San Diego, Ca
Posts: 10
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Unfortunetely, I do not think anything like this exists. The funding to do the research comes from the company profiting from it, from what I have seen.

I do believe that Paxil helped me stay sane while I worked on improving aspects of my life. Now that I am withdrawaling though I wish I had been given all of the info prior to taking it. Not to say that I would not have taken it, I still probably would have. At least I would have been informed though.
__________________
June 1996 started Paxil 20mg
2004- stopped Paxil cold turkey
2 months after stopping cold turkey- began Paxil 20mg again
Oct 2011- Paxil 10mg
April 1-4 2012- Paxil 5mg
April 5-present- Paxil 0mg
Hikingsd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 01:52 AM   #3
jr1985
 
jr1985's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 442
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

I don't know about any scientific evidence but I'm sure there's a lot of people who would say they've been helped by psychiatric drugs. Just because someone had a bad experience doesn't mean everyone will, that's just black and white thinking. I'm sure many would say they benefitted from Paxil, at least until they tried to come off and withdrawal hit. It's a shame doctors don't know more about the withdrawal process as it would save a lot of suffering.
__________________
2003-2005: Paroxetine
2006-2009: Citalopram
2009-2011: Effexor
Aug/Sept 11: Effexor -> Mirtazapine
Oct: C/T Mirtazapine -> Effexor
Nov/Dec: Fast Tapered Effexor - w/d hell
5/2/12: Reinstated Effexor 37.5mg
20/2/12: Updosed 75mg
9/3/12: Dropped 37.5mg
30/4/12: 33.8mg
1/5/12: 37.5mg
4/5/12: 35.6mg
19/6/12: Dropped 2.5%
23/6/12: 35.6mg
29/6/12: 37.5mg
30/6/12: 35.6mg
17/7/12: 37.5mg
Yes, I know it's messy...
jr1985 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 08:57 AM   #4
aberdeen
 
aberdeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 4,145
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

I had post partum depression. I tried everything, excersise, therapy, self help books, Mom groups, visiting people, ignoring it, forcing myself onwards, keeping busy, vitamins....after 8 months of getting more and more depressed until I wanted to die, and missing all the joys of my new baby...I took Effexor and it was night and day. I don't believe for a second it was placebo- I was against meds from the start and dubious about their effect. It worked. I would take it again in that sitaution. I still am grateful for it. I regret that the Dr kept upping the dose for so long, and I REALLY regret that no one knew how slow I should have come off. That's not everyones story, but it's mine.
__________________
2 Timothy 1:7: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

2005-2010 Effexor XR 112.5mg-262.5mg for PPD
June-Dec 2010 Poop-out (crash)
3 month cross taper off Effexor onto 40mg Cipralex, switched to 20mg Celexa, switched to 20mg Paxil
Nothing helped except waiting 7 months to stabilize on Paxil then starting to taper:
Oct'11 to Nov '12 20mg-10mg
March'13 to Feb'14 9mg -4mg
Feb 7/14-4.0mg
April 1/14-3.6mg
aberdeen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
jonw
 
jonw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 17
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

thanks for the replies here-

so is that really true - that millions of people spend billions of dollars every year taking drugs with very dangerous side effects when no unbiased scientifically validated research has show that these drugs actually help
(more than placebo)

I have scoured the literature on PubMed and all the articles I have found that
show anything positive about these drugs have drug company funding.
Any research validating negative side effects is not drug company funded.
This is what I have found.
Someone please corriect me if they have found otherwise.

thx
jonw
__________________
Nov 2010
Prozac 20 mg 10 days
Risperdal 1 mg 10 days

Dec 2010-Feb 2011 (2 months)
Zoloft 200 mg/day
Zyprexa 30mg/day
Risperdol 2 mg/day
Haldol - 1 dose (?)

Feb 2011 - March 2011 (30 days)
Switched to Lamicatal
Lamicatal 200mg/day
Zoloft at 200mg/day

May 2011- June 2011 (30 days)
Zoloft 200mg/day
Abilify 10mg/day

medication free since July 2011
Suffered severe side-effects and withdrawal effects
while switching
jonw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 09:06 AM   #6
iwantpeace
 
iwantpeace's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 249
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Of course they have & do. If they didn't, then they wouldn't be around. The problem is not necessarily with the drugs themselves, but their over-prescription for issues that can be dealt with using alternative methods; the length of time they are used for; the expertise of the people prescribing them and their ignorance as to the severity of side-effects and long term problems.

My problem is that I was put on it at 19 years old for panic attacks after a VERY traumatizing event in my life. I was then left to rot on them for about 10 years with no mention of long term issues, etc. My problem could most likely have been dealt with in therapy. It might have taken a bit longer, but would have been worth it. Even though I was 19 - I still consider myself to have been a 'child' - I trusted my doctor implicitly and it never occured to me to try to do any research.

That being said - when they are used under the right circumstances (organic mental illness and severe depression, etc) they can be extremely helpful if monitored and used for the correct amount of time and tapered off carefully and slowly.

Drug companies have come up with some amazing drugs that are helping what would otherwise be very sick people live fullfiling and happy lives. These companies have great power. With great power comes great responsibility - the paradox of our time is that the 'responsibility' aspect is being neglected beyond words, and lives are being traded for profit.
__________________
Paxil 20mg from 2001-December 2010
Nov 2010 - 20mg
Dec 2010 - 15mg
Feb 2011-July 2011 - 10mg
July 2011- Sept 2011- 30MG
Sept 2011-Nov 2011- 25mg -17.5mg
Nov 2011- JAN 12: 17.5mg -1.25mg
January 27th 2012- PAXIL FREE
Started Zoloft mid Nov 2011 - currently at 100mg
Feb 8 2012 - Zoloft 75mg
early April 2012
April 11 2012: 62mg - compounding pharmacy - side effects at 75mg not acceptable
April 21 2012 - 50mg - feel much better - staying here for a while.
iwantpeace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 09:49 AM   #7
Backtopaxil
 
Backtopaxil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 1,323
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

I have to be honest and Paxil helped me back then. I only took 10mg and that worked for me all the time until my 1st RI.

But it is the devil in disguise. You sell your soul and then it is payback time. That is the problem.
__________________
Started April /03-Jul 30/11 10 mg Paxil
2nd Paxil Tapering
Off as of May 28th, 12


"This will take time but it will happen!"
"I've been shouting: it takes at LEAST a year " -- Ariella
"If I am going to suffer, at least I will be Paxil free" -- me!



Backtopaxil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 11:12 AM   #8
Brassmonkey
 
Brassmonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: California
Posts: 3,856
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Paxil helped me for many years until it started to poop out, which is when the trouble started. I think they are very helpful, but over perscribed for things that are just part of life that people need to learn to handle on their own.
__________________
AKA Tom

1994 started 20mg Paxil,1999 30mg,2005 40mg
2010 pooped out
09/2011 CTed from 15oz vodka a night
09/2011 dropped to 36mg
06/2012 dropped to 19mg (past halfway point)
01/2013 dropped to 11.1mg
03/2013 dropped to 10.0mg
01/2014 dropped to 5.4mg
02/2014 dropped to 4.9mg
03/2014 dropped to 4.4mg

"Find a place inside where there is joy, and that joy will burn out the darkness." Joseph Campbell
Brassmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 11:39 AM   #9
jheaney1
 
jheaney1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 477
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

I think one of the biggest difficulties with SSRI is that they are very powerful drugs that affect the mind in profound and subtle ways, but they are marketed in the same vein as once-a-day vitamins... The mental version of "You're not getting enough Vitamin C"

If SSRI were marketed and prescribed to patients who truly need them, to treat life threatening problems, this board would be fairly empty.
__________________
2000 - 2011: 40mg
6-2011: 30mg
7-2011: 25mg
8-2011: 20mg
9-2011: 15mg
10-2011: 10mg
11-2011: 0mg
1-2012: (crash) 10mg
4-24-12: 9mg
6-11-12: 8.1mg
7-26-12: 7.5mg
9-24-12: 6.8mg
11-11-12: 6mg
2-14-13: 5mg
7-21-13 4.5mg
jheaney1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 02:17 PM   #10
jr1985
 
jr1985's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 442
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Yeah, they seem to be considered quite benign compared to other drugs, like stimulants for instance. The irony is, my antidepressant caused me major difficulties, yet the stims have been no problem (except for when the dose was too high, but that went away as soon as I lowered the dose - no waiting weeks, etc)
__________________
2003-2005: Paroxetine
2006-2009: Citalopram
2009-2011: Effexor
Aug/Sept 11: Effexor -> Mirtazapine
Oct: C/T Mirtazapine -> Effexor
Nov/Dec: Fast Tapered Effexor - w/d hell
5/2/12: Reinstated Effexor 37.5mg
20/2/12: Updosed 75mg
9/3/12: Dropped 37.5mg
30/4/12: 33.8mg
1/5/12: 37.5mg
4/5/12: 35.6mg
19/6/12: Dropped 2.5%
23/6/12: 35.6mg
29/6/12: 37.5mg
30/6/12: 35.6mg
17/7/12: 37.5mg
Yes, I know it's messy...
jr1985 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 02:27 PM   #11
julieannboo
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,412
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Backtopaxil View Post
I have to be honest and Paxil helped me back then. I only took 10mg and that worked for me all the time until my 1st RI.

But it is the devil in disguise. You sell your soul and then it is payback time. That is the problem.
That last line is a great quote.

It worked for me for 9 years even though i over ate, didnt care about my appearence, felt apathy towards people, etc.

Then it stopped working and then the payback was huge in the form of health anxiety.

The docs didnt tell me that it wouldnt work forever or any side effects i may have.
__________________
Paxil History:
20mg - April 1997
0mg - Summer 1998
30mg - October 1999
20mg - October 2002 - July 2011
20mg to 10mg - July 2011 - March 2012 (10% taper)
CRASHED when i got to 5.2mg
Back on 10mg - August 2012
Staying on 10mg - for the time being.
Pleased i am on half my original dose.
julieannboo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 02:39 PM   #12
julieannboo
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1,412
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by iwantpeace View Post
Of course they have & do. If they didn't, then they wouldn't be around. The problem is not necessarily with the drugs themselves, but their over-prescription for issues that can be dealt with using alternative methods; the length of time they are used for; the expertise of the people prescribing them and their ignorance as to the severity of side-effects and long term problems.

My problem is that I was put on it at 19 years old for panic attacks after a VERY traumatizing event in my life. I was then left to rot on them for about 10 years with no mention of long term issues, etc. My problem could most likely have been dealt with in therapy. It might have taken a bit longer, but would have been worth it. Even though I was 19 - I still consider myself to have been a 'child' - I trusted my doctor implicitly and it never occured to me to try to do any research.

That being said - when they are used under the right circumstances (organic mental illness and severe depression, etc) they can be extremely helpful if monitored and used for the correct amount of time and tapered off carefully and slowly.

Drug companies have come up with some amazing drugs that are helping what would otherwise be very sick people live fullfiling and happy lives. These companies have great power. With great power comes great responsibility - the paradox of our time is that the 'responsibility' aspect is being neglected beyond words, and lives are being traded for profit.
Great post. I agree with what you have said.

Like you i was 19 when i was first put on paxil.
Looking back it blows my mind.
__________________
Paxil History:
20mg - April 1997
0mg - Summer 1998
30mg - October 1999
20mg - October 2002 - July 2011
20mg to 10mg - July 2011 - March 2012 (10% taper)
CRASHED when i got to 5.2mg
Back on 10mg - August 2012
Staying on 10mg - for the time being.
Pleased i am on half my original dose.
julieannboo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 04:45 PM   #13
sicksaviourX
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 21
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

well from what i've heard it can be extremely beneficial to some and completely disastrous to others.. i mean i've been doing a lot of research and i've watched quite a few videos on youtube. and some people think paxil use contributed to the suicides of their friends, lovers, relatives etc, and there was one man who commited homicide and his girlfriend or wife whatever she was, thought it was because of Paxil even though he had only started taking it three days before the killing....i believe it definitely causes very adverse affects in some people, and so far for me personally the side effects are unpleasant but once i have food in my system its not so bad. i believe its helps some people, harms others and shouldn't be used as a long-term way of treatment
sicksaviourX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 06:21 PM   #14
Junior
 
Junior's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 9,438
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

I can't speak for research but I can definitely say that psych drugs DO help some people.

My mother has a long history of depressive episodes (we now know she is Bipolar II) and hated taking the anti-depressants that were prescribed (the old tricyclics). She doesn't like drugs and doesn't trust doctors, preferring natural therapies instead. And this was 30 years ago! Effexor has helped to some degree but the drug that helps her the most is lithium.

My younger sister has Bipolar I - correctly diagnosed I might add. Her first depressive episode was at 15. At 24 she was hospitalised with mania. Lithium kept her stable for many years. So much so that she went from 'being' her label to denying it and came off lithium. Sadly she spent much of last year in and out of hospital and PARCs (in Victoria we have places called Prevention and Recovery Care; a step up from the community and a step down from hospital). She didn't want to go back to lithium as she doesn't like the side effects so a number of other drugs were tried. With no success. She'd either be depressed or having a mixed episode. None of the poor diagnosing I've heard about on here either. I spoke to her on the phone many times myself. (I have training in psychology and was working in Community Mental Health at the time). She finally accepted her diagnosis and agreed to go back on lithium. She stabilised quickly and has been stable for several months now.

I have a maternal uncle who also has Bipolar I, among other problems. When he feels good he goes off his lithum. It usually lands him in hospital.

As my sig says I am a sufferer of Major Depressive Disorder. I've taken tricyclis and SSRI's at different times. The best drug for me was Paxil - until it pooped out on me.

So YES - psych drugs DO work - when they are correctly prescribed to people who can genuinely benefit from them.
__________________

Aropax (Paxil) taper:
2009 23 Sept - 40mg; 12 Dec -30mg;
2010 Up and down - 25mg-30mg; 17 Dec-26mg
2011 25mg- 18 mg
2012 17mg -12.5mg
2013 27 Jan-12mg, 11 Mar-11.5mg, 2 May-11mg, 10 July-13mg, added 12.5mg Amitryptline 20 July; 5 Aug-titrated up to 75mg, stopped @13 Aug due to SS

Last dose of 13mg Aropax 15 Oct 2013. Switched to Citalopram 21 Oct in an attempt to stabilise.

There are things that are known, and things that are unknown; in between are doors - Anonymous
Junior is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 06:52 PM   #15
jheaney1
 
jheaney1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 477
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Junior View Post
So YES - psych drugs DO work - when they are correctly prescribed to people who can genuinely benefit from them.
That's one of the very difficult things about SSRI. They do help in some instances, and hurt in other instances. These drugs have such a duplicitous nature, making concrete declarations about them is very hard. The people who are harmed by SSRI may not even know they are being harmed by the drug, just as the people who are being helped may not know they're being helped.
The line between re emergence of pre existing conditions and withdrawal symptoms are similarly vague.
__________________
2000 - 2011: 40mg
6-2011: 30mg
7-2011: 25mg
8-2011: 20mg
9-2011: 15mg
10-2011: 10mg
11-2011: 0mg
1-2012: (crash) 10mg
4-24-12: 9mg
6-11-12: 8.1mg
7-26-12: 7.5mg
9-24-12: 6.8mg
11-11-12: 6mg
2-14-13: 5mg
7-21-13 4.5mg
jheaney1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2012, 06:59 PM   #16
sicksaviourX
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 21
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

lol jheaney1, love the emoticon on your 40 mg/day time period lol thats comical... and yeah i agree with you completely
sicksaviourX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2012, 05:13 PM   #17
Junior
 
Junior's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 9,438
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jheaney1 View Post
That's one of the very difficult things about SSRI. They do help in some instances, and hurt in other instances. These drugs have such a duplicitous nature, making concrete declarations about them is very hard. The people who are harmed by SSRI may not even know they are being harmed by the drug, just as the people who are being helped may not know they're being helped.
The line between re emergence of pre existing conditions and withdrawal symptoms are similarly vague.
Agreed. The thing that concerns me is the total over-prescribing and for reasons that have nothing to do with mental illness. Or for so called mental illness that is not clearly defined; mental illness that does NOT fit existing criteria; or for the 'diagnoses' of mental illness that occur AFTER a person has been taking psych drugs, totally ignoring diagnostic criteria such as 'cannot be diagnosed if the change is due to medical conditions or drugs' or words to that effect.

And yes, the line between the re-emergence of pre-existing conditions and w/d is very vague. It's interesting that the medical profession has already been through this - with benzos. Why can't they see that a similar thing is happening with modern anti-depressants?
__________________

Aropax (Paxil) taper:
2009 23 Sept - 40mg; 12 Dec -30mg;
2010 Up and down - 25mg-30mg; 17 Dec-26mg
2011 25mg- 18 mg
2012 17mg -12.5mg
2013 27 Jan-12mg, 11 Mar-11.5mg, 2 May-11mg, 10 July-13mg, added 12.5mg Amitryptline 20 July; 5 Aug-titrated up to 75mg, stopped @13 Aug due to SS

Last dose of 13mg Aropax 15 Oct 2013. Switched to Citalopram 21 Oct in an attempt to stabilise.

There are things that are known, and things that are unknown; in between are doors - Anonymous
Junior is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2012, 05:15 PM   #18
aberdeen
 
aberdeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 4,145
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Junior View Post
Agreed. The thing that concerns me is the total over-prescribing and for reasons that have nothing to do with mental illness. Or for so called mental illness that is not clearly defined; mental illness that does NOT fit existing criteria; or for the 'diagnoses' of mental illness that occur AFTER a person has been taking psych drugs, totally ignoring diagnostic criteria such as 'cannot be diagnosed if the change is due to medical conditions or drugs' or words to that effect.

And yes, the line between the re-emergence of pre-existing conditions and w/d is very vague. It's interesting that the medical profession has already been through this - with benzos. Why can't they see that a similar thing is happening with modern anti-depressants?
Does benzo withdrawal have that strange way of going away and leaving you feeling good but then creeping back up on you at irregular intervals on and off for a while? Even up to a year or more? If so then how can Dr's not see this is the same deal?
__________________
2 Timothy 1:7: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

2005-2010 Effexor XR 112.5mg-262.5mg for PPD
June-Dec 2010 Poop-out (crash)
3 month cross taper off Effexor onto 40mg Cipralex, switched to 20mg Celexa, switched to 20mg Paxil
Nothing helped except waiting 7 months to stabilize on Paxil then starting to taper:
Oct'11 to Nov '12 20mg-10mg
March'13 to Feb'14 9mg -4mg
Feb 7/14-4.0mg
April 1/14-3.6mg
aberdeen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2012, 05:19 PM   #19
Junior
 
Junior's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 9,438
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Hi Aberdeen

I was actually referring to the re-emergence of the symptoms for which benzos were prescribed in the first place. That is, it was prescribed for anxiety and when people tried to come off it, they suffered MORE anxiety. I see a similar pattern with depressive symptoms and anxiety in a/d w/d. I guess the problem is compounded though by people experiencing depressive and anxiety symptoms in w/d when they'd never had them before. Hence the medical profession choosing to believe that the drugs have uncovered a disorder. How you can believe that a drug can uncover a disorder is beyond me...but anyway....

As for your question - I was never addicted to a benzo so I can't really comment.. but from what others have said... I think the answer would be yes.

Cheers
Junior
__________________

Aropax (Paxil) taper:
2009 23 Sept - 40mg; 12 Dec -30mg;
2010 Up and down - 25mg-30mg; 17 Dec-26mg
2011 25mg- 18 mg
2012 17mg -12.5mg
2013 27 Jan-12mg, 11 Mar-11.5mg, 2 May-11mg, 10 July-13mg, added 12.5mg Amitryptline 20 July; 5 Aug-titrated up to 75mg, stopped @13 Aug due to SS

Last dose of 13mg Aropax 15 Oct 2013. Switched to Citalopram 21 Oct in an attempt to stabilise.

There are things that are known, and things that are unknown; in between are doors - Anonymous
Junior is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2012, 07:50 PM   #20
aberdeen
 
aberdeen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Canada
Posts: 4,145
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Junior View Post
Hi Aberdeen

I was actually referring to the re-emergence of the symptoms for which benzos were prescribed in the first place. That is, it was prescribed for anxiety and when people tried to come off it, they suffered MORE anxiety. I see a similar pattern with depressive symptoms and anxiety in a/d w/d. I guess the problem is compounded though by people experiencing depressive and anxiety symptoms in w/d when they'd never had them before. Hence the medical profession choosing to believe that the drugs have uncovered a disorder. How you can believe that a drug can uncover a disorder is beyond me...but anyway....

As for your question - I was never addicted to a benzo so I can't really comment.. but from what others have said... I think the answer would be yes.

Cheers
Junior

Thanks! That makes sense.
__________________
2 Timothy 1:7: "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

2005-2010 Effexor XR 112.5mg-262.5mg for PPD
June-Dec 2010 Poop-out (crash)
3 month cross taper off Effexor onto 40mg Cipralex, switched to 20mg Celexa, switched to 20mg Paxil
Nothing helped except waiting 7 months to stabilize on Paxil then starting to taper:
Oct'11 to Nov '12 20mg-10mg
March'13 to Feb'14 9mg -4mg
Feb 7/14-4.0mg
April 1/14-3.6mg
aberdeen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2012, 09:03 PM   #21
trixiemom
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 180
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Junior View Post
Agreed. The thing that concerns me is the total over-prescribing and for reasons that have nothing to do with mental illness.
You mean like migraines??? That's what got me into this mess!!!! And yeah I'm sorta pissed off about it. But what's done is done and now I know better... but it still amazes me that they just give these meds like candy for all kinds of maladies.
__________________
20 mg paxil
2005-August 23, 2012

2/2012 - 15mg; 3/9/12 - 10 mg; 3/18/12 - 12.5 mg; 3/20/12 - 15 mg
4/11/12 - 14.25 mg; 4/18/12 - 13.5 mg; 4/25/12 - 12.75 mg; 5/2/12 - 12 mg; 5/10/12 - 11.25 mg; 5/17/12 - 10.5 mg; 5/24/12 - 9.75 mg; 5/31/12 - 9 mg; 6/7/12 - 8.25 mg; 6/14/12 - 7.5 mg; 6/21/12 - 6.75 mg; 6/28/12 - 6 mg; 7/5/12 - 5.25 mg; 7/12/12 - 4.5 mg; 7/19/12 - 3.75 mg; 7/26/12 - 3 mg; 8/2/12 - 2.25 mg; 8/9/12 - 1.5 mg; 8/16/12 - .75 mg; 8/23/12 - 0
trixiemom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2012, 10:21 PM   #22
calamityjane
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: US
Posts: 12
Re: Do Psychiatric medications ever help anyone?

There was one drug- the old TCA clomipramine, that was an absolute miracle for my OCD. It was the only psych drug that never caused me any kind of neurological reactions whatsoever. Unfortunately, it altered something dangerous in my heartbeat, and I was taken off of it permanently. It did, however, stop my horrible obsessions and compulsions cold, and never made me feel "chemically happy" or like my personality had been jacked, etc. I was myself, only in peace for the first time in many years.

I must admit, grudgingly, that these toxic drugs do help some people, sometimes. If I didn't admit as much, I'd be no better than Tom Cruise.
calamityjane is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:56 AM.


We are not in any way affiliated with Paxil's manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.
Our ideas and suggestions are anecdotal, inspirational, and they work.

Get the best web browser, FireFox

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.