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Re: Doc Gave Me an Antipsychotic - Am I crazy?

Posted by laural on October 18, 2000, at 8:08:00

In reply to Doc Gave Me an Antipsychotic - Am I crazy?, posted by GLYN on October 16, 2000, at 19:33:12

". . .He has now recommende a drug called thioridazine (brand name Melleril) for the anxiety symptoms since he says he NEVER gives benzodiazapines anymore. It has s\cared me to get this drug. . . I checked with the pharmacist and she told me it can be used for anxiety and I only have a small dose (10mg three times a day or as needed).. . .I basically wont be using it and my doc can can shove it for all I care because this stuff freaks me out. Is it fair to assume that whatever chemical it reduces in the brain (also connected to psychosis) will return with a vengance when I stop using it?"

First, it does sound as said by yer doc then by the pharmacist that low dosages of Mellaril are used for anxiety. I have heard this also. Second, even if you had a thought disorder, it does not mean you have to either hurt anyone or be defined as crazy. I myself take an antipsychotic and while its for schizo-effective disorder and not technically a thought disorder, (I think) I really freaked out at first too. But I can now joke about being "crazy" because after a while you realize you're the same person you've always been, so what does it matter? The important thing is that the symptoms go away and if it reduces anxiety, and it sounds like you have a lot of it:), then great. I'm not sure how Mellaril works but it probably lowers dopamene levels although I'm not really sure how that would reduce anxiety--I know it would reduce my anxiety by not making me so paranoid. . .Anyway you should question maybe why you don't feel comfortable asking your doctor straight out if he/she thinks you have a psychosis Also, ever since I started celexa, my panic attacks have tapered off to none. Of course that was about the same time I stopped self-medicating. I would advise being clean and sober, although I do not mean to imply that you aren't--hope i could help soothe--laural




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