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Re: NY Times Article on Withdrawal

Posted by tiger on May 25, 2004, at 13:15:17

In reply to NY Times Article on Withdrawal, posted by tiger on May 25, 2004, at 11:34:44

Four years ago a psychiatrist put me on Risperdal after I mentioned I sometimes felt like Truman in "The Truman Show" movie. The drug did little but put me more in a fog, so I asked to go off it. She said, sure, take one pill a day for 3 days, then a half pill a day for 3. Piece o' cake, right?

I experienced what she termed 'Seratonin Spiral' -- an extreme depression. It lasted five days until she finally said to go back on it then taper more slowly. During those five days I lost my job because I simply couldn't do it (could barely get out of bed), and during some grief work with my therapist experienced a 'pop' in my head, like a little tiny balloon had burst. Since then I have been a different person. I was intellectually quick; physically, socially and professionally motivated; could remember phone numbers, names and addresses fairly easily. All gone. I've spent the last 4 years in a professional slump, just now getting on my feet; can't remember names or phone numbers of friends; and live in a general low-level depression.

I know blame isn't helpful, but I gotta get this off my chest: I blame the company that makes Risperdal and my ex-psychiatrist for these changes. She put me on the drug on what seemed like a whim, and was careless in managing the withdrawal. Johnson & Johnson made no mention of the danger of a rapid withdrawal.

Lawyers have been helpful (in a way) letting me know I don't really have a case, which helps me steer away from blame and closer to accountability and acceptance. I'm using 5HTP, St John's Wort, ginseng and ginko to pick me up. It does ok.

So that's where I am. Frustrated at times that I can't remember the name of a guy I met two days ago, can't find a word I need when I'm writing, don't feel like doing much at all, but...I gotta keep getting up and making the best of what's around.




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