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Re: Does Effexor work - corafree

Posted by Atticus on July 16, 2004, at 8:31:06

In reply to Re: Does Effexor work - ADHD poem - Good book Atticus, posted by corafree on July 15, 2004, at 20:58:43

Corafree,
Wow! I just read your latest post, and it was eerily like reading about myself (except substitute one broken marriage and one suicide attempt). All the rest was spot on. I shy away from being diagnosed as bipolar for two main reasons, I think. One is that I've seen the side effects that lithium has on people, and I'm scared to death of being put on that particular med. And second -- also related to meds -- I'm hesitant to even speak the word "bipolar" or describe the above behaviors to my current pdoc (I think this is number six or seven). His first instinct, when I say anything is out of the ordinary or not so hot in my life, is to grab his prescription pad and start talking about a med switch, and I HATE med changes. They are so disruptive to my mental equilibrium -- between the withdrawl from the old med and the adjustment period to the new med -- that I'm always sitting there in his office thinking to myself, "STUPID, STUPID, STUPID! Why did I say anything?" It would be one thing if I was really going through a crisis and wanted a med change. But this guy is willing to pull one med and substitute another at the drop of a hat, it seems. Which is why I floated this notion of whether the behaviors I mentioned seemed manic or not in this forum first. Also, I've been reading about all these horrendous withdrawl effects related to the Effexor-XR I'm taking now, and the last thing I want at the moment is to be plunged into that less than two months after a suicide attempt. OY! I do want to understand my illness better, as you said, but part of me also agrees with lorily's recent post: you can really get overloaded with info and start to think you have every psychiatric problem in the book. I'm going to take your advice and just take things as they come. Thanks. Atticus


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