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Re: Paxil w/drawal question..anyone? katia

Posted by Ritch on March 20, 2005, at 11:47:13

In reply to Re: Paxil w/drawal question..anyone? Ritch, posted by katia on March 19, 2005, at 14:36:46

> Yes, it's all hard to figure out. Even pdocs (at least mine) doesn't seem to give me any real answers as to what to do. Hence me coming to these boards to figure it out myself, less going to medical school and getting letters after my name to know about as much as I do now! Just kidding...feeling a bit bitter with the lack of help/knowledge on the pdoc front.
>
> I was just looking at Lithium Orotate nasal spray by HBC protocols. I may give that a go for the depression. Li. Carb did not work for me. I'm on Trileptal now at only 450mg. It seems to help. I've definitely evened out over the past year compared to where I was.
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> I've halved my Paxil, trying to ween off. But now I'm wondering if I should just stay on it?! I hate the idea of staying on something that is so addicting/hard to get off of.
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> Do you normally have four cycles a year?
> Katia


I definitely have two different "levels" of cycling. One is a seasonal thing.. I have two distinct depressive episodes every year, year after year for as long as I can remember.. one that starts in mid November which ends in mid-January. Then, I rev up big time and have the most prominent hypomanic spells in the Spring which are the peakiest in April and May. Then I crash big time in late June and that episode lasts until early-September. Then I get another briefer hypomanic spell in late-September and through most of October before I crash again.

The "second level" of cycling is an approximate 3 week pattern that is embedded inside all of the seasonal stuff. It follows a D-M-E pattern, depressed-manic-normal. I tend to "bounce out" of these three week cycle depressions into hypomania rather suddenly and tend to "fade in" to depressions from relative normalcy. In the middle of a seasonal depression, often the hypomanic phase of the 3 week cycle presents as hostility instead.


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