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Re: Help/meds for Depersonalisation and derealization

Posted by JKL on March 23, 2005, at 5:20:10

In reply to Help/meds for Depersonalisation and derealization, posted by Cynthia3479 on March 22, 2005, at 7:51:03

My doc has hundreds of patients on zyprexa, mostly for depressive and personality issues, not schizophrenia. So you don't have to be diagnosed as schizo to do well with an antipsychotic. I myself do very well with zyprexa and I have never been diagnosed as schizo.

I wanted to share this with you because I had the same symptoms you described and zyprexa fixed them.

Antipsychotic is just a name. They are drugs that block certain receptors and stimulate others, kind of like some antidepressants such as remeron, the difference being that antipsychotics involve more dopamine action and generally more wide ranging effect in multiple areas of the brain than antidepressants such as remeron.

Just my opinion, but a diagnosis is only a guide as a starting point. The only true thing that counts is how you respond to a certain drug that manipulates brain chemistry. If a diagnosis was accurate or helpful in treating patients in a consistent manner, this board wouldn't exist.

So many people have gotten better with meds that really don't fit their diagnosis. For example, if someone is diagnosed as bipolar depressive and they just get worse on SSRIs and wellbutrin doesn't help either, then the likelihood of success with a med from a different name class is increased, simply by means of elimination if nothing else.




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