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Re: Raving SSI and Li update barbaracat

Posted by Sabino on July 22, 2005, at 7:08:19

In reply to Re: Raving SSI and other Ravens:-) Sabino, posted by barbaracat on July 18, 2005, at 16:08:21

Thanks Barbara. That was a great and informative post, and if I feel the need to go that route, well, I've printed it out for future reference.

Lithim update:

I'm still taking a puny dose of Paxil (probably like 2.5 mgs), and I chip at Li during the day, for a total of 200 mgs or so.

Li is a funny med. It acts sort of like a benzo, in that I'm way less socially tense when taking it, and it also seems to help my ADD like symptoms. And then... if I take too much Li, it is cognitively dulling, so for me, it's a matter of finding the right amount, and since I have a real fast metabolism, the chipping at it works better than taking a standard dose, and letting it do its thing for 6 hours. That never works for me. I burn through it too fast. A little bit every hour or so works better for me (not on the hour, or any sort of exact science, just when I feel like I'm getting a bit squirrely, I just take a bit more).

Anyway, it IS odd they way it sort of rallys my mental processes, and pulls in a bunch of disparate threads, and allows me to focus better: hence, kind of helps with the ADD symptoms.

It ain't a perfect solution, but it's definitely improved over a few weeks ago, when I was still on Effexor and Remeron. And by the way, when I took a couple of months off, and was on Eff and Rem, I gained a whopping 15 lbs. I'd never been fat in my life before that. I've since lost half of that back since quitting.

One more odd note on Li; when driving, one normally pays attention to the big picture, and not much to the peripheral stuff to the sides. I now find that I focus a lot on individual things that I'm passing a good deal. It's a little odd.


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