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Re: My place of relaxation is a place of dysfunction

Posted by Chris O on September 6, 2012, at 16:16:54

In reply to Re: My place of relaxation is a place of dysfunction Chris O, posted by phidippus on September 4, 2012, at 16:09:00


Thanks for responding and thanks for the list of meds. A great help. I'm surprised the SSRIs don't work for me, too. They did for about a year. Since I went off them and started four years later, it has been like they are nothing, a placebo, worse than a placebo because they don't give me placebo response.

You mention the TCAs clomipramine and amitryptaline instead of nortryptaline. I'll ask my psychiatrist his opinion. I suspect he'll say the side effects profile is better for notryptaline.

Remeron: I took that for a week last year. I was really going to give it a go. But then...I got this horrible rash on my face. Just complete flaking of the skin around my nose, chin. Redness. It was bizarre. I decided to stop the med due to that.

I will talk to my p-doc about prazosin. I think I mentioned it before.

The anti-seizure meds: I guess I haven't given those a long enough go. Neurontin just gave me a pressure- feeling in head. I'll have to consider them (the others you mentioned).

Buspar I did briefly try (3 weeks), perhaps not long enough, but felt like nothing.

Pindolol I know nothing about. High blood pressure med? My blood pressure doesn't really run high despite my issues.

How long have I been battling my anxiety and depression?

Let's see, about...since the time I was conceived. My mother was on and off antidepressants before I was born. She was raised in a severely alcoholic family (her father committed suicide when she was 6 or 7), though there is no dealing with that on her end. I don't think she can deal with it really. She is brain damaged from her environment. She can barely take care of herself. And I have inherited her condition. I tried everything to escape it, but now it is apparent to me that there is something severely broken inside of me. I just can't "keep up." Exhausted, feel like hiding. I've somehow managed to manage periods of employment in my 45 years of life, but right now, if I wasn't with my wife, I'd be looking at homelessness. She thinks I exaggerate, but I do not. So, I do need to take something that works. I exercise regularly which manages some of my symptoms, but just barely. Anyway, thanks for responding.





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