Posted by bleauberry on September 11, 2012, at 12:12:04
In reply to life seems dull, posted by lifelover on September 11, 2012, at 8:03:31
Low energy low mood is handled pretty easily by Rhodiola Rosea. No need for meds. That said, don't go out and stop your meds! That needs to be done with your doctor in the loop, and done carefully and slowly over time.
I don't think the nardil or thyroid med is causing your complaints, but all the others are likely candidates.
And yes, SA can be overcome without meds, but not likely on your own. It takes specific behavioral training from a counselor well versed in that.
And actually, now that I've said that, many of our problems in life and health can never be completely overcome. What we can do to minimize the symptoms to improve our quality of life and make the burden lower is good. Hopefully we can completely overcome. Even if we did, as months and years go by, there will be another problem, and another, and another. Everyone deteriorates and degrades, things break down, from the moment we are born, and it seems to begin to accelerate around age 40-ish. So I think everything we can do to make our journey healthy and safe is the best route.
Weaning off of any of your meds probably won't be easy. Tiny steps, ample time, no hurry. In general, most psych meds are fairly reliable at squashing the wide human emotional spectrum into a narrower spectrum.
PCP can do permanent damage, so keep that in mind. This may not be something you can totally repair to new again. We can try, and maybe get lucky, but if we can't seem to reach our goal, that should not be a discouragement. The memory of PCP is the discouragement, and reminder how fragile we are.