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Antipsychotic-Induced Anhedonia: Rare?

Posted by ed nieg on January 26, 2019, at 4:23:05

I'll try to make this relatively succinct since I could go on and on about this: five years ago I started a combination of Prozac/Zyprexa known by the trade name Symbyax for stubbornly resistant OCD symptoms that weren't responsive to regular treatment. I noticed emotional numbness and anhedonia almost immediately after starting the Symbyax; however, the benefit on my OCD symptoms was so great and the feeling when I tried to taper off was so torturous I ended up on the med combo for 6 months. I expected to feel like my regular self again after stopping, alas, my ability to feel pleasure was noticeably absent. Five years later I still suffer from anhedonia constantly that really makes life quite pointless.

I am not trying to contend that psychiatric drugs can result in lasting mental/emotional ramifications: I know this for a fact. I am not trying to engage anyone in a spat over the ethics of psychiatric treatment, I simply would like to know how many of you have suffered similar unintended consequences of these medications and experienced any success treating these residual effects with further medication. I have ran the gamut of wellbutrin/more ssris/TCAs/MAOIs... I eventually turned to psilocybin, which I seemed to verge on a breakthrough with but no dice. I've almost completed a series of ECT treatments with no help. I'm 25 and feel like my life is over: is there anything I'm missing? Thanks.




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