Psycho-Babble Social Thread 1097974

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Hi Clearskies

Posted by beckett2 on April 4, 2018, at 20:06:06

How's it going? Just checking in.

 

Re: Hi Clearskies

Posted by SLS on April 4, 2018, at 22:11:47

In reply to Hi Clearskies, posted by beckett2 on April 4, 2018, at 20:06:06

> How's it going? Just checking in.

Me, too.

 

Re: Hi Clearskies beckett2

Posted by Clearskies on April 22, 2018, at 23:19:48

In reply to Hi Clearskies, posted by beckett2 on April 4, 2018, at 20:06:06

> How's it going? Just checking in.

Oh gosh, Im sorry. Things became hectic for a bit.

Zoloft is the culprit in the loss of half of my hair all over. I had a discussion at heightened volume with my former nurse practitioner about the healthy functioning of my thyroid. She insisted I was sick. My thyroid is doing just fine, its been checked with the full oanel not ince but twice.

So I walked out of her office. On my way home I pass a new psychiatric practice, so I popped in. Im cross tapering from Zoloft to Rexulti now.

I am heartbroken about my hair. Extremely vain, it turns out. I did start taking private yoga lessons and they are of great benefit.

 

Re: Hi Clearskies Clearskies

Posted by SLS on April 25, 2018, at 16:42:42

In reply to Re: Hi Clearskies beckett2, posted by Clearskies on April 22, 2018, at 23:19:48

> > How's it going? Just checking in.
>
> Oh gosh, Im sorry. Things became hectic for a bit.
>
> Zoloft is the culprit in the loss of half of my hair all over.

I'm sorry to hear that. Is it reversible?

> So I walked out of her office. On my way home I pass a new psychiatric practice, so I popped in. Im cross tapering from Zoloft to Rexulti now.

How do you feel about this?

> I am heartbroken about my hair. Extremely vain, it turns out.

Yeah. Me, too. I can't go an entire day not thinking about all the weight I've gained on Abilify. Having done some bodybuilding earlier in my life, I am particularly sensitive about the loss of my physique. Mirrors suck.

> I did start taking private yoga lessons and they are of great benefit.

How so? A friend of mine is thinking of doing the same thing.


- Scott

 

Re: Hi Clearskies SLS

Posted by Clearskies on April 25, 2018, at 17:56:11

In reply to Re: Hi Clearskies Clearskies, posted by SLS on April 25, 2018, at 16:42:42

Hi there, Scott. I do have some progress to report. Yay!
The hair loss I experienced is expected to reverse itself, though it might take up to a year. In the meantime, Im using the Nioxin brand of hair care to make the most of what I have and to stimulate new hair growth. (It works well on improving the look of what I have. Theres definitely more volume.) So that will work out ok, eventually.

The cross taper, down off of Zoloft and on to Rexulti, is a nightmare. Hours of crying today with a spontaneous existential crisis brought on by listening to a meditation. Yeesh.

As for the yoga lessons, the greatest thing about them is that my teacher asks me about my physical and emotional well being, and then tailors the lesson to improve those states. Last week, for example, I was in the middle of figuring out the solution to my hair loss problem, and was generally upset and distracted. In response, she concentrated on grounding types of poses (instead of twisting, strength, or balance poses).

CS

 

Re: Hi Clearskies Clearskies

Posted by SLS on April 26, 2018, at 11:06:48

In reply to Re: Hi Clearskies SLS, posted by Clearskies on April 25, 2018, at 17:56:11

Hi, CS.

> The cross taper, down off of Zoloft and on to Rexulti, is a nightmare. Hours of crying today with a spontaneous existential crisis brought on by listening to a meditation. Yeesh.

I know about coming off of SRIs and experiencing an existential crisis. For me, it was a withdrawal symptom that emerged when I discontinued Viibryd (vilazodone). As much as the crisis revolved around the realities of how I have experienced (non-experience) life, it would not have happened without an abrupt change in brain chemistry. Hang in there. The crisis should disappear as spontaneously as it appeared. In the meantime, it is important to tell yourself that it is not you. It is the severity of your illness and drug withdrawal.

I really, really hope that you emerge from this thing quickly.

Which SSRI/SNRI worked best for you?

What was it about Zoloft that you found unsatisfactory?


- Scott

 

Re: Hi Clearskies SLS

Posted by Clearskies on April 26, 2018, at 11:25:16

In reply to Re: Hi Clearskies Clearskies, posted by SLS on April 26, 2018, at 11:06:48

> Hi, CS.
>
> > The cross taper, down off of Zoloft and on to Rexulti, is a nightmare. Hours of crying today with a spontaneous existential crisis brought on by listening to a meditation. Yeesh.
>
> I know about coming off of SRIs and experiencing an existential crisis. For me, it was a withdrawal symptom that emerged when I discontinued Viibryd (vilazodone). As much as the crisis revolved around the realities of how I have experienced (non-experience) life, it would not have happened without an abrupt change in brain chemistry. Hang in there. The crisis should disappear as spontaneously as it appeared. In the meantime, it is important to tell yourself that it is not you. It is the severity of your illness and drug withdrawal.
>

I know this intellectually, but of course my ego says otherwise. Im just keeping a low profile and trying not to do anything that might hurt myself. Doing a lot of grounding yoga poses to soothe the neurological pathways.

> I really, really hope that you emerge from this thing quickly.
>
> Which SSRI/SNRI worked best for you?
>
Effexor actually worked well for the longest time, but it raised my blood pressure dangerously, and caused embarrassing bouts of sweating. It wasnt a good trade off, but it best helped my mood. When I first started Zoloft, however, I had an entire remission of symptoms, lasting three days or so. I was so encouraged!!

> What was it about Zoloft that you found unsatisfactory?
>
The way it made my hair fall out... the nurse practitioner who prescribed it absolutely refused to accept I was in the 1% of patients who had this reaction. Nothing else is the possible cause, though. My GP, dermatologist, and NEW pdoc concur.

>
> - Scott

Nancy

 

Re: Hi Clearskies

Posted by Clearskies on April 28, 2018, at 17:48:24

In reply to Re: Hi Clearskies SLS, posted by Clearskies on April 26, 2018, at 11:25:16

Quick follow up - the Rexulti has kicked in. Im starting to feel better. Kind of flat, but not full of sorrow as before. Yay!

 

Re: Hi Clearskies Clearskies

Posted by beckett2 on April 29, 2018, at 19:51:24

In reply to Re: Hi Clearskies, posted by Clearskies on April 28, 2018, at 17:48:24

Hey there, I'm glad you're making progress on a new treatment path. Rexulti is supposed to have a better side effect profile than Abilify.

Most people would not consider unhappiness over hair loss vanity. I'd be very very unhappy too. Btw, I completely understand the experience and the irony of mediation triggering an existential crisis. For awhile it was a no-go.

Do you listen to audiobooks? I can't recall if this was ever brought up somewhere. Sometimes I'll listen to a favorite book. Gaaah! Alan Rickman has one (only one!), and it's pretty boring (unless you like Thomas Hardy) but soothing.

 

Re: Hi Clearskies beckett2

Posted by Clearskies on April 29, 2018, at 22:13:36

In reply to Re: Hi Clearskies Clearskies, posted by beckett2 on April 29, 2018, at 19:51:24

Re: Audiobooks

I am only now starting to listen to podcasts, so Im looking forward to audiobooks. Only one by Alan Rickman?? Thats a crying shame.

Still struggling with mere existence. I guess I opened Pandoras box with that one.

 

Re: Hi Clearskies

Posted by beckett2 on May 1, 2018, at 20:52:11

In reply to Re: Hi Clearskies beckett2, posted by Clearskies on April 29, 2018, at 22:13:36

> Re: Audiobooks
>
> I am only now starting to listen to podcasts, so Im looking forward to audiobooks. Only one by Alan Rickman?? Thats a crying shame.
>
> Still struggling with mere existence. I guess I opened Pandoras box with that one.

I thought being born opened Pandora's box.

 

Re: Hi Clearskies beckett2

Posted by Clearskies on May 2, 2018, at 15:49:28

In reply to Re: Hi Clearskies, posted by beckett2 on May 1, 2018, at 20:52:11

>
> > Still struggling with mere existence. I guess I opened Pandoras box with that one.
>
> I thought being born opened Pandora's box.

HA!! Very true.


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