Does Anyone Else Ever Feel Like..........
Posted 22 August 2004 - 09:33 PM
i know i sound like im complaining, but im really not trying to.
Posted 22 August 2004 - 09:45 PM
Man you are depressed!! Want some good advice? Get yourself off the Klonopin and antipsychotics. All they will do is take you down further Klonopin slows the brain down and causes a decreased output of serotonin which in turn causes worst depression and anxiety. I dont care what the experts say, you cannot get a good trial with an ad, if you are taking benzos. Benzos only mask anxiety and in the end aggravate these disorders. This is a serotonin thing, and if you want to go the drug route, you should be on ad. If lexapro was a dud(which it was for me), then try another. Im now on Paxil cr and it works 10x better than Lexapro ever did and Im only on a low dose. Postive things are happening so quickly Im having a hard time adjusting.
Posted 22 August 2004 - 09:53 PM
Posted 22 August 2004 - 09:58 PM
Joe, i don't know what to think about Meds, sometimes i think that they help but than when i read one of your posts i wonder if im making myself worse or like destroying my brain, im real confused. I dunno whether to get off meds completely or not, i do know im gonna get off Resperdal soon though, cuz it really hasn't done much.
ALSO for about the 100th time, why are we so hypersensative or at least me, why do i have visual distortions & is there anyway to alleviate them or make them better? Does anyone know anything about this at all????
Posted 22 August 2004 - 10:10 PM
Ive had all the distortions you talk about. Floaters, sparks, dots, black veil, everything shimmers and shakes. Its all a perceptual distrubance due to low serotonin. As the serotonin increases the disturbance corrects itself and all this crap goes away. Trust me, I know what Im talking about.
Posted 22 August 2004 - 10:11 PM
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Posted 22 August 2004 - 11:13 PM
yooooooo Janine where you at ?? lol, im sure you can give me some insight on this matter or Dreamer.
Posted 22 August 2004 - 11:21 PM
Posted 22 August 2004 - 11:22 PM
If I recall, the pathway to seretonin is:
l-tryptophan -> 5-HTP -> seretonin
If you increase your intake of either l-tryptophan or 5-HTP then you will be assisting in the production of seretonin. If you are sketchy about taking either of those as a neutritional supliment as some are, you can always find food groups that are high in l-tryp. As the article below points out, excersize also plays a major role in feelings of well being and most probably seretonin production as well.
Food combination and Mental Performance.
Mental performance or relaxation can be controlled by choosing the right combination of foods. L-tyrosine and L-tryptophan are two amino acids which compete with one another to control brain functions. L-tyrosine is used by the brain to synthesize the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and dopamine, both of which are critical to clear, quick thinking; long-term memory; and feelings of alertness and stability. L-tryptophan is used by the brain to make the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is responsible for slowing down reaction time, imparting satiety after a meal and inducing sleep. L-tyrosine, found in protein-rich foods like meat, poultry, seafood, beans , tofu, and lentils, thus serves as a nutritional stimulant to the brain, whereas L-tryptophan, found in such foods as bananas, sunflowers seeds, and milk (and whose effects are augmented when consumed with carbohydrate-rich foods), slows mental functions.
If L-tyrosine reaches the brain before L-tryptophan, it will prime your brain to function at maximum performance levels all day (or all night, depending upon when you eat the meal or snack). But if L-tryptophan reaches the brain first, it will stimulate the production of serotonin, and your mental performance will ebb and your brain will begin to shut down, even in the middle of the day.
A program of mental fitness and control over your own levels of mental performance, memory, relaxation (and even depression) will facilitate the production of these amino acids and passage through the Blood Brain Barrier. 1
1. Smart Foods, http://ivy_league0.t... ... /id52.html
Posted 22 August 2004 - 11:25 PM
Each person is different and we all need to keep looking for whatever works for US.
and congrats on the recovery, Joe!!
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