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Posted by Absentis on 03 April 2010 - 09:47 PM

You can find your Caps Lock key to the left of your keyboard, probably between Shift and Tab. Please stop using it.

#186159 quick and permanent recovery

Posted by Absentis on 03 April 2010 - 05:49 PM

 In 1955, when a safe and effective vaccine for polio had been discovered by Dr. Jonas Salk, he was asked in a TV interview who owned the patent to the vaccine.

His reply?

"There is no patent. Could you patent the sun?"

#185878 Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)

Posted by Absentis on 01 April 2010 - 10:08 AM

I don't recommend switching meds just because of their official indication. It sounds like it is working in your case, even if you might not think it's the one that's helping you the most. The official indications don't correlate to the relative effectiveness of a drug. The indication is just whatever diagnosis the drug company researched when getting approval from the FDA or Health Canada (I don't know the regulatory bodies outside of North America). You're lucky that you have a reduction in panic attacks and that you have minimal or no side-effects from taking the drug. That alone should convince you to stay on it, because there's no guaranteed that Lexapro will help you more that desvenlafaxine.

If that doesn't make you reconsider, know this: Lexapro was launched when the patent for Celexa ran out. The molecule in Lexapro that has the psychoactive effects is the exact same as the one in Celexa. The only difference is that Celexa has two chiral molecules, l- and d-, while Lexapro just has the l- form. (If you don't have a chemistry background, just think that the pharmaceutical manufacturer just removed something from celexa that doesn't do anything in the first place, and kept the thing that works.) This is a move so that they can continue to make plenty of money from a brand name drug that has already gone generic.

I'm in a rush so I may not have been entirely clear, so don't hesitate to ask for a clarification or whatever.

#185765 quick and permanent recovery

Posted by Absentis on 30 March 2010 - 09:51 PM

The Linden Method is just repackaged cognitive-behavioural therapy. With the big exception that it is 1. a really expensive package, and 2. delivered by an untrained person. The Linden Method wasn't made by a doctor, or a psychologist, or any kind of clinician. There haven't been any studies done on it, so all the marketing is just anecdotal evidence. And by evidence I mean stuff written by people who got suckered into paying for it.

If TLM works, it's because it has elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy that have been extensively researched.

And yes, I've done more than just read about it. I've looked at some of the material itself (not everything, because I didn't want to waste more of my time on it) and I've personally been in contact with its creator, Charles Linden, if that lends any credence to what I'm saying.

Don't waste your money; go see a properly trained CBT psychologist.

#185446 I can't recognize anyone.

Posted by Absentis on 26 March 2010 - 09:12 AM

It especially hurts that I can't recognize my family and myself anymore. I don't know what to do anymore. I want to look at my parents and recognze them and it hurts so much when I can't.

I just want to check that when you say you can't recognize them, you're using the term in an interpersonal sense where you have difficulty connecting with them, as opposed to prosopagnosia in which you literally can't recognize someone's face. I'm fairly certain you mean the first description, but because you mention sensitivity to light, I just wanted to check what exactly you mean by recognizing.

#185445 natural occurence?? how??

Posted by Absentis on 26 March 2010 - 09:01 AM

I think I can help elucidate the problem. I'll give an example from my own life and see if that makes anything more clear

Depersonalization and derealization are fairly common experiences. One article suggests that it is the third most commonly experienced psychiatric symptom (behind depression and anxiety) and that three quarters of the population will have at least one episode.

The major difference is in how long it lasts. For the most part, people will have a quick experience that isn't very strong for them, or is overshadowed by something else. As an example, one of my first episodes of depersonalization occurred when I was a teenager and had a car versus bike accident. I was riding my bike on the side of the road when a car cut me off. After seeing and feeling my front tire slam into the rear quarter panel of the Rav4, doing a complete flip over my handlebars and landing on my back, I went into "shock" as most people would call it. I didn't hit my head, and only had a few cuts and bruises, so I know it wasn't due to anything physical, but I had very strong feelings of depersonalization. It slowly dissipated over the next couple hours and then went back to normal (until years later when I began experiencing full fledged DPD.)

One of those experiences was unpleasant, but short-lived and not a big deal. When it became chronic, it was terrible. So what most people have as "natural occurrences" is very distinct from what people on this board feel.

Does this clear anything up?

#184904 who ever dissed my post

Posted by Absentis on 18 March 2010 - 11:13 PM

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#183830 DP/DR as a result of other disorders

Posted by Absentis on 06 March 2010 - 01:12 AM

I think the possibility of DP having a biological origin is plausible. Between hormone imbalances, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder, there's a very good chance that DP is related to something in there.

It is very plausible that depersonalization is a symptom of BPD, and if you go through dialectical behaviour therapy for a couple years the dissociation may subside. As you point out, some people on the board experience it chronically, while others have it in episodes. Even though it may last forever for some people, there's no certainty that it will also happen to you.

I agree that it is a good idea for you to visit your endocrinologist, as you said, and that you shouldn't give up hope with your doctor.

#183816 Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)

Posted by Absentis on 05 March 2010 - 10:43 PM

Glad I could help. :)

(Do you see the green and red buttons on the bottom right of each post? I know I'm lame for suggesting this, but you could boost my ego by raising my rep.)

#183686 Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)

Posted by Absentis on 04 March 2010 - 11:09 AM

I totally forgot to ask him. I read somewhere that 2 weeks should be sufficient but as a precaution, I'll ask my GP to confirm.

Okay, totally understandable. I've been on the wrong side of a bad drug-drug interaction, and waking up once in a hospital convinced me that I should be careful when mixing drugs (even if they're all prescribed by a doc).

Anyway... You read correctly. You should wait two weeks before taking an SSRI/SNRI/**RI from when you've stopped taking an MAOI.

I hope desvenlafaxine helps you. :)

#183516 My TMS Experience

Posted by Absentis on 02 March 2010 - 04:31 AM

If anyone is going to post information on a therapy, at least try to get the facts straight about what TMS actually does. "Stimulates neurotransmitters" makes no sense whatsoever. You can block neurotransmitter autoreceptors, antagonize transporters, increase the rate of formation and exocytosis of vesicles, etc, but you can't "stimulate" them. That makes no sense whatsoever.

TMS works by using electromagnetic inductions to trigger action potentials within discrete neural areas; neurons are excited, and so they fire more often in the area of the brain.

Any talk about TMS working on particular neurotransmitters is nonsense because it works on *all* of them. Yes, Serotonin and Norepinephrine will be effected, but so will every single NT that exists! Neurons communicate using neurotransmitters (some neurons are specialized, while others use multiple ones) and if they get excited, all neurotransmitters will be acted upon, not just the two you mentioned.

Am I the only one that's concerned when bad info is posted?

#181600 Medications = drugs

Posted by Absentis on 05 February 2010 - 11:36 PM

The fallacy in OP's argument is called equivocation.

Abusing certain drugs can trigger DP and/or DR. Although drugs are chemicals, not all chemicals are harmful. So no, taking drugs to treat a drug-triggered disorder is not a contradiction.

#181594 Should i be here? Or somewer else?

Posted by Absentis on 05 February 2010 - 11:13 PM

Dragon86, what you're describing doesn't jump out at me as being any particular disorder. I think you'd benefit by a proper assessment by a mental health care provider.

If you see a general practitioner, they're liable just to pick up on the depressive symptoms you describe and treat you for that, ignoring any nuances. Your best option is to see a clinical psychologist, and barring that, a psychiatrist.

#181506 check this out

Posted by Absentis on 04 February 2010 - 08:31 PM

Just to clarify, phenylalanine and tyrosine are converted through enzymatic action to the precursor L-DOPA which is then converted to dopamine through removal of a carboxylate. Even still, of the two only phenylalanine is an essential amino acid, and the conversion is rate limited so ingesting more of it won't necessarily increase one's level of dopamine.

#150257 ativan (lorazepam) or clonazepam?

Posted by Absentis on 28 January 2009 - 05:15 PM

Yes, but for good reason, most of the shit things that have happened to me over the last couple of years have involved benzo's...they are a very addictive drug long term.

The analogy that I like to use is to compare Tylenol (APAP/acetaminophen) with the use of a benzodiazepine. If a person uses Tylenol properly, as directed, then it is helpful for a variety of conditions. However, if it is taken in too high of a dose, or mixed with other drugs (such as alcohol), then it can destroy your liver.

Greg, try not to be so close minded and negative when it comes to suggesting medication. Clonazepam has been very useful to many people on this board, including myself. I take it as prescribed by my psychiatrist, and I've never had a bad experience or side-effect from it. I'd say the problem here lies with you rather than the drug.

Edit: Stephanie, I recommend speaking with a physician before taking the medication you have been previously prescribed. Just because you've been prescribed a benzo in the past doesn't necessarily mean it is appropriate for you to take it now. I'd check with a doctor just to be on the safe side. And good luck.