I'd say that's spot on.....JanineBaker said:The old anti-psychotics were informally called "major tranquilizers" and they can have a powerful (and sometimes) calming effect on overwhelming anxiety states (psychotic or not).
There are other reasons, as well, why they may be prescribed - sometimes the obsessive ideas of a person caught up in their own self-monitoring can reach crippling levels. Sometimes an anti-psychotic reduces the "grip" those thoughts have over someone.
Like any psych med, all we can do is TRY it and see if it works on a given condition.
DP/DR is not a psychotic condition. But there are also symptom "cross-overs" like with most disorders - a psychotic person MIGHT also have DP or DR, just like they also likely suffer anxiety.
Sorry to hear about everyone's difficulties here. As I always say, nothing comes out of a clear blue sky. My sense is that mental illness can run in a family and it doesn't have to be the same disorder, variations thereof, etc. Both of my parents had problems. I think I inherited a lot of stuff from them.For the most part, I just see my sister in her zombie state and half the time she's sleeping... so I'm weary of anti-psychotics (for myself -as well as others) esp. since I don't experience any delusional thinking or hallucinations. It just seems my sister is so much happier off drugs, even though she has more episodes -- but the look in her eyes, on meds, is so lost and scared, its horrible She doesn't even respond to me anymore...she just stares blankly off into space.
That's 60% of people treated for psychotic conditions and schizophrenia. It's the percentage of who RESPONDED to the drug, it's hard to say whether they were actually helped by the drug.Tom Servo said:Oh, I didn't see the second question in your post. Are anit-psychotics still tried for DP/DR? They were the first things I was given way back when. They didn't do anything other than give me awful side-effects. They didn't affect me mentally at all, not even large doses of (gag!) Haldol. Are they EVER successful in treating DP/DR? I saw Dawn's Highways figure of 60%. Is that for DP/DR, or for psychosis?