Old Lady said:
How long have you been taking 25 mg, UncleSeb?
Slightly more than a week, Old Lady (or whatever you prefer to be called, and btw, you can change that in your profile
I started off on 25 mg every other day for a week. The psychiatriast is being very cautious, which is rather a good sign, I think.
Old Lady said:
Your doctor should ask you how you feel after 2-3 weeks, and if you're not feeling symptom-free, he or she should be increasing your dosage and checking you every 2-3 weeks to assess how you are.
I'm seeing him again on Monday, so it's gonna be one week on 12.5 and about 12 days on 25 mg by the time we meet up again for the assessment.
He told me he might want to reassess the dosage if I don't react appropriately but his initial thought was to keep me on 25 mg for the long haul.
Things are certainly improving in the sense that my downs are now "lucid", not obsessional, and it seems to have had a positive impact on my social interactions in the past few days. But exercise is also helping enormously, and that's also part of my "holistic" treatment (meds+sports+talk therapy).
I'm already starting to taper off the benzos at this point as they are making themselves less needed to get through a "normal" working day.
But again, although I can certainly feel some benefits, I don't think it's really helping the DP/DR. It certainly has helped me stabilise my mood a bit, I sleep better, I feel more positive and at least I'm lucid when I'm not, but I keep losing touch with myself and still have those DR symptoms, although they already had subsided a bit in the past few months (it's always anxiety and stress that trigger dramatic episodes with me). It's hard to explain. My libido and erections certainly have suffered also, but I understand this should normally not last. Ejaculating and even having a P can be hard at times. The doctor warned me against these side-effects but told me they usually subside. We'll see. Overall, I'm better off now than before starting this bloody treatment, and it's only the very beginning...
Many many thanks for your support, Old Lady, I really appreciate