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Re: Having Mental Illness in Canada Prefect

Posted by jay2112 on October 29, 2019, at 12:42:59

In reply to Re: Having Mental Illness in Canada jay2112, posted by Prefect on October 28, 2019, at 20:11:25

> I suppose they denied me CBT because maybe that particular program was designed for milder cases? Not sure.
> In any case I feel my mood disorder is endogenous and I would likely get little benefit from CBT, though it can't hurt. I'm suffering through this alone without getting to talk to someone about it regularly.
> Currently on no meds since september 18 and reviewing options. Previously took Fluvoxamine, Zoloft, and Trintellix augmented with Abilify, in chronological order. No response to any of them.
> Severe anxiety and depression. I start the day in absolute terror and gradually get better by evening.
> I have a vague suspicion I suffer from some type of endorphin deficiency (because I have a positive immediate response to alcohol) but can't prove it. Been researching antidepressants that also act on opioid receptors as agonists, but haven't found any definitive info on that front.

Well, that is pretty awful of them, to deny you any kind of psychotherapy. I am a very powerful believer in medication, but talking with someone as an add-on does, and has been shown to, help.

But, the current medications deemed "psychiatric" are really, old news. A couple of thoughts, being in Canada.

-I am about to embark on a trial of CBD oil, the "Indica" strain. (Which is the one that is a relaxing kind.) Of course you know cannabis is perfectly legal here in Canada. This is very, very different than the stuff bought on the streets. It costs a bit, as it is not covered by most insurers yet. Here is the link to the government of Ontario cannabis website. You can order stuff online, and have it delivered to your door within 2 business days.

-Have you tried a mood stabilizer in combination with an antidepressant? On their own, I think mood stabilizers make depression and anxiety a bit worse, but experimentation seems to be key.

-I also find, again in combination, benzos like clonazepam and lorazepam seem also to help crush that initial blow of anxiety. But, over time, on their own, I don't think they are of much help.

Why so much experimentation? Well, everybody's metabolism of medications is unique. I found out I was a rapid metabolizer of certain meds, and I also have some kidney issues. So, some meds were deemed in and out of my system, more or less, before they could be effective.

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Well, I do
And I'm afraid enough for both of us,
For me and you
Time, if nothing else, will do it's worst
So do me a favour, and tell me the good news first




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