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Re: bye, bye dysthymia JohnL

Posted by JohnX on October 19, 2001, at 11:51:49

In reply to Re: bye, bye dysthymia, posted by JohnL on October 19, 2001, at 3:55:48

Thanks, I really appreciate it.
I am starting to feel a bit drowsy,
reminds me of Serzone but with more
of the pluses than the minus.

Here is how things are progressing

Phase I: beat major depression and pain
Lamictal + Klonopin

Phase II: beat residual dysthymia.
Zyprexa + Wellbutrin.

onto phase III,IV

phase III: Klonopin detox.
phase IV: enjoy life, hopefully no med poop out.

So, when I woke up this morning an felt
a little edgy, taking Klonopin and a little
caffeine got me back to the happy land, but
I am feeling really drowsy (which is good, I'll
taper Klonopin without much withdrawl).

For some reason I got really bad diahhrea this morn
(I'm staying at home). I did't think Zyprexa would
do this. Maybe its just a concidence? The only
med that ever have me diahhrea was Zoloft.

Anyways, A Serzone trial detoxed me from klonopin fairly
readily over 3 weeks. But I had to discontinue
Serzone after a car accident. I hope Zyprexa will help me
with phase III. I specifically chose Zyprexa
over Geodon because I thought its drowsiness
would help offset Klonpin detox like Serzone.
I may need to swap out Zyprexa for something
else after the klonopin detox. I also thought
about adding a low dose of Zoloft, which was
the other anti-depressant that kinda worked
but really increased my energy. I'm actually
waking up earlier. my boss will be ecstatic.
My irregular sleep/work cycle has always been
an issue with him, even though I try to explain
to him why I have trouble setting my hours to
his (I'm a late person).

Thanks for your support,

> Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
> John
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Well, I've had another what I would call "an awakening".
> > It reminds me of the movie "Awakenings".
> > I feel like a hand from above has yanked me from point
> > A (crapper) to point B (where the rest fo the world
> > lived. I have had a breakout from dysthymia/anhedonia
> > that includes *recapturing my emtions*. I feel connected to
> > the world again! The last time this happened
> > was 2.5 years ago (on St. John's Wort) and it
> > lasted only 3 days.
> >
> > After 2.5 years of struggling, and a huge list
> > of medications, misdiagnosis, therapy, etc. and severe
> > phsyical pain on top of the mood problems,
> > I seemed to have hit the jackpot. I really hope this
> > doesn't fade. My core diagnosis is ptsd with bpii.
> > Anyways, I have had spurts of manic europhoria during
> > this 2.5 year time span, but never had a feeling of
> > "well-being" and being connected to the world.
> >
> > I hope this party lasts. I was about ready to give
> > up. I'm still pessimistic.
> >
> > Anyways, here's what is working:
> >
> > - Lamictal 150 mg/day
> > - Wellbutrin 300 mg/day
> > - Zyprexa 5 mg/day
> > - Klonopin 4 mg/day
> >
> > Wish me luck; I hope this doesn't slip out
> > of my hands. Adding in the Wellbutrin kicked
> > things into action. Prior to this I had either
> > non-respnse to wellbutrin or short lived mania.
> > I tried adding it to the Lamictal alone (before
> > zyprexa) and it made my physical pain worse.
> > When I took Zyprexa, I found out that the Wellbutrin
> > no longer caused pain in my face, so I stayed
> > on it and WHAMO!
> >
> > Anyways, thanks for everyone's support especially
> > AndrewB who took the time to personally communicate
> > with me in a compasionate way that helped me feel
> > much more optimistic and less misunderstood (not
> > to mention the wealth of information).
> >
> > PS. AndrewB suggested Zyprexa 1st, but I went other routes.
> > Damn. He was right on the money. But he didn't think
> > Wellbutrin would ever work, which is at this very
> > mokent. ;)
> >
> > Thanks for all the support and
> > good luck to everybody (including me)
> >
> > -John




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