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Re: Have U had this experience starting an SSRI ?

Posted by bleauberry on December 30, 2008, at 18:24:42

In reply to Have U had this experience starting an SSRI ?, posted by crittercuddler on December 30, 2008, at 17:26:46

You are not alone in having radical responses to low doses. No one knows why, but I have a few theories. One is that our bodies have found a place of homeostasis, where any attempt to disrupt it is difficult. No matter that we feel like crap in that homeostasis, our genes don't know that. Another theory is the insult of lead, mercury, or Lyme. There are a few biochemical causes of depression, such as those, that reuptake inhibitors can aggravate. In my opinion anyway. Better things might be receptor blockers such as antipsychotics, or mood stabilizers.

Maybe there is no reason at all. Just oversensitive for some unknown reason.

To get past the rough starting days, the only option I can think of is to schedule appointments with a doctor every week for 6 weeks straight. That way you can make it to the next appointment without bailing out. At that time you can both decide what to do next. If you stay with it another week, it is only 6 more days until the next appointment. You can probably do that. Small steps. Before you know it, 6 weeks might go by and you realize those early side effects are nearly gone and you are feeling a lot better than you did before the drug, but you never would have got that far without having constant help along the way.

Maybe most people don't need that kind of help in the early weeks, but some do. Instead of the usual monthly appointment or whatever, make it weekly.




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