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Re: Long Term SSRI Use Has Destabilzed Me NewQuestions

Posted by Garnet71 on February 4, 2009, at 21:50:52

In reply to Re: Long Term SSRI Use Has Destabilzed Me, posted by NewQuestions on February 4, 2009, at 16:04:15

> Thanks Garnet. My sense is that you are not experiencing what I am experiencing. My body has adapted to the drugs, I have become hypersensitive to them, I am now off of them and my body is stressed because of the withdrawal, and the HPA axis is not in balance. My sense with you is that you are still struggling to find the right drug to begin with. Therefore, the information might not be of much value to you.
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So NewQuestions, for me, I am almost convinced now (esp after hanging out here for a while!) that my problems are more endo related and a combination of long-term heavy stress, anxiety (which totally drains you physically & exhausts your system), ADD cognitive type, and just having had the PTSD/depressive episode almost a decade ago; also having the genetic disposition of these problems have all led up to my current state of well being. I also think use of anti-depressives does screw up your endo system, especially with all the other variables listed.

I think back, and when the heavy depression dissipated, I was off drugs and was temporarily assigned to an extremely stressful job for one year. I won't go into too much detail..but it was a job that had a whole special shift and safety parameters due to its highly stressful nature. You could not even go to the bathroom for at least 6 hours after you started because if you missed one little detail...you could easily lose track of all the operations. Much of the time you had to make split-second decisions to decide what major issue you should make a decision on first, there was so much fired at you nonstop; it was multitasking on steriods. I kicked a$# at the job and loved it. I think I overdid it. I was medication free at the time.

Now that I look back, it was after this time I started feeling my worst and went back on ADs for severe anxiety.

So-I was thinking about if your situation relates to mine and remembered a class I once had. Economists have actually done research on your profession, and the little I saw concerned the newbies in your line of work who had to work rediculously long hours and put in like 500% for a few years until they reached a certain milestone for the firm. Of course, it's uphill from there. I forgot to ask you about that last time we spoke.

Have you been under a lot of chronic stress--long-term? I could be totally wrong, but I think your symptoms are more similar than when we discussed them last time.

I'm going to an endochronologist next week, and last we talked--you were thinking about doing the same. I've been medication-free for a couple of weeks now; don't want to skew any test results. It may (or may not) be a matter of getting treatment for multiple issues rather than letting a psychiatrist alone determine my destiny.

I'll check back on this thread and let you know how it goes! Until then, hang in there!

 

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