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Originally posted by Darkblade71
reply to post by smyleegrl
When I went through my divorce they put me on Seroquel.
Small doses, I couldn't handle more than 25 mg, I can't imagine 400 mg, although I knew a guy with PTSD who was a nam vet who was on 1500 mg,
but it worked. It is a very effective drug for it's purpose. It shuts out all of the overriding emotions and the clutter of noise that can over run your senses.
Long term though, it gives you the munchies, and you gain weight. Cutting out all of the brain noise is a great thing when it is needed, however, in our day to day lives, cutting out that noise can be a bad thing too. Long term it turns you zombie-ish, and can damage your liver and eyes.
I'm glad you got off of it. I was only on it until I got away from my x...
After that, I didn't need it anymore.
It is one of the drugs they do give to help treat PTSD,
so it has it's purpose if things get way to bad.
But normally, it is not something anyone should take without careful consideration, and people need to keep themselves informed on the medication they are prescribed, especially brain meds.
My point is, sometimes the "cure" can be worse than the illness. I still have insomnia, but now I use meditation during that time and that helps me fall asleep.
reply to post by lonewolf19792000
The best treatment for insomnia is sex. Oragasm causes release of endorphins that act as a natural sleep aid, which is a major complaint in women when their men fall asleep quickly after achieving orgasm.
Originally posted by Hollie
This is a great thread. I have followed another thread of yours about depression and I feel just terrible about what you must be going through. A lot of people suffer from it. It seems that everyone I know suffers, and one dear friend of mine is on Seroquel along with another popular antidepressant. I have seen her pull out her hair, smack herself in the face, cry, sleep for days, suicidal talk, gained a lot of weight, but the strangest part is how her moods just switch on and off.
Just like you, she is a wonderful person with a kind heart, holds a good job, and manages a household. You would never know about her depression and anxiety. She was the victim of a violent crime and ever since then, she went on these medications and I have watched her gradually change. I know plenty of people on antidepressants that do not behave this way. So I always attributed her fits to the Seroquel. Unless you think she has these episodes because of being a victim? The crime committed on her was a long time ago and she sees a therapist. Oh I also want to point out, she breaks her Seroquel pills in half and takes them throughout the day.
Have you flown off the handle like this? If so, did you behave like that before the Seroquel? or just after?
Originally posted by fnpmitchreturns
Good for you! I used to be on 3 different pain pills for years but I finally switched to another drug which gave me relief without tearing up my stomach. .........
after helping care give for several elderly and my grand parents I have zero faith in the medical establishment. The corporate medical model is a failure.... when you combine the systemic problems within the medical community; then there is the human component where we as humans and not always 100 percent accurate or even nice after we have become desensitized to our environment........
Originally posted by Darkblade71
reply to post by the owlbear
Regular doctor or a psychiatrist?
(you don't have to answer that, in fact don't, just think about it if it is a regular doctor)
Another thing that I have noticed with my own experience through medication for the mind is that a regular doctor really does not know what they are doing as much as a psychiatrist does. I would recommend anyone using brain meds, sees a specialist in that area, as med jumps and trying one after another after another, can be simply avoided or a lot less trial and error with a psychiatrist. But there is a stigma that goes with seeing one.
People need to ditch the stigma.
What worked for me was a combination of seroquel and lexapro.
It is different for everyone though,and all these pills do is make the depression and anxiety easier to work with. If one does not get therapy of some kind, the pills never address the real issue.
Long term I chose meditation and spiritualism in my own way to cope with these things, and it has worked for me, but that does not mean it works for everyone.
edit on 4-6-2013 by Darkblade71 because: (no reason given)