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Does coming off benzodiazepam cause panic attacks?

Does coming off benzodiazepam cause panic attacks?

Recurrence possible : If benzodiazepines are preventing or minimizing panic attacks, coming off them can bring on a recurrence of symptoms. There can be a physical dependency on this medication and abruptly stopping them can cause withdrawal anxiety or panic symptoms. It is often helpful to gradually taper them or switch to a long acting version and then taper it, in order to avoid or minimize such symptoms. ...Read more

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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I take anti psychotic for my anxiety and depression. I'm 22. Will they deteriorate my brain and kill me?

I take anti psychotic for my anxiety and depression.  I'm 22. Will they deteriorate my brain and kill me?

Psychotropic: Please discuss your medication with your Psychiatrist and your Pharmacist who can review the side effects and answer questions you have about long-term use. Anti-psychotic drugs can help you. It is important to have the right one for you. ...Read more

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How to wean off of cymbalta (duloxetine) 120 mgs in 2 weeks?

Depends: This is best handled by your prescribing physician. Usually decreasing the dose by half every two or three weeks is safe. ...Read more

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Diazepam (1963), Lithium (1970), Fluoxetine (1987), Clozapine (1989). Now, 25 years since anything revolutionary in treatment of mental illness. Why?

Diazepam (1963), Lithium (1970), Fluoxetine (1987), Clozapine (1989). Now, 25 years since anything revolutionary in treatment of mental illness. Why?

Glutamate : The latest are glutamate antagonists like lamictal, ketamine, Namenda. Also serotonin modulators like viibryd (vilazodone hydrochloride) and brintellex which adds specificity to where neurotransmitters are affected eg causing dopamine to be released in frontal cortex. New meds are designed by informed knowledge rather than chance. ...Read more

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Nortriptyline HCl 25 mgs for depression. Will dry mouth ever go away?

Nortriptyline HCl 25 mgs for depression. Will dry mouth ever go away?

No.: This is a common side-effect of nortriptyline and it will not go away as long as you're taking it but you will get used to it and the side effect can be mitigated by sucking on hard candy, sipping water and some people chew sugarless gum. ...Read more

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Gonna take 20 of Ativan (lorazepam) 0.5mg is it dangerous? SAttempt (last SAtempt 4/17/13) PCOS HTN G.A.D Depressive Disorder

Gonna take 20 of Ativan (lorazepam) 0.5mg is it dangerous? SAttempt  (last SAtempt 4/17/13)  PCOS HTN G.A.D  Depressive Disorder

Wanting to Die: Are you reaching out here for help or just telling the world that you have had it? Please call 911 or your family doctor or the local county hotline for suicide. I understand how painful it can be to feel like you want or should die. But, Ativan (lorazepam) will not in any way help you feel better, treat the underlying depression, or cure your anxiety. Now that you have reached out make the call to 911. ...Read more

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Can terrible anxiety and depression cause weight loss? I've lost around 4-5 kilos (91->86/87) been constantlz under anxiety for 2 months. fear cancer.

Can terrible anxiety and depression cause weight loss? I've lost around 4-5 kilos (91->86/87) been constantlz under anxiety for 2 months. fear cancer.

Absolutely: Both anxiety and depression can lead to rapid weight loss as a result of fear, preoccupation, and loss of appetite. However, you can never be certain about this until you visit you primary care doc and talk about your concerns. Be sure to mention any physical issues that may be leading you to fear cancer besides your weight loss. Go soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it common to fall into depression after yrs trying to get diagnosis & manage lupus& once under control, mourn the yrs lost, anxiety restarting life?

Is it common to fall into depression after yrs trying to get diagnosis & manage lupus& once under control, mourn the yrs lost, anxiety restarting life?

Depresssion: secondary to a physical illness is fairly common. After mourning what is lost, focus on what you have. All any of us have is NOW. Meditation techniques from Buddhism or Centering Prayer can help you stay more in the now. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

I am on Lexapro (escitalopram) for depression but still suffer from ptsd bipolar 2 psychosis anxiety sleep problems racing thoughts agitation what meds could help me?

BIPOLAR: It is important to find the correct combination of medications with your Psychiatrist. But medications alone are not sufficient because they do not teach you coping mechanisms for stress. Psychotherapy with a Clinical Psychologist can help you find ways to handle stress that will help your medications to work better. It is time well well-spent to invest in well-being. ...Read more

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Is it inevitable to get rebound anxiety while tapering off benzodiazepines, even slowly?

Is it inevitable to get rebound anxiety while tapering off benzodiazepines, even slowly?

It depends: Rebound anxiety is not inevitable, although there are many individuals who do experience it. A lot depends on the rate of tapering, the dosage before tapering, how long someone has been taking the medication and the severity of their anxiety. At times it is also unclear how much rebound is due to the med vs situational. I recommend expecting mild to moderate short-term symptoms with a plan to cope. ...Read more

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Have porn addiction. Cold turkey 2 weeks. Feeling mentally unstable. Have bipolar disorder on lamictal. is it Dangerous to continue cold turkeying?

Have porn addiction. Cold turkey 2 weeks. Feeling mentally unstable. Have bipolar disorder on lamictal. is it Dangerous to continue cold turkeying?

Cold turkey from: porn can be ok if you have professional guidance since you also mention bipolar disorder. Congratulations on the progress you have made. Your doc may refer you to a 12 step group for porn/sex addiction. You need someone to check in with. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Cousin went off of anxiety meds and gained 15lbs in the weaning process. I start weaning off Lexapro (escitalopram) July 10th. Will this happen to me also?

Cousin went off of anxiety meds and gained 15lbs in the weaning process. I start weaning off Lexapro (escitalopram) July 10th. Will this happen to me also?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Not necessarily because no two people respond the same way. But if worried about weight then would be proactive by eating balanced healthy meals and incorporating a regular exercise regimen. ...Read more

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Can depression be related to paragard, an iuc birth conrol? I've taken Zoloft (sertraline) in the past, my father takes medication for manic depression too.

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Can depression be related to paragard, an iuc birth conrol? I've taken Zoloft (sertraline) in the past, my father takes medication for manic depression too.

Hmmm...: Admittedly, i'm not an ob/gyn but I am not aware of paragard leading to depression. It is simply a copper iud, unlike others which release hormones as well. I cannot imagine a mechanism by which a copper iud would lead to depression. Ask an ob/gyn to be sure. ...Read more

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Psychiatrist took me off cymbalta (duloxetine) and temazepam cold turkey. Can't fall asleep and very depressed. He refuses to change anything. Time for new doc?

Psychiatrist took me off cymbalta (duloxetine) and temazepam cold turkey. Can't fall asleep and very depressed.  He refuses to change anything. Time for new doc?

Ask ?'s & Seek: First, it is important you ask ?'s and understand why your current psychmd stopped the medications and ensure s/he knows what you are experiencing since. If s/he will not make additional recommendations that feel comfortable to you, then it might then be an appropriate time to seek for another psychiatrist with whom you would like to work. ...Read more

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What can come of someone w manic depression keeping it a secret and leaving it untreated?

What can come of someone w manic depression keeping it a secret and leaving it untreated?

Nothing good.: It can worsen over time. A person with manic depression may have poor impulse control and lack of judgment. If untreated they may end up taking an action that they regret for the rest of their life. Bipolar disorder needs treatment. ...Read more

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Bad reaction to Klonopin (clonazepam). Stopped taking it but now emotions are all over, rapid cycles of mania and depression. How long till it's out of system?

Bad reaction to Klonopin (clonazepam). Stopped taking it but now emotions are all over, rapid cycles of mania and depression. How long till it's out of system?

Call your doctor: You should not stop a psychiatric medication abruptly without consulting with your doctor, Some symptoms may be from withdrawal.It takes a few days to get out of your system, Call your doctor now and discuss with them. ...Read more

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Help! Dr Tapered me off zyprexa (olanzapine) and Adderall too quickly due to worse depression.? Day 23 severe WD. Took 5mg of Adderall helped. Dopamine depletion?

Help! Dr Tapered me off zyprexa (olanzapine) and Adderall too quickly due to worse depression.? Day 23 severe WD. Took 5mg of Adderall helped. Dopamine depletion?

Unlikely: Dopamine depletion is a relic of the 1980's. Much too simplistic an answer as synaptic neurotransmission is only one part of the story as we now know (i.e. CREP, epigenetics, non-synaptic neurotransmission, etc). Taking Adderall and Zyprexa (olanzapine) together makes me wonder what you are being treated for and by whom. ...Read more

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How do people recover from postpartum depression / psychosis?

How do people recover from postpartum depression / psychosis?

DEPENDS: It really depends on whether it is depression or psychosis. Depression requires treatment maybe with meds maybe just therapy. Psychosis is extremely dangerous and requires medications and maybe hospitalization very serious condition and needs immediate attention.. ...Read more

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Although haart therapy only kills free floating HIV virus, won't the dormant reservoirs eventually die off leaving the person free of hiv?

Although haart therapy only kills free floating HIV virus, won't the dormant reservoirs eventually die off leaving the person free of hiv?

Dormant HIV: Unfortunately, some of the cells the virus infects can lie 'dormant' for >13 years. Our hope was that treating the virus would rid our patients of the infection in time but we need to make those latent cells infected w/virus 'apoptose' or die ; prevent new immature cells from being infected. It has been more difficult than we anticipated but work is actively being done. We have hope! ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


Candida (Definition)

Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more