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#4441 John MFer

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 09:38 AM

 doesn't interfere with alcohol.

 

I'm also on ativan (a benzo) once a day,

Oh man, don't mix these. That's bad news. The ativan makes drinking so much more fun, but that means once you're not on Ativan any more, because it's really addictive in its own right and you shouldn't take it for very long, drinking is less fun, so you drink more trying to get that buzz back and next thing you know you're an alcoholic living in a van down by the river. 


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 02:49 PM

 

 doesn't interfere with alcohol.

 

I'm also on ativan (a benzo) once a day,

Oh man, don't mix these. That's bad news. The ativan makes drinking so much more fun, but that means once you're not on Ativan any more, because it's really addictive in its own right and you shouldn't take it for very long, drinking is less fun, so you drink more trying to get that buzz back and next thing you know you're an alcoholic living in a van down by the river. 

 

 

seconding this, benzo + alcohol is a dangerous combo :(


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#4443 Demonstray

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:08 PM

Booked an appointment with my doctor, hoping to discuss the likelihood that I have ADD despite the psychiatrist dismissing me as "barely meeting the minimum requirements".

I've been reading a bunch of literature at the book store about ADD patients coping with and treating the disorder, and were I the type to self-diagnose, the books I've read would have completely convinced me. That said, I'm confident that I have it, but some things don't quite line up so I'm going to trust the next expert's word.

The psychiatrist I saw was one of the only few practicing in Lethbridge, and nearly everyone's experience with him has been one in which he undermined their mental illnesses, sometimes dismissing them completely as excuses for irregular behaviour.

So yeah! End of the month, here we come.
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#4444 Naz

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 10:15 AM

Truth, I'm very aware of the alcohol + benzo dangers. I am blessed // cursed with a high alcohol tolerance, but I'm always careful about that combo.

 

It's not good to be on any sort of benzo daily. I try to take a week off every month to lower my tolerance and dependency. We were going to switch me to .5 pills instead of 1mg pills this month but the pharmacy didn't have that dose in stock, so i've got to cut the pills myself. I've watched a lot of people ruin there life with the stuff, and I'm finally at a place where I strive to be focused and productive instead of just bleh and lethargic.


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#4445 Maiko

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Posted 12 October 2018 - 12:59 PM

As someone who also had to deal w this, my suggestion is that if your doctor is dismissive or won't give you an answer, ask them "what are resources I can use to get a proper diagnosis?" And they can possibly refer you to a specialist.

Also remember that psychiatrists are mostly just there to prescribe and refill medication, so going to your doctor is a smart move.
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Posted 13 October 2018 - 10:46 AM

This year has been the worst year for my mental health since late 2010 - early 2011. 

 

Prozac stopped working and everything kinda fell apart, started having regular panic attacks again, ended up in the ER from a particularly nasty one.

 

Went on wellbutrin, after a month of that I couldn't get out of bed or think about anything other than wanting to die, so I stopped taking it and within 4-5 days I was ok. Not the drug for me.

 

Trying to get physically and mentally healthy and it's fucking hard. If you're carrying a lot of baggage from your incredibly fucked up dysfunctional childhood and you don't have the funds to see a good psychiatrist, you're basically told to harden the fuck up and carry on with it. And if you *can't* do that, you're considered weak and worthless. I've felt weak and worthless my whole goddamn life. 


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Posted 13 October 2018 - 05:37 PM

You’re not weak and worthless... this stuff can be hard and people don’t get it. You can’t tell someone with asthma just to start breathing, so no one can tell you to just harden up.
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