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EEG results are in. I am Depressed. My brain shows no signs of physical damage. My working memory is surprisingly good. My attention is in the shitter.

At least it didn't come back "You are 100% okay you big faker mcfakeyson." Which was my fear.

My prolactin blood draw also came back, my levels were up in the sixties. Which means my prolactin levels match that of a very pregnant woman- it should be 2 to 29 ng/mL. So uh. Yeah. He's weaning me down off the Risperdone, and keeping me on the Latuda. We've removed the .5 mg midday dose, and will decrease more the next go-round.

We also started me on Fetzima ER, which is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). Which is different from Zoloft, which is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). SSRIs are the more common ones used, but since I had a bad reaction to Lexapro many a moon ago, and the Zoloft stopped doing anything fairly quickly and didn't respond to dose changes, we're trying a different type. But, since Fetzima takes a month to kick in, in the name of not sending me to the hospital from feeling shitty, we're not taking me off the Zoloft until I've been on the Fetzima a month, just to keep me from dropping too much and too fast.

So, here's to hoping the Fetzima works, because I really need out of this depression spiral. (Can I say that I have a feeling getting my prolactin levels under control might help, too? Pregnancy hormones, yikes.)

Date: 2017-05-02 06:47 am (UTC)
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Hi Yuuo! :)

I'm very happy to meet you! It looks like we have a lot more in common than just anime. For one thing, I've been disabled with a major panic disorder for a long time, and I'm familiar with the SSRI merry-go-round too. Then we have being childfree by choice, being a Pagan Vedanta, being a liberal snowflake, GLBT and proud of it, and we have a cat over here named Gourry too :)

Thank you for friending me! :)

Date: 2017-05-03 05:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] free_to_dream
I love the names of your cats ^_^ Yes, cats named after the Elric brothers would be very cool, but I'm glad you got Loki :)

The depression meds only seem to work so long before one has to rotate them. Fortunately, panic disorder usually gets better with age, and in my case it certainly has. Also, there is progress being made in treating the depressive disorders, and I am optimistic about new treatments that are in the pipeline.

I deeply appreciate meeting another childfree person :) As you know, that doesn't happen every day. My family doesn't get me at all in this regard, but like you, I knew very young that I definitely didn't want any kids. A funny story: I was about six years old and reluctantly attending the wedding of a friend of the family. After the service, the preacher came over to me, bent down, and said, "When are you going to say 'I do?'"

I don't recall ever having felt such indignation as I felt right then. I clenched my fists, stood up on my toes and shouted, "Never!" right in his face! :D

My pagan practices have evolved over many years. Thanks to the Llewellyn books, I started very basically, with the God and Goddess. Since then I have become acquainted with many deities, and have a special place in my heart for Artemis and Ganesh. Since the late 90's I have mainly practiced Vedanta, which is a Hindu philosophy.

Well, this post is growing pretty long, so I'll sign off for now. Blessed Be :)

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