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[31 Oct 2009|01:18pm]

 hello i just joined this community.

exactly 19 days i went off all my medication.

i have bipolar ll disorder, OCD, GAD and EDNOS.

strangely enough i feel exactly the same now as when i was on medication. and i really had quite a neat drug cocktail. 

anyway i just thought i would say hello
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New ACT and CBT Anxiety study [07 Oct 2009|04:41pm]


Hello everyone,

I am assisting with a project that you may find interesting and potentially helpful.  We are a group of researchers conducting a study on self-help treatments for anxiety, comparing mindfulness/acceptance and cognitive-behavioral approaches.  Research has shown that both types of approaches are effective in alleviating anxious suffering.  If you are eligible for participation, you will receive a free copy of either "The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety" or "The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety."   If you are interested, please visit our website at: www.ActforAnxiety.com, and follow the double workbook icon.  I invite you to check it out and wish you the best.



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ACT for Anxiety [20 Dec 2008|06:22pm]


Hi everyone,

I am assisting with a project that I think you may find interesting and has the potential to be helpful.  There’s a group of researchers who are doing a study about mindfulness and acceptance based self-help treatments for anxiety.  If you’re eligible, you can get a free copy of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety.  If you’re interested, here’s the link:  www.ActforAnxiety.com.  I invite you to check it out and wish you the best.



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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) [06 Nov 2008|05:07pm]

[ mood | okay ]

Recent research suggests that Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) may be helpful for people struggling with a variety of psychological problems including stress, excessive fear, and anxiety. Researchers at the University at Albany – SUNY are currently conducting an innovative online self-help treatment study using ACT and mindfulness and acceptance practices to help people who are struggling with anxiety. Eligible participants will get a free copy of The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety by John P. Forsyth, Ph.D. and Georg H. Eifert, Ph.D. and the chance to learn new, workable ways of living a more meaningful and fulfilling life. If you’re interested, the link is www.ActforAnxiety.com.

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[24 Jul 2008|09:35pm]

 Omg I am sooo happy this community exists! Every time I tell a dr. or friend that I do not believe in medication, they think I'm crazy or something. 

I guess it all started when I worked as a pharmacist technician and the pharmacist told me that dr's don't know 90% of what drugs do to the body. He said they're not researched hardly at all. This really woke me up and then I took an alternative medicine class in college where my Professor was a Nurse practicioner for 25 years and then discovered hollistic medicine and swears by it. After what she taught, I pretty much realized when you're sick, it's your body telling you there's something seriously wrong and you shouldn't cover it up you should get to the bottom of why it's happening in the first place.

But now for my questions, I have mild to severe anxiety with the occasional panic attack. It has been happening more and more lately and especially I think because I have a big 15 hour flight coming up that I'm pretty nervous about. I went to a dr and they immediately prescibed xanax even though I told her I didn't want to take it. Is there an alternative to taking that? I have a friend who had to go to rehab for a year because he got hooked on xanax and I'm pretty hesitant about taking it. 

I have also been diagnosed with a pineal cyst and was wondering if anyone knew about that and again, another alternative measure I could take to counteract that. I really appreciate the help and the existence of this community.
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I'LL NEVER TAKE MEDS [24 Jul 2008|03:34pm]




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[19 Jul 2008|08:31pm]

 Im not medicated
I have been offered meds by a few GPs and psychiatrists for depression but I have always refused... im not sure why, fear? denial? I dont know but I have had depression for 4 + years and an eating disorder for 2 years.
Im concidering meds now though... and I just wanted your views on meds.
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conquring anxiety [04 Jun 2008|11:14am]

excuse the spelling.

Anyway, i'm starting to realize i have more than a few issues with angziety. Has anyone found a good way to deal with it without taking meds?
it will be over stupid shit ususallly but i can't get my brain/psychie to settle.
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[26 Feb 2008|09:28am]

Initial Severity and Antidepressant Benefits: A Meta-Analysis of Data Submitted to the Food and Drug Administration


Drug–placebo differences in antidepressant efficacy increase as a function of baseline severity, but are relatively small even for severely depressed patients. The relationship between initial severity and antidepressant efficacy is attributable to decreased responsiveness to placebo among very severely depressed patients, rather than to increased responsiveness to medication.
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[07 Feb 2008|09:50am]

Interesting article in Newsweek http://www.newsweek.com/id/107569/output/print

When someone is appropriately sad, friends and colleagues offer support and sympathy. But by labeling appropriate sadness pathological, "we have attached a stigma to being sad," says Wakefield, "with the result that depression tends to elicit hostility and rejection" with an undercurrent of " 'Get over it; take a pill.' The normal range of human emotion is not being tolerated." And insisting that sadness requires treatment may interfere with the natural healing process. "We don't know how drugs react with normal sadness and its functions, such as reconstituting your life out of the pain," says Wakefield.
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Lyrica [14 Dec 2007|11:49am]

I don't know if this has been posted about already, and it seems weird to ask about a drug on a "without meds" community! But I am intrigued, and yet suspicious, so I thought I would ask you guys. Does anyone have any information (either evidence-based OR personal experience) on pregabalin (Lyrica) for fibromyalgia (or anything else for that matter)?

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my final jugdement [24 Nov 2007|07:30pm]

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This is fucked up. I don't want to take these pills anymore. They aren't making me better but they're making me sick. They may have fixed me for awhile but not permanently and I am not the kind who enjoys being dependant. If I'm permanently delusional then how come I'm also all these other things. Like permanently anxious, permanently worried, permenantly obsessive and neurotic. How the hell are these pills helping with it?
I've made up my decision since the anxiety although utterly invisible has gone completely unhelped and unnoticed. The pills are only worsening my life. They only confuse me. I don't need confusion or delusions. I need some stability, pills arent stable. The reason is because even if I was permanently surgically induced into this state I'd be fucking insane. I'd be insane. I can't think on these pills. I get too contemplative. I get too weird. I'm not hallucinating right now...I think it's all gotten worse since i've been forced to take these pills. But nothing has been worse than being forced to hurt because you're taking pills. If i'm really schizophrenic then how come I still don't believe that i am? Why would it even matter if I was? When we were cave people did people have to suffer through hospitals? I'd rather go on my own self-destructive phase, let my liver eat itself, then go through with this bull anymore. i dont need to put GOD in PILLS. And I dont know if there is a god. But if there was I think that god seriously needs to get a life and fix me. Because I'd choose this so called god over these so called pills. It's just insane. This whole world is insane. I don't know where I'm going and when I get there I don't know where I've come from. It's all a circle. What I need really is love. That's true. i used to know that love was all you needed, that if I was in love then I could cure this so called insane disease. But no one loves me, that's why i'm sick. I think they could've figured it out by now. Schizophrenia is really just "Unloved Girl"...

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I am new to this community, and I will introduce myself properly when I have the time. [19 Nov 2007|12:26am]

For now, I highly recommend EVERYONE watching Michael Moore's latest film, Sicko. It is an excellent film and very relevant to some of the values associated with being a member of this group. If you are not a fan of Moore, as I am not (his writing really does suck), be ready to be really surprised. GREAT FILM.
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Diet and mental health [14 Nov 2007|06:56pm]

Hello everyone, this is my first post.  I'm excited to see this community exists.

I suffered from chronic depression for over twenty years.  About three years ago I felt I was completely at the end of the road - as if something was irrevocably broken in my brain and I would never get better.  By sheer good luck I came across a truly life-changing book:  "The Mood Cure" by Julia Ross.  It's all about using a nutritional approach (food and supplements) to treat mood disorders.  It worked for me.  It's packed full of information, and different people will need to do different things, but what had the most dramatic effect on me was cutting out gluten from my diet, and increasing my intake of protein.  My end-of-the-line depression literally lifted within two days of making these changes.  I also later found out (again sparked off by this book) that I have an underactive thyroid .  Taking thyroid replacement has also been a big help (and side effect-free).  As long as I eat properly I don't have any problems with depression, and absolutely no need for anti-depressant medication. 

There's also another good book on similar lines:  "Optimum Nutrition for the Mind" by Patrick Holford.  This has information about using nutrition for conditions like schizophrenia as well (and a lot else besides).  

I'd say definitely have a look at these ideas and give them a go.  There's nothing to lose and maybe a great deal to gain. 

I think talking therapies are also important, but if there's a physical thing wrong, that needs to be addressed.  I don't think all the therapy in the world could have put me right if I hadn't re-balanced my brain through the above means.  So I'm not against physical treatment for mental illness - just get the right physical treatment!  The right treatment is free from all side effects because it replaces exactly what is missing.
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My intro to the group [05 Nov 2007|09:44pm]

Hi all!
I'm new to the group, I just joined yesterday.
My name's Tessa and I'm a 23 year old woman living in Pennsylvania. I joined this group because I've been having a sleep problem and I will most likely ask for advice on soon in the future.
I have a wide varity of interests including: writing, listening to all kinds of music, natural health, learning about different cultures, traveling, Japanese, discussing world events and many many more things.

I'll try and give any advice I can. I've taken far to many medications in my life and they really don't help me. All of the meds that I've tried for my depression (according to the doctors.) make me very sick. I feel very nausiated to the point where I can't function and have to lay down. I get all the known sidefects from the meds. I'll list the meds I've tried once I look them up because I don't know how to spell them. XD *laughs*

So yes, here's my intro. I hope to learn many new and interesting things from this group as well as help someone learn something as well.

Have a nice day,
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Two Years Out [05 Nov 2007|11:10am]

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Today marks 2 years since I was released from Cahill 3, the last time I was on a locked psych unit.

For years, I was constantly in and out of hospitals. Throughout that time I was put on various medications: prozac, geodon, seroquel, zyprexa, depakote, lithium, ativan, klonopin, celexa, zoloft, and too many others to list here.

At times, the medications seemed like it was helping, but what it was really dong was preventing me from getting better. It wasn't until I stopped taking the medications that I started truly improving. It wasn't until I stopped taking the medication that I was able to stay out of the hospital.

Mental problems need a mental solution. Mental "illness" is not like diabetes or cancer. The speculation that mental "diseases" are biologically based is just that — speculation. There is no evidence to back it up, but the idea is treated as gospel. It is more religion than science.

Without the medications obscuring my real issues or slowing my brain down to the point that thinking was a labourious activity, I was able to directly address my problems and I was able to make myself better. I've been out of the hospital for 2 years and I'm sure that if I had continued to take their drugs, I wouldn't be able to say that.

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About Myself [16 Sep 2007|09:44pm]

I have OCD. I used to be on pills, but I stopped taking them because they generally made me feel like a zombie. My condition does manifest itself from time to time, but I now know how to control it by myself, for the most part, and stop myself before it gets too bad.

My main symptom(s) is pulling off layers of my own skin, anywhere that it's flaking, or blistered, or if there's a painful or unsightly pimple. That on it's own wouldn't be too bad, but once I start, I can't stop, because my brain registers the left-over loose skin of the edges as another blemish to remove, and so on. Needless to say, it's not exactly a very good feeling (or look, for that matter, since it's happened to my face on multiple occasions) later on.
However, I now regularly use lotion and acme cream to stop my triggers from showing up in the first place.
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Need advice [12 Aug 2007|08:54am]

I went to the emergency room on Friday after experiencing a mild psychotic episode. This had followed several days of not sleeping. The psychiatric community has tried to tell me I'm bipolar, but I really don't think I am. What happens to me is more related to sleep deprivation and is spiritual in nature. I think the name for it is "sleep induced psychosis" since I'm never really manic during these times of sleep deprivation - instead, I'm more focused on spiritual pursuits. And I don't have depressive episodes either, which also suggests I'm not bipolar.

In any case, now I'm in a bit of a bind. Apparently, according to my fiance, they involuntarily committed me for 5 days (which really surprises me since they didn't even ask for my signature first, and I was very coherant most of the time). The good thing is that my fiance and I managed to get me out after one night. Because all I really needed is sleep, which is the last thing you get in a psychiatric ward. And those sleeping meds don't do much good for me - peace and quiet help the most.

Well, the problem I'm facing is that they are saying I MUST call this phone number on Monday, which will once again force me into psychiatric circles and more misdiagnoses and meds I don't wnat to take. I told them more than once my sister has developed tardive dyskinesia, and they really don't care.

I'm tired of this, I'm tired of being treated like a sub-human! I'm tired of being bullied into doing things. And I'm really quite furious about how easily they can commit a person involuntarily in the state where I live. The rules are more stringent in other places I have lived. And I'm also not happy they went through my purse to find my insurance information, even though I was perfectly coherant enough to do that for them. I'm quite upset about a lot of things here.

But now I need to decide how to stand up for my rights. If I don't call this number they say I'm REQUIRED to call on Monday, if I decide not to see one of their psychiatrists, what are the consequences? I guess since they involuntarily committed me, I may not have a choice.

I would be willing to see an alternative psychiatrist, one that emphasizes counseling and not drugs, but I simply won't take a drug long term like Abilify that has already had serious side effects in my own family. I'm taking it for now, but I don't intend to take it indefinitely.

So please advise me on your thoughts.

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new member! [06 Aug 2007|02:52am]


Hello there, my name is Crystal and I am eighteen years old. I have had an anxiety disorder w/ agoraphobia since I was fourteen. I am currently on 20mg of Lexapro and I take half a Clonzepam when needed, but the interesting thing about that is.. I hate pills. I'm iffy to take pain medication sometimes. No doubt, the pills make me feel a lot better and my anxiety has just been ridiculous lately but a long-term goal of mine is to eventually be able to take control of my life and my anxiety without medication. The reason I was put on meds is because I was afraid to leave the house and it was really effecting my school work, I graduated late because of it and I'm cautious about going all natural now because college starts soon and I really don't want to mess anything up for myself.

I was just wonder how those of you manage without taking meds, I would love to know and do more research on it. Once I feel completely and 110% ready, I plan to taper of my medication and take things on my own from there. But it's very important that I don't rush it, or I could be way worse off. I just want to know your ways of coping with anxiety or whatever else it may be to gain some ideas of how I can do it on my own. =)

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