CrackedGirl wrote:I went high on 20mg of fluoxetine but everyone is different. I have also been high on very small doses of sertraline (25mg). It is certainly a difficult balancing act...
ShadowTerra wrote:My experiences with SSRIs were so bizarre that I tried to convince myself that it was just in my imagination (or a placebo effect), but my family noticed too. Unfortunately my doctors and therapists at the time(s) treated me like a hypochondriac because I wasn't able to articulate myself as well back then.
Small amounts of caffeine can mess with me too (the caffeine in a whole cup of coffee will give me a day/night of euphoric feelings or anxiety/paranoia, followed by a few days of suicidal thinking) so I live a caffeine/chocolate-free lifestyle for the most part. It helps a lot. I know for sure it's caffeine that messes with me because I have experienced the same problems when I was unaware I had taken any--when I realized I had, I was relieved because I knew it was just a temporary brain hiccup.
I understand that caffeine withdrawal is hard on anyone (eg, making people groggy and irritable), but I've often wondered if suicidal thinking and hopelessness are normal parts of caffeine withdrawal for other people. Any thoughts?
I was always curious about how long it took in other people. This is a very interesting topic, Sociobid.
Short version: I'm not officially diagnosed bipolar, but my mood can change drastically within hours of taking very low doses of SSRIs.
slither wrote:Suicidal thinking is generally not considered normal in most circumstances, definitely not caffeine withdrawal. I think certain life experiences or ways of thinking can leave one prone to having suicidal thoughts though. I used to become semi suicidal as a sort of fallback for when I just couldn't handle the stress at the time--thinking that I have a way out effectively increases my tolerance and ability to cope for short periods, then I tend to fall apart.
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