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   Posted 2/15/2007 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
HI haven;t posted in a while, my MRI results came back fine showing no signs of depression. What a releif. However we have increased my meds from 100mgs of Zoloft to 125mgs, so far i have only been on the 125mg dose for 2 days. Not sure when it kicks in etc. I am having minor flashbacks can someone please help me to figure out a way to deal with them. Along with 50mgs of sereqoeul to increase to 75mgs in a couple of days when payday comes. Anyway i see my pysch doc again in march and by then the meds should be working by then if not he said we will try something else. Still waiting for the EEG results to find out if i have a seizure disorder because i shke a abit still and mild chest pain mostly from anxiety prob i am working on my deep breathing etc and helps a bit Just would like the flashbacks to flash away lol. Thanks for letting me talk about this and i appreciate any comments. Twiggy2

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   Posted 2/15/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Twiggy2

Just thought I'd let u know that whenever I change or alter dosages I often have side effects such as your flashbacks.  I often get music or songs running over and over in my head, or can hear conversations in the background,  sometimes a voice - not talking to me, but it is quite surreal.  Usually it goes after a while, but I have had times where it doesnt and we have to readjust again.

If it is worrying u or getting worse, contact your doc.  If it eases or u can cope with it, just tell yourself that u r not going crazy :) it's just a side effect and will disappear.

Good luck, hope it fades away soon.


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   Posted 2/15/2007 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Twiggy
I experience flashbacks quite a bit,and most of the time they are thoughts I do not want to have go thru my mind.
One of the things that I do that help is just tell myself "don't go there" and then right away push myself into a project. Rather it be cleaning something,or surfing the net. I have also picked up a book and read a few pages. Anything to get the thoughts out of my mind.
Are your flashbacks from a recent event that you have been thru or are they from awhile ago?
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   Posted 2/15/2007 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Twiggy2,
Long time, no psychotic episodes (HA-HA-HA!!!)  tongue
OK, I'm a little sarcastic today.  Unfortunately, I think your doctor is ordering a bunch of scary tests that you really don't need.  A state of depression or flashbacks can't be diagnosed by taking a MRI.  Likewise, unless you are actually having a seizure, medical equipment(EEG) isn't going to detect anything.
As far as the flashbacks, are they about good things or bad experiences?  Talking about them with a counselor/psychologist can help you voice your experiences, and sometimes just that can exercise the demons if the flashbacks are bad.  Writing your feelings down in a journal can help quiet things in your mind.  If the flashbacks are about good things, sharing them with someone else can greatly improve your disposition.  You could also write them down in a journal, and maybe this will help you not be so distracted by them.
As far as the "seizure" symptoms, they sound exactly like a Panic or Anxiety attack.  If you are continuously conscious and thinking while you are experiencing an "episode", then it's probably not a seizure.  Plus, seizures usually last less than two minutes.  If the symptoms last longer than two minutes, it's probably a Panic or Anxiety attack.  If you are capable of trying to slow down your thoughts or control your breathing during this "episode", you are not having a seizure. 
Also, many drugs prescribed for depression, panic and anxiety disorder can produce "seizure-like" symptoms.  Read up on the side effects of all the medications you are taking.  You will probably find what medication(s) is/are responsible for your symptoms.
Good luck to you and let us know what you find out.
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   Posted 2/16/2007 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your replies some on the memories are from my past. I do my best to ingnore them but having a hard go at it. Sometimes am i shocked that i can remember things from that far back and other down right scared. I remind myself that they are past memories good or bad and deal with it the best i can. Talk to ya later i will mention these things to my pysch doc when i see him again and maybe i can feel comfortable talking to him about it as it;s only the third time i have seen him as a patient. HE seems like a very good doc and listens to me about my concerns and questions and doesn;t judge me when i say something. This might be different though and not sure if he will understand just as much i as i don't. Sorry for rambling but i'll talk to ya later thanks Twiggy2.

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   Posted 2/21/2007 11:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Since the increase in meds i have been having sleeping problems again and i take a nap sometimes in the afternoon when i awaken i have been having some weird brain activity happening, i called my pysch and i have an appointment with him tommorow to explain things, not sure what is going on but maybe he will have some anwers for me tommorow, maybe will have to drop the serequeol and try something else, anyway i'll keep u posted I kinda came pretty close to my breaking point the other night and i know i need to tell him that. Take care talk to ya later Twiggy2.

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   Posted 2/22/2007 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi twiggy,

hope you appt goes ok and your doctor can help you with your sleeping problems. Its is a positive step that you know that you have to be honest with your doctor and this is far better than hiding things so Im so glad you are going to tell him how you felt the other night.

Keep in touch, let us know how the appt goes hun x

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   Posted 2/22/2007 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Victoria I am a bit nervous about the appointment but i know i gotta go. I am wondering i he might decide that i need to change meds like to lithum or something. I am truly trying to be positive and strong but i know when i start talking to him i am gonna cry but that ok too. Right now money is very tight the children are constantly arguing and causing our stress levels to the max. Also to add to that i have back problems and headaches. I will let u know what happens. Maybe i just need a vacation lol. Thanks again Twiggy2.

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   Posted 2/22/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Well appointment went ok i guess he increased my serequol to 100mgs and leaving the Zoloft at 125mgs, he said that the things im experincing is mostly side effects from the increase in meds and should go away soon. I told him about my almost breaking point story and he asked what stopped me from doing it i told him i wasn;t sure. I am going to start keeping track of things daily again and when i see him next i will bring it along for support. Anyway i asked him about the possiblity of changing to lithium if it is necessary and he said that shouldn;t be a problem meaning i can switch off the serequel to lithium without harmfull withdrawels i will let u know how things go take care Twiggy2
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