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    New here - feeling hopeless!

    Hi all,

    Iíve been lurking here for quite a while, reading all your experiences on various anti psychotic medication (as that added on to an SSRI seems to be the only thing that eases my anxiety, OCD and subsequent depression.) Coming here has been really informative and also reassuring in knowing that others are in the same boat.

    Anyway, over the Christmas period I switched my Fluvoxamine and Quetiapine combo (that was no longer working) to Sertraline 100mg and Olanzapine 2.5mg. The Sertraline didnít do a fat lot but after the addition of Olanzapine in February I felt like a switch had been flicked and I felt so much better.

    I still had horrible OCD thoughts but overall, I was much calmer, more clear headed and was better able to manage the OCD thoughts and function day to day. However, this week, it has all come crashing down. My OCD is through the roof but also my general anxiety is dibilitating.. to the point I canít think straight or do my job effectively. Iíve only been on my Olanzapine since February.. can it really poop out so soon after working so well before? Itís only been 2 months! Iím loathe to increase the dose as when I was on 5mg before, I ballooned and was way too big for my small frame.

    Can anyone relate? Iíve tried Quetiapine (worked great for 2 years then stopped), Abilify (worked great but had horrific akathesia and insomnia) and risperidone (worked great for 3 months then stopped. The second time, suffered terrible insomnia.)

    Iíve had loads of therapy but meds are the only thing that have made any difference.

    Do you think the meds have stopped working? Or could this just be a blip? Any thoughts appreciated. 😊😊 Thank you.

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    Re: New here - feeling hopeless!

    Hiyer Holly....


    So sorry you haven't had replies. I don't have experience of the meds you are talking about, but I just wanted to say Hi and bump your thread back up......

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    Re: New here - feeling hopeless!

    Thanks for replying Carys, I appreciate it. It looks like there arenít many people who come into this particular sub forum.

    Anyway, Iím case anyone is reading this, I ended up increasing to 5mg of Olanzapine but it made no difference. So what with the prospect of unacceptable weight gain, I reduced back to 2.5.

    The last few weeks have been so hard and lately Iíve taking 0.25 mg of Lorezapam (teeny dose) whenever Iím at work (4 days a week) just to take the edge off and keep me functional. I have to make sure I can do my job as canít have anymore time off work due to getting a first formal warning for absence. So I feel stuck. I can go back to the psychiatrist but feel like Iíve run out of options now. Meds are the only thing that help me but they just stop working.

    Anyway, if anyone is reading this, thank you. Just felt the need to get it out and if anyone can offer a glimmer of hope, bonus.

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