Depression and Other Mental Health Issues

Yokel

LE
I keep having very odd dreams - could they be medication related? I keep having dreams about a girl I have not seen for over twenty years. I also had reason to speak to an American General and then had to try to climb a very steep hill to get a helicopter.

Later I was in a building for some sort of conference only for there to be a bomb scare.

WTF?
 

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
I keep getting these things on my facebook page message, do you know some one with depression cut and post this if you care and that sort of thing all from friends who have not responded to calls nor called me in over a year . So why cut an paste then ?
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
I keep having very odd dreams - could they be medication related? I keep having dreams about a girl I have not seen for over twenty years. I also had reason to speak to an American General and then had to try to climb a very steep hill to get a helicopter.

Later I was in a building for some sort of conference only for there to be a bomb scare.

WTF?
Have you been eating cheese before bed ?
 

Yokel

LE
Have you been eating cheese before bed ?

No - I am not terribly keen on cheese.

I wonder if there is any significance in that these dreams seem to feature a girl I was keen on, and she knew it? Nothing happened, but she still was warm and supportive of me.
 
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Legs

ADC
Book Reviewer
I was tried on some meds that I can't remember the name of. Absolutely awful, awful dreams. So bad that I was doing anything possible not to go to sleep. Super-strength coffee by the bucket load and frequently, anything - except narcotics. I don't know where to get them, which is probably a good thing. I was terrified of going to sleep.

Over a month I suffered this. I kept telling my Pshrink and he kept saying "give it a bit of time" and "just give it a wee bit more time". Nope. I couldn't stand it one night longer. Went back on the old meds and the dreams settled down.
 
No - I am not terribly keen on cheese.

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I was tried on some meds that I can't remember the name of. Absolutely awful, awful dreams. So bad that I was doing anything possible not to go to sleep. Super-strength coffee by the bucket load and frequently, anything - except narcotics. I don't know where to get them, which is probably a good thing. I was terrified of going to sleep.

Over a month I suffered this. I kept telling my Pshrink and he kept saying "give it a bit of time" and "just give it a wee bit more time". Nope. I couldn't stand it one night longer. Went back on the old meds and the dreams settled down.

Thanks for sharing this Legs.

Pre-meds, I had such awful dreams and did my damndest not to go to sleep until so exhausted hoping for dreamless sleep. I too was terrified. On occasions, in dreams I would calculate compound interest, which I suspect was my brain trying not to repeat experiences but distract/bore with abstract numbers. However, the numbers would spiral out of control and it would as bad as vivid dreaming. Either that or I was a frustrated accountant in a previous life!

You have been the only person I have heard anecdotally to have experienced similar. It was not something I wanted to admit to [which is also a mistake]
 
Not so many weeks ago, I contacted my GP hoping to have my daily 40mg dose of Citalopram cut back, in the hope of reducing the side effects. Instead, she has put me on 100mg of Sertraline daily. I have been feeling very tired since.

Is that a common side effect?
When I was on Sertraline I could take on the Paras.....A Marine on it committed suicide.... 4 basic types.... just find the one that makes you close to how you are. Flush a bad effect out your system for 2 weeks of one that disagreed, and then 2 weeks to see what the new one starts to do.... about 4-8 weeks for the full effect.
Do not do repeat prescriptions unless you've been re-assessed.

Good luck.. bit of a long dark tunnel but it can be done... obviously with right-angled torches with issue batteries that were as rare as rocking horse shyt.

Medication is not a solution, Therapy is.

PS. The second one they put me on was Mirtazapine..... just switched 50% of my brain off, halved the problem.... RESULT!..... so we stuck with that one.

Look after your very important stuff.
 
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I get on fine with Sertraline down to 50 a day now. Very lucky that the first they tried on me worked so well. I started on 100 a day.
4 main ones...VERY happy for you that you hit the jackpot first time! 3 years down the line and I'm still paying off my mad 4 month Sertraline induced total lack of self control spree! (Like I was a Schizo.... two brains arguing in my head and the body patiently waiting for a decision.... not nice).
8 months to go to clear the decks (As if debt doesn't cause stress).

Shyt lonely path you are walking on.... but if you look hard.... you will see DMS and BCH prints in the ground.... you are not the first and not the last to be here today, but you will be a little further forward tomorrow (No breaking into double time yet..... you will know when).

And I'm not digging out that Starfighter.....
 
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I am mid way through my second week without taking Fluoxetine. Not really sure how I feel yet, some days are better than others. I've taken up going for a walk everyday.

Thinking of taking up a virtual challenge next month to walk a 100km, not sure yet but I'll see later this month. I had been medicated for nearly 3yrs, and having therapy for 8 months. I felt more emotionally stable on the meds, but they made me (more) lazy.

Only time will tell if I need medical support for life or just now and again.
 

Scorcher68

War Hero
Hearing stuff about how Testosterone Replacement Therapy is being thought of as an alternative to antidepressant medication in middle aged men. Thoughts ?
 

964ST

LE
Hearing stuff about how Testosterone Replacement Therapy is being thought of as an alternative to antidepressant medication in middle aged men. Thoughts ?
As a complete non-med person I can only give my opinion ( like arrseholes everyone has one!)

Giving testosterone to a depressed middle aged man could result in an „angry fücker“!
 
Hearing stuff about how Testosterone Replacement Therapy is being thought of as an alternative to antidepressant medication in middle aged men. Thoughts ?
I took it for nearly 3 yrs. At first I was like a horny teen again, until they sorted out the dosage. Not really sure it did much for me other than increase my weight.

It didn't stop me having a mental breakdown after being accused of sexual harassment at work, by a younger female colleague. One thing it did do was potentially kill me. TRT thickened my blood to the point of possibly causing a stroke or heart attack.

This was found after my Dr could not find out how to combat my increasing BP. A few tests later and I had to stop TRT straight away.

Obviously TRT will effect different people in different ways. It didn't work for me, but that doesn't mean it wont work wonders for someone else.
 

Cutaway

LE
Kit Reviewer
Obviously TRT will effect different people in different ways. It didn't work for me, but that doesn't mean it wont work wonders for someone else.
Good, there's a load on site that need help in growing a pair.
 
Morning All,
Need info/help ref: mental health issues for former British Army serviceman in India.
Any input greatly appreciated.
P.ms only please
 

Nemesis44UK

LE
Book Reviewer
I keep having very odd dreams - could they be medication related? I keep having dreams about a girl I have not seen for over twenty years. I also had reason to speak to an American General and then had to try to climb a very steep hill to get a helicopter.

Later I was in a building for some sort of conference only for there to be a bomb scare.

WTF?
When I started taking Venlafaxine, my dreams became blockbuster movies in sound, lighting, story and budget. Never before had I experienced such vivid, rich dreams.

Downside is...well, Venlafaxine.
 
When I started taking Venlafaxine, my dreams became blockbuster movies in sound, lighting, story and budget. Never before had I experienced such vivid, rich dreams.

Downside is...well, Venlafaxine.
I've heard that Cialis has a very similar effect
 

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