I started seeing a new psychiatrist who suggests it might be time I stop taking the Citalopram (Celexa) and maybe switching to another anti-depressant.
Let me tell ya, if I had known one of the withdrawal symptoms was your own body giving you electrical shocks through your whole system, I would have never gone on this anti-depressant.
I stopped taking the pills and within 5 days I was walking around just trying to maintain a smidgen of sanity. I don't EVER want to go through that again.
So now I am back on my dosage of 40 mg. a day and in a few weeks that will be cut down to 20 and so on. The process will be slow going and will more than likely take months and there is a possibility that it won't work.
The psychiatrist says 90 % of people get that withdrawal symptom. Of course it wasn't until after I started getting the shocks through my body that I was told this..
Now I feel trapped by a drug that has done me a lot of good for the past year.
Now I know why my first psychiatrist who put me on it said there might be a possibility that I would have to take it for the rest of my life.
I am hoping the weaning process works.
Only time will tell.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Soldiers from the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry take defensive positions at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province on Monday May 11, 2009. Spc. Zachery Boyd of Fort Worth, TX, far left was wearing 'I love NY' boxer shorts after rushing from his sleeping quarters to join his fellow platoon members. From far right is Spc. Cecil Montgomery of Many, LA and Jordan Custer of Spokan, WA, center.(AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday praised an Army soldier in eastern Afghanistan who drew media attention this month after rushing to defend his post from attack while wearing pink boxer shorts and flip-flops.
In fact, Gates said he wants to meet the soldier and shake his hand the next time he visits Afghanistan.
"Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage," Gates said in remarks prepared for a speech in New York.
"I can only wonder about the impact on the Taliban. Just imagine seeing that: a guy in pink boxers and flip-flops has you in his cross-hairs. What an incredible innovation in psychological warfare," he said.
Army Specialist Zachary Boyd, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, rushed from his sleeping quarters on May 11 to join fellow platoon members at a base in Afghanistan's Kunar Province after the unit came under fire from Taliban positions.
A news photographer was on hand to record the image of Boyd standing at a makeshift rampart in helmet, body armor, red T-shirt and boxers emblazoned with the message: "I love NY."
When the image wound up on the front page of the New York Times, Boyd told his parents he might lose his job if President Barack Obama saw him out of uniform.
"I can assure you that Specialist Boyd's job is very safe indeed," Gates said in the speech.
The U.S. defense chief was scheduled to deliver the speech at New York's annual Salute to Freedom dinner in Manhattan.
(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Will Dunham)