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Gnu89
Gnu89 Community member Posts: 251 Pioneering
Hi @surfygoose, I used to be known as spectral_90.  I had a personal crisis and deleted my old account.  I recently came back and I go by Gnu89 now.  

I'm sorry I left suddenly and I hope you didn't worry about me.  I'm working on healing and mending things with the people I hurt.

I still consider you a dear friend and wish the best for you.

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  • surfygoose
    surfygoose Community member Posts: 424 Pioneering
    Welcome back mate. It’s lovely to see you return. Awesome to hear from you. How are you?
  • Gnu89
    Gnu89 Community member Posts: 251 Pioneering
    I'm not well.  I tried to stop my medication over a week ago.  I felt fine but this weekend I suffered a breakdown and I'm back on them.
  • surfygoose
    surfygoose Community member Posts: 424 Pioneering
    Don’t be too hard on yourself. Coming off medication can be hard and it isn’t always the right time.
  • Gnu89
    Gnu89 Community member Posts: 251 Pioneering
    I am readjusting to it and i feel awful.
  • surfygoose
    surfygoose Community member Posts: 424 Pioneering
    Sending my best wishes. I’m in hospital at the moment, waiting for transport to be organised direct to my new care home when they can. Hospitals are very waity!
    Hope your meds settle soon mate.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,339 Scope online community team
    edited August 2023
    Hi @Gnu89, you said you were on sertraline yes? If it's not been working, or had such bad side effects that you wish to come off it, have you spoken to your GP about trying another medication? Anti-depressants are a hard medication to find the right. From my own experience I had to try 2-3 before I found one that helped me without bad side-effects, and my partner had to try 5+! 

    Sometimes the first medication doesn't work, or has side effects that make it intolerable. If you speak to your GP about it they should hopefully consider other options as, from what you say, this is not working you.
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  • Gnu89
    Gnu89 Community member Posts: 251 Pioneering
    Thanks @surfygoose I've just been prescribed new medication which should have less harsh effects.
  • Gnu89
    Gnu89 Community member Posts: 251 Pioneering
    @Jimm_Scope I'm out of the worst of it now.  My GP has prescribed me Citalopram which should have fewer side effects than sertraline.  I'm also registered with Mind here in Swansea and will be seeing them in two weeks.

    It's also the environment which causes my condition to flare up.  I'm investing in equipment to reduce my exposure to unwanted noise and protect my eyes from harsh light.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,339 Scope online community team
    @Gnu89 Glad to hear, I hope you get less side effects and the new medication works for you. Also glad to hear Mind are also supporting you. It's important to get support from where ever you can. Took me years to accept help and I really was worse off for avoiding it for so long.

    I wonder if the equipment question could be one for our equipment and aids category? It's not one that usually comes up but maybe someone will have dealt with a similar issue before?
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  • Gnu89
    Gnu89 Community member Posts: 251 Pioneering
    I meant noise cancelling headphones because our dog's loud barking triggers me, and a larger computer screen with blue light filters and anti-flicker.

    I feel like I'm trying to evolve from a child to an adult but it is much more difficult than I could have imagined.

    I appreciate your concern and thank you for looking out for me.
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,339 Scope online community team
    I'm in my 30s and I'm not even sure if I'll ever know what it actually means to be an adult. Looking back, I think as kids we looked at adults and it seems like they knew what they were doing but were just good at hiding their issues from kids. 

    I hope you get the headphones and light filters and that they help. I know for sleeping I certainly need sleep headphones, one of my ADHD problems is when I am just lying there trying to sleep my brain will find any sound to focus on so I need to play soft, relaxing sounds (rain, certain types of ASMR etc.) through headphones to prevent that happening.
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  • Gnu89
    Gnu89 Community member Posts: 251 Pioneering
    edited August 2023
    I've had a good sleep and I feel more clear headed.

    I listen to all kinds of music to give my brain something to focus on and process my feelings.  It's also a mental escape where I can focus on the tune, instruments and the singer's voice.
  • Hannah_Scope
    Hannah_Scope Posts: 7,267 Disability Gamechanger
    Glad to hear you slept well! :) Speaking of music, have you seen the movies with the live orchestras? Had an email about some in my area. Would be awesome to watch Jurassic Park with a live orchestra! 
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  • Gnu89
    Gnu89 Community member Posts: 251 Pioneering
    I've never heard of those in my area though it would be nice.
  • Hannah_Scope
    Hannah_Scope Posts: 7,267 Disability Gamechanger
    @Gnu89 I saw a few (Pre-Covid) advertised in London, but I think as they gained popularity last year, more theatres are hosting them. I saw a few years ago they had Home Alone and thought that would be a fun one. Especially with all the sound effects! 
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  • Gnu89
    Gnu89 Community member Posts: 251 Pioneering
    That sure sounds like fun.  I like the first two Home Alones.
  • Hannah_Scope
    Hannah_Scope Posts: 7,267 Disability Gamechanger
    Same! I didn't mind the third one but it was strange not seeing Macaulay Culkin!
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