Mental Illness medication and TBI

Posted by jan1064 @jan1064, Wed, Nov 6 3:59pm

Hello, I am so thankful I found this Discussion page, I want to thank everyone who shared their stories and advice on Mental illness medications.
I have been taking Trazodone 150 mg, Clonazepam 1 mg, and Quetiapine 100 mg. at night for sleep for eight years.
My medication journey began in 2007 due to a Traumatic Brain Injury.to right frontal lobe: My main concern is the Quentiaapine is it helping my brain or hurting my brain?

The Seroquel (quetiapine) should cause no harm. You should worry more about the Clonazapam. It can cause memory problems as you get older. Not to mention tolerance and addiction.

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Is there a difference between addiction and dependency?

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@helenfrances

Is there a difference between addiction and dependency?

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Addiction vs. dependency is a loaded question, and I am not sure if I have a clear answer to it. I see addiction as more complicated than physical dependency, wherein the user has a seeking behavior toward misuse of a substance to further a psychological need to obtain its benefit despite negative consequences. For example, somebody who uses pain relievers such as opiods to receive a high and not simply relief. You can argue that some chemicals are more likely to produce such behavior than others, while some people do not slip into addiction at all. When it comes to withdrawing from a drug, the experience to the individual who is dependent vs. who is addicted may largely be the same. Benzos tend to be a high risk drug for those with propensity toward addictive behavior and do have consequences for their discontinuation of use and difficulty to cope with that.

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@helenfrances

Is there a difference between addiction and dependency?

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@helenfrances yes there is a difference. A lot of times the words are used as the same, but the difference is definite. It was explained to me that addiction is the body phyisically becoming dependent on the substance, such that withdrawal can cause severe problems or even death. Dependence means you can have minor non-lifethreatening conditions, such as pysicologically dependent or aches or nausea or headaches. Withdrawal from caffeine may cause headaches, but it will not give any major problems. However, withdrawal from heroin may cause death or acute health problems.

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There IS a difference between addiction and dependence, but the bottom line is they both are problematic. And they are proven to have negative outcomes for memory, if taken for many years. I realize some people do fine long term. It’s just something to consider.

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@doorman

There IS a difference between addiction and dependence, but the bottom line is they both are problematic. And they are proven to have negative outcomes for memory, if taken for many years. I realize some people do fine long term. It’s just something to consider.

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3 years after a cold turkey from 8 mg of lorazapam,I lost my past,all my long term memory is gone and 4 years later now and it’s never returned! So will it come back ever?

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@aarniek

3 years after a cold turkey from 8 mg of lorazapam,I lost my past,all my long term memory is gone and 4 years later now and it’s never returned! So will it come back ever?

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That’s not my level of expertise. Sorry.

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