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Sat, Aug 15 3:00am · Tapering off Lexapro or Cipralex (Escitalopram) in Depression & Anxiety

@helenfrances
Hi there,
Thanks for being responsive.
I appreciate your time in writing those valuable, supportive posts!
I am living in Saudi Arabia; I can hardly access a reputable physician! I should double-check whether his guidelines are recommended or not.
For example, I have finally accessed a reliable source of information about tapering steps:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/how-to-taper-off-your-antidepressant

Harvard medical school states that I should decrese my dose by 5 mg each stage: 20,15, 10, 5 mg then no taking anymore. This is clearly different from my physician’s proposal which seems to be unwise. As I am obsessed with the reliability of information I hear or read, it seems like I have to reduce my daily dose to 15 mg rather than 10 mg.

Fri, Aug 14 10:21pm · Tapering off Lexapro or Cipralex (Escitalopram) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi there,
1. Where can I access reliable information for Lexapro tapering off? The leaflet contains no information about that. People use this community to ask for help about this matter, but I feel great hesitation to accept advice from anyone, even my physician. Why?
In the past, I had stopped taking Cipralex 10 mg suddenly and without consulting my physician and a relapse occured. Last week, my physician asked me to take a 10 mg dose rather than a 20 mg dose. I am a little hesitant. Should I do it?! I am looking for some reliable source for tapering off. Should I reduce the dose immediately from 20 mg to 10 mg or take it like 20,10,20..mg per day? I really need your help

Wed, Aug 12 5:03am · How to relieve cold water lasting headache? in Brain & Nervous System

Hi there,
Hope you are enjoying your time.
I have submerged my body in a freezing cold jacuzzi for 10-15 mins! I shivered during remaining in water and was not able to speak fluently; I do not know whether it means I experienced Hypothermia for a moment or not. The current concern is that I have a persistent headache in my right half of brain for 7 days or so; I am hesitant to call it a migraine. What do you recommend for immediate relief of this pain?

Sun, Aug 9 11:18am · What are the possible disorders having these symptoms? in Mental Health

@kla1960
Thanks for being responsive.
She considers others as enemies; if we ask her to seek medical help, then she will say: “Mmm. Now I can understand. You are asking me to visit a psychiatrist and I may be diagnosed with a disorder. After that, I will not be employed as a dentist and even court will not look at my claims against my current husband since I would be mentally unstable”!!

Sun, Aug 9 2:58am · What are the possible disorders having these symptoms? in Mental Health

Hi there,
Glad to talk to you.
In short, each and every member of my family has no doubts that X is mentally unstable, except her! I shall provide you with some information about her. After reading the symptoms, kindly, I wish to ask you about the possible disorder(s) you may think she has. But the matter is as follows: she believes that she is an average person thereby rejecting seeking medical advice. If I get to know her disorder(s), then I may have something to do.

It is not a medical advice; it is a matter of help: if you state, for example, that those are symptoms of autism, and I believe you immediately and ask her to take medications to ease autism(a prescription is needed as you know),then this is medical advice! If you state that those symptoms may be related to autism and I evaluate your opinion myself, then this is just a matter of opinion and guess.

Information and symptoms:
Has problems and disagreements with many relatives; has terminated many friendships; she used to trust those friends extremely and used to tell them her own secrets but again and again, she says I found out my friend was not faithful; she has spoken to many relatives with swear words criticizing them and insulting them, and terminating the relationship after the event immediately; she was unable to become a wife again and again as follows:
she ended her previous marriage in divorce; the second relation ended after several month as they were getting to know each other and did not get married; the third (current) relation is being a mother for a six-month infant and leaving him for his father to take care of him and going back to our family house; she always thinks that people are conspirator against her, even her closest family members; no matter what you do, she will never trust you.

-Most important things to know:
she sometimes freaks out and screams loudly in a terrifying way, and sometimes hits her own face while doing so; she is really confident and believes she is always right even if all of us disagree with her; she is strong not sensitive at all; she thinks this way: if my baby is beautiful, then because he is my son, but if he is ugly, it is because he is his father’s son (I am the cause of good things and others cause bad things); she feels the desire to break our religious rules and looks for freedom (we are Muslims); she once did not care about her infant because he looks like her dad and she had problems with him at that time; she just got her degree as a dentist with a GPA of 3.2/5.0; she once said I am a dentist and smart and thus mentally stable; she is really aggressive so that no one dares to criticize her or suggest something to her.

Please help!
I hope that you provide concise answers so that it becomes much easier for the community to read each and every response you provide!

Best,

Mon, May 25 7:01pm · What is Self-acceptance? in Depression & Anxiety

I have recently done some online search for these concepts but did not get any useful piece of information:
1. What is the difference between self-acceptance and self-reconciliation?
2. How to reach self-acceptance? Is it denying self-flaws, focusing on positive aspects and cultivating them, or facing my negative aspects and eliminating them?
I hope you can help me with them.

Thank you,

Sat, May 16 5:54pm · How to manage depression during COVID19 age? in Depression & Anxiety

@fiesty76 Thanks for responding; your post has a positive effect upon me actually. I am considering trying a new home exercise; it is, surprisingly, boxing. Boxing seems to be effective when used to elevate mood or fight anxiety. More information is available online about that. Thanks again.

Sun, May 10 7:33pm · How to manage depression during COVID19 age? in Depression & Anxiety

I assume my meals and sleeping hours are not perfect but good enough to sustain a high mood during the normal situation before COVID-19 crisis. @colleenyoung