"Taking prescription drugs have consequences do to all of the side effects, some sides not showing up for years that aren’t reversible.
It’s better to be natural than to risk long term consequences down the road."
I quit coffee this saturday and immediately noticed that I could sleep better among many benefits.
" They put you on Seroquel for mood swings? I’ve worked in mental health for 10 years now and I haven’t seen it prescribed for that, maybe depression but rarely. Were you having racing thoughts or something?"
Valproate for mood swings and seroquel as needed and 1-3 each night for sleep. Yeah I have racing thoughts and I think, also too much physical energy.
I was recommended exercise last year, but it became ever more difficult to adhere to an exercise regimen. I bicycled 23 km, walked 13 and went to a 1h30m BJJ class in the late afternoon early evening and still couldn’t sleep.
I can’t help but wonder if I can exchange seroquel and valproate for TRT and ameliorate the ADD symptoms that I experience.
Seroquel, being an antipsychotic, is known to reduce the connectivity of learning and attention in the brain over time.
" Antipsychotics can make you dumber. So can a lot of other medications. But with antipsychotics it isn’t the normal sort of drug-induced dumbness – feeling tired, or distracted, or mentally sluggish, say. It’s more qualitative than that. It’s like your capacity for abstract thought is reduced.
And one of the consequences of this is that you may lose the ability to notice that you have lost anything. You agree to give the new med a try, and you start taking it, and then when you see your prescriber again you don’t report any problems because you’ve lost the ability to form thoughts like “my cognition has changed a lot recently, and the change coincided with the introduction of this new med.”"
In case I get diagnosed with autism and ADD/ADHD then it may get even worse. I’m not saying that I am autistic, but what if I have just a few symptoms of asperger and they determine that I have a mildly autistic brain structure - I already have a very weak form of synaesthesia and I think in pictures.
" There are also cases of antipsychotics causing autistic catatonia, in which an autistic person, upon treatment with antipsychotics, suddenly loses speech and motor skills. See examples: personal narrative, case study, case study.
So, a natural question is: does this happen often? Do antipsychotics actually cause cognitive problems?"