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Re: Risperdal?
Dec 6, 2005
When Seratonin is blocked the brain responds by making more of it which relieves depression. Depression is very hard to treat for unknown reasons, yet some people respond very well to meds. Depression is treated 3 ways,an antidepressant, an antipsychotic, or lithium or a combo of those meds. I've never heard of anyone ever recovering from depression on an antidepressive except for the med Prozac, at least that is what the people who went to my mental health group claimed. I have never had depression really so I don't know how much truth there is to that.

When Dopamine is blocked only certain areas of the brain respond by making more, which helps the negative symptoms of Schizophrenia as this usually occurs in the fore parts of the brain. Gaba controls the release of Dopamine in the brain and sometimes it is all some people need who do have excess Dopamine to control their symptoms. Gaba is sold at the health food stores and has to be taken once a day, about every 22 hours. Gaba stops anxiety for a period of about 23 hours after it is taken, however the anxiety does return and it needs to be taken again.

It is when Dopamine is lowered that a person feels less pleasure. But usually this is compensated for by feeling of relief of anxiety or certain depressive symptoms and making a person feel more secure and safe with clearer thoughts so it is a good trade off.

Not all people with Schizophrenia have negative symptoms. Negative symptoms can sometimes be confused with depression by the person experiencing it. Not all Schizophrenics have negative symptoms. Anxiety is one of the easiest symptoms to treat with antipsychotics. An antipsychotic starts to work on anxiety immediately and it improves for a period of 6-7 weeks till it gets as good as it will get.

Making a decision to use an antipsychotic is a serious decision and you should give it careful thought, as you may experience serious withdrawal if you're depressive should you discontinue the medicine which could include psychosis that might last a period of 1-7 weeks once you stop the med. If you decide to take one, you need to use it regularly without missing does and make a long term commitment to it. It takes 3-6 weeks to work, but once it works, you will understand for yourself why they are considered miracle meds.

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