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I had severe anxiety and insomnia last year after a mild traumatic brain injury and I was so sleep deprived for about a month and a half that the GP considered calling the crisis team... After trying a lot of different psychotropic meds to combat cognitive issues, dizziness and severe anxiety/ insomnia, out of desperation my GP put me on first generation anti psychotic meds and said 'Don't look up the side effects' and there was no patient info leaflet in the box either..
Bloody insomnia, post concussion syndrome and terrible powerful anti psychotics have left me a mess, and after getting an official movement disorder diagnosis of Tardive Dyskinesia this month, I am so glad someone has finally taken me seriously and diagnosed what I believed I had for months. It's such a relief but I hate the fact that GPs can prescribe such strong meds, which I believe only a psychiatrist should be licensed to do, and only for the most serious of cases.
I have oralbuccal involuntary movements, including lip smacking, tongue protrusion and moverments, along with cervical dystonia and other random limb movements from time to time too. To say that I feel depressed, self conscious, embarrassed and almost bordering on agoraphobic is an understatement - but I have a wonderful family and daughter who keep me going. At times, if it wasn't for them I would genuinely be thinking of not being here.
It would be great to be free of this horrible condition... But in an imperfect world, this won't ever happen. I hate psychiatry with a passion.
My head injury also left me with lots of cognitive problems, including being slightly dyslexic and as a copywriter, this just compounds my depression.
I know I have to go on and be strong, but every day fighting my stupid brain and body is so tiring and annoying. I feel sad this is my life now, and look back at how I was a year ago, happy healthy and enjoying life. Now all I think of is my limitations and my struggles with my broken mind and brain.
Please don't say 'It will get bettet' because brain injury generally does but there is no cure for TD, it's horrid. I feel such a freak sometimes. 😩😥😞
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