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Bit of a back story:
April/May 2016 I went into nonspecific psychosis. Thoughts from doctors were bipolar, schizoaffective or the Marijuana I'd been consuming. In fall 2015 I started consuming edible Marijuana for relaxation and anxiety as an alternative to pharmaceuticals. Whether it possibly be the drug itself or a lacing, it's unknown (Fentanyl started around this time). I was hospitalized for two months during which I was given 5 different antipsychotics to bring me out of mania. In the end they injected me with Invega sustenna, a drug that should be banned. On top of the injection, they overdosed me (confirmed by a second opinion from a doctor at a different hospital). I slept 20-23hours a day for a month, gained 30 lbs and became unfunctioning.
No follow up dose was required as the psychosis ended. But it's been pure he'll ever since. I experienced all the classic withdrawal symptoms; crying spells, depression, severe anxiety, irritability, lack of concentration etc. Things that mimicked depression. Because of this doctors labeled me bipolar. Please let me explain, I am 27, normal happy bubbly person. I've always been friendly, outgoing, caring and a fun person to be around... until the psychosis. Bipolar diagnosis stumped me and my family. I was put on Venlafaxine mid August to counter my 'depression'. I went from 37.5 to 75 to 150. By 150 I was irritable and grouchy, tired and unmotivated. Prior to all of this I was a fit 120lb gym rat full of muscle (I'm 5'6). Now I'm a plump 160lbs with no motivation, low mood, brain fog and miserable. Due to the hospitalization and pyschosis I ended up moving cities (and provinces). My friend support is minimal here and I little to no routine or established life here. I've been off work due to a layoff from economical downturn. I decided to come off the venlafaxine as I think it was causing more harm than good. I tapered down to 75 for a week and then went cold turkey. Please note, I've only been on this for 2 months. I planned to go down to 37.5 for a week but after forgetting (forgetfulness has been happening a lot) to pick up my lower dose, I thought I'd give it a shot. The day was great, I had motivation, clear mind and energy. The best I'd felt in months! But by 4:30 pm I was vomiting for a solid 2 hours, the the vertigo and brain zaps started. It's now the next day and thsee symptoms, along with diarrhea, seem intermittent. The low mood and negative thoughts have just crept in... im terrified. I should note, my doctor and pharmacist are aware and I'm using the very close aid of a herbalist. I'm taking a few suppliments; magnesium, HTP (L-Tyrosine, 5-HTP etc complex), vitamin D, peppermint oil and bifidophilus. These are supposed to help aid the symptoms. My herbalist thinks I should experience the withdrawal symptoms for 3-5 days then progressively get better. I'm terrified about the low mood. Can anyone out there help answer some questions based on their own experience?? Please....
-Thoughts on how long my withdrawal symptoms will last based on our 2 months of use.
-Has anyone experienced low mood or depression all thoughts and did they pass or get better?
-Has anyone been through something similar and have theyou recovered (how long did it take)?
-Any general advice?
Thank you for your time to read my story and thank you for any input!
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