Hi, i thought i'd try this for support. Hopefully after dealing with schizophrenia & anxiety & some depression for about 40 years, i might offer a bit of support too.
Through all of this, I've found that my passion for art helps me every day, but it also helps other people when i share it with them. I've been hand-making greeting cards for elderly/homebound folks for almost 8 years. While the things i deal with tend to turn my focus inward on myself, the greeting cards and helping others does help me a lot.
Last month I stopped Abilify after taking it for more than a decade. Psychosis is gone (woot!!!!!!) --- however, anxiety is starting up again.
I'm wondering about others' experiences with different benzodiazepines. Currently the one i take is Tranxene (clorazepate). As every person is different & meds will work different for everyone, it's not my intention to gauge how various benzos would work for ME, necessarily. My question is just, you know, what's been your experiences, how have these helped or not helped you, & also what else (medicinal or dietary or anything healthy) helps you cope & decreases your anxiety?
While Abilify WAS the antipsychotic which helped me more than anything, it caused significant dystonia & neck/back pain. Plus some weight gain (yarr!)
While I'm typing, i hope it's okay that I'd encourage everyone who deals with mental illness, I mean, i feel like it's not as understood as many other illnesses; if you're dealing with stigma or ridicule/rejection of any sort, know that i understand that very well (!!!!) & besides all this I just want to say HI.
Hopefully my photo attached. . . it's a recent drawing I did in my practice sketchbook.
My best wishes to anyone who's also struggling <3