Hi there, I have a question regarding crying. I have been on Luvox and Xanax together for almost 12 years. I have OCD and Panic Disorder. Lately I have been feeling more down than usual. Normally it is hard to cry for me being on Luvox. I find myself wanting to cry now. Back in 2008 I had a crying spell for almost a day and thought my SSRI had completely pooped out. Is crying something I should try to do. How can I control it? Also my psychiatrist says that crying is good for you and releases good chemicals to calm me down. My therapist says that crying may not be such a good idea.
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How often do you experience these crying spells?
Honestly it has only happened for a long period of time about 4 years ago
That is when my psychiatrist and I tried switching SSRI's then going back to luvox again.
He says crying is a good thing if you can do it. My therapist said making myself cry probably not such a good idea. I was curious on your thoughts. I feel like if I can cry maybe it will help, but I don't want to cause a panic attack or crying spells.
Luvox is known to cause constant crying as a side effect. It can also increase depression and suicidal thoughts.
Crying can be very good to purge some of your negative feelings. I agree
I have had quite the opposite reaction to luvox. I have felt it hard to cry being on SSRI's normally. I am afraid I am building tolerance to the medication after 12 years.
However, when it is a side effect of a drug, it is a different matter.
I guess lately I have just felt more down than normal.
Not sure if it is because of my OCD/Anxiety attacks and lack of progress that I feel in general I should be right now with my life.
Have you had reasons to? Is it seasonal (due to the long nights of winter?)
Can you characterize or describe your OCD?
Well I may well be still mourning the loss of my grandma from November. She had Alzeihmer's and was 85. I dream about her frequently.
Then this may be a manifestation of grief. Dreaming about her frequently points in this direction.ds
My OCD started off as doing compulsions because of obsessive thoughts I would have such as "I am going to die" or "something bad is going to happen." Luvox has relieved the OCD greatly than what it was 12 years ago. I still have many little compulsions.
associating numbers with things
Did these thoughts of death go with the panic attacks?
And have you had any psychotherapy with these repeating things and number associations?
My panic attacks these days start typically with me focussing on a symptom in my body such as my left arm aching so immediately I think I am having a heart attack, or I might feel dizzy and think I am going to faint.
I have seen a psychologist for about 14 years on and off and a psychiatrist twice a year for med checks. I think my psychologist just does not seem to help much anymore. He seems to be more of a venting session when I go.
I would almost like to switch, but feel likeI would be almost abandoning someone who already knows everything about me.
Have you been taking any medication for your panic attacks?
Luvox + Xanax for 12 years
He doesn't know enough to help you.
How do you take the Xanax?
3 times a day at .5mg
and if I have a panic attack more
Who prescribes this to you?
I went to a psychologist briefly that was certified by the OCF but it was too much. Her homework assignments were too much
My psychiatrist prescribes the meds
Obessive Compulsive Foundation
He is not helping you after 12 years.
He was at first very much.
And, you should not be taking so much Xanax.
No I feel I have outgrown his knowledge when it comes to anxiety and OCD. I think now I go see him more as a habit.
Xanax loses its effectiveness and you can also have great problems with it because it is addictive.
I understand, but I'm talking about TWO habits.
Xanax is a wonder drug, but it must be used in moderation.
I always try to take as little xanax as possible. I am prescribed 2.5 MG per day in case but typically take 1.75 to 2 MG max. My Psychiatrist says he prescribes 4mg to some.
I would love to be off of xanax but it helps with the OCD as well. I feel it has almost caused more panic though. It seems like I can feel after 4 or 5 hours the withdrawal coming on.
So back to the crying, do you experience many people that cannot cry on SSRI's?
Or it is really hard?