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  1. Hey there. Considering the Fisher Wallace device and wondering if you still think it's working for you! Thanks.

  2. Hi Kelly, I don't mind you plugging your product here. If you feel uncomfortable posting can you please PM me? Your disclosure actually says alot. Here is my question: Why is your device so expensive? If you had a lot of success with it and have sold many units, I would expect the price to be much lower. I would be willing to try anything, but $700 is a lot to risk if it didn't work.
  3. I've been doing alot of research on drug free methods of treating depression, , anxiety, ocd etc. There is a new device that has recently come on the market that has been approved by the FDA in the treatment of depression, and and insomnia. Basically it stimulates the brain using very low frequency electrical impulses. IF you google "Fisher Wallace" you will find a link to the manufactures web site. The device is no cheap - $700. I was thinking of picking one up to give a try, but wanted to see if any of you have opinions on it before forking out that kind of loot. There are dozens of links on the internet about the device. Also its now being prescribed by psychiatrists. Snake oil? Or are they on to something here?
  4. Changing Your Mind - CBC's the Nature of Things Documentary Wasn't too sure where to post this... Not sure if anyone managed to watch this on CBC this week. It was a very interesting documentary on "Neuroplasticity". Specifically, they focused on OCD, PTSD and Schizophrenia. The full documentary is available for viewing via the link below. Its nice to know that there are advances in this field. Jeffry Shwartz the guy who wrote the book "brain lock" was even interviewed.
  5. I hope you have a fantastic day :)

  6. Hi All, I've been on these forums for about two years. At first I started in the anxiety forums, then after a year or so moved to the OCD forums. Recently I started journaling and have found that there is a consistent and predictable cycle to my moods. I'm on meds (Luvox and risperidone) and have tried others before with some limited success. The luvox helps my OCD to some degree, but lacks in other areas. Anyway - psychiatric resources are VERY limited in my area and I'm only able to see a GP every two-three months, so getting a professional diagnosis is near impossible. My cycles go like this: For a month or so, I'll feel relatively "normal" - a few ups and downs, but able to function and get on with my life. I feel "good" and stable. Then, I will wake up and feel a fog settling in and after a few days have increased anxiety and OCD symptoms. After a week or so, I will become depressed with dark thoughts, self harm etc. This goes on for a week or so, then lifts and I go back to the "normal" stage. Sometimes the timeframes vary - l might feel good for one week then bad the next, but typically there are longer periods in between. During my "down" times, I will also cycle between feeling "normal" and feeling really "down" in the same day. So right now my diagnosis is "GAD/OCD with secondary depression". I feel like there may be something more to it though. What sets me apart from the atypical Bipolar candidate is that I don't appear to have mania - although high anxiety and irritability could mask this. What I certainly don't do is go into manic spells that cause disruption to my life - IE spending, life altering decisions etc. Any insights from those of you with experience? Cheers!
  7. I was worried about that too. So far - I've been ok. Its a minimal risk, at least according to my Dr.
  8. Hey! What a coincidence! I am not alone! I've been on Lexapro for a year or so and it recently started to poop out on me. I too have Pure-OCD and my Doc and I decided to give Luvox a try. I've been doing a slow cross-taper for about 3 months now. I was at 25mg of Lexapro and we added 25mg of Luvox. I am now at 150MG of Luvox and trying to get off of the Lexapro (now down to 7.5mg). First week was a bit rough with increased anxiety. After that, things improved dramatically. My anx was down and my OCD was much better. Still there, but much more in the background. Basically I had 2 months of calm, allowing me to focus on my life. Wow - I didn't even visit these forums a single time in 2 months! Unfortunately, I'm in a bit of a funk right now. My anx is increased and my pure-o is rearing its ugly head again a bit - but mostly obsessing about my condition and the meds. I've been doing lots of CBT and that's helped tremendously with some of the awful intrusive thoughts I was having (self harm, harm of others etc). All ridiculous stuff as I'm sure you are well aware of. So basically, I still have the thoughts but they don't freak me out any more. I think it has more to do with coming off of the Lexapro. I was under the impression that tapering from 1 ssri to another wouldn't be a problem, but I seem to having some difficulty. I had two choices - stop the Lex and start the Luvox at a therapeutic dose, or, do the slow cross taper. If you decide to give it a shot, let me know how it goes! Careful with the Klonopin - its great for those really bad days and for when you are in transition between meds, but as I'm sure you are aware, its addictive. I use Ativan myself, but very sparingly and at the lowest dosage...(Always obsessing about getting hooked, which is probably a good thing!) :) Yes - there are lots of people that have good things to say about Luvox for OCD. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it works out for me in the long run. Apparently you can go up to 300mg of this stuff. Like I said, I'm at 150mg + the 7.5 of Lexapro. (hopefully soon just the Luvox). I know what you are going through and how exhausting it is to have an obsessing chattering mind. CBT and Mindfulness have helped me out the most, but I can't discount meds - Its a combo that's helped the most. If you want to chat about your OCD, please message me... All the best, and let me know what you decide to do! Cheers, KOB
  9. I am an engineering technologist working for a high profile organization in an engineering role. I too suffer from similar ailments. Luckily, my organization is very understanding when it comes to things such as stress, anxiety etc. I needed to take 6 weeks off last year when my condition became unmanageable and they didn't even question it. Seems to be more and more prevalent today in our society, especially in demanding, high stress environments. I find the best way around the difficulties is to just go easy on yourself. Follow any regimens your doctor has prescribed etc. Just knowing that you are not alone should also bring some sort of relief. I wish you all the best. Nicko
  10. So I've been on Lexapro for almost a year. It did me well for a time, but unfortunately its time to switch. My GP has given me a script for Luvox. The initial plan was to stay at 20mg of Lexapro and add 50mg of Luvox to see how I tolerate it. I've been doing that for 7 days. To be honest, I felt great for most of that time...decreased anxiety rumination etc. Past day or two has been crummy - very much like I was just on Lexapro, and maybe a bit worse. I was supposed to have gone in to see my GP for a reassessment, but she's on vacation for the next two weeks. I'm not saying I will change things on my own here without her guidance, I just want to see what the next step is...reducing the lexapro and increasing the luvox? I've searched the web, but can't seem to find anything useful. Any ideas? Cheers. Nicko
  11. My Pure -o is mostly to do with harm/self harm. Lately, I've been mostly obsessing about OCD..."Obsessing about Obsessing"! So I've been on anafranil for 6 days. Didn't feel anything at first. Now I feel some increased anxiety. Its kind of uncomfortable. Felt the same way on Lexapro when I first took it. It eventually subsided. Hope the same is true for the anafranil. Cheers.
  12. I have a full time job in a high stress environment. I'm in Engineering. I took 6 weeks off for my OCD and I just got worse because I had too much time on my hands for my mind to drive me round the bend. I find work difficult at times, but being at work definitely helps to keep my focus off my OCD (most of the time).
  13. Thanks. Lexapro helped me with my Depression caused by GAD and OCD. My GAD and Depresssion were practically nullified with Lexapro, but it didn't do much for my OCD. Basically, I became a happy obsessive! I went up to 30mg and its been increasing my OCD, so I've added risperidone - .25mg and it hasn't helped much. My GP thinks Anafranil might just do the trick...I'll be starting after Christmas.
  14. So my GP has just advised me to stop following the advice of my PDoc as things haven't been going well with the Lexapro and Risperidone he's prescribed. She (my GP) wants me to continue with the Lexapro and add 25mg of Anafranil at night - give things a week or so and if I tolerate it well I'm to come off the lexapro slowly and increase the Anafranil. I read mixed reviews of this stuff. Some people LOVE it, others find the side effects too harsh. My Pharmacist told me that its old-school, and is making a come-back as its very effective if you can get through the side effects. I have pure - O - no compulsions. Anyone have any experience? One cool thing is that several people who have posted on the forums about it seem to have disappeared - stating that they don't feel a need to visit the DF forums anymore. Imagine that!?!? Nicko
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