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by Jack (no login)
I don't have cataplexy attacks. The doctor who diagnosed me as narcoleptic all those years ago prescribed me initially prozac along with ritalin because she thought it might help my mood. It spaced me out. Later, another doctor changed it to effexor--ugh! What a medicine! I too have spent long periods without the medicines. I feel this illness is like a hurricane and no matter what I try I keep being pulled in a direction I don't want to go. I'm back on Ritalin now and sometimes I feel better and then sometimes worse. People at work notice when I'm on Ritalin because I don't smile and have remarked about this.@!#$@!! I'm too intense to smile. I don't know if others are like me but the one thing I never felt on an antidepressant is happy. Dizzy, weird, sleepy, spacey yes. But isn't happiness the opposite of depression? I'm still seeking that hard to find good brain chemistry.