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  1. When it gets going, this is gorgeous
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    tattoo ideas

    could be a little faggy as a tattoo but the saying.. "life's not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain" has a lot of relevance and combined with something like http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=tom+lewis+megan+and+the+city&um=1&hl=en&biw=1440&bih=809&tbm=isch&tbnid=0A3VH-sVak6FSM:&imgrefurl=http://www.interiorangle.co.uk/profiles.cfm%3FProfileImageID%3D155&docid=aDXKyl7fw4g-qM&imgurl=http://www.interiorangle.co.uk/images/dynamicImages/large_12_299691.jpg&w=400&h=400&ei=pmyqT_S3NqGV0QWD6tybBA&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=342&sig=100246971865621190641&page=1&tbnh=144&tbnw=144&start=0&ndsp=28&ved=1t:429,r:0,s:0,i:70&tx=108&ty=34 could make something boodiful if the pic would work as a tattoo
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    Safe, thanks Ghormeh Sabzi may give that a try Yeah alice i also get the same problem at times, heard it once described as 'fomo' or 'fear of missing out' not quite sure if its a propa phobia though aha Was only asking though as did this make tinnitus worse for you? even temporarily? It does a bit for me and i'm wondering if i am to recovery should i really be staying in. I'm even concerned about using my ipod too much which is a shame because i fucking love music
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    hey alice I've recently developed tinnitus which is odd because things were going okay for me, my anxiety was reduced after a meditation retreat and I had been sober for about a month. Just wondering really if during your sobriety did you avoid clubs and loud music etc??
  5. Safe Oliver, appreciate the informative post. Would you say though that after coming off benzos, although your visuals are worse, are they any easier to cope with? or worse for that matter Just curious to know if you don't notice visuals so much when you are on benzos if this factor continues to when you taper off?
  6. Hey, i don't really know much about general psychological effects of benzo's, would you know if this down regulating GABA or anything else likely to effect long term recovery even if i've just been on the drug for two months or so? Yep got back from the ten day course just over two weeks ago. Initially i was disappointed in that i didn't feel that all that different from when i went in, especially after speaking to others at the end of the course who reported already feeling great effects. However i have been trying to keep up practice everyday since and have done so to a certain extent. This i am sure has helped me if only slightly to not get so down and depressed about this (although must add today hasn't been great). Unfortunately i have since developed tinnitus however without this meditation i would have found coping with my visual symptoms as well as this new tinnitus much harder. So if you are considering it i'd definitely recommend that you give a ten day course a try
  7. Thanks for the response, I appreciate your thoughts, I, personally started on Clonazepam after about 6 months of having HPPD but now hopefully i'll be off them soon to try a Vipassana meditation retreat to help me to learn to cope without the meds
  8. I understand the relief Benzo's allow when it comes to HPPD symptoms, including obviously the reduction in anxiety and its related symptoms. I am also aware that these drugs can help you to not care or notice the visual disturbances that can sometimes deeply agonise a HPPD sufferer. But has anyone experienced an actual full or even part recovery from any Visual symptoms?
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    people's benzo experiences

    An unique and intriguing characteristic of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and LSD-like substances is the recurrence of some of the symptoms which appear during the intoxication, in the absence of recent intake of hallucinogens. Hallucinogen persisting perception disorder (HPPD) is a condition in which the re-experiencing of one or more perceptual symptoms causes significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning and may be extremely debilitating. Benzodiazepines are one of the recommended agents for the treatment of HPPD but it is unclear which of them may be more helpful. The goal of our investigation was to assess the efficacy of clonazepam in the treatment of LSD-induced HPPD. Sixteen patients fulfilled entrance criteria. All complained of HPPD with anxiety features for at least 3 months and were drug free at least 3 months. They received clonazepam 2 mg/day for 2 months. Follow-up was continued for 6 months. They were weekly evaluated during the 2 months of clonazepam administration and monthly during the follow-up period using the Clinical Global Impression Scale, a Self-report Scale and Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale. Patients reported a significant relief and the presence of only mild symptomatology during the clonazepam administration. This improvement was clearly sustained and persisted during a 6-month follow-up period. This study suggests that high potency benzodiazepines like clonazepam, which has serotonergic properties, may be more effective than low-potency benzodiazepines in the treatment of some patients with LSD-induced HPPD. Read more: http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20458#ixzz1kQa1EvRc Couldn't find this in context, just as a post in this drugs forum but its exactly what i showed my doctor and now I'm on the drugs, hope it helps if you give it a go. Good Luck!
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    people's benzo experiences

    Cheers for the advise RR, it's great to here some experienced opinion. As for my other symptoms, the first three weeks to a month of HPPD was me wasting in a depersonalisation like state, which gladly resolved itself and I'm essentially free from that now, (although can't say how i was able to get out of it) apart from a few very occasional instances where I would literally just have a few seconds flashback of same state. This was months before I knew anything about the fact that this was an established disorder so prior to me receiving any treatment for HPPD, just thought I'd whack that in there for a bit of contextual history. The Clonazepam though has reduced that day to day heavy-headed feeling of the constant burden of obsessing over my symptoms that I imagine all HPPD afflicted people go through. Weeks would pass where it was all I would think about, and I found it fairly hard to concentrate in lessons at college, the severity of most of these symptoms has definitely decreased whilst I've been on Clonazepam. However with Clonazepam concentration still remains a problem, but that's another issue. So Clonazepam has improved some factors, but the visuals seem to remain and yes, i suppose that in the past month or two I am beginning to realise that this may be the case for life although I still have hope that one day I may be completely free. I think my plan therefore at the moment is to try to withdraw before getting too into it and and trying the meditation (this is mainly counting on if I can successfully withdraw before my college holiday and my booked course) If Vipassana however cannot provide much help or relief and if I feel it necessary, I may attempt a return to Clon, and may push for that higher dose. Sorry to hear Vipassana didn't work out for you, can I ask did you attempt a retreat or just tried home practice? Relating to my doctor I believe his reasoning was that, like most doctors he knew nothing about HPPD and so was sceptical about prescribing me Clonazepam for an indefinite amount of time. Also the research I showed him (although only researching 16 or so people) came to the conclusion that 2mg of Clonazepam for two months helped people's recovery to an extent both during and after taking the drug. I must say I was also hesitant after reading various internet articles to commit to long term Clonazepam treatment. Once again, Thanks for the reply
  11. Cheers for the heads up matey, I've experienced similar with looking into bright lights, but nothing as bad as this. Hope all goes well in recovering from this
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    people's benzo experiences

    Hey rollingregret, hope all is going well with the withdrawing. It seems like i have similar symptoms to you with regards to HPPD, I didn't really have major anxiety attacks as such, but did experience depression and anxiety over what i was now facing with life. I've been on Clonazepam for almost two months now, working my way up and now I've on 2mg a day dosage for about a month. So far i haven't had a huge decrease in visual symptoms. Although the intensity of the depressing thoughts I used to experience has decreased, I was wondering if you could remember how long into your treatment it was that your visuals became less intense? I mainly ask as my doctor is allowing me 2 months on the 2mg a day dosage and as it's already been over a month on that, with continuing visuals, i am considering tapering off now and joining a ten day Vipassana retreat to help aid my recovery as people have said this has greatly helped. If anyone else could comment on the same issue from their own experience, however brief their comment would be, I would be very great full. Thank you all for any help P.S alice-acid i am from the UK and if you are still on the hunt for Clonazepam, although my doctor is, it seems relatively relaxed i managed to be prescribed with the drug after about three or four meetings with him. All it took was some printed off research I found on a case study on how Clonazepam reduced the effects of HPPD over a two month period of taking 2mg a day. I can post the research I found on here if you would like and haven't already come across it
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    Vipassana meditation

    HI there everybody, (first post on this site ) i have booked a Vipassana retreat for a few weeks time however i am currently and have been for about a month on 2mg of Clonazepam a day. I understand that sobriety is a large part of the retreat and I am unsure if this would affect the results greatly, I'm asking for anyone's opinions if they would recommend coming completely off the drug before the course, i have almost three weeks to do so and as I have only been on this dosage for a month I believe this is achievable (contrasting opinions welcome). My other options would be to carry on the dosage or to wait until summer, after my exams and go on the retreat then although this will be not so convenient as summer is looking quite busy. Thank you all if you can provide any advise.

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