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Why do mental symptoms seem so much harder than physical?


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Have struggled to find people with mainly mental symptoms this far out. The majority seem be mainly physical wondered why. I never had mental symptoms before withdrawal, took meds for insomnia. Could cope with physical symptoms, had IBS for years, and headaches, migraines on regular basis, so got really high pain threshold,  but the anxiety makes any sort normal function impossible, initially had nausea, dizzyness, lack appetite, flare up IBS symptoms, severe sinus pain, only remaining physical are vision problems , tiredness. I coped for years with insomnia but managed work full time and function, but these mental symptoms just completely floored me.  Just wondering if it's because I've coped with headaches fir years so almost got used to some sort background pain? Also  it's more  difficult to distract with mental symptoms, I don't know ?
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I'm not 'far out' if you talking ambien... still on some.

But I have always had mental stuff from these meds that never had before.  Do have some physical, but the confusion, depression, feeling of dread has been awful. 

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I'm 30 months off zopiclone, just seems most people's long term symptoms are physical rather than mental for some reason?  Could understand if was pre existing, but never had them before?
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[Va...]

This is old but I would also say that mental symptoms are much harder for one simple reason: if You are mentally stable and experience physical symptom/s You can just ignore them more easily, as You would if You weren't benzo injured (I for example in high school was playing volleyball with stitches in my fingers - I didn't care) but when You're mentally unwell every symptom be it physical or mental will be much harder to deal with (like I don't know twisting an ankle after breakup with a girlfriend - it would be much harder to endure).

 

If benzo wouldn't cross the blood brain barrier withdrawal syndrome would be 10 times easier to manage.

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I am definitely suffering far worse from the mental recovery than I am the physical. I've struggled with pain all my life from birth defects and I swear my brain has gotten numb or shut off much of the pain signals. I find the mental side of healing...the confusion, becoming frustrated, inability to think and formulate speech correctly,  the anxiety,  depression, loss of self, flashing lights, ripping tinnitus, ect... all far worse than all the physical stuff I went through during the acute phase. Your connection to your entire world relates to the condition of your brain and when it's not functioning properly, at least for me, it's the most debilitating. 

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The OP wrote this on July 28, 2021.

I am surprised you were able to revive and reply to this thread.

@[Co...], I thought posts from 2021 were deprecated.

 

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55 minutes ago, [[T...] said:

I am definitely suffering far worse from the mental recovery than I am the physical. I've struggled with pain all my life from birth defects and I swear my brain has gotten numb or shut off much of the pain signals. I find the mental side of healing...the confusion, becoming frustrated, inability to think and formulate speech correctly,  the anxiety,  depression, loss of self, flashing lights, ripping tinnitus, ect... all far worse than all the physical stuff I went through during the acute phase. Your connection to your entire world relates to the condition of your brain and when it's not functioning properly, at least for me, it's the most debilitating. 

I also think the mental can be harder than the physical. To me, the mental seems more continuous. I get breaks from the physical but some of the mental stuff is chronic and non-stop.

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59 minutes ago, [[A...] said:

The OP wrote this on July 28, 2021.

I am surprised you were able to revive and reply to this thread.

@[Co...], I thought posts from 2021 were deprecated.

Not all content was archived. If an old topic is not located within archived forums, you can reply to it.

If there are old topics you'd like to see unarchived which fits with the present forums, please post a request to the Feedback forum or the Helpdesk.

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7 hours ago, [[C...] said:

Not all content was archived. If an old topic is not located within archived forums, you can reply to it.

If there are old topics you'd like to see unarchived which fits with the present forums, please post a request to the Feedback forum or the Helpdesk.

OIC, thanks! 👍

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Lol, old topic, but for me I’ve had both mental and physical and the physical outweighs my mental by a big threshold. I often feel like if I could get my pain under control I could handle the mental more by being able to get outside and just be present in life. My mental is so bad at times that I cannot feel anything like happiness, joy, laughter etc…but at least I wouldn’t be in bed writhing in pain day in and day out.

If I could reduce the pain I’m in I could sit and watch my kids play soccer, my nephews and nieces be crazy and run around and play, I could go on walks with my dog (or alone) and I could force myself to do small things…but for me the pain is too great to overcome.

Granted, I do not have agoraphobia so leaving my house isn’t an issue, it’s the mental terror, anxiety, depression, lack of motivation, etc.  Those are my worst mental symptoms.

My physical ones are unrelenting severe migraines, head pressure, eye pain and stabbing, ear pressure and pain, dizziness, weird brain sensations, insomnia, severe nausea and GI issues, while body aches and pains, fatigue, and the list goes on and on…

But that is just my humble opinion, but in all honesty, I would rather have neither or a very small amount of both which allow some normal functioning.

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For me the mental symptoms are the worst. When your in a wave they can be so persistant that it gets scary your frame of mind becomes so negative it can be scary at times. Their is a loneliness and dread to it that I cant even explain sometimes. I'm 3 months out and currently in A wave of bad mental symptoms. Some say they start to subside after a few months but I'm not getting my hopes up. Im learning not to do that and to manage expectations.

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For 3 years (19 months during taper and 18 months after jump) I had those head symptoms. I hoped to rather have every physical symptom in the book instead of this garbage. So the physical symptoms did come but the mental crap was still there and relentless. I would try to just think it was like the story when the devil attacked Jesus in the desert.

 I am here to tell you that this was the most awful crap I experienced in my life but it went away slowly. The more stuff I was able to do, the more it lost its scary aura and when it ever reared its ugly head again I would just tell it to “hit the road schmuck" and it did. Now, 3 years and one month later I am stronger and more free then ever!

 

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46 minutes ago, [[s...] said:


For 3 years (19 months during taper and 18 months after jump) I had those head symptoms. I hoped to rather have every physical symptom in the book instead of this garbage. So the physical symptoms did come but the mental crap was still there and relentless. I would try to just think it was like the story when the devil attacked Jesus in the desert.

 I am here to tell you that this was the most awful crap I experienced in my life but it went away slowly. The more stuff I was able to do, the more it lost its scary aura and when it ever reared its ugly head again I would just tell it to “hit the road schmuck" and it did. Now, 3 years and one month later I am stronger and more free then ever!

Yeah my mental symptoms can be bad in a wave. It seems a lot of people seem to suffer from one or the other more. Mental or physical. I have physical symptoms too but thy are a lot more tolorable. Mabey they'll get worse at some point who knows right? It's great your better. Can't wait to be where you are!

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There are no painkillers from the bad thoughts. All you can do now - work on your mental health, set your mind free and you will feel better probably. For the students like me, who have too much on their plate, can use help from this guys  https://stateofwriting.com/uk/buy-assignment and take more time for your rest. That is important to take time for yourself and listen to your inner voice.

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On 28/07/2021 at 03:58, [[l...] said:

Have struggled to find people with mainly mental symptoms this far out. The majority seem be mainly physical wondered why. I never had mental symptoms before withdrawal, took meds for insomnia. Could cope with physical symptoms, had IBS for years, and headaches, migraines on regular basis, so got really high pain threshold,  but the anxiety makes any sort normal function impossible, initially had nausea, dizzyness, lack appetite, flare up IBS symptoms, severe sinus pain, only remaining physical are vision problems , tiredness. I coped for years with insomnia but managed work full time and function, but these mental symptoms just completely floored me.  Just wondering if it's because I've coped with headaches fir years so almost got used to some sort background pain? Also  it's more  difficult to distract with mental symptoms, I don't know ?

going through this has a huge effect and i feel tricked and victimized. i try to replace the victim feeling with anger. it helps that the college of physicians is investigating my case and having a hard time. doc refusing to respond at the moment. 

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