On the 27th December 2022 I came off my antipsychotic medication.

It was originally given to me in 2013 because I had a neighbor from hell living underneath me.

It was to help me sleep at night and keep me able to cope with all the aggression and hatred coming from the neighbor.

8 years later I have moved house and no longer need the medication.

In the end they had me on 400 milligrams of Quetiapine, which is a very high dose. So when I came off it (slowly at first) I went into major withdrawal symptoms.

Last night 1st February 2023 I slept normally for the first time since the 27th December 2022.

  • sleeplessness
  • constant talking/singing out loud.
  • agitation
  • manicness
  • obsession with sexual thoughts.
  • feelings of powerlessness.
  • tachycardia
  • high blood pressure.

I’m SO grateful as I was worried the sleeplessness was permanent.



6 thoughts on “Sleep

  1. I’m glad you are away from your neighbors from hell! That is a long time to have dealt with that. Withdrawal from medication can be tough- it sounds like you have come through it and are on the other side- good nights aheadπŸ™‚

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  2. Firstly, well done on coming off your Quetiapine, Gavin, especially at that high dose. I take 100 mg, although I don’t find it helps with my sleeplessness. It does help calm my anxiety a bit, though. I take 3.75 mg of Zopiclone at night, which does help my sleep, although the doctor won’t allow me to stay on it as it’s like so many of these psychiatric drugs being addictive. I’ll have to wean myself off slowly.

    I’m glad you’re no longer near your awful neighbours – that must be quite a weight off your mind. It must have been awful to live with that. It’s so good that you got through the withdrawal stage, which can be pretty horrible. I can imagine it must be such a relief for you to be able to sleep again now. Long may it continue.

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