I’m often asked for assistance to cease Seroquel, (Quetiapine) by people who are finding the discontinuation syndrome distressing.
Here are some tips.
The first thing I would recommend, is that you immediately start meditating
Meditation is the gentlest, most holistic way to help your body heal
Here is a super easy introduction
Here is a great set of guided meditations by Linda Hall
When I was experiencing intense suicidal ideation a few years ago I was using these meditations, particularly, Inner glow, multiple times a day, to give myself a break from the pain in my head.
Meditation is Number 1 in your cessation plan
Find 10-15 mins every day if you can.
A gift you give to yourself and your healing 🙂
Stop trimming the Seroquel dose until you feel a little more centred.
Perhaps 3-4 weeks
It is not always in your bodies best interests to replace one drug with another …….
although, if you need to use something short term through this time – do so, without guilt 🙂
…and a clear cessation plan
Spend these few weeks working out what helps your Well Being
I had a 5 pronged approach
Riding my push bike
Becoming aware of what thoughts made me feel happier and which ones made me feel worse. Then consciously focusing on the better feeling ones.
Doing things that made my heart sing
My heart sing list was something like this
Having a long hot shower
Do one thing every day, that makes your heart sing
When you are struggling, change your focus
Watch a comedy, go for a walk, hug a tree, phone a friend.
It doesn’t matter
Empower yourself – make it your decision
When you feel ready to reduce your Seroquel again, do so more slowly.
Give yourself as many months as you need, to cease altogether.
Work with a Medical Practitioner who is aware of seroquel discontinuation syndrome and knows to look for harm, such as body movement disorders, cataracts, diabetes etc
Give your body at least a month between reductions. Weigh the pill if that will help you
Your wonderful body has adjusted so dramatically to this drug that it will need time to adjust again.
Start a new thought around the discontinuation syndrome, such as :
“This is my body just adjusting”
“I am not my wonderful body – I am Consciousness. Beautiful, Worthy and Healing
“This will take time…but I will be gentle with myself during this time”
….and so on
Here is a link to how a thought pathway is helping me with Dystonia
Coloured Buttons is an online coaching programme I have started to help people recover from mental health diagnosis and depression in particular
It is in hiatus until 2015 but you may find some pointers that help you
Please start to meditate. It’s easy and will help tremendously. Do it for 1 month and see the benefits
Give yourself a break from dose reduction while you spend time developing some Well Being techniques for yourself
When you restart dose reduction again,do so more slowly – perhaps 10% a month. Use a cutter and some scales if you like
There is a little flame within you, that never goes out
It is there waiting for you gently blow it into life. The healed you 🙂
You are not your body
You are not your diagnosis
You are not your drugs
You are worthy and extraordinary and beautiful