Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Sharon McCutcheon@sharonmccutcheon

After 12 years of therapy, meditation, intuitives, plus reading a plethora of books on neuroscience, war, therapy, and meditation, I have sought out a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.

First, he did inventory and recommended a genetic test which was turned down by insurance immediately.

So he pivoted back to the available options.

One was raising my antidepressant which was problematic for me. While living in San Diego my PhD. psychologist prescribed five times the dose of Effexor for me. 75 mg is the normal dose, I was on 350 mg.

Doctors here in Eugene questioned the ethics of that Ph.D. and were concerned for my safety on such a high dose. I went cold turkey off of Effexor at one time but had to go back to a 75 my dose, so taking pills does not sit well with me.

Antidepressants numb us, they turn down the senses to give us relief.

We went over an old tricyclic antidepressant and the bad side effects, ending up with the new boosters, which he says shows much more success than just upping antidepressants.

He said these old antidepressants are dirty, meaning costly side effects. You can overdose and kill yourself on the old tricyclics.

So Abilify has fewer side effects and better success.

Ability costs $75 with insurance a month, $742 without insurance.

Wow, how costly is healthcare?

Part of our healing depends on our chemical balance, neurotransmitters, dopamine, and other chemicals.

It’s not all about therapy alone.

It’s a balance between relief and side effects.

I have to check with those around me to see the impact of any new med.

What is ABILIFY for?

  • Use as an add-on treatment for adults with Major Depressive Disorder when an antidepressant alone is not enough
  • Treatment of manic or mixed episodes associated with Bipolar I Disorder in adults
    and pediatric patients 10 to 17 years of age
  • Treatment of schizophrenia in adults and in adolescents 13 to 17 years of age
  • Treatment of irritability associated with autistic patients 6 to 17 years of age
  • Treatment of Tourette’s Disorder in pediatric patients 6 to 18 years of age


14 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you Marty for your update. You are doing amazing work and research takes time, but that is part of the work. I couldn’t sleep, I was put on Ambien, still couldn’t sleep, Ambien plus, still couldn’t sleep. I had to find another doctor that gave me a sleep test, Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea. I didn’t fit the profile for apnea, not overweight, normal neck measurement. I went off Ambien, felt like I was waking up after 2 years. Where had I been? My story, I really watch the drugs. Thank you for being so open with what is going on with you.

  2. Thanks for sharing

    I had ambien nightmares and got up one night and cooked a meal

    Had no idea when I woke the next morning

  3. Posted by Americaoncoffee on February 8, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    Before the mid to late 1960s there were hardly any drugs on the market. I am wondering if more illnesses came with the usage, development and experimentation of pharmaceutical drugs. Just a thought.

  4. Take what you need, leave the rest alone

    I never start two meds at same time

    Side effects hardly ever take into account the reaction to other neds being taken

    Be aware. Weigh the benefit versus side effects and decide if it’s worth it

  5. Posted by Americaoncoffee on February 8, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    A lot of people are trying to go with homeopathies. I find that since the 1980s and 1990s so many children were born with autism and other attention defects. Very strange. Diet and exercise with meds or pharmaceuticals make a difference. We live in a med world today.

  6. We pass out zillions of pills

  7. Posted by Americaoncoffee on February 8, 2022 at 9:03 pm


  8. Posted by Americaoncoffee on February 8, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    I am sorry,(not billions) zillions is correct and the boom has risen every 10 years since the mid 1960s.

  9. I made up zillions

  10. Posted by Americaoncoffee on February 8, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Trillions is the real amount.

  11. OxyContin destroyed so many families

    The Perdue family

  12. Posted by Americaoncoffee on February 9, 2022 at 3:44 am

    OxyContin an Opioids for pain? And Oxycodone for Coronavirus? Crack, meth, heroin have destroyed families and the USA especially through our opened borders. The Perdue family?

  13. Posted by Americaoncoffee on February 10, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Thank you for the clarification Marty!

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