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Hopefully this post can bring a little possitivity to the forums tonight. Posted my intro a month or so ago and have not checked in in a while. Since my first week with this new normal, things have seemed to improve quite a bit on the cognitive side. No more depression or brain fog, and very little if not non-existent anxiety. I've actually been feeling pretty good and happy. As for the visuals they still are there as always, visual snow and motion trails, with a little hardly noticeable

after image. Just wanted to get my progress out there and also ask if it's odd that I seem to not have cognitive symptoms? Also as I used to be a smoker and am now afraid to touch nicotine, I ordered some non tobacco/nicotine herbal cigarettes. Has anyone ever tried these before? I'd like yo hear your thoughts if you have. Thanks for reading, and stay positive!

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You can get temporarily brain fog and the sense of depression from all different kind of drug use. Smoking cannabis and psychadelics especially, alcohol too. These effects usually sits in your body for a few months after quitting. You'll eventually piss out these metabolites and things gets clearer. It could also be related to that your brain is catching up on it's serotonin base levels again, and that your brain has been succesfully rewired. I'm so happy for you! Keep clean.

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Thanks man! You're always quick with the replies and I think it's awesome how supportive you've been to everyone on here. I remember you from my intro post. Has your condition changed in any way?(hopefully for the better) I've been off of weed for over a year and a half and the last time I did LSD was three months ago, but I think the drinking I did last month was what triggered my hppd. Since I've gotten it I've been 100% clean, even trying to eat better and exercise (the latter of which has not been successful, hah)

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No worries, unfortunately I got a lot of spare time.

 

I don't know if I have improved or if I'm just getting more used to it. I've had some success with Keppra to reduce the DP and the brainfog.

 

I had a few beers and a shot or two during christmas and new years, but that's it. While under the influence of alcohol DP/DR completly lifted and I felt like 100% myself again, which means that there's nothing wrong with our brains when it comes to the psychological parts. It's just a side-effect of a bunch of anxiety and overthinking. I know some here blame the DP/DR and anxiety directly on their HPPD, but even Dr. Abraham himself insists that the psychological issues are treatable and secondary to the illness itself.

 

I know man. Exercising is hard during the winter. Blame it on the cold hehe.

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Thanks, mate. That's hard to tell. It seems like you are getting better, so maybe you don't need any medical treatment for now. I wouldn't go for any dangerous drugs such as bensodiazepines because they're heavily addictive and might stop the brain from its natural recovery. Anti-depressants can create visual snow syndrome in the first place and isn't recomended for our visual symptoms. You can always try out anticonvulsant as they seem to be able to slow down some parts of the brain that is causing the visuals to some succes without addiction and few side-effects (Keppra, Lamotrigine for example).

 

What I've read is that a lot of people tend to recover within the year mark when refraining from drug use. So if you can try that first, before involving any medications that would be great. I was too desperate and couldn't wait it out and didn't see any remarkable improvement for 3 months so I chosed to turn to the medical options.

 

You can always do a sleep EEG test at your local hospital with a neurologist to see if something seems abnormal but it does rarely show for HPPD. It did for me though, not sure why.

 

Good luck!

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Thank you so much dude. It feels good to be able to talk this through with someone who's been through the ringer. Seeing as I'd consider myself to have improved, I think I'll hold off on the doctors for now, but getting that info really helped make the decission easier for me. It means quite a deal to me for you to take time outta your day to help someone as mild-symptomed as me out, so again can't thank you enough man and best of luck to you. I hope your Keppra trial continues to help you dude.

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