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drank PMS Oolong by 52teas
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Having my first cup of tea in well over a week. Turns out I had a pretty shitty reaction to the anti-anxiety meds my doctor put me on. I got so physically sick that I thought I had the stomach flu. Also got so depressed that I would just sob uncontrollably or be borderline catatonic so on Wednesday, my sister sent her husband to come get me from London and bring me to her place in Waterdown. I went off the meds. I also left my dog with my sister and am now trying to get back into the swing of school and trying to level out emotionally. That was scary but hopefully the worst has passed…

As for this tea, it has lost a fair bit of its flavor though I can’t be mad since it turned a year in November. It still is sweet and fruity with just a bit more of the floral oolong base than past cups. Not bad, and it may even be preferable this way for some. I have a sweet tooth so I take all the fruity notes I can get. This is why I need to work on drinking teas when they are fresher…

Mastress Alita

I had a bad reaction before and have to have a very specific class of mood drugs; one class I actually had my doctor put in the “allergy” section of my chart, not because I was allergic, but because I got the severe “suicidal thoughts” reaction to them and they just did not respond to me. It definitely can happen!

VariaTEA

It was certainly scary to feel such a loss of control so quickly. Sucks that the thing meant to help with anxiety caused severe depression.

Mastress Alita

Sadly every single one of them can do that just depending on how your particular body/chemicals works. I’m on one of the “anti-psychotic” class even though I only need help with anxiety/depression, but my Mom had bipolar, so I guess that one just works right for my genetics; the SSRIs are what screw me up (I have chronic migraine and serotonin is the receptor that plays a major role in migraine, so for whatever reason, that class of drugs made me SUPER depressed/suicidal instead of the opposite!) The really crap part is all the weaning off and trial and error but worth it to find the one that “clicks” right.

tea-sipper

Ah, that is terrible when the thing that SHOULD help is making it worse. Very scary. Hope it will get better…

Kittenna

That’s so frightening! I hope you are able to find the right combination quickly, and without too many more episodes like this. :(

Evol Ving Ness

Gah! Feel better soonest, VariaTEA!

Starfevre

I’m on a frightening combination of antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety, and ‘other’ drugs and I’m still depressed and anxious, so I feel your pain. Good luck.

VariaTEA

I have just gone off the meds. My anxieties are social anxiety and pretty intense agoraphobia (fear of being unable to escape so crowds are a no go for me) and I have dealt with them this long so I will just continue to do so until I am back in Toronto, at home, as opposed to alone in an apartment in London and going to school.

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Mastress Alita

I had a bad reaction before and have to have a very specific class of mood drugs; one class I actually had my doctor put in the “allergy” section of my chart, not because I was allergic, but because I got the severe “suicidal thoughts” reaction to them and they just did not respond to me. It definitely can happen!

VariaTEA

It was certainly scary to feel such a loss of control so quickly. Sucks that the thing meant to help with anxiety caused severe depression.

Mastress Alita

Sadly every single one of them can do that just depending on how your particular body/chemicals works. I’m on one of the “anti-psychotic” class even though I only need help with anxiety/depression, but my Mom had bipolar, so I guess that one just works right for my genetics; the SSRIs are what screw me up (I have chronic migraine and serotonin is the receptor that plays a major role in migraine, so for whatever reason, that class of drugs made me SUPER depressed/suicidal instead of the opposite!) The really crap part is all the weaning off and trial and error but worth it to find the one that “clicks” right.

tea-sipper

Ah, that is terrible when the thing that SHOULD help is making it worse. Very scary. Hope it will get better…

Kittenna

That’s so frightening! I hope you are able to find the right combination quickly, and without too many more episodes like this. :(

Evol Ving Ness

Gah! Feel better soonest, VariaTEA!

Starfevre

I’m on a frightening combination of antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety, and ‘other’ drugs and I’m still depressed and anxious, so I feel your pain. Good luck.

VariaTEA

I have just gone off the meds. My anxieties are social anxiety and pretty intense agoraphobia (fear of being unable to escape so crowds are a no go for me) and I have dealt with them this long so I will just continue to do so until I am back in Toronto, at home, as opposed to alone in an apartment in London and going to school.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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