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Thursday, December 24th, 2009
4:55 pm
[vladvlad37]
Bipolar affective disorder treatment.
For the first time I was diagnosed with BAD type 1 at a residential psychiatric facility in 2000.
The character of the clinical course is fast-cycling. Mania periods are progressing less frequently and continue less time than depression periods. The balance between the number of days in maniac psychosis position and depressive position is about 1 to 8 now (until the beginning of taking mood stabilizers the balance was 1 to 3). Both depressive and maniac episodes may develop in different time of year but predominate in spring and autumn.

The current treatment:
mood stabilizers (carbamazepine) - constant everyday taking without gaps since 2005,
antidepressants (various of them were tested, now - Cipralex) - intake by courses during respective periods.
neuroleptics (several of them were tested, now - thioridazine) - rare intake only in hypomania and mania periods.

Such treatment notably improves the situation, but after all the complete recovery is out of distance. Every autumn and spring I'm spending months in disabled and helpless state on the verge of suicide.

Question is: what alternative and additional treatment modes may take place in this situation?


Vladimir, 28 years, Saint-Petersburg / Russian Federation
Monday, December 14th, 2009
2:53 pm
[queenosheba271]
I am so tired of not knowing what wrong with me. i'm tired of doctor's and meds my patience is very thin when it comes to everything now accept for when it comes to my pre occupation with certain people. I just want it all to stop already ive been to a couple of doctors ive been hospitalized a couple of times and i am still miserable i wish i could just finish what i start and not be so miserable and confused all the time. I'm so lonely but yet i don't want to be bothered most of the time. I don't want to feel like I feel anymore
Saturday, June 14th, 2008
7:25 pm
[ms_jenn]
seroquel
hi all,
my friend gave me some seroquel and told me it can be used as a sleeping pill.
i'm wondering how effective it is for recreational use/inducing sleep in those who were not prescribed it for schizophrenia?
i have a pack that i'd like to use occasionally but not if it will make me sick or drowsy the next day.
basically, i want to know what it feels like and what it does!
thanks
Friday, March 28th, 2008
10:10 pm
[rhiyaf]
Confusion!

How can you learn to be yourself. I too cannot afford a psychologist. I was molested as child several times by several people. I developed a huge personality disorder and am getting over it. Yes i know i should not be diagnosing myself, but I am convinced i have NPD, and I am in stages of finally getting over it. I know I have an alter ego but i've somewhat defeated. However I am having such a hard time just being myself and i have no clue where to begin.
Please help.

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
10:37 pm
[ms_jenn]
hey all,
just looking for some advice.
last night i drank half a bottle of vodka & took about 9 temazepam (bad idea, i know), a few lexapro as well as some panadeiine with codeine in it.
my housemates rang an infoline & they said to go to hospital, but i didn't want to, so they just stayed with me at home while i slept it off.
my question is, will i be okay? it's 24 hours later and i feel fine - i didn't even wake up feeling sick. but i've heard horror stories about people who have taken large doses of things before and then their liver fails a few days later.
i'm a bit worried because as i didn't go to the emergency room, i haven't drank that black charcoal the hospital gives you to neutralize the codeine, that my liver may be damaged as a result of this.
any info would be great. thanks!
Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
6:33 pm
[wornhope]
I'm a 17 year old female from the UK. i've suffered from depression for three years and anxiety for one year. I've been on and off medication for depression since my diagnosis and been on and off medication for anxiety since my diagnosins. i've also been in and out of therapy for a few years.

i've recently been prescribed mirtazepine on top of my usual antidepressant sertraline, i was wondering if anyone had any experiance with martazepine?
I've also recently been switched from buspar to chlorpromazine for anxiety, does anyone have any experiances with this?

I've heard mirtazepine can cause weight gain, is this true? if you've been on it, did you gain weight? if so how much?

any information about side effects, withdrawel, etc would be good.
thanks.
Sunday, February 18th, 2007
10:10 pm
[ms_jenn]
hey all,

i need to know if it'll make me sick to mix the following pills: zanax, lexapro, & temazepam. basically i've had a very bad day, so took a zanax my housemate gave me this morning to calm me down. then i took my daily anti-depresant, lexapro. i rang up a health hotline & they told me mixing lexapro & xanax is fine. but now i cant sleep & want to take a temazepam as well. will the tamazepam, mixed with the others, make me ill?

thanks.
Thursday, March 30th, 2006
5:00 pm
[littlerivet]
i hope this is okay, i didn't see any rules against it in the info. there is a new community about the atypical antipsychotic/mood stabilizer abilify. i've only been taking the medication for a few days so i dont have much to elaborate on it as of yet, but if anyone here does, that would be cool..
i hope this is okay, i didn't see any rules against it in the info. there is a new community about the atypical antipsychotic/mood stabilizer abilify. i've only been taking the medication for a few days so i dont have much to elaborate on it as of yet, but if anyone here does, that would be cool..
abilified
Saturday, March 18th, 2006
9:11 pm
[lovely_rake]
Dexadrine in ADD diagnosis...
Hello all, I have a little question, I hope you can help me with it.

My doctor is trying to see if I have ADD (presented symptoms etc...) by prescribing dexadrine because a)I don't have the money for an extensive testing process and b) He finds it the most effective diagnostic tool- this is a good Doctor, he sat and discussed this with me for about an hour, he wasn't just throwing meds at me, I'm back in next week to see how this period of treatment has gone.

My question is especially for those with ADD (and of course ADHD) who have used stimulant medications and those who may have used them for other purposes. (i.e. tried them and found you didn't have ADD, 'recreational' use, etc).

What effect did dexadrine and other stimulants have on you? I definitely feel more focused, and while I feel focused I don't experience to any real extent any of the side effects. It only seems like after the focus is gone, do I experience them- sweating (I already sweat excessively, this just magnifies it), feeling cold, stomach things (very mildly), heart beating a little harder (not faster) than usual and a really bad emotional crash (about 25 minutes of severe depression [I've experienced moderate depression before] and loneliness).

Did dose have any effect on these things for you if you have ADD? (Like, am I taking too high a dose to have gotten those effects, or do I just not have ADD?) Conversely, do those of you (if any of you) who have used this without having an attention disorder find the same things? (i.e., side effects only -after- the main effect has disappeared?)

I thank you in advance for reading this novelette and for any responses... your help is very much appreciated!

Mercedes
Monday, December 5th, 2005
10:22 am
[bohemianbabe]
Hello again. I need some advice. I am very interested in working with people that have DID. Is it possible to work just with these types of people? Does anyone here do it? If so, what type of schooling is need and what other types of training is needed?
Sunday, December 4th, 2005
3:27 pm
[bohemianbabe]
hello my name is melissa, I'm not a lisenced Mental Health worker but it is my goal and life to become a psychologist for adolesents. I have a few classes before I get my associates, I'm putting school on hold so I can pay off debt and save up since they don't give you Financial Aid after 23 (I turn Dec 17th) Right now I work in a group home with 8 people that have mental illness (mostly skitzo..can't spell) as a residential counseler. I'm certafied in CPR, first aid and MAP. I'll more than likely just be reading posts and soaking up information, but I'm sure that I will have a lot of advice to ask. if you don't mind
Sunday, September 4th, 2005
10:33 am
[damnuskippy]
Please Help!!!
A very unfortunate incident took place Friday night between 9:30-9:50pm as I was walking back from office to home. Three black guys came and hit me on my head and ran away with my back pack. I had the office laptop in it, a webcam, project management book, my cell phone and bunch of music CD's Bob (my college at the county) lent me to listen during the week he was gone. I filed a complaint with the Deputy at the
Sheriff’s department, these are the details

Deputy White #605
Report # 05-******
Date: September-02-2005


I stayed late and worked hard so that I can do a good job at work, now I get beaten, and my office stuff gets stolen. The Deputy say's that its very unlikely that they can get my stuff back. Even the cops dont help me.I feel miserable I don’t know how to tell this to the boss and I am scared they might fire me for being irresponsible.

Current Mood: Helpless
Saturday, September 3rd, 2005
10:57 am
[normajean_lives]
Introduce myself!
Hi Everyone. I am very very new to LJ and have a strong interest in this community. I have a degree in psychology with a concentrate in abnormal / clinical. I also have had my own struggles with depression. I hope to be able to offer assistance and support as well as learn from others. I have a lot of compassion for people with mental illness - it is so mis-understood by many, as I have been burned and hurt by others due to my dealings with depression. I look forward to talking to you.
Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
2:36 pm
[mascot]
benzo addiction (crossposted to my journal and crazy on meds)
this is not an anti-psychiatry post. it is a post against one psychiatrist in particular.

so here's the problem. i am in the process of kicking my addiction to klonopin. i am considering either suing my former psychiatrist or siccing the state on him (i have reasonably powerful contacts within my state's health department). my reasons are as follows: the doctor knew about my history of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction, particularly speed and various central nervous system depressants (alcohol, benzos, sleeping pills). he decided to put me on a daily dose of klonopin, a drug which is known to cause both physical and psychological addiction, and left me on it for over a year (the maximum recommended length of treatment for daily use of a benzodiazepene is six months). when i called to let him know i needed to schedule an appointment with him so that i could get my prescription for klonopin, he left me a message telling me he was no longer able to handle my case (i have occasionally psychotic bipolar disorder). i called again, said i was fine with that, and asked him for referrals to other psychiatrists and again for a refill on my prescription. he never called me back, so after about a week without klonopin i found another psychiatrist, who informed me that while cutting me off from the klonopin was not illegal, it was very poor medical practice. she helped me to incrementally step down from klonopin over a course of six weeks, and i now no longer take the drug. however, i am still physically addicted to it (i am currently going through withdrawals) and very angry with this psychiatrist. what course of action would be best? as far as i see it, i have three options. i can do nothing. i can bring a lawsuit against him. or, i could sic the state health department on his ass, something my contacts have offered and are encouraging me to do. i would greatly appreciate any input yall could give me on this matter.

Current Mood: pissed
Sunday, July 24th, 2005
3:43 pm
[glass_heartx3]
i have a phobia of reading aloud in my classroom. not necessarily in front of a large group, just mainly reading from my seat. i have panic attacks whenever the teachers says we are going to read something together as a class. i need someones help. i really would hope there is someway to help with the phobia without consulting a professional being this is a rather personal subject. this phobia just appeared out of no where my freshmen year as i was presenting a project. ever since ive just gotten extremely nervous in those situations... i want to make this phobia disapear as fast as it appeared but i kno that will not happen. can any1 help me out?
Wednesday, May 18th, 2005
10:46 pm
[scared1893]
Help.

I'm depressed/self harm. I've just been informally offered my dream job for the summer, but before they will formally offer it to be I have to fill in a load of forms including a "health assessment", where it asked me (among a list of other points) if I have "any mental illness, including depression, anxiety, self harm - please include details".
I'm scared if I answer yes, they won't offer me the job.
OTOH I have to sign a long disclaimer at the bottom, saying I have honestly answered the questions to the fullest extent of my knowledge, and I can be fired if it is discovered I deliberately lied.

I just don't know what to do.

Edit: 15/6

Thanks for all the advice!
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2005
5:01 pm
[mascot]
crossposted to chemicalwhores and psychiatric_med
i've posted about this before, but as it's happening more frequently now i am getting more desperate for an answer. my shrink and pharmacists have no idea what's going on. that being said, a little back story: i've been on paxil cr (double pinks daily) for a little over a year now. shortly after beginning treatment, i began to experience a bizarre side effect; it's like all the electrical bonds that attach my atoms together are severed for a split second and then reconnected. i have had to stop my paxil feeding schedule for financial reasons twice now, and whenever i stop this particular side effect increases in frequency, from happening maybe once a week when i'm on paxil to hundreds of times a day when i'm off. when it happens many times in quick succession, i get a headache, nausea, disorientation and my body goes numb for a few seconds. i'm worried because no one seems to know what is causing this. please help!
Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
1:04 am
[spiderlilyfairy]
Intro.. and a question.
Hallo..
My name is Lili; I work as a psych RN on a male neurobehavioral residential adolescent unit. I'm also diagnosed w/adult ADD and GAD (well-controlled currently). I joined, quite honestly, to learn more and contribute info if I can.

Otherwise I'm not sure what else to add that is pertinant..

Do you (mascot) use/recognize BEAMS testing in your practice? What do you think of them? I'm curious because of the occasional atypical result we get, such as a schizophrenic patient whose BEAMS came back completely normal. Input?

I'm curious..

Current Mood: curious
Monday, April 25th, 2005
6:06 pm
[mascot]
Welcome to the Madhouse!
Hi everyone! Thank you for joining this community. You ask a question, i'll do my best to answer it.
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