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1/3/17 1:52 P

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I don't remember what bipolar I am I know I have psychological stuff with it so I am on an antipsychotic medication.

So I take Loxapine 20mg
also Vistaril 75 mg

It is all low doses since we are seeing how I handle it all. Just started on it a few months ago for the Loxapine. The vistaril is for anxiety and they are trying to see if I can handle life without it.

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1/2/17 8:20 A

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I am on so many pain medications and also a type 1 diabetic taking insulin. It is difficult to maintain sometimes. My Pdoc advised me to find people that I can talk to online as it is difficult for me to make appointments to therapy groups and so on. Thank you so much for your replies.

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Sometimes we learn the hard way. I am glad things worked out for you.

I am a bipolar I. I have taken many medications over the years. However, my system is sensitive and they either have the rare side effects or quit working, sometimes after a period of years. I am currently taking abilify and buspar. They are also boosting my T3 thyroid and giving me metformin to stabilize my moods.

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1/1/17 8:32 P

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Bipolar 1 Depakote, Abilify, Prozac, Cembalta and Trazadone.

I found out the hard way what happens if you have not been weened off of a medication.

I take many medications for chronic pain also. My medications are mailed to me. I didn't realize that one of them wasn't and I was off of it for about 2 weeks. I went into the deepest depression I had been in in a while. I called the crisis line and the sheriff department knocking on my door in 20 minutes.

So Please be sure that you have all the meds you are supposed to and don't run out. For any of you that have hit rock bottom before you know how I felt.

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12/2/16 10:57 A

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I'm bipolar 1. I have been on a lot of meds in a very short period of time. However, I am currently taking:

Morning Meds:
Adderall XR 30mg
Wellbutrin XL 300mg
Synthroid 125mcg

Evening Meds:
Lithium Carbonate ER 300mg

I just began the Lithium yesterday after unintentionally coming off of my Lamotrigine.

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I am a Bipolar type 1. I have taken many medications in varying amounts over the years. I am currently taking Buspar, Abilify, and a couple of anti-anxiety medications.

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11/18/16 2:34 P

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Hello

I was diagnosed as Bipolar II. I am now taking the following "cocktail":

Wellbutrin 300mg
Methlyphenidate 40mg
Tegetrol 400 mg
Prozac 40 mg
Latuda 80 mg

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Hello all

I take citalapram 40 mg, Wellbutrin 300mg and ability

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@ JAKEANDEMMY

I am taking 50 mg are nite for sleep and it has been working well




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8/4/16 11:45 A

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I'm mild bi-polar,
I take wellbutrin 400mg
lactimal 350 mg in the morning.
at nite, i take A klonipin, 0.5 as needed, a topomax,50mg. and an ambien 0.5. Just started cymbalta for pain as the gabapentin wasn't enuff.

The side effects of starting the cymbalta really are bothersome, I will be glad when I use to it, Its for pain and mild depression
I was weepy for a while , that stopped.

Was drinking too. Thats under control now....

Cherie

I was on a medication, with a side affect of weight gain. Doc said I can stop taking it. I,ve cleaned up my eating, am walking, I did this before, I can do this again!
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7/19/16 10:33 A

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When I previously listed my medications for my Bi polar 1 and Anxiety disorder I neglected the Zanax 2.8 and Diazapam .7. I have been taking medications so long it is easy for me to forget what I do take at times. emoticon

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7/19/16 10:22 A

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I figured that I would toss in my two cents (pills?)

Bipolar 1 and PTSD

Per day totals:

120mg Geodon
200mg Lamictal
1.5-2mg alprazolam
100mg Seroquel
600 mg Lithium

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Bipolar 1
I have recently changed my medications. I also have an anxiety disorder which is being treated. It sometimes is more problematical for me.
At the moment I am taking .15 mg buspar, and 5 mg of abilify to stabilize my mood.

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3/15/16 12:16 A

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Bipolar 1
I take Lamictal 200mg, concerta (ADHD) 54mg, Ativan (.5-1 depending), sublinox 10mg every night for sleep & seroquel XR 150mg when I start going manic until I stabilize

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11/23/15 7:46 P

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Bipolar 2
Wellbutrin 150mg
Lamictal 200mg
Klonopin .5mg
Vistaril (as needed for sleep)
Vitamin D 50,000 units

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Bipolar 1
lamictal 200mg at night. may increase the day dose to 100mg during the day too.
geodon 40mg twice a day
klonipin .5mg to sleep at night

tried to switch from klonipin to trazadone to sleep and the traz made me manic!
bizi

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I am currently taking
Lamictal
Trileptal
Klonopin



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Bipolar 2/Anxiety & Panic/Major Depression/PTSD/OCD

I know this is an old post, but I thought I'd post something.

Currently taking:
Lexapro 30 mg
Lamictal 400 mg
Klonopin 0.5 mg 2x PRN
Abilify 2 mg (starting tomorrow)

I was also on Vistaril, Buspar, Haldol, and Remeron.. However I was taken off of those four (unable to take Vistaril and Buspar anymore) and it helped me drop 50 lbs in 3.5-4 months.

I am allergic to Risperdal (along with another four or five psych meds). Last time I took it, I had to be hospitalized (committed). Since Abilify is in the same family, is there a chance of a similar reaction??

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I am bipolar type II and also have anxiety disorder and seasonal affective disorder. I'm currently taking 400 mg of lamotrigine per day and 150 mg of Effexor per day. My anxiety is well-controlled on Effexor, but I take Xanax on the occasions it does break through. This combination of medication is the first time since I was diagnosed at 21 that I've been anywhere close to stable and it's such a relief.

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10/1/15 5:48 P

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I technically have schizoaffective disorder, bipolar type, and panic disorder. I used to be diagnosed with bipolar 1 with psychotic features.

I take Depakote, Seroquel, Abilify, Cymbalta, Klonopin, and Xanax for emergencies. I'm weaning off Zoloft. I may trade the Cymbalta for a different ad soon, as it's not really cutting it.

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8/13/15 9:07 A

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I am bipolar I, rapid cycling with mixed episodes, also with some schizoaffective traits (sometimes I hear an out of tune radio or my Mom calling me, or I feel like there are bugs crawling on me, and I know it is time for some as needed (prn) Thorazine.

I take: Cymbalta 60mg a day
Topamax 200mg at bedtime
Ativan 2 to 4 mg a day dose is at my discretion, usually toward the lower end.
Thorazine 75 to 225 mg a day again, dose is at my discretion.

I have been working with the same Drs for 12 years, and they know me well and they trust me with my meds. I have been on most of the meds already, and I hate the newer generation antipsychotics that all cause akathisia and make you blow up like a balloon and cause diabetes and high cholesterol. I'll stick with my Thorazine. It was the original antipsychotic-the very first one that came out, and as far as I am concerned, it is the best. I have taken it now for about ten years. Not going to change anytime soon.

I like the Topamax because it also does not cause weight gain, but it isn't as effective as a mood stabilizer (I have been warned). If my mood gets too far off kilter, I will have to add another mood stabilizer to the mix.

I have been on Cymbalta since it first came out and I had to get samples from my Doctor because the insurance wouldn't cover it. Then my Papa was put on it. This last week my Mom was put on it too. It works well in our family. Go figure. My Dad is bipolar and has Parkinson's, my Mom has Major depression.

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I've been on and off meds for years. The combo that I am on now seems to be work very well for me. The med that I am on now are Zyprexa and Effexor. The Effexor is a relatively new addition.

The one thing that I don't like about the Doctor that I am seeing is that when I mentioned that I had gained a lot of weight with the Zyprexa he made it seem like it was my fault.

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7/18/15 3:43 P

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Currently, I am on a mixture of meds...
-Lithium 600mg 2x a day
-Lamictal 200mg 2x a day
-Propranolol (for anxiety, she doesn't trust me with benzo's)
-Geodon 80mg 2x a day

I'm pretty hard to medicate and its very frustrating. Currently, my meds make me feel nauseous and that sucks! I've been on quite a few meds, but it is hard. My current Psych NP pushes new meds on me a lot and I just can't do it. I'm on disability and my insurance doesn't cover it. It's annoying.

What meds work the best for everyone????

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I have been diagnosed with Bipolar I. I take Depakoate, Klonopin and Serroquel.

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My original diagnosis 9 months ago was major depression. I'd been dealing with depression, anxiety, and social anxiety for so many years, and it was getting to a point where i felt constantly depressed and nervous and hopeless. After years of telling myself meds wouldn't make my problems any better, and that I didn't want to be saddled with taking pills every day, I finally decided that I should at least give them a shot. Since my diagnosis, I've been on 40 mg Celexa for depression, 50 mg Trazodone for sleep, and a couple of months ago I was put on Buspar for help with a resurgence of anxiety. When I saw my psychiatrist 2 weeks ago, I told him the Buspar seemed to make me irritable and more anxious. He noted that I also had what he called pressured speech, and said because of that and my trouble with Buspar, my new diagnosis is Bipolar II. So he took me off Buspar, reduced my Celexa to 20mg, and started me on Lamictal 50mg. I'm ramping up the dose 50mg each week till I get up to 200mg. I felt terribly sleepy during the 50mg week. This week i'm at 100 and not so sleepy, but feeling really flat. I really hope once I get to the full dose that these meds will help. The Celexa worked like magic at first, and I felt like a brand new person. When the anxiety first crept back in, and the Buspar didn't work, I worried that I'd get back to where I was pre-meds. At this point, I don't care if I have to take meds for the rest of my life. I just want to feel stable and normal.

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I have Bipolar type I and I am currently on:
-cymbalta (duloxetine) 60 mg once daily
-lamictal (lamotrigine) 100mg twice daily
-abilify (aripiprazole) 5mg once daily

So far, I really like this combo and it's keeping things under control

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I am BP 1 and take Saphris 10mg, Sertraline 75 mg, and Clonazepam .25mg (am & pm) I am stable most days...but, I also have Diabetes 2, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, and Arthritis in my knees....this combination is hard to keep in balance. If the weather is too hot outside I tend to get very agitated and there goes my whole day.
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Hello!

I have already posted once but my diagnosis and my medications have changed.

I am now diagnosed with Bipolar II, Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD and anxiety.
My new medications are as follows:
Zyprexa 10mg
Lithium 600mg
Viibryd 20mg
Lamictal 200mg

So far they are helping with my anxiety and mood stabilization. I have been having symptoms of psychosis so I am not sure if my pdoc is going to change my diagnosis to schizoaffective or keep me at bipolar with psychotic features.

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I am bi-polar with an anxiety disorder. I rarely leave the house. I am an artist and poet so I have many projects! I love to read! ('The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak) I am over-medicated and am working with my Doctor to get off Seroquel slowly, in 1 1/2 yr. I know that it's not the main culprit. Today, I start writing down my food/exercise. I am 5'3" and weigh 196. In the winter I hide in my clothes.

I take 4 Klonopin a day among several other 'heavy' hitters. Lithium required monthly blood work. emoticon

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Bipolar 1. I have been on almost every med on the market in the last 23 years. Currently just on a low dose of paroxetine. I have alprazolam for PRN. I have been through the acute phase of ECT and have now started maintenance treatments. It is doing wonders for me!

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Hey! I am Bipolar type 1. In the AM I take Equetro and Topamax. Sometimes, depending on the day, I take Adderall. If I'm leaving my house (I don't usually, I've been a hermit for the past 6 months), I will take generic Klonopin. In the PM I take Equetro again, Seroquel, Vistaril, and, occasionally, another Klonopin. On top of my diagnosis of Bipolar 1, I have been diagnosed with ADHD, social anxiety, and Borderline Personality Disorder. I'm a lot of fun, lol! :) I am going off of Equetro in a week, though. It hasn't really done a whole bunch besides make my mania not get so high and it doesn't stay for a while. Now I just rapid cycle in between depressive episodes. :/ My *new* psychiatrist mentioned going on lithium and depakote.

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Hi,
I was diagnosed with Bipolar type 1 and anxiety about 5-6 years ago. I went through a lot of different medications before my doc decided on a mix of zyprexa (10mg a day) and wellbutrin (150mg twice daily). When I way first diagnosed I went to talk therapy but now go to a online support group because of a hectic scheduled.

I have been talking to my doc about trying abilify and getting off of zyprexa. The main reason for this is excessive weight gain.

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Bipolar Disorder Type 2 with ADHD. Thankfully only two medications. Latuda 40mg and Strattera 100 mg.

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Thanks for this thread. On new medications and am curious on thoughts presented

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Hello everyone, Bipolar I, psychotic features. kinda stable since hospitalized only time which was 8 years ago. I take 50 mg seroquel xr, 1500 mg depakote, but i've only been on seroquel xr for 4 days. 1.5 or so hours after taking xr, I am ready for bed. :).
During the day, interacting with the public, I am anxious and I feel strange, a bit racy and not at ease. My doc stated that I can take 0.25 mg risperdal to add to med mix if I need to. thinking about doing this tomorrow, long day at work. Anyone else tried low doses of both? I think one is a dopamine blocker and the other is a serotonin blocker....hmm. Don't know what to do. Don't want to take Klonopin or other hardcore anxiety drug. Any suggestions or experience?
Thanks! :)

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I am Bipolar 1 and Borderline personality disorder with anxiety disorder.
I take Saphris 20mg at night
Tergretol 200 mg 2x a day
Doxepin 50 mg at night
Klonipin 1mg 3x a day

Some of them seem to be helping but they are mostly all new meds and I am not at mixed moods as I use to be.
Stephaney

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I don't know if I'm bp1 or 2. I've never asked and my docs have never told me. I don't know that I care so much. I just need to know what my symptoms are and how to deal with them. I have tried what feels like a gazillion meds. I hate med changes/trials. I don't know if I'm oversenstive, but it really disrupts my life.

My current meds:
Lamictal 300
Klonopin PRN
Cymbalta 60
Seroquel XR 50
Lithium 1500
Synthroid 112 - not because of lithium, but because of hyperthyroidism caused by Graves disease.

I was on seroquel for quite awhile, but it made me obsess about foods and crave it just as much. That was torturous. Saphris gave me akathesia (inability to sit still), once again torturous. Latuda gave me akathesia as well.

I just wish there was an easier way to get the right meds.

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I have been diagnosed as bipolar, but my psych nor therapist have told me which type. I agree with others who have said that sometimes our doctors keep us in the dark. Sometimes I am telling them what is going on with me currently and they scribble away and look at me like poor thing doesnt realize how bad she is. I honesty dont think I did realize until I was at my lawyer appt and saw the letter my therapist wrote. It was a shock to me to see my "issues" in black and white. !On a positive note the lawyer jumped at taking my SSDI case! I have been diagnosed as bipolar for almost ten years but only treated for one. I just didnt want to accept it. I have visual and auditory hallucinations, extreme anxiety, and have both manic and deppressive states that seem to flip somewhat frequently. I am on Seroquel non XR 300 right now for an antipsychotic to take away hallucinations and stabilize my mood, and it is not going so well. I was on Seroquel 400 XR and improving but my lovely insurance decided not to cover it anymore and it is EXPENSIVE!!! My psych told me to give the change of meds a full 4 weeks so my body can adjust and I am 2 weeks in and its not good. I am becoming very depressed again, seeing things again, and not sleeping. I think I may need to take it more than once per day since my symptoms get worse after it seems to wear off. I take Trazadone 100mg for sleep but it will work one night and not the next. I havent slept in almost 40 hours now and I am struggling. I also have pain meds tramadol and liquid lortab for my TMJ that keeps getting worse despite 4 surgeries and frequent migraines from the TMJ and lack of sleep. I go to therapy every week and it helps me to get through one day at a time and week by week. The positive atmosphere of this team I think will help me greatly as well. You can NEVER have too much support.

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I am bi-polar I Rapid Cycling with an anxiety disorder. I don't tolerate meds well. I have a wonderful doctor, and he understands me and my odd reactions. Meaning I get the ones least known. I have taken all of the meds you describe. However, not as a single cocktail. Depakote is actually in the class of anti-seizure medications. They have usually worked well for me. I took it the longest before it turned on me. It really took me out of some rough places. However six years later...
We all are different, and different things work. If you don't think your Doctor is helping, I would suggest trying another or getting a second opinion.
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My P-doc keeps lying to me. He says he gave me Atarax for the OCD part, but now admits it's just to help me sleep. I take 200mg of Lamictal for Bi-polar2 w/ OCD. Now he wants me to add Lithium to bring down the highs (manic)...and wants to add an antidepressant (Depacote ?) Which he calls a sleep aid (huh? he thinks I'm stupid I guess). I can't find a better P-doc...he IS one of the best...I actually have to drive to another state just to see him. It just makes me angry that they think we are dumb OR...can't handle it if they are honest.

BTW...we used to lie to my Grandfather telling him that the Xanax he was taking was his "itchy pill" emoticon Karma, huh?

* I HAVE tried almost every pill for the depressive part including MAOI inhibitors...all with weird/ bad side effects. Doc says I am VERY sensitive to meds. They always start me on the "geriatric" dose emoticon

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I have taken all of those at one time or another. I am medication sensitive,so we work on keeping things to a minimum. I am a Bipolar I with rapid cycling. Secondary anxiety. I take
xanax 1 and xanax ER2 in addition to 1/4 abilify twice a day. Talk about difficult-getting that pill cut equal. My Dr. wanted me to try the liquid, but insurance won't pay. Cost way too high-so cut them I will.

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Hey all! I'm Bipolar I with more manic and mixed episodes...my current cocktail is Depakote, Serequel, vistral (I think that's spelled right??), Paxil, and the new one that is added back on again due to my recent episode my old friend saphris. Saphris is the one that puts me to sleep and I can actually sleep through the night.

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Try Sinequan, it knocks me right out now! 50 mg is double the prescribing dose, and when I do that dosage, I'm out for 10 hours. Old school, non narcotic. Can also be found under the name doxepin.

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I am bipolar type I, with rapid cycling mixed in there (it's fascinating, really, lol). I'm on abilify, lamictal, and sinequan.

Interestingly enough, I do much better on less medication than I do on several different kinds.

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I'm type 2 and currently on lamotrigine, citalopram, and trazodone.

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It's funny to say but the Seroquel no longer makes me sleepy. It's been at that dose now for about a week and it's making me jittery--not exactly jittery just awake, I guess u could say that's why I take it in the am. It used to make me sleepy when I first started but not any more. The mirtazapine my psych prescribed no longer works and so much for the melatonin. I had tried ambien before and it did work. I think I was on 10mg (does that sound right?) but my psych doesn't like prescribing me narcs cuz of my history. So, I'm kinda stuck. I'm gonna bring it up to my primary on Tues. though. The best sleep I ever got was when I took a Restoril--it was in the hospital the night after I had my daughter. OMG,,,I had such a great nights sleep. I would love that for a sleeping pill but I know it's an old school narcotic so I'm pretty sure there's little chance of that. Anyway, the search is on for a good old fashioned nights sleep!!

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you might have not been able to sleep last night - even with the 1/2 a tab b/c you'd slept all day. our bodies - despite how they sometimes act - can only cope with so much sleep. eventually you get enough and it's like hey hey - wake up - we're gonna be up now - get out of bed!

the past i dunno week maybe - def the past 4 days .. i've taken PM meds around 9pm-ish ... go through my routine to settle down and get into bed ... eventually try to lay down and sleep about 11p-ish ... then i'm wide freaking drugged awake at 5:30am ... i go to pee .. it's not even daylight yet ... i fiddle on my phone for 2 or 3 hours (not actually remembering anything I did or looked up it seems) ... then lay back down for some tossing and turning 7:30-10am-ish.

last night i was a little later .. pills around 1130p and sleep about 1a .. i don't think i woke up in the night but i just got up at 10am. so i guess that could be considered progress.

it's so hard to figure out a sleep pattern. a lot of docs keep trying to ask me but i'm like it's hit or miss ... sometimes i take the meds and i fall right asleep .. othertimes i'm lying awake all night ... etc ... so many combinations of lackluster results.

also the allergist had added a zyrtec each morning - supposedly to help with evening hives - which gee it hasn't helped one single bit and didn't actually answer my direct question and reason for calling them which was "what do i do or take in the evening to combat 730p hives and swelling?!" ... and i think the zyrtec is making me kinda sleepy through the day.. but it's only been a couple of days.. so i'll try it a little longer.

oh - i take 10mg ambien for sleep and either 1 or 2 melatonin ... not to mention the other several meds that also supposedly cause sleepiness like hydroxyzine and whatnot.

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I am now on 450mg of Seroquel a day.

Still searching for a sleeping pill that works!

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You are so right! Our bodies react differently. emoticon

As I related yesterday I was taking 1/4 of the lowest dose tablet. It mostly made me sleepy, and didn't result in desired effects. I agreed to take 1/2 tablet, which as we know very quickly about side effects and effectiveness for a week. However, Yesterday, I divided it 1/4 in a.m and 1/4 in p.m. Slept all day long. Zombie. Last night I took the entire 1/2 tab and have been extremely wound up. Can't lay down, and jittery. This is going by the wayside. I have tried it before. None of this class of drugs have ever done well. I don't want to be non-compliant, but things turn on me so quickly. My doctor is great. I will probably take it back to 1/4 until I report again.

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wow - this is a major example of how we are all different especially when it comes to meds

i was on Abilify from like 2004 to 2011. i forget what I started on .. but i took it in the mornings for years and years ... even as dosage increased. i know from like 2006 to 2011 i was on 20mg per day and most of that time i was taking it in the morning. i think it took until my last psychiatrist in LA in 2009-2010 to say uhm try taking that at night b/c it causes drowsiness. ... wow that was an eye opener... really? criminey!! no wonder i was fighting off sleep every minute of everyday with caffeine pills and double and triple sized Monster.

enjoy the rest :-)

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I, too, hope you find the balance your need. The line is so fine between these issues it takes time, and even though you have been with the same psychiatrist many years, and they know you well, it is trial and error. emoticon

I am a bi-polar type 1. Medication sensitive. If it works, it might turn any minute. My Dr. is good to realize this. He put me on 1/4 of 2 mg tab. of ablilify to stabilize my moods. I was to go up to a half, but didn't because of the side-effects. He usually leaves it up to me, but is encouraging me to go to the half and try. I am an insomniac, so the good thing is I can't stay awake. I will be sleep walking through the next few days. Today, I will take the plunge.
It is only another try, perhaps the sleep will be beneficial. However, there are a few times I need to be awake during the day! emoticon

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I spent years being told I had depression as a teen. Then I was diagnosed as having borderline personality disorder. 2 years ago I was diagnosed with Biploar 2, but I think that I am a rapid cycling bp and possibly more bp 1 because I do have what I would call as hallucinations... I also have social anxiety and ptsd. I just started working with a psychiatrist so I am hoping to get everything balanced.

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Lamictal 175...

I was on a few anti anxiety medications but my family doc wanted me to go off of those.


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Hi everyone!! My name is Kelly. I was diagnosed with "mood disorders" including Bipolar I & II as well as (some) cyclothymia(a form of bipolar disorder), & dysthymia(major depression). I was also diagnosed with panic disorder(anxiety resulting in full blown panic attacks at times)& PTSD. A lot of meds do not agree with me as I am so hypersensitive to them. So I just pay attention to my symptoms,triggers,try to get enough sleep,watch what I eat,etc. I graduated counseling nearly 3 years ago. I find myself in a different position than most of you here.For the past year(as of next month) I have been helping "peers"-(we do not use the terms "consumers," "mental health recipients," etc.).- I work for a non-profit that advocates & provides mutual support for peers in-(as well as some peers outside)-the community as a Peer Respite Advocate. We are an alternative to the traditional mental health system.We have a respite house. We are against ECT,forced hospitalization,drugging,etc. We are also working on being able to help peers come off psych drugs/harm reduction as well as assisting with advance directives & more! Some of the trainings I have attended so far were for peer support,human rights,working with voices 1:1 support, & hearing voices network(HVN). We refer to it as "hearing voices" or "voice hearers" rather than "schizophrenia." We are grass roots-human rights based. We promote independence & not using your "diagnoses/labels" as a crutch.We are not our diagnoses after all. That would be like saying my name is "cancer." After reading much of what has been discussed in the group my question to many of you is-do you have someone to advocate for you? This would be someone that can go with you to talk to your doctor,social security,court,etc. as well as to educate you. Many do not realize that this FREE service is even available to them or it may not be in your area yet.Hopefully one day your community will provide this great service to you as it is much needed.I hope I have not overstepped in saying all this.I do not know what all we are allowed to speak of here.But it is very important to know as much as possible about your diagnoses & treatment plan. It is not a death sentence. It is not just about taking your medications & seeing doctors...It is about so much more than that! I thank you for reading this & hope that it may have helped you or someone that you know in some way.

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Hi. I actually have been feeling pretty good most of the day. Not too sure I've actually accomplished much besides coloring my hair and showering... but damn it sure did feel great to feel great and happy - at least for a few hours. i listened to the new Green Day single and it really popped me into a happy place.

uh - this got a little long and out of order but i can't concentrate enough to fix it

I'm 36. will turn 37 on sept 16th.

i think my official diagnosis is bipolar I. i would personally say it's mixed and rapid-cycling bipolar I. i usually am suicidal and homicidal at the same time. i tend to live and think in multiple-facet-angles which is great for seeing different sides to things, different opinions, figuring out plot twists, and for playing tetris. LOL. and nowadays i can cycle in a matter of minutes or hours or stay up or down for hours or weeks. i think i feel baseline about 5 times a year. and like today i got worried that i felt too good... just b/c i was happy. my FB status says i hope it was reward for getting through the lows over the weekend and that i wasn't hopefully headed to mania.

also listed in the adjudicator decision are polysubstance dependence, adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety, borderline personality disorder, poor coping skills, affective instability, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, achilles tendonitis, migraines, obesity, TMJ, depression. been diagnosed since 2001 i think and have constantly seen a stream of docs and psychs and counselors since. apparently they recognize that i'm sick - just not sick ENOUGH. what the F*** is that BS. i remember my rage and public bemoanings that *i was gonna show them!* *eeps*

My favorite was the last psychiatrist i had when i was living in Pasadena. i saw her 2009-2010. She was attentive and talkative and took the time to listen. but alas a mental and life breakdown forced me to quit my job and pack up.

I've been back in SE Ohio since Aug 2010 and go regularly to the local mental health place. i have medicaid. so all visits and meds are covered. i have to keep an open social security disability case to keep the medicaid. in march i had a hearing and about a month or two ago I got decision unfavorable and i put in the last appeal. when that gets denied i'll have to open a new case and likely get a lawyer involved.

i only get to see this shrink every 3 months for about 15 minutes. it's practically useless. he's very old and set in his ways, quiet, slowly scribbles notes. there is ZERO rapport. last month i was recommended a different psych that was an hour away but long story short it didn't work out b/c of some policies i'm not able to follow right now. i finally get to see this shrink on Wed. and have to face him after he knows now that I don't like him and tried switching. hopefully it'll open a dialog and we can figure out how to make this work and get me on some meds that help.

i don't know what to expect or think anymore. i think i was spoiled by docs that actually listen and care and around here that seems to be rare. i've seen excessive number of different docs for different reasons and treatments just don't seem to be working and there seem to be no cause or fix for a lot of my ills. it's beyond frustrating.

not to mention each doc seems to mention something contradictory to a previous doc ... and their notes don't accurately reflect my conditions. (I've read them b/c of collecting them for the disability case.) then there's side effects to meds - OI! - like the prednisone I take occasionally for the hives triggers the bipolar ... wow that was news to me for sure! ... and wellbutrin .. well it was causing the excessive sweating i've been putting up with for years. i can't even begin to remember the # of shirts I've ruined.. and when in Pasadena (2006-2010) I walked a mile to/from work .. so yea, not pretty. ... and i forget which one - maybe abilify - found out it can make me sleepy and to take it at night - uhm yeah i'd been taking it in the morning for YEARS. no wonder I was chronically taking naps wherever i could lay my head down.

and yet they all agree i can't be on prednisone everyday for life. and that i shouldn't look up the side effects and just concentrate on taking the meds to heal. WTF!

so yea, before Wed afternoon i gotta try to put together an appointment game plan. I looked up some meds yesterday but by last night I forgot what I'd learned. I know I'll have to suggest stuff otherwise it'll be the same old lithium, depakote, and wellbutrin he pushes onto everyone.

a lot of times i wonder why i'm asked for my opinion on treatment and options. i'm not the doctor. i'm not the expert on these meds. i don't know what all the options are. but since they all seem to put me in this position i've tried to research what i can.

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Wow Kimberly! How old are you? I would def go see your psych. If u don't like him/her I would find another one ASAP and try to establish a good rapport. It sounds like u really need some good treatment. Sometimes, we as bipolar (and other diagnosis) need to try too to initiate a good rapport. I've been diagnosed since I was about 16 and I'm now 37. I too have gone through several psychs. therapists, MDs, u name it. I know myself and therapy doesn't work for me so I don't do it and just have extended sessions with my psych. and she prescribes my meds as well. We have a good rapport but it wasn't always that way. U have to let someone in. Be open and honest. Try to give them as much med info as u can. Trust them. I know that takes time. i know it's tough but u need to try. I would also see an MD about some of your physical ills. Again, rapport. Trust. Just get out there and do it. Hopefully u have a good insurance. Do u work? It sounds like u need help and u must be so tired of the way u are feeling. The mania is good but the crash and burn is hell. Reading your post, I can tell you are not happy. My best advice is to get out and try. Try to find someone u trust and just let go and leave it up to them. Be involved in your treatment. Don't let them just pile stuff on u. Find out your diagnosis and what each med they want to give u is for. Find out side effects. Don't just stand by and take it. You have a voice too, use it. I don't mean to sound motherly or condescending. It's just that I've been where u are and I know it's not a nice place. I just don't want to see anyone go through it alone. You need help now it's time to go out and get it. Best of luck. Keep me posted....Courtney...PS..I'm on 11meds and know what each and every one is for and psych and I work closely to make sure I'm stable and not having side effects or "episodes" while I'm on them. You'll find a doc like that too. You just have to try...

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