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7/5/13 11:33 A

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Just wanted to say that being dxed w/bipolar ( 1 in my case) certainly DOESN'T mean you can't be tapered off some meds or have dosages decreased as you improve.

After 15 YEARS on Abilify, I was able to get off it using the skills I Iearned in DBT. My meds provider agreed to work w/me towards the goal of getting off Abilify & hopefully Lamictal since I am now 59 & these meds haven't been tested enough in the elderly (went to a seminar about this at a NAMI state conference & spoke to the research doc & he recommended this step).

I also agreed that if my paranoia or hypo mania, etc. returned I would go back on meds as needed. I've been able to stay off the Abilify but only cut my Lamictal dosage by 1/2 or suicidal ideation returns strongly.

I pretty much have been in a mixed episode of moderate intensity for years (296.62 Will have to get a new # w/DSM-5). I have very severe chronic pain issues (in process of going to Mayo Clinic) that make it very difficult to be "stable." But I'm managing day by day using cognitive behavioral skills to help improve my mood & utilize neuroplacisity of the brain. I also continue weekly individual therapy, do workshops such as Mary Ellen Copeland's WRAP, & do physical therapy.

WRAP workshops are usually free or very low cost. Also, Mental Health America has seminars for providers on all sorts if pertinent topics & I've called to see if I could take them as a consumer & they were fine wthat. Can get CEU's if you are in the field.

Many resources besides just medication to help us!


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7/4/13 9:47 P

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*hugs* I hope it goes well and you feel better soon!

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7/4/13 2:29 P

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Well I finally have an appointment today. I am pretty sure I have reached the crash and it's not fun. I often wonder why this can't just go away... or be easier.

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6/29/13 4:54 P

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I don't know if you are still feeling this way, but I hope you are over it. If not, see if there is some sort of nurse that you can call on the phone to talk to. Maybe that will get a better solution. You are going through a mixed episode, and like others said, you need to get help before you crash. *hugs* You can make it through this!

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6/27/13 7:01 A

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I would definitely find another pdoc and have a talk with him/her. You need the help now and not later for later can be too late. If you have to, go to the ER and they should be able to help. Pdocs are supposed to be there when a person needs them and obviously this one isn't. Please get some help before it is too late.

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6/27/13 12:52 A

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Well getting in earlier than tuesday just isn't going to happen so that sucks. I don't have a counselor because they are dang near impossible to get here. I am on a waiting list that takes 6 months and it took a year and a half to even get them to refer me. I am not sure why the pdoc wanted to start to phase me out of the care of a psychiatrist other than he said I am doing better. Even then I had told him that I was struggling with some depression. The appointment that day hadn't gone well anyways. They try to get you in and rush you out :(

I just hate feeling this way. I want to break down all the time and I am tired but wide awake. I want to break out of my own skin because I am so uncomfortable and it is bring up some unhealthy life style issues. I feel like I could crash but then I keep thinking nope you're not allowed you have to keep strong. There are no other choices. So I keep going but what if I can't fight any more. What if I get to tired... which seems like I already am.

*sigh* sorry :(



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6/26/13 6:49 P

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definitely get in ASAP with a counselor or psych or even a gen prac or nurse practitioner .. talk to someone medically who can help get you through this .. it takes understanding and skills and support ... do not wait until Tues!!

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6/26/13 8:56 A

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Yes I'd definitely try to get to the doctor sooner rather than later. You don't want to get worse and crash. I also definitely won't let him take me off my medication. If you've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there's no such thing as tapering you off your medication. If your doctor thinks there is, I'd also rather find a new one.

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6/26/13 8:02 A

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Be truthful about how you are feeling. I don't understand about the phasing out of the program. If this is the case, maybe you need to find another doctor. You need to keep regular doctor appointments so they will know what is going on. Sounds to me like you need to go see him a little earlier that next Tuesday. See if you can do that.

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6/26/13 3:43 A

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Thanks :) It is nice to know I am not the only one who gets this way. I have an appointment with my psych on Tuesday I just want to know what to bring to him since the last time I was there he was talking about phasing me out of the program :(

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6/26/13 2:54 A

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Man, I feel your pain. Regular mixed episodes are my main problem and your description basically took the words out of my mouth. Crying all the time and feeling suicidal and depressed while not being able to sleep, being on edge, irritated, anxious, angry and even aggressive and feeling like you're crawling out of your skin.

Definitely go see your psychiatrist asap before you crash and burn.

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6/26/13 12:11 A

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Hey everyone,

I have a quick question for you all. Do any of you know about mixed episodes or have experienced them that you would be willing to share?

I am going through something and I am not sure what it is. I need help trying to figure this out so that I can accurately try and present it to my pdoc.
I'm feeling really low like hide away leave me alone I just want to cry all the time low. I am also having suicidal thoughts (no worries I am not trying anything or have any plans to just being honest). I haven't been sleeping really in the last 3 weeks. I was told by my fiance that I have been really short. I know I feel myself getting angry constantly, my ability to show grace for anyone is not very high and I have anxiety that is going through the roof. All in all I just feel like I want to crawl out of my skin I am frustrated with myself and everyone else which is really getting to me.

Does anyone have any thoughts? I would really appreciate anything you have to offer.

Becca

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