recovering from first psychotic break
Posted 13 September 2009 - 04:06 AM
Posted 13 September 2009 - 07:38 AM
I don't have any advice about BP, but just wanted to say welcome to CB.
PMDD, PTSD and MDD.
rx: Amitryptaline 125mg Seroquel XR 100mg, Lithium 750mg.
I'm not a mental health professional but I am a pretty awesome amateur (talk to an actual pro rather than taking my advice)
Posted 13 September 2009 - 02:20 PM
Do you have a therapist to talk to and work through this? I highly recommend it.
Don't feel alone. Getting your first MI dx can be quite a shock, and may take a long time to absorb and accept. It is painful to recall the things done and said when we aren't right. But you are still you. Deal with today, and look forward at your plans and goals. Have confidence that you will be stable and able to enjoy and participate in life again.
**My work is done. Swimming for the nearest shore.**
Posted 13 September 2009 - 09:25 PM
Hopefully, you come back to this thread. Staying engaged on this subject may well spur others to provide more info.
Bipolar I and ADD
Posted 15 September 2009 - 12:33 PM
Like others say, its a shock facing a MI diagnosis.....but it also solves a lot of riddles that made no sense before. Acceptance is a process, so give yourself the time and find the help you need. Best wishes
But you rode upon a steamer to the violence of the sun.
-Tales of Brave Ulysses
BP : gave up again on Lithium too many sideeffects even at low doses....So I sold the kids and got Lamictal again....
Former Rx : Lamictal, Elavil, Xanax, but Lamictal (even generic) costs too damn much.......not as much as Lith incontinence at work though......
Posted 15 September 2009 - 12:41 PM
I had quite a dramatic psychotic break at 19. It was very destructive, I had to come home from Uni, I lost friends, and I had to live at home, unemployed, on benefits for two years while I recovered.
I didn't get back the person i was before, and that in itself is a loss that took time to grieve and get over. As a young adult, being independent and having fun is really important, and not being able to do that meant in some respects, I did miss out. What I did gain was some good friends (it's amazing how many other cool mentally ill people are out there) and life experience which now sets me ahead of my peers in a lot of ways. While my friends languish in unemployment after Uni, stalling on moving out of home, wasting their lives drinking and wondering what to do next, I have a house, a job, a boyfriend. I'm a lot more open minded and compassionate to other people. I can really appreciate how good my life is, because I went without for so long.
Medication and therapy do help, once you find the right kind. That took me a couple of years, the first therapy and meds I tried didn't work. I had to keep fighting to get the treatment I deserved from the NHS. At first, it is a lot of speaking out, and pushing at the brick wall until you get somewhere.
What symptoms haven't gone with meds and therapy, I have learned to deal with them. I am certainly not ruled by them anymore.
If you ever want to talk about what you are going through, pm me.
'The attainment of wholeness requires one to stake one's whole being. Nothing less will do; there can be no easier conditions, no substitutes, no compromises': Jung
DX: borderline personality disorder/bipolar/psychosis/trauma history
RX: Lithium and Seroquel
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