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  1. That sounds pretty obnoxious. I usually need to drink more water than I want to, but at least I still get some feeling of thirst. I've done the phone alarm thing in the past though. Salt can be bad for you but dehydration's pretty bad for you too. Maybe the tradeoff is something you could ask a doc about? (pdoc or gp) The only other suggestions I can think of are all about making water more entertaining to drink: - A tiny bit of lemon juice. Your mouth is slightly more acidic than water is and making water more acidic makes it taste better, IIRC. I've also gotten citric acid in little packets that I think advertised themselves as imitation lemon juice or something similar. - Mess with the temperature. Cold water, hot water, lukewarm water. - Carbonated water. (The cheap stuff, don't drive yourself broke with Perrier) My husband has a machine that makes carbonated water out of tap water and I use that, but you can also buy club soda (or whatever it's called where you live). - A small amount of lemonade or fake lemonade. I used to use the store-brand version of Crystal Light because Crystal Light tastes bitter to me for some reason. - Some people put slices of cucumber in their water although personally I prefer to keep my salad out of my drink (and my drink out of my salad). - Herbal tea.
  2. I did two in 2005 (one three weeks, one one week) and they were both helpful, mainly due to being able to make a lot of med changes and to having external regulation for my schedule. It would have really helped to be in for longer the second time but my insurance wouldn't pay because I wasn't suicidal, I was just too depressed to make food for myself and eat and stuff. The therapist and pdoc I saw while in the program were both pretty good. I wanted to keep them while I was out of the program but they didn't have room in their practices. Edit: The one I was in was partly PHP and partly semi(?)-inpatient - it included people who'd been inpatient and didn't need to be fully inpatient but who weren't ready to go home yet. So there was a range of functionality but most people were on the upper end. It was also a mood-disorders-specific program and most people were in there for depression with a few (not many) for bipolar. I felt kind of out of place demographically - almost everyone was older, I was 25 at the time and I think everyone was early thirties or older with a couple exceptions. I was the only person there in school, although I think some people had jobs that they were on leave from. I thought the music therapy was kind of lame, but they had sparkly gel paints in art therapy. I still have a painting I did. I also liked group therapy and getting to hear about other people's lives and problems.
  3. Hi! I am back recently myself.
  4. It really sounds like going back on lithium so you can get yourself to a safe situation as fast as possible might be the optimal thing to do. Not having emotions is disturbing, and it is not a good long-term strategy, but you are not in a safe place right now and it is going to be much easier to find good long-term strategies when you are. That said, if you think that it is best to ask your doctor about wellbutrin or cymbalta, one thing you could try is writing down what you're going to say ahead of time, and planning to read from it, so that if you start panicking you'll at least have clear instructions for what to say right in front of you. Other things might include dropping by when he's busy and leaving a written note for him at the front desk, or calling and leaving a voicemail after hours. You might still have follow up with him in person, but if you have some of the communicating already done it might make the rest easier. I will also say: don't give up on antipsychotics. I had bad experiences with the first three I tried, but the fourth was a godsend. If you can, put off worrying about your other issues in the attic until you can get out of there. You have enough to worry about right now.
  5. I wish I had something better to suggest to you, but: you mentioned that lithium made you more functional even though it took away your feelings. Is going back on it until you can get yourself to somewhere safer, with more treatment options, an option for you?
  6. I've had a lot of trouble with therapists as well - I was in a headspace for a long time where trying to address specific issues in therapy was a trigger itself. Not fun. Tryp mentioned the skills focus that DBT group therapy has, and I've found that much more helpful than talking about past events. In DBT the individual therapy is supposed to be more about helping you apply skills you learn in group to current events in your life, rather than a more traditional talk-therapy approach to talking about past events - not all therapists may do that to the same degree, though. I've seen two DBT therapists (my regular one is on maternity leave) and they had very different therapy styles - my current one is much more focused on concrete action and planning than my previous one was. (My previous DBT therapist was very receptive to my asking early on to focus on here-and-now issues, though.) You might have a different experience with a different DBT therapist (assuming there's one near you, which there may not be). You can look here: http://behavioraltec...sources/crd.cfm