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  1. As a person who has been manic on numerous occasions, I don’t know that I think it can be stopped, but I do think that if you were sick enough, the sheer physical toll the flu took on you can slow you down. Mania isn’t just in your brain, in my opinion. It gets into your body as well. Did you find yourself sleeping a lot? Getting a ton of sleep would go a long way toward making you feel less manic. And did you take meds like NyQuil? Are you on other meds? It might be worth checking a med interactions website to see if there are any noteworthy interactions among whatever meds you’ve been taking.
  2. ReincarnatedCow (great name, by the way), I know exactly what you’re feeling. I’ve felt that way so many times, and for so long. How do you feel otherwise? Blah? OK? Are you enjoying things? Coping ok with ordinary life stuff?
  3. WTF

    You are so welcome.
  4. WTF

    You’re not too old. It’s a turn on if it turns you on. And that’s 100% for you to decide. Otherwise, what is it you’re supposed to do? Swipe left? Tell him to fuck his own face. That’s where I’m going with this.
  5. Cheese, I think it will go away. Whichever it is, or like as not the combination, your body is undergoing a shock. Seroquel And Zyprexa both kick you in the serotonin, and a lot of your serotonin receptors are in your gut.
  6. My mom died.

    Saoirse, I’m so sorry. Losing someone without warning is hell.
  7. How do I find a doc??

    When you get insurance, you can usually contact your insurer and get a list of their in-network doctors.
  8. Um. First, I’m moving this to misc. medical, because the main complaint isn’t about a psych med. It’s about a product designed to combat hair loss. Second, I’m sorry that lamotrigine -if I’m reading this right- messed you up, but you can’t -if I’m reading this right- categorically damn a medication because it didn’t work for you. It works for a lot of people. I’m one of them. Third, same thing about Effexor, except for the part where I take it, because I don’t. Fourth...I’m not entirely sure what you’re looking for here. Fellow sufferer? Are you just trying to issue a warning? Perhaps if you clarified, we could help you.
  9. Per the DSM: http://www.bipolarlab.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48:maniccriteria&catid=21:bipolar&Itemid=77
  10. I occasionally tell people that I write for a peer-to-peer mental health support site, as a volunteer. It’s entirely true-here I am!-and often a conversation stopper. It’s true for anyone reading this as well. We’re all here to help each other.
  11. Does your insurance cover any of the cost?
  12. In a word, yes. LTG titration can be very bumpy and can make you feel worse before you feel better. Anxiety is not uncommon. Are you still at 37mgs? I don’t think I started to feel better until about 50.
  13. Buspar 3x daily?

    Do you take your Buspar three times a day? And what do you feel like it does for you?
  14. Buspar 3x daily?

    I hate not giving meds a fair shake... I don’t know what to try. Benzos are out. Who knows why, but they make me very, very nauseated.
  15. My pnurse prescribed Buspar for me not long ago because I’m having a lot of anxiety. On paper it looks like a terrific med; it avoids the side effects I most want to avoid right now, like weight gain and sexual dysfunction. The problem I’m having is that I just can. not. manage taking it three times a day. My meds have always been a.m. and p.m., and trying to get a dose in during the middle of the day has completely defeated me. Has anyone had any luck taking it twice a day?