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  1. My pdoc said that the Lamictal is probably the med causing it but you would have to pry them from my hand! when I went out on disability a few years ago my memory was horrible and I couldn’t even read and retain what I had read. After about 1.5 years later I was finally able to read again. I was determined to relearn how to read again and started out with books meant for HSchool level.
  2. If you are working with an attorney be sure to give the info to them. That way it will be added to your file before an appeal. i called my Congressman who was able to move my date with the judge up. When I spoke with the Congressman’s secretary she said I should have called them sooner. worth a try.
  3. One time my pdoc had someone cover his weeken. I had never heard of him before. besides the standard bipolar meds I would add on Prolixin when needed for paranoia and hearing noises. I had taken 5mg before I talked to him. He had me double the dose and call him in an hour or so. I called back and said I could barely stay awake. He said double it and to call my own pdoc on Monday.
  4. I had my first radical mania shortly after trying Prozac.
  5. I never had any problems working while on SSDI. 30years ago I went back to school and got my RN license. Nursing was too stressful and I never worked as a nurse. But I gained a lot of self esteem and was able to return to work. I was put on SSDI again a few years ago. I went back to school just to keep my mind occupied. My pdoc signed disability papers so I could receive preferred registration and a copy of my books on CD. nobody from SSDI said anything. I think that if it does come up you can be honest and Telling them why you are going to school and think it will be fine.
  6. I know taking a back up besides the language is a good thing. It is important to have something to fall back on in case you can't find a good job in Chinese. as far as if you can handle it is more about enough sleep and rest. Also don't let your mind churn on how difficult it is because you may start to believe it . If you can learn a language you can do Economics. I would start out with one Econ class to see how you like it. Also remember if you decide it isn't for you you can also drop it sp pay close attention to the drop date. Best of luck! YOU CAN DO IT!
  7. I would give careful consideration to having your child tested. It stays in their file forever. what if they want to join the military or police department or get top secret clearance for a defensive contractor? all of these can, and do check high school records.
  8. I take 1-2mg/day. I try not to take them all the time as my pdod said it would increase my % of getting Alzheimers. I am not to worried about that cuz he tells me the worst case scenerio on all meds. anyway, when I substitute teach I take it. I am also fortunate cuz I can go from 2mg to 0mg with only a one day taper.
  9. I have/had the problem too. Since I am on disability I have no set time to get up. I find myself getting up between 10&12 noon. i finally decided to try something new. I now get up, shower and get dressed before I just roll over and go back to sleep. i find once I shower I feel pretty good and can have a productive morning. Of course I take a nap in the afternoon. I will see if I can keep it up once winter gets here.
  10. I also get psychosis and paranoia outside of my manias. I have a diagnosis of BP1 but like you, I wonder if it should be schitzoaffective disorder. But either her diagnosis takes pretty much the same meds. An AAP, Lamictal and maybe an AD or clonopinin. Because of that I haven't asked my pdoc about it. he says I am a hard nut to crack!
  11. Try Costco I was trying to find the cheapest price for Provigil. I checked several pharmacies? The lowest I could find it was $300-450 for 30 days. Costco charges be $35.00!!!
  12. I haven't heard of adding Lithium but it will likely work. i was taking Geodon and Lamictal before my last serious serious mania. The one where I had to admit to myself that I can't work anymore. my pdoc added Seroquel. That still didn't do it so we added in Prolixin (an AP back around the days of Haldol), which I had some earlier success with.. finally the mania was gone. After a few years my pdoc dropped me to Seroquel and I use Prolixin when I need it. i say give it a try.
  13. My pdoc just started charging a no-show fee but it is under $100 and it is a 24hr notice. i haven't forgotten lately, but I was in the hospital and got an appt when I left and I missed it because I had gone back in the hospital. I didn't get charged. if you forgot or can't make an appt he will call you and have the appt over the phone. i really like the guy. He has brought me down when manic and up when depressed. He will return phone calls the same day you call and also renews scripts the day he gets them. if I don't make it to an appointment I will happily pay it. He deserves to paid for his time he reserved for you.
  14. Rebird, ok, besides the state disability through the state I had 2 other policies. Through my job I only got paid for about 2.5 months and then they said I no longer was considered disabled. I also had a plan that allowed me to keep the policy if I had through that job. It was LTD policy but they would only pay for 2.5 years. I called SSA office and they said only income from actual work was considered.
  15. I live in CA and we have STD for a year. It is paid by both employers and employees. It is best to apply for SSDI as soon after decide you can't go back to work. I think you mentioned you had LTD. be sure to file for it when your STD runs out so you will have some money coming. I got turned down for LTD after a few months. Not really sure why. be sure to make a list of all your jobs in the last 15 years. Be sure to list the jobs you were fired from and why. Also the jobs you left before you were fired. If if you are turned down for SSDI be sure to contact your Congressman. They can speed things up. best of luck to you.