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  1. I take Clozapine, lithium, and Adderall with my cymbalta and it has been a miracle combination for me.
  2. The first year I took lithium I was constantly thirsty and did gain some weight. Just be sure to drink mostly water and not too many sugary drinks.
  3. I've had problems with sexual dysfunction with lithium. Didn't notice any changes with Seroquel.
  4. Which antidepressant?

    This is a question you need to ask your pdoc about. You might also consider supplementing an antidepressant with something like risperidone, lithium or ability.
  5. Quitting smoking

    Chantix was the only thing that helped me quit.
  6. What album best describes your MI?

    My choice is Closer by Joy Division. Before I was treated, I use to listen to this album on loop and contemplate suicide. I know of no other record that captures the utter darkness and hopelessness of mental health and it's not whiny, it's pure art.
  7. Do whatever you think will help you. If your pdoc thinks you need to go inpatient, I would seriously consider it. They don't want to hospitalize you unless it's absolutely necessary.
  8. Hi Geek, Sorry I can't see your signature because I'm on a phone so I can't see the meds you've tried. I am schizoaffective but I found that it took a combination of various class of psych meds before my depression went into remission. My combination is Clozapine, lithium, cymbalta, and Adderall.
  9. The most important thing is getting treatment that treats your symptoms. Diagnosises are for the insurance companies. Also not everyone neatly fits the various diagnosises, they are just there to make things easier. My pdoc says my case is complicated but that schizoaffective is the best diagnosis that matches my symptoms.
  10. I'm mostly in remission from my depression but like others have said I'm very lonely because it's hard for me to interact with others because of my MI and being an introvert. Then the judgmental thoughts come. I've made a lot of progress in the past 5 years but I still have social anxiety and hate having to conceal my illness.
  11. Let your pdoc know what your going through. I initially felt highly sedated when I took invega.
  12. CandiedStars, I have your same problem with antipsychotics not working the second time around. I asked my pdoc about this and he said my experience is not common. It is for this reason that I will need change my combination unless it becomes life threatening.
  13. Only a combination of Clozapine, lithium, Adderall, and cymbalta cured My depression (and other symptoms). I feel like if you don't respond to just an individual antidepressant then you need to explore augmenting with a mood stabilizer and/or an antipsychotic but you need the expertise of a pdoc to choose which meds are right.
  14. Effexor was one of the most effective antidepressant I've ever taken but it eventually popped out. Main side effective was sexual dysfunction. I was lucky also that I didn't have the hellish quitting process that effexor is notorious for. Blahblah I'm on my phone and can't see your diagnosis but if you are bipolar, you have to be cautious about triggering mania. I'm schizoaffective bipolar type however and did not get manic.
  15. Favorite TV shows and Series...now that it's hibernation season.

    I second Stranger Things, the other two recent shows I enjoyed were Manhunt and Mindhunter.