Southern Discomfort

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  1. Hmm. A bit of both. I've had three psychiatrists in the last two years because they keep pissing off. The last one, number 2 was a psychologist is the disguise of a psychiatrist in that he didn't really want to talk about what condition I have to deal with and so much put names to, which was annoying. This new one is the first to diagnose me with F95.2 Vocal and Multiple Motor Tic Disorder [de la Tourette], he left out the last bit but that's what you get if you Google it. I suppose he wasn't comfortable saying it just yet since he didn't mention that in the appointment, it would be a crap way of telling someone through a summary letter. But I've known I've had it for a while; my first suggested it way back. I did ask for a confirmation that I was indeed suffering tics and he said yes, so that was something. He also mentioned my Asperger's diagnosis, it's been a while because the last one ignored that. So that was good. I'd like to have them all recognised to be honest, both symptoms and diagnoses.
  2. I'll vote Lib Dem because in the county I live they're the next closest party that can get rid of the Tory control on Dorset. Even if their votes did plummet here in the last election. I can get on board with what the Lib Dems stand for. I haven't kept up with politics for the last few years to be honest, it's mostly been focused on American politics the stuff I have watched. Because Trump. But yes, I don't think my vote is going to count much here unless there's a resurgence for LD again.
  3. Dunno. I feel like it would be a waste to give up lamotrigine for trying different antidepressants. I get no side effects at all on lamotrigine so I don't see the point of giving it up if I still need it. Hopefully aripiprazole will help with the days were tics are just relentless because that's the whole reason behind this move. Most of the time they're okay, present but I can tolerate them very well, I'm also very confident with them around other people. As strange as it may sound after having Tourette's for two years I guess I would sort of miss it if they went, it's just another part of me now.
  4. What I might ask is to reduce or even remove the lamotrigine if I got to 20 mg of aripiprazole. Risperidone and lamotrigine at these levels fully controls my depression, that might drop once risperidone is removed since they work with each other. But it will be interesting to see if aripiprazole is capable of taking over lamotrigine's job and then I'll just be on aripiprazole and tamsulosin hydrochloride! Which would be great. I am dealing with five mental conditions I don't think I need a whole cocktail of medicines to deal with them all. I can deal with the anxiety by myself now mostly I think and AAP helps in terms of Asperger's with not wanting to be around other people.
  5. Short answer: No. Long answer: Noooooooooo. The PIL just lists it as 30 mg. I don't know the target dose for adults with tics and Tourette's because every damn websites lists only for children and adolescents! Bastards, it affects adults too! Kids who have Tourette's go up to become adults with Tourette's. I have actually have good - or the normal amount of sleep again. Had it for the last two days. I'm really happy about that. Hopefully if I do go up to 20 mg it'll remain the same! Yeah, so far so good! I do tend to get a tired around 3 PM though.
  6. I hate that I'm temporarily on 4 medications at the moment, I couldn't deal with having more. If aripiprazole isn't something I can get along with then I'll just cut it out and go back to just having some days where I find it hard to stop ticcing. After being fairly acquainted with the 'start low, go slow' rule the idea of being on 2/3 of the maximum dose of an antipsychotic is a little intimidating.
  7. I had a hard time last night. Quite broken sleep. I have no idea how much sleep I got but the night did seem to last quite long. Had to go to the toilet twice, I'm on another medication to stop me having to go at night, never had to go twice though so that was nice. I don't know. Just have to keep with it and hope it goes away. I must say though that this is probably one of the better side effects to get from some I've seen listed here and on the PIL so I'll consider myself somewhat lucky.
  8. Well after 24 hours of not taking it I was able to have a pretty good night's sleep. Hoping that 12 hours will be fine too! Just taken another dose this morning. I'll let you know if my tics lessen!
  9. Okay! Now I don't know what to believe. Urgh, I don't want to not be able to sleep and I don't want to have to take yet another medication. Hopefully it'll just be a temporary side effect that wears off in a few days or weeks like the hunger with risperidone did. That would be great. I'm going to stay positive though and hope if I take it in the morning everything will be okay.
  10. I wish all doctors had the sense to tell their patients when it take medicines like that. It was all very complicated. At first I thought I would have to wait a few days or weeks before I got the prescription and get a blood test first, then he gave the prescription to me, then I needed to ask someone if that meant I come just start it. It just was not clear enough. I need clear instructions. Thanks for your input.
  11. They'd probably all go private anyway. It's a shame too because David Cameron's son was severely disabled and sadly died a few years ago. And whilst not Conservative nor is he a politician any more, Tony Blair's spin doctor, Alastair Campbell, his brother had schizophrenia and with his death now campaigns for better treatment. It doesn't feel most of the the MPs recognise and care to fight hard enough for the most vulnerable people of our sociality. Suicide kills more young adult males in the UK than any other thing, ahead of cancer, car accidents, smoking but apparently most of them don't care!
  12. Personal Independence Payments. It's one of two benefits you can claim if you're ill or have a disability. What's nice about it is that you can still work and claim it. But you can also claim it along side Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Which on that note The Conservatives are also screwing people over with ESA too if they're new to the Work-Related version of ESA, so there's that too! Screw the vulnerable people of sociality! This is all after they said they were going to give mental health the attention it deserves in their manifesto at the elections. Hypocrites.
  13. I just started taking aripiprazole at 10mg last night. I found it very hard to sleep. I spent hours trying, on several occasions I was just about to fall unconscious only to be dragged out of it. No one bothered to tell me when I should take the damn things so I had to turn to the internet. So I'm thinking of giving it a go in the morning instead, missing tonight's obviously. What's the experience of others? Do you find it to loses the activating effects by night time? I'm guessing it's one of those 'unique to everyone' bullshit things, because medication, fuck you. I'm supposed to be taking out the risperidone at some point if the aripiprazole works. I'm a bit concerned about my ability to sleep afterwards as I had trouble before I was on it. I never use to have problems but now it's not so simple and shutting my eyes. Also, has anyone found the insomnia effects go after a few weeks? Thanks, guys.
  14. They're funnelling money put aside for mental health services to fill the black void that is the NHS costs. It's not fair. And now they're trying to cut off PIP for people with mental health conditions.
  15. Just started aripiprazole in hopes that it'll help my tics. Starting at 10 mg and moving up to 20 in 6 to 8 weeks time if I'm able to tolerate 10. I'm keeping risperidone going for the time being and if aripiprazole works then I'm going off the risperidone. Risperidone has been helpful, the only side effect I get is a bit of enlargement of breast, which isn't a good look on a guy. That's the reason why I didn't want to go up in risperidone again, that and I don't think it helped my tics. I don't know if it helps with my tics at all but I'll never know the answer to that I think. I'm just hope that aripiprazole doesn't suck ass and that it works like the lamotrigine, in that I get no side effects whatsoever. Fingers crossed.