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  1. Whenever I get hyper stressed about something, I get manic and can't sleep. When the incident is over, I still am in that mode and have trouble returning to "normal". It seems like I have to take extra meds to sleep to return to "normal". I'm physically tired but my mind is going. I'm going. With the lack of sleep, I would think I would collapse but I can't . Am I the only one who has this problems? It's like trying to come down. Is this normal for bipolar?
  2. Thank you ladyboss. I did not know that.
  3. I've always had a hard time taking antidepressants. Several times I ended up in the psych ward within 3 days after starting a new antidepressant feeling like I'm having a nervous breakdown. I'm on amitriptyline now. I ended up in the ER with high blood pressure when I tried to go from 25 mg to 50 mg. My anxiety was through the roofed as well. I was taking lamictal but stopped because I felt increasing it was giving me insomnia and anxiety. Now I'm not too sure anymore. I'm wondering if my antidepressant intolerance was wreaking havoc on taking lamictal since lamictal is stimulating as well. I'm wondering if the combination could cause overstimulation knowing my history with antidepressants.
  4. It's definitely not therapeutic but it did give me withdrawals. I went back up til I see the doctor.
  5. I'm thinking about caving in to my doctor's suggestion and stopping amitriptyline and starting Paxil or Zoloft. Will I still have withdrawals from the amitriptyline? What's your opinion of these meds for more anxiety than depression? I take 25mg of amitriptyline. If I try to take more, my blood pressure goes through the roof. I already ended up in the ER before when I doubled it.Don't know what to do. Do I cave in to the doc and try something new? I still have anxiety but can't go up on the dosage. I'm scared to try something new, but the amitriptyline isn't working at its fullest. The SSRI's scare me for anxiety. I have depression but the anxiety outweighs the depression
  6. I've been weaning off amitriptyline, but I'm going to go back on it at full strength until I see my doctor. As I was weaning off, the anxiety started to come back. The insomnia started coming back. My heart started racing. Worse than before I started. If I change antidepressants, will I go through withdrawal from amitriptyline while on the new antidepressant? My doctor would like to see me on something like Paxil or Zoloft. However, I've been sensitive to SSRIs before, but I don't think amitriptyline is working its best for me. I can't get past 25mgs without having high blood pressure and excruciating anxiety. HELP! I don't know what to do. When I start the SSRI's at full strength, I end up in the psychiatric hospital feeling like I'm having a complete nervous breakdown with stress related paranoia. Doctors don't know what my diagnosis is. I've been diagnosed with bipolar, borderline personality disorder, depression and generalized anxiety disorder and panic attacks. I've done mental health symptom checkers on the internet and it always comes back as depression and anxiety. My symptoms are crying, anxiety, insomnia, emptiness, panic attacks, fear of fainting,irritability and wanting to be alone. I'm just lost. I used to be a drug addict. I went to the hospital for that. Doctors ride off the meds I took for withdrawals in the hospitals to make a diagnosis. For example, you were on seroquel so you must have bipolar. Or SSRI's send you to the psych hospital, so you must have bipolar. Whenever I ended up at the hospital, I was coming off drugs and given SSRI's. I always thought they were too stimulating when coming off drugs that depress the nervous system.Most meds were given to me to make it through withdrawal. I hate giving doctors prior information. I want them to come to their own conclusions based on my symptoms.I don't know what to do.
  7. I'm finding out that Amitriptyline is one of the worst drugs for BPD. I had to go to the ER because when I doubled the dose to 50 mgs, my blood pressure went sky high, sweating, severe anxiety, flushed face. Supposedly it has a paradoxical reaction in BPD patients mentally. I was also taking lamotrigine at the same time. I was never able to get past 25 mgs. Since lamotrigine is stimulating, do you think the amitriptyline was aggravating it? I have a terrible time with antidepressants. They overstimulate my nerves. Both are stimulating.
  8. Thank you Cetkat. Finally, the answer I'm looking for. My doc has been suggesting I get off this med for awhile. I'm the one that keeps insisting it helps my headaches but that's all it does. I finally see where it has increased my anxiety, insomnia and blood pressure. Instead of stopping abruptly. I thought weaning is better.
  9. I'm trying to wean off amitriptyline. How can you tell when you're ready to go down to the next level?
  10. My doctor has recommended seeing a psychologist. He says that it is more primary treatment. I was on lamotrigine (lamictal) but I thought it was too stimulating. I had insomnia and nervousness. However, I'm having second thoughts now. I have been taking amitriptyline and I have a hard time with antidepressants. In the past, every time I took an antidepressant I would end up in the psychiatric hospital feeling like I overdosed on speed. It felt like a nervous breakdown. Also, I ended up at ER a month ago when I doubled my amitriptyline to 50mg, my blood pressure went sky high and I was so nervous, agitated and anxious.I wonder if putting the amitriptyline with the lamictal over stimulated me. I went down last night a quarter of a 25mg tablet of amitriptyline and already feel a big difference.
  11. I'm concerned about the amitriptyline I'm taking. I started taking it when I was diagnosed with bipolar. However, it's terrible to take if you have BPD. My doc tried to sway me toward an SSRI instead, but I insisted the amitriptyline helps my headaches and migraines. I should have listened to him. The books I'm reading say amitriptyline can induce paranoia in BPD. And I've had a lot more since starting amitriptyline. I think I should start weaning myself off and stick with the seroquel and klonopin til I go back to him. It really hasn't helped anything else except the headaches. I think it may have be increasing my anxiety for awhile. I take 25mgs. When I doubled it, I ended up in the hospital ER with high blood pressure. I don't know whether to go back on the lamotrigine or not.I feel like a jacked up confused mess.
  12. I was misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder. However, as I spent more time with my psychiatrist, he could see it was Borderline personality disorder. I checked out 3 books on the topic to better understand the diagnosis. What meds do you take and why? Right now I feel like it's a worse diagnosis than bipolar. I feel like that psycho that you see on lifetime original movies or Single White Female. I don't feel good about the diagnosis, but I see it. I always knew deep down that it was more than depression, but it wasn't bipolar either. This diagnosis fits me to the tee. When I read these books, I can finally see myself in the pages. I never could with the other diagnoses. I feel ashamed to tell anyone or they will think I'm crazy.
  13. My doctor wants me to start taking buspar along with my klonopin to enhance the effects of klonopin. Has anyone ever done this? What is your experience with adding buspar?
  14. I went to the psychiatrist and he changed me from lamictal to tegretol. I'm scared to take it until my off day. I don't like trying new meds if I have to work. I'm scared of initial side effects. I stopped taking the lamictal. I'm just miserable now. Maybe a little withdrawal. I have such a hard time sleeping with or without the lamictal. I hope tegretol is more sedating. I'm tired of worrying everyday if I'm going to sleep. Benzos don't do much of anything anymore. My whole body always feels like it's in overdrive. I'm so tired of trying this med and that med. Also, my paranoid stress is bad right now. I get paranoid easily especially if I'm stressed out. I just don't feel good.
  15. I can't do it anymore. I feel like I'm going to collapse from exhaustion. Every place I read people say they tiltrate every few days, a week or a month. I tiltrated for a month and half once and almost collapse from exhaustion. I can't do it. I went back to 12.5 mg a few days ago so I could sleep. I think this med is better for people who have more depressive symptoms. I dont. I have the angry, insomniac, rageful, anxiety, agitated, curled up in a corner crying symptoms. I need a mood stabilizer with calming effects. I think this is way too stimulating.