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  1. I have that problem too. It's very hard and very loud. As far as I can understand it from therapy, the only solution is to help them understand that they can be parented by older/adult parts - in my case, me. They're not into it. It's a work in progress.
  2. Welcome Glad to have you with us. I've actually also had a lot of breathing issues that I feel are related to my anxiety/PTSD - I find that for me, they tend to be partly a symptom that I get when I feel panicky or triggered, but also something that I just tend to feel in my body pretty regularly. I am not sure exactly why. That being said, I feel comfortable managing mine as psychological because I have had it looked at by a doctor - I had some testing for asthma and everything. So I'd make sure that it's been at least checked out by a doctor. But for me I think it is related. I get all kinds of weird pains and sensations in my body that are uncomfortable.
  3. Stumbled on another part today for the first time in a few years. A very disturbing/disturbed one. Very unsettling. Do not like.
  4. Clonidine is a blood pressure pill used for sometimes anxiety/ptsd. Clozaril is the antipsychotic with the white blood cell thing l. Not sure which you meant?
  5. It's challenging, especially in our area given limited access to resources and long wait times. I totally get your frustration. There are definitely services that I need that I can't access just due to total unavailability, among other things.
  6. It makes sense to me in some way. I guess the question is - would it do any harm to you, or to this other person, to have meaningless sex with them? Would it go against your values in terms of what sex means to you? Would you feel bad about yourself later? Is the other person expecting something more from you than you can give? If not, then I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with the idea. Not sure if it'll accomplish what you're hoping in terms of helping you get over the other guy, but it's not an unreasonable way to get some attention and blow off some steam, in my opinion.
  7. I think it likely depends on what you're hoping for from an inpatient admission. Inpatient admissions are definitely useful for 1) acutely stopping a person from trying to harm themselves or 2) making more rapid adjustments to medications if big changes need to be made, including knocking down severe symptoms fast. Inpatient admissions tend to be less useful for managing chronic symptoms, and for symptoms that are best treated with psychotherapy. Some units are more therapeutic than others. CAMH is very diverse in that way - some units are focused on short admissions, medications, etc, and others are more focused on doing at least some group sessions and therapeutic work. And you don't necessarily get a lot of choice where you'll go because it all depends on when you go to the emergency department and what units have space available. Mount Sinai is also a decent unit, but they admit via CAMH so you'd start in the same place anyway, most likely. You could ask your doctor about referring to a day treatment program at one of the hospitals if you're looking for a middle ground between outpatient and inpatient. I've never done it but I hear CAMH has a decent mood and anxiety day program. It just might take a while to get in. If you want a longer term therapeutic admission that is OHIP covered, you could also look into Homewood's mood and anxiety stream, but just be aware that the wait for an OHIP covered bed can be years long.
  8. 20 minutes isn't necessarily OHIP fraud. Psychiatrists in Ontario bill by the amount of time they spend with you, or the number of units - it's a fixed rate per unit. 20 minutes is one "unit" and 46 minutes is two "units". So she may simply be only billing for one unit. The length of the session isn't mandated by OHIP as long as you aren't billing more units than you are spending with the person. 20 minutes is a billable increment, and then 46 minutes is the next billable increment above that. Doesn't make it helpful to you, if you need more time, but it's also not necessarily fraud. Finding a new one sure does suck though. It's taken me a lot of trial and error to find a good one.
  9. Some doctors also feel that certain medications (particularly physical health ones in the case of psychiatrists) are "out of their scope of practice" and therefore would constitute malpractice to prescribe. However I agree that prazosin should be in the repertoire of a psychiatrist.
  10. My therapist goes away for 3 weeks every 6 months, and she leaves me with a substitute person who sees me somewhere between 1-3 times depending on her availability. A couple of times I've even seen the substitute person when she was away for one week. I really don't do well with my therapist being gone. It makes me want to kill myself INSANELY bad. I find it helpful because the person who sees me also knows a lot about trauma and PTSD, so she understands what happens for me when my therapist is away and how devastating it is inside. So mostly we just talk about that, and how much I want to kill myself when my therapist is gone, and she just listens to me. It helps me contain. I can't really say those things to other people because they don't get it.
  11. Antipsychotic induced Parkinsonism isn't uncommon - it seems like it's been caught early. I'd be very surprised if this was something that persisted.
  12. I have decreased my lamotrigine, but never come all the way off - the decrease was no big deal. I will say that Effexor (alongside Paxil) is one of the worst of all psych meds for coming off, no matter how slowly you do it. So just because you went through hell with Effexor, doesn't mean that all meds will be like that.
  13. That sounds really intense - shame related to trauma is really, really hard to deal with. And also, we know that arousal in response to those types of memories happens just as a result of bodies being bodies. I hope you are able to find something comforting/nurturing to do to take care of yourself, because you deserve to be cared for.
  14. Yes - olanzapine is quite sedating, and it can last into the day. It may wear off as your body gets used to the medication. If it's really bothersome, talk to your doctor.