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  1. My experience is somewhat similar though maybe milder. I’ve exclusively dated and been sexually active with women and I have no desire to ever date men but wouldn’t rule out being purely sexually attracted to one.
  2. That really does suck. Makes total sense to feel disappointed. Appointments can be a source of comfort in hard times.
  3. Shitty situation

    Fuck that sucks.
  4. That sucks. I’m really sorry
  5. I’d expect a call.
  6. DBT skill of the day!

    Nice 3 minutes sounds like a really doable goal. Lots of anxiety provoking transitions for me right now - working ACCEPTS today.
  7. How do you prepare for PDOC appointment

    To see a new one, or my current one? When I see a new one, I bring a list of all of my past medication trials with approximate dates/durations, side effects, whether it worked. I have a lot, and it helps not to have to verbally explain it all. I also bring a list of my allergies, and current medical problems and surgeries, and past psychiatrists and therapists I've seen. It's basic questions that they all ask every single time and it's easier to just hand them a list. With my current doctor, I keep a running document on my computer where I just jot down things I want to mention at the next appointment as they come to mind, and then I read it briefly before I go in.
  8. When I have voices that are related to other parts, there's usually also a sense of something inside, like a presence, or an image, or something. Like a strong sense of "not me" like the words come out of the blue sort of. But I don't know what it would be like to have adult voices. I only have child ones. You could try asking inside and seeing what you find out.
  9. DBT skill of the day!

    Used opposite action to load my dishwasher even though I really didn't want to. Also managed to engage in balanced eating from PLEASE today. Trying for radical acceptance but not quite getting there.
  10. You’re welcome I remember being in that position and having the diagnosis did help me for a long time. I hope this conversation if you have it can lead to something productive and healing for you too.
  11. Self diagnosing isn’t the worst thing in the world. I think that when it becomes trouble is when you get so sure you know what’s going on that you don’t even engage in a discussion with your psych about it or listen to their knowledge/experience at all. But I think it’s totally appropriate to bring it as a question - “I read about this and it really feels like it could apply to me for XYZ reason, what do you think?” Particularly with BPD sometimes people don’t diagnose it or bring it up because of the stigma. So if it feels useful for you it makes total sense to ask.
  12. Yeah it totally depends where you are. Here, physicians are legally required to report anybody who has a medical condition that could interfere with their ability to drive safely, but it's not clearly defined where that line is. So if you were psychotic and due to symptoms couldn't focus on the road, or had delusions about driving that caused you to speed or if you were suicidal with a clear plan/history of causing collisions, you'd probably get reported. But if you had a stable psychotic disorder and your driving wasn't impacted you'd probably be okay.
  13. I believe quetiapine and clozapine are the least likely to cause it, followed by olanzapine. Unfortunately those are also the ones that cause the most sedation and weight gain.
  14. It has less metabolic side effects (weight gain) than the others. It’s great for that. As to unipolar depression, there’s been some literature on unipolar depression with mixed features but just straight unipolar, it hasn’t been studied well enough to really know one way or the other. I took it for depression/PTSD and it helped me until it gave me really bad EPS and plunged me into hell. I wish it hadn’t - it did good things for my brain.
  15. I figured I probably had BPD back in like 2009 - when I talked to my psychiatrist about it, I basically just said "I think I might have BPD, what do you think?" and she said "what would it mean to you if you did?" and I said that I thought it would help me understand what was going on for me better and give me a framework for working through some of my issues. So she said that she thought I'd probably meet criteria at that time, though she didn't think it was the best way of understanding me because of the PTSD and all the trauma. BPD as a diagnosis was useful to me at that time. I did some DBT-informed therapy and I learned a lot. My current therapist and I don't really talk about it because the diagnosis no longer feels helpful to me. Unsure if I still meet criteria - definitely much less than I did (not chronically suicidal, no self-harm, etc). Complex PTSD makes more sense for where I am right now. If it would feel useful for you to have/explore that diagnosis, I think it makes sense to just be really up front about that and see what your psych thinks.