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  1. I take Prozac along with valproate, Seroquel xr and lamictal and I haven't become manic on it. Everyone is different.
  2. Sad but trying not to think too much. Tomorrow is the last appointment with my pdoc who I have been seeing for the past 20 years and 7 months. He is retiring.
  3. I took lithium for 14 and a half years and loved it. I had virtually no side effects. however after that length of time my kidney function deteriorated and I had to quit taking it. I had regular blood tests which showed the problems with my kidneys and once I went off lithium my kidney function improved gradually and returned to normal. So once you are monitored closely with blood tests approximately every 3 months your doctor will catch any problems early on and prevent kidney damage. Lithium is fantastic for mood stabilisation and I think it gets too much bad press for being a nasty scary medication. Its not.
  4. Depakote is working very well for me. So is Seroquel. I have never been on the other meds. I wish i didnt have to take them but i do and am glad that they are available. They allow me to lead a fairly normal life. I'm sorry that things are not working out for you. Speak to your pdoc about how you feel. Maybe you need an adjustment in the doses or a change in the medication. Don't give up
  5. Thank you both for your replies!! I've done a little more research and have decided to do a 30 day trial of phentaslim and see how it goes. I will continue with eating healthily and exercising and will decide at the end of the trial if it is worth continuing it.
  6. I had been managing to lose weight consistently between January and April this year. I lost 34 lbs. Now I'm stuck and have started gaining again. I'm 220 lbs and so frustrated at the moment because I'm really trying but getting nowhere. I was just wondering did anybody hear of or use any of the above named weight loss supplements. I have been doing a lot of research and the supplements are regulated and have been through clinical trials and seem to be very effective but I would love to hear about your experiences...both good and bad! Thanks!
  7. I take haloperidal PRN when I'm becoming manic
  8. I regularly take Seroquel xr which keeps me calm for most of time however when I do become manic haloperidal is added and calms me right down
  9. @Wonderful.Cheese I'm sorry that you are struggling so much and am concerned about you. Taking extra medication which is not prescribed is not good as it may affect or blur your thinking even more and cause your suicidal thoughts to become plans or even attempts. I am not from the US so I can't help you with information about crisis chats. Has your pdoc prescribed a PRN medication....i cant see your Sig as I'm on my phone. I wish I had been online when you posted. Please get some help. Go to the ER or call somebody who can help you.
  10. I took chlorpromazine 50 - 100 mg PRN for agitation/anxiety and sleep a few years ago over a 2 month period. It helped settle me down to sleep at night so I could relax and fall asleep. I found it quite helpful I took it when I was in the psychiatric unit
  11. It is possible i have mild anhedonia. I have definitely had it REALLY bad in the past. This is not as bad as that. Yes i also have social anxiety and procrastinate SO much on simple things like getting my hair cut....even making a phone call freaks me out...i hate doing it and put it off as long as I have to. I live in Ireland and we have to get our vehicles tested periodically (National Car Test) to ensure they are safe to drive. My car is 12 yrs old so I have to get it tested every year. I always put off going to the garage partly because I procrastinate, partly because I'm anxious and partly because I'm just simply unmotivated even though I know if I don't get my car tested and get pulled over by the police I'll he in trouble. I am SO grateful for online booking of various appointments because that is a great help for the phone call anxiety aspect. I need a really good push to do anything. I do 2 12 hour days each week minding kids and often dread going as it can be difficult. However it is probably what saves me from being a total recluse.
  12. My mood is stable. I am functioning quite well. I work 2 days per week minding my cousin's kids aged 4 yrs and 2.5 yrs, which is good for me. On the other 5 days I tend not to go out much. I watch TV and read. I have some friends but it is a really big deal for me to meet up with them. I prefer to hang out with my dogs and cat at home. I go shopping with my Mum sometimes.... in fact she is probably the only person I do stuff with. My bedroom is always a mess and I really couldn't be bothered tidying it. I know i should go out for walks but cant make myself go. Showering and brushing teeth is a nuisance. I do shower every second day though with a push but brushing my teeth is a real nuisance and I often go weeks without doing it even though my gums bleed when I do eventually get around to brushing them. I'm not depressed so I don't really understand my behaviour because I'm behaving like I'm depressed. When I do stuff like occasionally go to the cinema or meet with friends i enjoy myself. Its just thinking about doing these things. I could sit on my ass or lie on my bed day after day just doing solitary stuff like TV, reading, going on the computer etc. I dunno. I feel like a lazy sod with no motivation. Anybody else with a stable mood or euthymic yet still struggle with motivation issues
  13. I tried a ribbon around Freddie's neck. I didn't bother him and he actually looks quite chuffed with himself 😀
  14. I took up to 30mg and always took it in the morning as I found it activating however my pdoc told me he had patients who took it at night because it sedated them!! It never ceases to amaze me how different we all are and how medications can have the total opposite effect on someone else!