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  1. If you are taking either of these medications and are experiencing suicidal feelings, I want you to hold on, and tell yourself it is the medication and not you. Hold on: you have a precious human life - taper gradually off the drugs, and find other ways of dealing with the symptoms for which the medication was prescribed. After my experience with the world of psychiatry, I have this to say: if you can find a way of functioning without antipsychotics, then don't be pressurised into taking those medications. I found in my case that even when I was largely functional, and not suffering too much, there was some zeal on the part of the psychiatric profession in trying to push antipsychotics at me, simply by virtue of the diagnosis. The diagnosis was an episode of psychosis, or with psychotic elements, and therefore antipsychotics were strongly recommended. This was even after I was experiencing these strong suicidal feelings which were so uncharacteristic of me, and which I hadn't been experiencing before taking the drugs. I decided to try an extremely low dose of Abilify - less than the so-called "effective minimum dose", since I found it hard to function on the dose originally prescribed (something which the prescribing psychiatrist didn't really accept.) On this "below minimum" dose of Abilify, I started to experience strong agitation - one of the side-effects. Therefore I doubled my dose of Clonazepam. As a result, I became very tired - my energy levels plummeted, and I found myself having to limit my sporting activity to about a third of previous levels. My walking became relatively slow. I started to develop symptoms associated with schizophrenia which I hadn't had previously: less mobility in my facial expressions, it started to be a struggle to look after myself, to clean my home, to go shopping - though I forced myself through it all. I started to go to bed early because of extreme tiredness, and stopped going out in the evening, and as a result became socially isolated, and felt myself spiral into a depression. Weeks before becoming depressed, I already started to experience suicidal feelings - disembodied: unlinked to depression. My depression was so severe that I found it hard to eat, and rather than gaining weight as is the tendency on this drug, I rapidly lost weight. I found it hard to write fluently - the drug seemed to affect my muscular ability, and lost my articulateness, finding it relatively hard to express myself (and as you can see, this is something I have no trouble doing without the antipsychotics!). I lost my creative ability, and was unable to engage in the activities that made my life meaningful. These also contributed to my spiralling downwards. Deep inside the depression, I lost interest in all the things that had made my life meaningful up to that time. Instead of accepting my view that the suicidal feelings and depression were linked to the drug Abilify, the psychiatrist described it as "the evolution of an illness". Another psychiatrist decided to transfer me instead to the antipsychotic Seroquel, even though it states in the contra-indications that this drug may intensify existing suicidal feelings, and surely enough, it intensified mine. Since (I presume) I was on such a low dose of Abilify, the psychiatrist didn't instruct me to taper Abilify, but simply to stop it, and start Seroquel. I was taking half a tablet with the minimum dosage. Since I didn't like feeling suicidal, and I guess I didn't want to end up going that way, I decided I wanted to discontinue the antipsychotic medication. I was told that I could simply stop taking the medication: I suppose it wasn't felt necessary to advise me to taper the medication as it was below the minimum effective dose as recognized by the psychiatrists. (As a result of my experience, I would advise anyone to taper when coming off an antipsychotic - however small the dose. If, like me, you are taking half a tablet a day, you could then take it every other day for a while, and then every third day, etc.) I started to experience almost total insomnia which lasted about 6 weeks. At every stage, it was not acknowledged by psychiatrists that the manifestations I was experiencing were caused by medication, or withdrawal from it. Thus, the insomnia was attributed to my depression, rather than to withdrawal from the medication. It was on the internet that I was able to learn that chronic insomnia is a withdrawal effect from Abilify and Seroquel, and since I had only taken Seroquel for a few days while still having Abilify in my system, I must have been withdrawing from both. I was prescribed the highest dose of the sleeping medication Zopiclone (Zimovane) intensified by an extra Clonazepam tablet at night; this provided me with about two hours of sleep a night. While affected by this insomnia, I was still experiencing suicidal feelings, and would be lying awake almost the whole night thinking of the pros and cons of various ways of killing myself. After about 5 or 6 weeks, with the antipsychotics out of my system, the insomnia ended, and by this time, I had started taking an antidepressant, and my suicidal feelings subsided. By now I have come off all medication - including the antidepressant: Citalopram, since it was affecting my memory. If I feel the need, I take the very occasional half a tablet of Clonazepam. I firmly believe, following my experience, that a proportion of psychiatric patients are being misdiagnosed based on the manifestations of the side effects of antipsychotic medication, and the expression of beliefs which have nothing to do with brain chemistry. I further believe that for all the lives that may be saved as a result of the administration of antipsychotics, there is a significant proportion of patients who commit suicide not because of their illness, but because of the side effects of medication which they may be unnecessarily or inappropriately prescribed. These numbers then get lumped together with the numbers who commit suicide as a result of their illness, and is used as further evidence that suicidal action or attempts are symptoms of psychotic illnesses. If you are feeling suicidal, you will not believe that your life is precious. But hold on - because it is.
  2. How can those of you who have been on Rexulti or Abilify the experience of akathisia? I think I am experiencing it as I cannot sit down not even for a minute without getting up and going to the other side of the room to get a cup and then walk around my house, as it almost feels uncomfortable to sit still unless I take my as prescribed xanax dose and valium together. Ambien helps with the restlessness at night obviously because it works well for my insomnia. If you've been on other atypical anti-psychotics I would love to hear about if you have experienced or are having akathisia and please tell me more about how this symptom makes you feel and how it affects your lives. Because I feel like it is affecting my ability to do anything for a sustained period of time. Should also mention that I didn't have my ADHD medication for the last 2 weeks so might have been a small factor in the equation. Anyhow 1 any experiences with akathisia 2 how did you deal with it or treat it 3 how long did it last for? did it stop when you discontinued the drug? etcetera. 4 how you would best describe it and how it felt for you, what it made you feel like you had to do or that you did or do? 5 what medication and what dosages were you on? Had you recently changed medications or dosages? etcetera Thanks everyone!!! Can't wait to see the post and read other's experiences as well as sharing mine!
  3. Just wondering if anyone out there has had any experiences with the medication Rexulti (brexpiprazole)? My psychiatrist chose to give this a try (2mg) after evaluating and attempting to treat my persistent manic symptoms -- I would go days without sleeping and not feel tired, racing ideas and thoughts, increased in "goal-directed" activity like cleaning the kitchen for hours and sexual promiscuity, inflated self-esteem, inattention or inability to focus, pressured speech, rapid talking, and hyperactivity. Seroquel is super effective for stopping my mania but the negative cognitive effect and zombification I experienced were too much, and this was only at 50-100mg If you have tried Rexulti please share your experiences with it in terms of treating your symptoms of bipolar disorder, whether or not it worked for you, side effects you experiences, and the main symptoms that resulted in you trying this medication. So far it has been about a week on Rexulti 2mg, and I am beginning to notice a slight increased in motivation and better time-management, which really surprised me given my past experiences with AAPs. This could be due to other medication, as my dexedrine dose has increased from 40mg to 60mg, but I have been on this high of a dose in the past and not noticed the increased thought organization and motivation to complete tasks/assignments before the last minute. It hasn't directly induced sleep as Seroquel did, but I do notice I am getting on a better schedule. Also, if you have not tried Rexulti but have been on Abilify (aripiprazole), I would be happy to hear your experiences as well, given that the two are similar in structure and chemical composition (I acknowledge that despite this, the two can still have very different and distinct effects).
  4. Does anyone use Abilify as their primary stabiliser? Does it keep you stable without needing additional stabilising meds? Does anyone use another AAP as a primary stabiliser/on its own for BP? What do you guys think of this strategy? I want to go off lithium. Lamictal is not enough to keep the mania at bay. I'm wondering if Abilify could replace lithium as the anti mania stabiliser? I know it is approved for acute mania, but not as a maintenance treatment to prevent further episodes AFAIK.
  5. I'm making the transition to all generic because on my insurance the brand is exorbitantly priced. My Dr. submitted a form requesting they cover brand but to no avail. I have already switched my Wellbutrin 150mg XL to the generic several days ago and so far I haven't turned into newt. LOL Soon I will be switching to generic Prozac and Abilify. My biggest concern is that generic Abilify will have some funky side effects I cannot deal with. I'm only on 7mg. Does anyone have any experience with the generic form of Abilify? Any other advice is welcome.
  6. Has anyone had any side effects involving the skin while on Abilify? I have had this gross red patchy spot on my chin for months that keeps breaking out and scabbing over (I know...it's gross) as well as severe dandruff and an increase in hair loss. I have seen a dermatologist, all labs and cultures came back normal. I was prescribed a topical antibiotic for my chin which didn't work and a prescription shampoo which didn't work. It occurred to me that it might be a side effect of Abilify so, of course, I looked it up. Although rare, it apparently CAN cause skin problems. So, for the last 4 days I have not taken my Abilify and lo and behold my chin started clearing (that's a huge deal because in the last 3 months this has not gotten any better and after 4 days it's practically GONE) and my scalp is SO much better and is less itchy and flaky! I'm almost certain at this point that it's the Abilify due to how persistent these issues have been and how drastic the improvement has been in just the 4 days since I stopped taking it. I can't say much in regards to the hair loss, however. I absolutely had to take it today because I was starting to feel withdrawal symptoms (dizzy, lethargic, tired, and anxious) although I really didn't want to. These issues have had a significant impact on my self esteem, not to mention my chin issue has been extremely painful. I'm going to talk with my psychiatrist about this and discuss the possibility of switching to something else. I take 5 mg daily for bi-polar and anxiety. I've been on many different SSRI's and SNRI's and none of them have been as helpful as Abilify has been and I really don't want to go back on any of them.
  7. Started Abilify 5mg 3 weeks ago. It's already helping my depression a bit, but I've developed this insatiable hunger! Like, several times in the last week, I wake up at 2am-3am from my stomach painfully growling, feeling starved (usually sleep through the entire night). I don't stock candy, cookies, chips or anything bad in my house. However, I eat healthy stuff like apples, veggies, granola, yogurts, plenty of proteins, nuts, rice cakes to my gills and I am still hungry and my stomach is growling again an hour later! I try to have small snacks & big glasses of water every 2 hours but that isn't helping either. Anyone else here experience this? Is it a start-up effect that will go away soon? If not, I must go off....I can't be scarfing food every 2 hours like it's the end of the world. At this rate, I'll gain 40 pounds in the next 3 weeks.
  8. First off, I know that drinking alcohol & taking psych medications is not good or recommended (like "flushing meds down the toilet"). Some meds have very strong warnings against. I'd like now to limit to 1 only which is tough. Anyone have suggestion on how to enforce myself to do this - like a string on my finger or something?) I had 2 1/2 glasses of nice wine with dinner (Valentine's Day date). I just started taking Abilify 2 weeks ago & I've been on Lamictal for 6 months. I do not drink frequently or excessively (up to 2-3 watery beers or glasses of white wine per week). I always drink plenty of water, but my tolerance has immediately been cut in half!! I don't think I can drink more than 1 glass at all now, without a hangover: severe dizziness, headache, dehydration for hours the next day. Is this more of a common side effect from Abilify or Lamictal? I know Lamictal makes me more dehydrated. I have been on all the SSRIs/SNRI's in the past, and those did not have ill effects with alcohol. I know I should not drink alcohol at all, but I am human and would like to have a drink socially with friends or my partner sometimes.
  9. Started noticing (just when I go running outside, not everyday) My vision gets incredibly blurry, to where I cannot make out anything beyond like 2 feet in front of me. This is even in nice weather (not cold, windy or wet) and it worries me. Never had this before. Is this a side effect mainly from Lamictal or Abilify (or both)? I'm a bit concerned I will say - because i read that both meds can contribute to this and Lamictal (in particular) somehow binds to & accumulates in melanin tissues of the eye (researchers at this time don't know the effects of this binding). I thought I read that someone here was losing eyesite from it. yikes. My questions are (if anyone knows): if Lamictal binds to Melanin in nervous system tissue, is it: a) long term or permanant? b) good, bad, or mixed? c) what diseases or nervous functions would it affect?
  10. I'd like to start by saying that I'm tapering off of Seroquel XR. I have a diagnosis of bipolar I, anxiety and panic disorders, and BPD. I'm down to 37.5 mg of Seroquel IR 2 times a day and originally I was on 600 mg ER for stability and 800 mg when manic. Just FYI: I was accidentally sent a 3 month supply of iR so since I'm tapering off, I switched to using it rather than paying for more XR. My taper was 1 week at 300 mg and 2 mg Abilify and then a week at 150 mg Seroquel and 5 mg of Abilify. That where I am now until this Wednesday when I'm supposed to keep the Seroquel as-is and up the Abilify to 10 mg. I'm not sleeping well at all even with Using either Ambien or Trazadone. My doc gave me both to try and get at least some sleep. Today I finally had a meltdown. Ive been trying too just keep my shut together with the bare minimum of leaving the house. I get up around 3 am and can't go back to sleep. I don't take more sleep medicines--should I? I'm so lonely until the dog gets up and I color. I fell apart largely because my husband puts too much pressure on me to do what he wants to do rather than leaving me alone. He doesn't realize how shitty I feel and how when he tries to push me too far it makes things so much worse. I don't like resting all day. I miss my normal activity level. However, if I don't put my foot down and tell my husband that I'm not going, he has no problem with me running myself ragged. I just don't understand why he can't just let me deal with how shitty I feel by just caring for our daughter (he's known this medicine change wasmcoming for a very long time) and not trying to include or guilt trip me into going out. In the past I've gotten really depressed and somewhat manic in situations like this. I wish I could just lock myself in a room until this is over! I'm so irritable and have days that are so long that I think about everything that's happened and feel like I can address all of them right now. I cried for a good hour or so and told him how badly I've been feeling. I thought it was obvious, apparently it isn't. I'm just trying to hold it together and not end up in the hospital like my pdoc has warned if things get too bad to manage at home. I think I just needed to vent more than anything. Ugh.
  11. Many folks here have really positive experiences with Abilify. I know it can take 6-8 weeks to work, and it’s tricky to get the dosage right (because certain doses can increase restlessness, another dose may provide more antipsychotic relief, etc) I did a brief past trial on it, but got scared because it made me restless (almost like akathisia) but I’m considering giving it another try. I wanted to get thoughts on several things: 1.) If you found Abilify really helpful & then stopped, WHY did you stop? 2.) Did it cause other medical issues from long-term use? I worry about reported effects like: Raised Prolactin, liver enzymes, White blood cell count, Blood sugar problems/diabetes, tardive dyskinesia, etc)? 3.) Also afraid of the Weight gain (more than 5-10 pounds) or difficulty that a med can cause in losing weight. Have most people had this issue with Abilify? 4.) Did it improve your depression symptoms (or mainly improve other psychosis/schiz-symptoms instead)?
  12. I'm currently in 600 mg of Seroquel XR (been on it at least 4-5 years with 800 mg as my mania dose) and my new pdoc wants to switch me to Abilify since the weight gain on Seroquel has been HUGE, and contributes to my poor self image. She wants me to do it rapidly--over 2-3 weeks by doing the following: 1 week at 300 mg, next at 150 mg and then stop all together. She's told me that I have to prepare for it being "hospitalization bad" while I come off of it. She then will have me start taking Abilify since she says it's got a lower weight gain profile. I'm scared and nervous because we have an 8 year old daughter who hasn't seen me "hospital bad" in almost 4 years. I'm very age appropriate when it comes to my depressive symptoms (sleep issues, irritability, fussiness, etc)--my manic symptoms don't really need explanation since I'm usually depressed more than manic--plus, I tend to feel sped up, energized, impatient, and super insightful and creative (thinking I can solve any problem or start a new business that will make a ton of money) when manic. I'm kinda high strung when "well" so my impatience isn't really unlike me--although, I do know that when I see myself as a "rabid dog" in my interactions with my husband and daughter--I know I'm getting manic. At any rate, I just worry about falling apart during this discontinuation. Also, it was supposed to start last Friday, but my husband has some work stuff to wrap up so he and my pdoc said it's best to start next month. I know you're supposed to be optimistic, but I'm fearing "decompensation me" reappearing and what that will do to me...my husband and family. It's so exhausting to have a breakdown. I'm working with my tdoc on a crisis plan so by February, I should have a better sense of how to manage things. I guess I needed to vent. Thanks for reading and or responding.
  13. So I developed bipolar I believe about 3 years ago, in the spring of 2014. Some huge amount of journaling and developing other good habits helped me recognize my cycles, and what was probably going on (bipolar runs heavy in my family). I got dignosed in May of this year (2016). Since then I've been on lamictal & latuda, lamictal and seroquil, and currently 400 mg latuda with 10 mg abilify (recently <2 weeks ago). The thing is that since then I've had two full blown manias (never happened before, just prolonged hypomania) and bad depressive episodes thought they are shorter and less intense that usual. My moods are more of a mixed state mostly. Looking at my journals before and after diagnosis it seems like despite the depression and hypo mania I was doing much better .... continuing treatment seems to only lead to me hurting myself and others worse than I ever have before beginning treatment. It's making me enter a worse depressive cycle because of the damage I've dealt on my family and friends. It no longer seems worth it or even practical continue treatment (at least medication wise, I will continue my own efforts and talk therapy). Due to all this it's very tempting to go off my meds. Advice/feedback for stopping ? Tips on how to if that is the best option ?
  14. Okay so I just started abilify yesterday at 2.5mg for 4 days then 5mg until I see my doctor again next month. I took it last night and very quickly I was restless but also very exhausted and out of it, as well as really uncomfortably nauseous. it's 24 hours later and I'm still nauseous and still a bit out of it. I did also take .5mg of klonopin last night and that just made me even more exhausted and didn't do very much for the anxiety, but surely that one's worn off by now? Anyways, I'm worried about the side effects. The nausea/loss of appetite and the dizziness/general out-of-it feeling. It hasn't gone away in over 24 hours since my last dose. Anyone else have side effects from abilify? Did they go away really quickly? I'm worried about how I'll be able to handle going to work tomorrow. I could barely handle driving 15 minutes this afternoon I felt so sick. Edit: I also have a killer headache today, don't know if that's related. Tylenol did seem to help, though.
  15. I'm on Brintellix 20my and abilify10mg I've been trying to lose weight for over 7mths now. I go to the gym 4days a weeks, tried low carb diet, and currently just counting calories AGAIN. I want to lose about 20-25lbs but I just jump around the same 7lbs. I've been tested for thyroid issues and all was good. I'm getting so very frustrated. All this work and no results. Anyone out there been where I am? Did you figure out how to break the weight loss stall?
  16. I used to be Ativan for my spikes in anxiety, paranoid actions/thoughts, and well generally to calm whatever was going on during an episode. It worked like a charm. Now my doctor has pulled his willingness to prescribe it to me again. I am also a recovering drug addict, so I understand why he has done this. However, now I have no means, except my coping toolbox, to combat the acute symptoms that drive me to unhealthy behaviors. My other meds include: Abilify and Prazosin. So, my question is this; Is there another med that others are taking for Schizoaffective that works like Ativan that I can request information from my doc?
  17. Hello everyone, My psychiatrist has prescribed a low dose of Abilify 2-3 mg, unfortunately Abilify's lowest available dose in pill form is 5mg so i have to use a pill cutter which is frustrating!!! My psychiatrist did prescribe the oral solution, however my GP refused to give me a script for the oral solution because the price was slightly higher, but I will see my GP again about this and persuade him to switch me to the oral solution. In the meantime I am using a pill cutter so I am taking 2.5mg. I have had a blood test today BEFORE starting Abilify and I will have the same blood test again in 2 weeks time to see if there are any changes, particularly looking at blood glucose and cholesterol levels I will measure my blood pressure and compare it to before starting Abilify I will weigh myself daily to see if there is a weight increase and I will notify you of any changes in appetite I will be updating this thread 13:34 10/06/2016 I can't give you an accurate description. Feeling more energetic, awake and upbeat but this is probably placebo effect and there is mediating factors (I received good news a few days ago) 12:07 11/06/2016 quiet nauseous, feeling slightly hot, for example feel hot but if someone else touched my head or cheeks they wouldn't feel it? so it's like inner heat? Reminding you I'm also on Vyvanse and Cymbalta. Hasn't really made me agitated or pace around or motivated. I haven't weighed myself. I will weigh myself in a week's time. 20:32 12/06/2016 I did weigh myself today (I was curious and got a little carried away) and I actually didn't gain any weight. I haven't taken my Abilify pill yet because I'm going to try taking it at night time to see if it helps me sleep. 12:58 16/06/2016 Sorry I did not update my diary for a few days. I have been feeling a bit more stable and motivated and positive and I don't know if this is just placebo!!!! There has been no weight gain as far as I'm concerned. No appetite increase. I had a blood test on 10/06/2016 and I just got the results and now I am going to schedule to have the same blood test to compare the results. Here are the results from my blood test http://imgur.com/3C3vGIK I will keep this diary going
  18. Hi guys...so I had a suggestion from a comment on a vlog I did of someone suggesting I ask my Dr about switching to a combo of Zyprexa and Abilify. I currently take Risperdal and Abilify (along with Lamictal and Effexor) and the cocktail is NOT WORKING I recently started the Abilify at 5mg, then 10mg and I seem to be rapid cycling with a growing amount of paranoia and anxiety. It was suggested by the commenter that the Zyprexa will help the anxiety and some of the psychosis I'm experiencing (voices, shadow people, paranoia) and the Abilify will keep me from falling asleep all day and help with negative symptoms associated with my Schizoaffective Disorder. Please give any advice you have about either or both of these meds... I can't see my Dr any sooner than the 15th and that is about 6 days away. We have tried, and maxed out, pretty much every other antipsychotic out there and nothing lasts for long. We tried Zyprexa alone about two years ago but I COULD NOT FUNCTION....I was falling asleep trying to work, drive, etc. Not good. Don't know if it would have taken care of the symptoms had I given it a longer run, but I couldn't lose my job and so I dropped it. Anyone try it and had the sleepiness go away after your body got used to it, like a few days or so?? I'd like to try it again as I've heard some good things...other than weight gain which is hard for me as a recovering anorexic...ugh. I need feedback pwetty pwetty pwease
  19. So...my current situation is that I'm starting to get breakthrough psychosis on my current meds and my pdoc wants to add something to the mix. I'm on Effexor 150mg in the morning, then Risperdal 3mg and Lamictal 200 mg at night. We don't want to up the Risperdal any more because it gives me a hard time waking up for early shifts at work. Right now she's added Abilify 5mg to take in the morning and it's only been four days but she also talked about maybe trying geodon or latuda. Both of those need to be taken with food to get the most out of them and I also happen to be a recovering purging anorexic so to eat that much first thing in the morning totally freaks me out, so that's why we settled on Abilify as the first option. So I just wondered if anyone could tell me their experience with Abilify, specifically if taken in the morning, and if it was taken along with an additional antipsychotic at night how the doses worked for you. I struggle with negative symptoms a bit and hope that an additional med could maybe help with that as well...any experiential advice on that topic? As many probably do, I've been stuck experimenting with different doses and combos for the past three and a half years since the beginning of my treatment only having a few months of stability at a time...I keep holding out hope that the next change will be "the one"...so any suggestions would be so so appreciated. I know meds are so individual, but the slightest direction would be encouraging. Thank you all so much!
  20. Hey guys I need your help! The past week and a half or so I've been getting progressively more paranoid and it's getting to the point I have panic attacks as I get ready to leave the house for work. I don't feel safe at work and am so stressed that I block out the majority of the day and have no idea what I do. When I shower the Shadows start chattering just quietly enough that I can't make out the words but I feel threatened by them, and they scramble my thoughts as I try to work. My pdoc just added Abilify 5mg to my meds in addition to Risperdal 3mg, Lamictal 200 mg, and Effexor 150mg. Have any of you had success with Abilify reducing paranoia? How soon might it work? I'm really struggling to get myself out of the house and to put in a day at work. I cry on the way there and usually on the way home too from the fear. I feel like they're plotting to capture me for experimenting. I don't know what for but I feel like they will keep me. Please help! Thank you so much!
  21. Hello, I have been having issues for the last 15 years or so, and I am 29 now. I started with a Dx of MD and I was loaded with a deep depression, rage, and anger. Self-loathing, despair yada yada. Anyways, after a while it progresses due to life. November last year I speak with my pcp and break down in tears because I can no longer handle my life. I was not suicidal, yet, but more than overwhelmed to the point I was beginning to worry I might hurt one of my children without realizing it. Action before thought... he put me on risperdal. It worked like a dream after I adjusted. Not fully but I was much better. I began going to therapy, and seeing a pdoc? And had a psych eval done and was Dx as being bipolar 1, general anxiety,, and ptsd. The risperdal, while it helped, I felt it still needed tweaking of some sort or something added to it. I also gained 50 lbs with it. I was already on zoloft btw) I was still randomly raging and crying. Temper exploding. The first pdoc put me on celexa with the risperdal and zoloft to try. It made me beyond super happy. I was so happy it felt like I could fly. It was a terrible wonderful feeling. It was terrible because if the tiniest thing did not go my way then I would just blow up at the drop of a hat. I already had an appointment with a different pdoc that my pcp made that I had planned to keep so I went in. The first one scared me anyways. She was..overwhelming. this one had a ponytail. He said celexa made me manic and took me off of it. And just increased my zoloft to 100mg. I didn't feel any different. I tried making an appointment with him after I received my dx about changing my meds somehow because I was gaining so much and that was depressing me too. Next available appointment was 5 months away and before I couldn't get through when I had trouble with wellbutrin side effects (forgot about that one) so I changed pdoc again this time to the place I go to therapy at. I so far like this doc. She seems human enough. Smiled. Laughed. I think I even stopped shaking. I told her my issue with weight gain and meds not working fully. She switched me from risperdal (cold turkey) to abilify 5mg and topamax 50mg twice a day. I had massive withdrawals and mixed episodes for over a week. Fought and argued with my husband, made him feel like shit. It was like my mouth was out of control. My mind was racing o fast I could think. I screamed and yelled. I threw things. I hated. I isolated myself. I shook worse than usual. I cried for no reason. I cried about everything. I considered and daydreamed about suicide. I even shoved my dad and I have NEVER raised a hand against my parents. Now my therapist is considering asking my pdoc about how I might do with lithium. I'm beginning to be leery of med changes, but I'm still not sure how abilify and topamax will work for me as they are still working into my system. I tried going inpatient. Didn't meet criteria. Sorry this was so long winded, I'm still mixed/manic...
  22. I recently saw a new pdoc that's suggesting I switch off my Zyprexa I've been on for Years to Geodon, Abilify or Latuda. The idea is to desperately try to drop some off some of the weight from Zyprexa and other meds in the past. My previous pdoc who I trust more I almost want to wait because I can see him after this next teleconference with this new guy. Anytime we've even tried to cut my Zyprexa I've wigged out but now I'm positive about it and hopeful. To make a short story long, can anyone tell me which one of those three is best for anti anxiety and also drop the weight?thnx☺️
  23. I apologize if this has already been posted.. I'm newly diagnosed as bipolar 1. I took risperdal 2mg for about 5 months along with zoloft 100mg. I tried not to miss it because I tended to get even cranking than I was when I did take it. Then I started taking Risperdal 3mg but I was still a grouchy old hag half the time, but was gaining a lot of weight...that's besides the point. I now take abilify 5mg and topamax 50mg twice a day. Friday night I fell asleep early and accidentally forgot to take my medicine. It was totally unintentional. I woke up the next day in the very very best of moods. I had sooo much energy. I was so happy I got on my own nerves? Could have randomly burst into song days? I explained to my husband that it felt good but it was a scary and terrible thing because that state is so unpredictable. I did end up doing and saying some very regrettable things that night that warranted a trip to the hospital but I refused. Anyways, long story short, I switched from one antipsychotic to another. Why does missing one make me super mean altogether and the latter one make me start offeuphoric until set off by any triggers? Then I became violent/hostile with SI. I was mouthy on risperdal, but with this new combo I destroyed my kitchen! With a broomstick! And the things coming out of my mouth have been even worse :/
  24. I apologize if this has already been posted.. I'm newly diagnosed as bipolar 1. I took risperdal 2mg for about 5 months along with zoloft 100mg. I tried not to miss it because I tended to get even cranking than I was when I did take it. Then I started taking Risperdal 3mg but I was still a grouchy old hag half the time, but was gaining a lot of weight...that's besides the point. I now take abilify 5mg and topamax 50mg twice a day. Friday night I fell asleep early and accidentally forgot to take my medicine. It was totally unintentional. I woke up the next day in the very very best of moods. I had sooo much energy. I was so happy I got on my own nerves? Could have randomly burst into song days? I explained to my husband that it felt good but it was a scary and terrible thing because that state is so unpredictable. I did end up doing and saying some very regrettable things that night that warranted a trip to the hospital but I refused. Anyways, long story short, I switched from one antipsychotic to another. Why does missing one make me super mean altogether and the latter one make me start offeuphoric until set off by any triggers? Then I became violent/hostile with SI. I was mouthy on risperdal, but with this new combo I destroyed my kitchen! With a broomstick! And the things coming out of my mouth have been even worse :/