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  1. I was on a great path towards remission. Things were going great until last October when I had a fight with a friend who cut me out. Then my relationship with my girlfriend was getting strained due to finances. Then I stated to ruminate about my lack of a social life and how lonely I am. Also the typical signs of fall which is the season when my father died 6 years ago. So throw in parental grief into the mix. Then the days stated to get shorter. And I stated to regress back into a dark place with suicidal thoughts triggered by the thought of never being able to talk to my ex BFF ever again, my failings with making new friends, and unresolved issues with my late father. Also my former friend asked me not to come back to the peer support group he runs. I have friends and social supports from ex-friends peer group. About a a week and a half ago, the energy and life force evaporated. I stated oversleeeping or having bad bouts of insomnia. I have zero drive or motivation. It's definitely SAD affecting my MDD. I don't want to be this depressed, cranky, morose, or irritable. What should I change in my treatment plans to turn things around? I see a therapist for CBT. I'm overdue for a med review and adjustment. Currently on 20 mg Prozac, 75 mg bupropion, 50 mg lamactil, 10 mg ambien. I'm also binge drinking to drown out the negative thoughts and emotions. This happens every year come October. What should I change in my meds or therapy to get my SAD and MDD back under control so that I can stop isolating myself, hiding in bed, drinking heavily, dreading living my life, and ruminating over cringe-worthy fails? I'm a mess. I worked so hard to get myself out of depression but all that work has evaporated. Help!
  2. I need a major treatment overhaul, medication changes, lifestyle changes, help with cognitive impairment, and then need to relocate to a city with better psychiatric services, resources, and support groups. Not sure if inpatient is the place to start or if I can get by with an iop program. There's nothing available locally, so I have to go somewhere else for help. Suggestions for top treatment centers would be helpful ( hospitals etc). I know of some and have researched them, but it's hard finding places that offer cognitive remediation. And if you have recommendations of places to relocate, that would also be appreciated. thanks
  3. After years of not knowing my diagnosis and believing myself to be a monster, I was finally Dx with BPD and Major Depression at age 20. None of the many medications they shoved down my throat as a kid helped, and the Lexapro/Abilify I was given upon my official DX in adulthood only seemed to help some. Still a lot of angery outbursts, impulse control issues, and lack of energy. Recently I got on Adderall XR 30 MG Adderall is a controled substance and I have a history of substance abuse which my therapist says likely is due to the BPD but I have not abused the Adderall. I promised myself I wouldn't. It's been amazing. I'v e been on it less than a week and the impulse controll issues I'm noticing a drastic change with. I have more energy to boot. Anyone else ever taken, or currently taking Adderall for the treatment of BPD or any other PD?
  4. Hello all, I'm adhd boy, I was diagnosed a few days ago! I'm so happy to have a word to describe the ill feelings I've felt about being different or handicapped in some way. I really want to open the floor to anyone who has tips for me and others in the forum about HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MEDICATION. Without upping my dosage prescribed I'd like to get the most out of my 30mg of vyvanse. This may be in articles, however, I respond much better to people who have lived the adhd life and tried coping skills rather than results of an experiment. What tasks are less stressful you with treatment? What activities help your focus and mood to the point when your medication seems to ignite more benefits? MY experienes will be added to this when I find them. I'll supply excellent detail as to how, what time of day, and wait exactly I am doing to increase my focus, drive, and just "holding onto that damn train of thought!"
  5. OK. I'm thinking of entering a 30 day residential facility for bipolar and alcoholism. I am currently trying to get out of another mixed episode. My psychiatrist gave me seroquel (btw 50mg knocked me out!) to make me sane for a little while. Once I am stable he wants to get me off lamictal and start Tegretol. Any thoughts on the two meds? Anyway...I want to go to facility to get my bipolar under better control and for my alcohol consumption. SOOOO...in everyone's honest opinion how bad is it to drink every night out of the week, with the exception of taking a random night off only if you had a horrid hangover? It has gotten to the point where I drink at least a bottle of wine a night. On the weekends I could easily polish of two bottles and drink whatever else on top of that. I can quit drinking for 3 days max if I try hard, but typically that's as long as I can go. I don't have DT's or anything. Does this qualify me to go to a dual diagnosis facility? Does anybody have ANY recommendations for a dual diagnosis inpatient facility?? Anywhere is the U.S. is fine. I just feel I really need some help and feel an inpatient facility would be a good option. My mind is kind of in a blur, sorry if none of that made sense. Questions are..... 1) Do I drink too much ? and if so, does it qualify me to go to inpatient rehab (voluntarily) 2) Recommendations for dual diagnosis facilities anywhere in the U.S. 3) Thoughts about Tegretol and the short term use of seroquel. Think that's it! Thank you for reading this. I feel very lost, I feel so sick that I am scared.
  6. HI, I'm Eddy. I have a long list of disorders, but my big hitter is Bipolar disorder. I have been married and it has come and gone, at least I was young. I have had one eating disorder or another throughout my life as well as self harm. I have doctors and therapists and counsellors, I am living on my own for the first time in my life at 30. (had roomates, parents, husband). I take 18 pills a day and wonder sometimes if I can even remember how it felt without them. As suggested, I am new, so please be gentle. I have a sense of humour, but not terribly ha-ha about my mental health.
  7. I've been progressing through treatment with a psychiatrist, at last, after many years of problems and have had increasing success as medication has been applied. It now seems, though, there may be hypothyroidism at play (Hashimoto). Reading up on this form of the condition, it seems to present with many symptoms associated with mental illness. I'm wondering, if this is possibly the source of much or all of my symptoms, why have the medications prescribed by my psychiatrist been particularly effective? (at least in some key areas) While I'm here, has anyone else had a similar experience?
  8. *image from the website below.. i do not own it nor did i create the chart/graph* http://blog.23andme.com/23andme-research/what-patients-say-works-for-bipolar-disorder/ What would you add to this as most helpful and least helpful? or what do you already see on it that you agree with? A combination of meds, therapy and small stuff can help someone a lot.
  9. I just went from Prozac to Brintellix, it's apparently a really new drug that came out in September of 2014. I can't find much on it with it being that new, and no one I know has been on it. Can anyone tell me their experiences? I'm on 10mg right now, just took my first pill about 30 min ago. So far...nothing but it takes time so... I'm also recommended by my doctor to go to a treatment facility for group therapy can anyone talk to me about their experiences in group therapy or treatment centers in general? I've been to therapy twice but not this.
  10. If you've read the guidelines, you will know that this forum is focused on recovery and understanding the reasons behind self harm. While we prefer to concentrate on the underlying urges that feed this behaviour and in finding alternatives, we recognise that many of our members still need detailed assistance in figuring out their own circumstances and options. This includes what to do with (1) basic wound care, (2) judging whether or not to go to an ER or seek medical assistance, and (3) how to start the road to recovery and understand what's going on. The links below have been vetted by our mod team, and each contains compassionate and practical information which we hope you will find helpful. We encourage you to read through them, and post on the forum itself if you still have questions. A guide for those who self injure (excellent article with links which speak about reasons for self injury, treatment and recovery) Self injury help, support and treatment (another excellent and up-to-date article which speaks about myths, facts and understanding) Caring for self harm wounds (detailed information on caring for injuries) Self injury treatment checklist (for use if you have to go the ER and don't feel able to speak in detail about your situation) Signed, The SI Mods
  11. I am a concerned daughter that is trying to get help for my father and looking to hear from people who may have similar experiences or advice.. My dad has always had some problems.. Substance abuse, PTSD, depression, unable to work for many years. At the time this specific issue started he was relatively stable... Not working but living on disability and rent assistance. But he did have a lot of stress going on with my sister and a failed relationship with a woman he really cared for. This was about four years ago. He used adderall and suffered a psychotic breakdown. He thought Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, was communicating secret messages to him and that he was going to get a book deal and be rich and famous. He thought people were following him and tapping his phones and trying to destroy him. He wanted us to find his ex-girlfriend and bring her to him because she was the only one who could save him. We had him committed to an inpatient unit by a crisis team. He was not happy, felt betrayed by us and resistant to any treatment. The hospital refused to talk to us or even hear what we had to say about what was going on bc of privacy laws. They gave him a script for seroquel and discharged him within a few days. Of course he never filled the script. And we felt that there was no where to turn at that point, we just had to live with what was happening as best we could.. Hoping that maybe it would stop. It did calm down. He was a lot quieter about everything, but the delusions still existed to him. Four years went by of this with periodic outbreaks from him. Sometimes he would cry and say that he was suffering so bad and just wanted it to stop but his ex was the only one who could "free" him. Other times he was enraged and angry. He tried to run people off the road or chased them in his car many times because he thought they were attacking him. He thought animals were talking to him and giving him signs. He thinks numbers and names have hidden meanings and messages to him. He believes world events and weather are influenced by him. He says that when people question him it causes children to die in the world. Finally. I became fearful and exasperated enough to know that we had to do something before something very very bad happened. I went to the probate court and became his conservator of person and got a warrant for an evaluation. He has been on an acute unit for only a day so far. He thinks I am evil and trying to stop him from his "work." He told my sister he is the seventh patriarch of Buddha and wants her to send a request for asylum to japan for him. Yet, when his attorney from the probate met with him he seemed completely stable and reasonable to the man. He is a smart man and can act normal a lot of the time. I am so afraid he will be able to trick the doctors into thinking he is fine. I guess right now my hope is that if he takes some meds for long enough he will realize what has been happening. Is there a chance that even meds can't break a psychosis that has been left untreated so long? It is a really scary situation. If he doesn't get help this time I don't know what to do. I feel so guilty that I didn't have the courage to get him help sooner. I just want my dad back and I want to free him from this hell he has been trapped in for years now.. Sorry for such a long post. Any experiences, feedback, advice would be really appreciated. Thanks.
  12. Hi crazies, So I've been in outpatient care for over a year now trying different medications and therapies to try and make me feel better. See, here's the catch... none of the medications seem to have any effect on me at all. I mean nothing. Or nothing that I can see. I read about some people seeing a marked difference sometimes when they try some new medications, either bad or good, but I've never had anything close to that ever happen to me. My case presents like an easy-to-treat depression, which is what my psychiatrist said, and that after a couple of anti-depressants I should be feeling better shortly. Yeah.. that didn't happen. We've tried so many medications that he is starting to panic now and he even recommended electroconvulsive therapy. My question is does anyone else have this problem? And if you do what are you trying/what works for you?
  13. Saw my psychiatrist today and one of the problems I wanted to address was my motivation/energy levels/concentration - which are all very poor at this point, despite the fact that my mood is much better. He told me it sounds like I might have adult ADHD but that I couldn't have a diagnosable problem since I do so well in school (?). I'm not failing my classes, but it is a struggle to hand in work and write exams and I've told him this but he doesn't believe me, obviously. I don't even care if I have ADHD or not (I don't even think I do), I just want to have these symptoms addressed accordingly. He also mentioned that there's not much he can do for me about this (uhm what? people who have ADHD/traits go to therapy and take meds the last time I checked) and said that I should just wait for the Wellbutrin to help in that regard (I've been on the Wellbutrin for over six months). I don't understand why he's being so flippant like this.
  14. As a person on the spectrum, what sort of therapy works for you? I have heard that the diagnosis matters in regards to ASD, and feeling that I am on the spectrum and not being able to speak about it, I really feel that. But WHAT is the treatment that is used? I know you can't medicate away autism, so what do you do?? And WTF can I ask for from my counselor until my assessment?