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Is anyone happy on Rierdal/Invega?
I'm currently in the midst of a mixed episode. Its really wearing me down; I haven't ever had severe mixed symptomology in the past, more of what my doctor would call "agitated depressions". This is most definitely not that. This is full-blown mixed-as-hell torture.
I called my doctor and she said to d/c my Abilify (we think it was the cause/is at too low of a dose to be helping; this was a long time coming) and schedule a sooner appointment with her. She offered no other medication advice over the phone (she usually does). I felt crushed after that call.
Before Abilify, I had been on Risperdal. She deemed it didn't work when a mere 0.5 mg didn't do the trick. But I really want to explore a higher dose to see if it might cause any positive changes for me. Does anyone have experience with either drug? I've never tried Invega but would be interested to see if it would be more beneficial than Risperdal.
PS - I currently take 1,000 mg of Depakote ER; these seem to be breakthrough symptoms (and my level is only 63 ug/ml). I know I have room to go up, and I think I might do so. I know thats a no-no, but she gives me wiggle-room. I just know during our appointment she is going to stick to the AAP route, and I want to gather some info on these two drugs to be prepared.
I'm really sorry about how long this post is.
Bipolar II and lithium, lamictal
By Merry Jane
So I may have bipolar II and just started taking lithium. Has anyone else taken lithium for the depressive type of bipolar disorder? I've taken lamictal and while I think it worked, it kept me up all night. Usually I'm always sleeping and have trouble staying awake, so that was new. So now I've started taken lithium but I feel it makes me agitated, anxious, and keeps me awake at night. These symptoms aren't in any of the listed side effects, but still feel them. I'm also terrified of gaining weight and have fallen back into bad habits of starving then binging. I feel that may be a cause of my anxiety and am trying to get back to a healthier state of mind with my food but it's difficult. Are there any other meds similar to lamictal? Has anyone else had similar issues? I'm sorry if this is badly worded and difficult to read, I just feel lost and confused. I've taken so much stuff, and in the end, nothing has worked, I can't help but fall back into my depression
Risperidone (Risperidal) and Depakote cocktail that's giving me sexual dysfunction.. please help
I'm 25 and was hospitalized in September 2014 for manic episodes. The doctors put me on 3mg of risperidone (risperdal) and 750mg of depakote daily.
After 9 months of taking the medication I really started to see a decline in sexual drive and performance; my libido was essentially taken away. The risperidone/depakote pretty much kills orgasm and gives me erectile issues... I can't maintain an erection. It's like getting your manhood stripped. I feel helpless, I'm at wits end, and I don't know what to do.
I talked to my psychiatrist about my erectile dysfunction issues and he decided to lower the risperidone to 1mg and leave the depakote the same. So I've been on 1mg of risperidone for the past month but lowering the medication didn't really do anything. How am I still having this erectile dysfunction problem if I'm only on 1mg of risperidone and 750mg of depakote daily? The bigger question is how am I going to be able to solve this problem that's making me question whether I want to live anymore. My penis was my biggest asset, no pun intended. But now if I don't have that, I feel useless and like nothing, worthless. It's like I'm half a man because I'm only 25 and am already having erectile dysfunction.
I don't want to have to start taking any more pills to solve this problem! No viagra, wellbutrin, or any other pill. I ultimately want to get off this medication so I can live my life normally without dependence on any pharmaceutical drug. I'm tired of being a chemical prisoner and just want to live the rest of my 20s like a man should, with a lot of sex.
What should I do?
Manic episode while taking lithium?
Has anyone here ever had either a full-blown manic episode or severe hypomanic episode while taking lithium?
I ask because I'm new to lithium (started in April). My therapist (I know, I need to ask my psychiatrist too, but I've been too depressed) tells me that I will likely continue to have episodes of elevated mood, but that they will be shorter and less extreme. In past years, I have had a manic or significantly hypomanic episode every autumn (about October through December). I've already been mildly hypomanic this week, but that might have been because I am coming out of a depressive episode.
In short, I haven't been all that worried about mania because I'm counting on lithium to do its job. Is this fair to assume, or is this a false sense of security? Of course I'm also trying to be good: eating, sleeping, not working ridiculous hours. But courses are starting soon and it's going to become much more difficult to maintain these habits.
What is "better"? Newbie here
Hi everyone, I'm new. Dx back in January after a year of postpartum depression turned into rapid cycling hypomania and depression. I spent 6 weeks doing an intensive outpatient therapy all the while trying Lamictal, abilify and other meds. I was having suicidal ideation daily and it took me a long time to get to stable. Now I'm on latuda 80 mg and just started lithium 2 weeks ago.I also take adderall 30 mg XR to get me motivated and out of the bed, but I don't take it daily. I've noticed more bad days after starting the lithium, but my good days and my overall baseline seems better. I just started so my blood levels don't get drawn for another week. I was just surprised by this change in mood - I thought lithium was going to be this miracle drug.
I need something that's going to make me feel better. I still feel flat, unmotivated and useless most of the time. I'm no longer actively suicidal (or even passively really) and I no longer have crying fits but this is not what I thought "better" was supposed to be. Do I just need to adjust what recovery is going to be? I'm not sure that Disney World levels of happiness are what I expected, but I expected to begin to enjoy life a bit more and to find things that feel enjoyable. The stimulants help me feel better, but I don't feel any more enjoyment when I'm on them vs not - I can just handle life a little better and do a little more.
I do therapy and I've been talking to my therapist about my lack of enjoyment and her response was to try doing things that feel good like eating, masturbation, etc. Of course those things feel OK in the moment but I want to look forward to life. I want to wakeup and say "I can handle this day. I am going to live today". I still feel like I'm surviving and treading water and not going anywhere.