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  1. Good to hear that you're hanging in there BPLB. Take care.
  2. Crosswords can totally absorb me when I can't concentrate enough to read. free crossword puzzles on USA Today (which I go to mainly for sudoku), also LA Times https://www.latimes.com/games/daily-crossword some free NY Times per the Seattle Times https://www.seattletimes.com/games-nytimes-crossword/ Vox puzzles https://www.vox.com/2019/9/16/20861003/free-online-crossword-vox The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/crosswords
  3. I've recently switched to depakote from lamictal. At 1000 ER at bedtime I really am not sure that it affects my sleep schedule that much. The pdoc recommended I take it all at bedtime
  4. Distractions: online chess crossword puzzles Desire: Learn to play the electric guitar I bought while manic
  5. My NAMI Connection support group met today by teleconference. It was not nearly as satisfactory as in-person. I think we're going to have to experiment with Zoom or some other way to video conference. Seeing my friends faces is important to me. Also, I had a first telehealth conference with my therapist which was less satisfying (to me) compared to in-person. @Melancholya ....I'm enjoying reading The Luminaries, which is set in New Zealand. You might check it out if you enjoy reading.
  6. The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton, Man Booker Prize winner. Entertaining and inventive, or if you want a full review see link. It's long but a page turner. And anyway, our library has closed for now and is waiving fines https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2013/oct/16/the-luminaries-eleanor-catton-man-booker-prize.
  7. Do call. It's worth the effort. Having recently gone through 10 weeks of manic psychosis, I know how hard it can be to recover. Time has to be part of the equation but I think therapy can help.
  8. Good to hear things are basically good for you, Anna. You were a good mod. Small comforting words can be remembered forever. You have to scroll down a bit in this thread but you were kind to me.
  9. I'm sorry this is happening @notloki. Take care.
  10. So, it looks like a generic for latuda will not be available until 2023? Decipher this for me: "The acquisitions of Boston, along with Sepracor, Cynapsus and Tolero, were driven by realisation that the patents on Sumitomo’s schizophrenia blockbuster, Latuda, would soon expire. At present the Japanese group seems to have delayed this threat until 2023 by striking authorised generic deals." https://www.evaluate.com/vantage/articles/news/corporate-strategy/back-drawing-board-sumitomos-deal-making "After a long wait, generic Latuda (lurasidone), used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, has been approved by the FDA and should be available in pharmacies soon, according to manufacturer Lupin Pharmaceuticals." https://www.goodrx.com/blog/fda-approves-generic-latuda-lurasidone-schizophrenia-bipolar-depression/
  11. I've been at 9 several times, also several 10's but without the hallucinations except auditory ones when younger. It is a useful scale. I've been giving myself 3's and 4's lately but without a formal definition as shown on the scale. My moods seem to make quantum leaps.
  12. That may be the best strategy. Working with a therapist during the episode might help also for situation specific strategies. I apologize a lot. Shows I'm trying to maintain the relationship, hopefully.
  13. My BP has been down to 100 vs the usual 120-125 or so since I moved up on my depakote dosage, which is now 1000 mg. I'd rather it be a bit low than flirt with high blood pressure. Also, I wish my heart rate were that low (56).
  14. No, and in the nick of time! I was beginning to think we might be barbaric as a species.
  15. Here is a fairly recent article about clozapine. I had been considering it for my own use when I ran across this. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qvgdj3/the-psychiatric-wonder-drug-that-almost-no-one-is-using
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