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  1. Thank you for your reply. I've been almost desperate enough to ask for clozapine in the past when other meds weren't working, but I was too afraid of weight gain. I agree that the Invega is stimulating and I usually don't do well on stimulating drugs either, but so far it seems to be working okay. It's definitely not as stimulating as some of the antidepressants I've been on in the past, for example. I'm glad that clozapine works so well for you.
  2. Thanks for your response. I did some googling and it seems that Invega isn't known for helping depression very much (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) but I'm also on lithium. I just started the lithium last week. I really hope the lithium starts working soon because I have a lot to get done.
  3. I am newly-diagnosed, from bipolar to schizoaffective. I know almost nothing about this illness and what I've found online isn't terribly illuminating. If anyone could share any stories, or their experiences, or advice with dealing with it, I would be beyond grateful.
  4. I was recently diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. I am now on 6 mg of Invega and doing well, aside from the depressive crash I'm in after some brief hypomanic symptoms. Does anyone else take Invega for schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia? Or even bipolar, depression? I don't know much about this drug, I'd never even heard of it. How has it worked for you?
  5. My meds were changed recently and for a few days I had (what my doctor called) breakthrough manic symptoms: I was sleeping 3-4 hours a night, had lots of energy, felt invincible and very happy, etc. It only lasted a few days. My doctor prescribed me a sleeping pill so that I could get some rest. But I woke up today feeling HORRIBLE. A few days of breakthrough symptoms can make you feel THIS depressed??? I wasn't aware of this at all? If this has happened to a anyone else, how long did the depression last for you? I have a lot of work to do and can't be THIS depressed for long.
  6. Depakote is making me gain weight like crazy, making me lethargic and thinning my hair. Yes, it's effective, but.... at what cost? Does anyone have any other recommendations for mood stabilizers? I adored Lamictal but was constantly hypomanic on it. However, I'm on Abilify as well now so maybe that could help with the anti-manic aspect? I'm rambling. Who currently loves their mood stabilizer and why? Why does it help you?
  7. I feel a bit zippy too!! Not manic or anything, but definitely have a lot more energy and just... zippy. It's a great feeling.
  8. So is it just a lifting of winter depression or what, do you think?
  9. When I was manic I became paranoid and delusional. That's how I could tell the difference.
  10. I don't mean manic. I mean like the weight has lifted off your shoulders, the depression has disappeared -- you feel light and happy, you have more energy and aren't sleeping as much, etc. Just really great. Happy and light and productive and.... so happy! It's such a great feeling. I feel NORMAL. Is this how normal people feel? I don't know.
  11. Yes. I have been doing well for about six months now, perfectly well. It's been great.
  12. Right??? I've been hypomanic and manic several times, but all of these psych meds can cause mania, right? I mean even Lamictal made me manic for god's sake. Stopping Seroquel made me manic too lol. Sometimes I wonder if I should just go off of my meds and see what happens for real. My upswing are allllllllways euphoric. Which is very nice. But then, that makes people think I'm classic bipolar I, which I'm really not so sure. And yes, ADs don't help me either. They do nothing, they make me agitated, or they make me manic. I don't know why I'm still on them when my doctor has me diagnosed as bipolar I. He's a very good doc otherwise. Mood stabilizers have helped me quite a bit too, but it's the antipsychotics that have helped me the most!!!!!! Abilify is a godsend. Do you know how long it takes for Depakote to kick in to stop hypomania/mania? I want to enjoy this while it lasts
  13. Zoloft - 150 mgs - I honestly don't know why the fuck why, all it does is shoot my mood up, but hey I'm having a good time so Abilify - 20 mgs - anti-psychotic, anti-manic, mood stabilizer. my favorite psych med ever. god blessssssss Depakote - 100- mg -- mood stabilization. I hate these horse tranquilizers but what are ya gonna do? Ativan - 1 mg - anxiety, very helpful Ambien - 10 mg - the only sleeping pill that works for me!
  14. I just hate this drug and its side effects, my god. It's brutal. But I was hypomanic on Lamictal, Tegretol did nothing, Topamax was a sugar pill, Neurontin was also a sugar pill, etc etc etc I feel like my last resort is lithium and I don't wanna go there. I had bad side effects from it before, even though it was effective. It also made me incredibly nauseous and I'd puke after taking it at times. Has anyone else been in the position of many mood stabilizers not "doing it" for them? What did you end up doing?
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