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  1. Exposure therapy (which can also be used in Pure O) worked best for me. I am very lucky that I found a therapist that specializes in OCD and that my HMO has a month long OCD group class, which I've done twice. Mindfulness can help too.
  2. It didn't help with my OCD directly but since it helps with my mood and depression it can help me better deal with OCD. I personally find therapy, and not medication, to be the better way to treat my OCD.
  3. I find every time I increase clozapine, it takes a week or two to feel results. It doesn't provide instant relief like the other APs. It has been about three years until I got to 400mg and the next time I see my pdoc I want to ask for an increase. I forgot cheese, did you ever try rexulti? I don't think it is good for psychosis but it has helped me with mood and depression.
  4. Lunesta did nothing for me as well but it may work for you. Since I've taken rexulti I've had great sleep, I feel refreshed in the morning and don't need to take a nap during the day. Maybe consider increasing if you are still symptomatic.
  5. I attend a bipolar support group every week and we just all check in and say how things are going and if we need any help. I also attend an OCD therapy group and its more like a class. The facilitator discusses how OCD manifests itself and discusses tactics for overcoming and doing exposures everyweek. I think that is the difference between the two.
  6. Just curious if you are also getting individual/group therapy for your OCD? I ask because I've tried like 90% of psych meds at this point and none have helped my OCD. Both my tdoc and pdoc say therapy is the gold standard in treating OCD. I've been attending group therapy for a year and I do see improvement. Just wanted to share my experience.
  7. Everyone's different. I for instance get more depressed in the evening. You might not like to hear it but benzos can cause depression when used a lot. Make sure you only take it when needed. I remember I was on a high dosage of valium and was depressed and a pdoc said benzos can cause depression when used heavily. Of course everyone is different and has different needs so maybe that's not the source of your depression. What do you do in the morning besides eating and taking meds? Maybe if you added something to your routine that is relaxing and that will distract you like reading a book or taking a walk. I find ,outside of my meds, keep busy is the best way to treat depression.
  8. I'd go with increasing Latuda to 120mg. Latuda can help with bipolar depression too. I forget what the highest dose is for effexor but if you can increase it you should.
  9. If you are experiencing anxiety you might want to consider increasing your clozapine. Clozapine is usually sedative. I don't know if clozapine can cause akeathesia because that could also be an issue. You could take something like cogentin.
  10. I too have a weight gain issue (from clozapine) but sadly I've taken adderall, ritalin, and dexedrine since and I did not loose any weight while on them.
  11. No I haven't tried ECT before. It frightens me too much. I'd like to believe that with some creativity, the pdoc can come up with a cocktail that works for my symptoms. I thought about asking for an increase in clozapine. Increase in rexulti sadly made me feel like a sedated zombie. I'm .8 on lithium and have never increased past that so I don't know if something like 1.0 might work? For a long time, I've also thought about trying depakote again. I was given it in a hospitalization and it knocked me out and I slept the whole time I was there but it was very calming. Scared to also but thought about asking pdoc if she does MAOIs.
  12. I'm not actually in a state where I'd take my life but I go through episodes daily where I feel worthless and am so tired of suffering and I get suicidal thoughts. I've read that lithium and clozapine are suppose to be the best meds for suicidality but I still get breakthrough symptoms. So is there anything else I can do? Thanks in advance.
  13. While I was on Zyprexa, I had no issues with high blood sugar or weight...good luck
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