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  1. Never gonna tell a lie and desert you. Total earworm! In the spirit of Mr Astley, I will not lie and pretend that I know what the tech issue is. I will however be going to bed now with his voice in my head, so thanks for that.
  2. I would read it too, but agree that you should stay within the boundaries of whatever feels right or most comfortable to you. I am so sorry you're going through this whole shitty thing.
  3. It's really hard to tell. Back when things were "normal" (pre-March 2020) I would typically get to the office at 07h30, have a 30 min lunch break and leave at 16h00. I work for a university and depending on where we are in the annual academic calendar, I could be head down, skipping lunch and slogging through til after 16h00. In easier periods it would probably add up to about 6.5 to 7 hours out of 8 - that's a random guess though, as I am trying to factor in conversations with colleagues and that kind of thing. My country has been in lockdown since March last year, and as it is possib
  4. Totally understand, and I'm so sorry you're going through this. In the past with similar situations people have told me that I'm making the kindest and most loving decision, which is absolutely true, but it doesn't make it any less hard to take on board. My thoughts are with you. I'm glad that you had the blessing of such a wonderful dog in your life, and he has been equally blessed to have you as his human.
  5. I think it's worth noting that some of the alcoholics who were in chemical dependency rehab with me (I was there for the abuse of other substances) were binge drinkers. It's a thing. The fact that you stop for periods before going on an all-out binge for days does not mean that you don't have a problem, or are not causing yourself damage.
  6. Welcome back sonic - and congratulations on your lovely baby boy!
  7. I spent 10 straight hours today churning out a report that wasn't scheduled to be done this week, but the powers-that-be decided very late yesterday that it was suddenly urgent. I got it done, but I still feel slightly hysterical and nauseous. Wishing you the best on finishing your assignment!
  8. I've been having fortnightly telephone appointments with my pdoc since this country went into lockdown in March. I suspect we will continue this way until the end of the year. I think she would do video conferencing if I asked, but I am majorly anti that - I have found working from home with endless online meetings via Microsoft Teams has just killed any desire I have to pursue psychiatric appointments via that route. I don't mind the phonecalls and we get a solid 30 minutes in per session. I just have to take copious notes because my recall of phone conversations can be a bit dodgy at tim
  9. Thank you, that's important to note, because too many people make that assumption and try to apply it to all cases.
  10. I've been on it in one form or another since 2002 or 2003. My highest dose was 1000mg of the instant release, which isn't very common but not unheard of. For about 8 years I've been taking 600mg of the extended release. It works for me (BP1 with psychotic features), but only as part of a broader cocktail. "Pleasant" is an odd word; it makes it sound as though you think it would appeal to you on a recreational level.
  11. It's a tough situation to find yourself. I "get" this more than I'm probably letting on, as I have been nursing a PhD for more years than I care to admit, whilst working in a fulltime post at the same university. In my present state of mind, trying to maintain some degree of sanity takes first place. I've not considered, nor has my pdoc suggested, add-on medication to tackle any cognition issues - we're basically just working on trying to keep the pieces together so that I can at least function at a level more or less resembling a responsible adult human being. I wish you well. And pl
  12. There appears to be a lot of information on the web with regard to donepezil side effects, from common through to rare. I found this particular one listed under rare side effects for the drug: mood or mental changes, including abnormal crying, aggression, agitation, delusions, irritability, nervousness, or restlessness (source: https://www.drugs.com/sfx/donepezil-side-effects.html) Your first post asked if it were possible that the med may cause psychotic features or affect your mood, and then in your second you said your doctor told you that you will develop psychosis. I'm just ha
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