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  1. Bucket, I really think the voices are hurting you, and that you wanting to keep them around is a sign of still not doing so well. I know we don't talk a hell of a lot anymore, which is mostly my fault, but I still want to see you do well. I will try to make myself more available on Hangouts, or wherever you would like to talk to me, if you need someone to vent to about the voices. I can still relate. If you feel you can't talk to me about them anymore, or you'd rather not, that's fine too, I just want to offer you someone, something. I hope your search for the new psychiatrist and therapist treats you well, and that you are able to find someone that truly listens and will help. All the best to you! And come find me when you're ready for someone to talk to. Your friend, Kylene
  2. The tiredness was short lived for me. And the Haldol was really helpful, for about almost two years. It's a really good med, and worth a fair shot. I'm glad you're finding it's not so bad.
  3. I was on Haldol for over a year, at 10mg. It was very helpful, but it just stopped working, and my psychiatrist wouldn't go any higher on the dose. Cogentin really helped my stiff muscles and shakiness. Nothing was permanent in that sense either. I'm on Seroquel, Invega, and an older AP, Loxapine, and I don't really shake as much and my muscles are usually relaxed. Anyway, good luck to you, Cheese!
  4. I just got out of the hospital yesterday. Discharge summary says PTSD, SZA BP type, Asthma, and GERD. My meds stayed the same, except for 100mg Trazadone and 600mg Seroquel XR, instead of the previous dose of 300mg. I feel a little better. I'm not as agitated or angry, and I'm actually sleeping again, whereas before I was up for a day at a time. I'm headed back to Canada on Monday Which makes me sad. I see Dr. G on Tuesday. They wanted fast follow up. But all in all, I'm doing better.
  5. I am on 1250mg of Valproate, and 300mg of Seroquel XR. I just started the Seroquel, so my dose is small. The target dose is 600mg. So far, the more Seroquel XR I take, the less hungry I am, which I know is not a typical reaction to Seroquel. I do believe Valproate has made me gain some weight in the six years I have been on it. So far I am not really sure how the Seroquel XR works, but Valproate has always been really helpful. I've never heard of them cancelling each other out. Anyway, I wish you the best with everything
  6. I had a pdoc that once thought I had BPD and pseudo hallucinations (not that the diagnosis is relevant). But she said they are voices inside your head, usually brought on by stress and such. It really does depend what pdoc you talk to though, because my voices are inside and outside of my head, and my current pdoc refers to the ones inside my head as "intrusive thoughts". Anyway, I hope you can find some help with what you are experiencing
  7. You can always Google ideas and print them out and give them to the artist as well. I've done that. I just want to warn you, if you are going over scar tissue, it can sometimes hurt a little more than if you aren't. But usually the end results are worth it. I hope you find something you really like! Good luck to you
  8. I took Geodon for a little while, in the morning and at dinner time. With food. I usually woke up when my grandma did for work, and she would give me my Geodon with a muffin or two and some fruit juice. I'm not so sure if it worked well, as in how effective the med was, I got major migraines from it and had to come off of it after a few weeks. I do know it usually doesn't work when taken without food, though.
  9. It's a four month waiting list before I will see anyone in the SZ clinic. I think I have to have an assessment to see if the specialist pdocs there agree with my current SZA diagnosis. But if they do agree, I may request to see Dr. L (my orginal diagnosing pdoc) again. Hopefully it will all work out. I just know, I definitely need more support than I am receiving right now.
  10. Thanks for all the support and encouragement, guys. I'm hoping it will work out better than my current situation. Melissa, I'm not sure what pdoc I will get, but I do hope I get the one who originally diagnosed me. He was very nice. Even my mom and my case worker from where I was living at the time really liked him.
  11. I am changing pdocs and going into a more intensive care clinic, specifically for those with SZ and SZA. The pdoc who originally diagnosed me apparently works there, so I am hopeful. I'll see a pdoc once a month instead of the once every three or four months I see my current pdoc. I will also have a "Most responsible clinician" who I will be able to see once a week. My only current support is my infrequent appointments with my pdoc. I believe this clinic has support groups and vocational and recreational therapy too. So I am optimistic. I am a little afraid to change pdocs, but it has to be done, I'm afraid.
  12. Lamictal didn't work well for me either, but Depakote really helps me. I'm not sure it helps the mumbling I occasionally still sometimes hear, or thoughts that run through my head that I'd rather didn't. I don't think any medicine has really helped with that. My Invega sometimes helps with that, but not often. Depakote mostly helps me not experience mania. Sorry I can't be more helpful. Best of luck finding something that will work for you.
  13. I have horrible dental hygiene. I refuse to brush my teeth. I'm not sure why, I think it's because it hurts, and I fell out of the habit when I was in residential, because I didn't like the sink in the bathroom there. Every time I go to the dentist I have anywhere between 5-9 cavities. It was embarrassing at first, but then I realized that my dentist is aware of my ASD/SZA and he is very nice to me. He always gently reminds me that I need to brush better, etc. But he never gets mad. I do agree, let them know that you are a little anxious. I usually do so when I go. I also bring a small stuffed bear to hold onto in case it hurts or I feel uncomfortable or anxious. Kind of like self soothing from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I just take Tim out of my purse and squeeze him. It works quite well. But I do understand not everyone wants to carry around a stuffed bear.. lol Anyway, whatever way you decide to go about the appointment, I hope it goes well for you! Good luck!
  14. Geodon, or Zeldox as it's called here, gave me wicked migraines. I couldn't get out of bed. I didn't give it a chance to work, I stopped it after a few days. Latuda I couldn't remember to eat with, so it didn't really work either. Somehow I usually remembered to eat with Geodon (my pdoc said Latuda and Geodon require a certain amount of calorie intake to work). I don't think it's fair of me to rate either of these meds, because I didn't really give them a good chance to work to their full potential. Abilify didn't work for me either. It was like taking nothing. I had to walk around and pace all the time when I was on it. And I was always thirsty. Probably a 2 or 3/10. Right now I'm on 12mg of Invega. It works pretty well, I'd give it a 9/10.
  15. I took a stimulant when I was thought to have ADHD (I don't think I still carry that diagnosis, but I could be wrong). But anyway, I couldn't sleep, I started hearing things, I couldn't do anything for more than a few minutes, etc. I didn't have to be hospitalized, but I think if I hadn't stopped taking it, it might have meant a trip to the hospital. Check with your doctor first. Stimulants can be dangerous, especially if you're prone to mania and Bipolar.
  16. I have a green ribbon with two butterflies resting on it tattooed on my arm. I will admit, except for mental health professionals, I do usually have to say what the colour is for. But I don't mind, I got it because it has meaning to me, not because I wanted everyone to know what it is.
  17. Going to a "face to face" meeting with a crisis counsellor today... My depression has been back since my Invega was raised a little while ago. I'm just hoping they can help find me a tdoc. The crisis worker I spoke to last night thought I was "decompensating" and wanted me to come inpatient and do their five day program. I can't; one of my friends just graduated college, and another has a birthday coming up, so they're doing a joint party this Friday. I'd feel bad if I wasn't there for them. I guess I really should put myself first, but I can't seem to do so. Oh well, here's hoping the meeting is successful.
  18. I've been on it for about four or so years, and it has worked great for me. I haven't had a manic episode since starting it. I hope it works well for you.
  19. Seroquel was sedating at low doses. Loxapine knocked me out completely. I fell asleep in school, at the doctor's office, etc. The rest of the APs and AAPs I've been on, I got used to fairly quickly and were only sedating for a few days or weeks.
  20. Usually hyper sexuality is seen in disorders like Bipolar, or Schizoaffective: Bipolar type, etc. I'm not sure if it's part of Schizophrenia, as I don't have that. I have SZA: Bipolar type. And I've been here, done this, unfortunately. It didn't end well, and I will never do it again. Try to refrain, because somehow, I feel like you will regret it later. Talking to your pdoc right now about this is a good idea.
  21. I used to take Seroquel, Thorazine, and Nozinan as PRNs. Thorazine usually worked fairly quickly. Seroquel just knocked me out at the low PRN dose. I can't remember how effective Nozinan was, but that doesn't really matter, as I don't think it's available in the US. It took a little while for Haldol and Risperdal to work for me too. But everyone is different. I've never been on Zyprexa before. An older, typical antipsychotic called Loxapine worked really quickly for me too, even though it was a standard, not a PRN. Anyway, your doctor should be able to choose an AP or AAP that they think may be fast acting. Good luck!
  22. I didn't know that.. Sorry for the misinformation! It's possible I gained weight on it, I've never taken it alone to really be able to know. But I thought it was my AAPs and APs causing the weight gain. Again, my apologies!
  23. I've done it every time I was inpatient, once or twice a week for two years in residential treatment, and as an outpatient. The outpatient one was a six month intensive program for children and teens. Once a week in a group and once a week in individual therapy for six months. I could call my individual therapist whenever I needed her in that program (during office hours). I was sixteen at that point. As my diagnosis changed from Borderline Personality Disorder traits to Schizoaffective disorder, I did less DBT. But I still use the interpersonal skills to deal with people sometimes, when I remember them (those who know me, know I have sub par social skills). I still use distractions and self soothing to help me through hallucinations that aren't being very nice to me. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I also use the one where you shock yourself into thinking differently with cold or hot showers, holding ice, etc, I just can't remember what it's called at the moment.. I never really mastered mindfulness. And really, I can't remember the rest of the modules now. It's been such a long time. Practicing and going over each module as much as possible is a good idea. DBT can be very helpful.
  24. Checking your Lithium levels may be a good idea. But, in the case that you do decide to go off Lithium, Depakote has been good for me for about five years now. No mania at all. And I don't think I've gained anything from it either. As for an AP, Haldol really helped me. Not a lot of weight gain on it either, I don't think. I just went off of it because it wasn't working anymore. I did have to take Benztropine with it though, to deal with the shaking and muscle stiffness.
  25. I'm not sure my sister would be able to ask for me, and I never go with her to her appointments. My pdoc might know someone, I could ask when I see her next.
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