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Everything posted by saintalto

  1. If your pdoc doesn’t like the combination and says there is potential for interactions, I’d listen to them and take their advice. We are not doctors here.
  2. I have taken Lamictal for 18 years and I can’t remember if it energized me at first. If it did, the effect faded because now I take it at night. You usually have to take a mood stabilizer when you have Schizoaffective because the mood component of the illness is just as dangerous as the psychosis. Psychosis also worsens when you are suffering mood symptoms like mania or depression. So the mood has to be treated and most people who have this diagnosis take both anti-psychotics and a mood stabilizer.
  3. I’m sorry you are struggling so much. Maybe cover the mirrors in your house until you start feeling a little better?
  4. When I was symptomatic from 19 to 34 I thought my illness was just a part of me. When I stabilized I was finally able to seperate myself from the illness. I think you have to be completely clear headed to be able to do it. When you’re in the midst of symptoms it begins to feel like it’s your personality.
  5. Do not tell people what to take and not take. You can relate your personal experience here but you are not a doctor and are not in a position to say what people should take and what they shouldn’t. Not everyone has the same side effects from a drug. Plenty of people take seroquel and benefit from it. You can’t say for certain this person is going to have the same experience you did.
  6. Hello, when I am psychotic, at first I am well aware the delusions aren’t real. Doesn’t stop my mind from constantly making connections with everything, usually something related to me somehow. Every coincidence I encounter and every sense of déjà vu (I get it a lot when I’m psychotic) is a sign for just me. It takes a while after being psychotic for me to stop being able to identify what’s a symptom. I really have to let it go for a long time.
  7. Knowing a parent is complicit in your abuse is hard. I love my mother still but I found out she knew about and allowed the abuse to happen. I don’t really know how to process that. A mother should protect you.
  8. PRN time. Take your Zyprexa PRN like you are supposed to when you have breakthrough symptoms and it should help you get to sleep. Remember it’s your miracle drug so don’t ignore it. You’ve told us so many times how much it helps.
  9. The fact you have run out of meds and are off some could be the reason you are hearing these voices and having these sorts of thoughts.
  10. We are not medical professionals here and cannot tell you what meds to take or not take. You will need to ask your treatment team about this. We can relay our own experiences with meds, or offer information about a med, but as to advising you on what you should take, we leave that up to your doctor.
  11. I am like this when I am psychotic. It clears up when I’m stable. Meds make me stable more than therapy.
  12. I cut ties with my dad for many years and it improved my mental health hugely. Then when he got cancer I moved back to be close to him while he was dying and help my uncle take care of him (I’m close with my uncle). That was probably one of the worst decisions I’ve ever made. I suppose I was waiting for some ounce of remorse for all the things he did but he never said a word about it and died comfortably and without any words of apology. Nothing. He should have gone to jail, not died in a cozy rest home having lived his life free of any consequences. Sometimes cutting ties just needs to be done if you want to heal. .
  13. You could buy an older generation Apple Watch for not that much. I use an Apple Watch and it’s fantastic. I’m not sure if you have to have an iPhone to use the Apple Watch though.
  14. My last pharmacist was a black hole of communication.. Faxes from my doctor were never received (and she had other patients using the same pharmacy who complained of the same) so I had to start bringing in paper prescriptions every time. My doctor also had to call them repeatedly about my concerta prescription which they kept messing up no matter how many times I’d had it filled before. I switched to a new pharmacy last week. My doctor faxed in all my prescriptions to them without issue. I miss the pharmacy being so close to me because the new one is a much longer walk, but I just had enough.
  15. Be very careful with methylated B vitamins because my husband was put on that and it caused intense irritability and episodes of rage that were terrifying and stopped as soon as he stopped the vitamin. *I forgot to add he became suicidal in the span of a few days. @jarn
  16. @AbilifyedBunny What does your psychiatrist say about greying hair and meds? This is the person you should really be asking because we are going on personal experiences here, we are not doctors.
  17. Been on all the older atypical antipsychotics, been on most the mood stabilizers available, and have tried a hefty list of anti-depressants. 18 years on meds and no grey hair. If it’s a side effect, I imagine it’s pretty rare. This is the first I’ve heard of it.
  18. @clinic I checked and you have specifically asked for drugs for OCD that do not have interactions before in other threads you started. You should really talk to a doctor or pharmacist about this matter if it concerns you so much you post about this same topic repeatedly. Medical professionals are the only ones who are going to be able to give you the answers you want. We are all just forum members here. You are free to ask and learn about our collective experiences with the understanding we are not a treatment provider.
  19. He is merely a member of a mental health forum, not a medical professional. If you want reliable answers to questions about medication, and you want reassurance, ask your doctor or pharmacist. They would know best.
  20. Read the response by Morpheus. He answered your question. Also, if you want a more official answer, this is something you need to ask your doctor.
  21. My husband went through a deep depression 2 and a half years ago and it was the first time I had to take care of him. The depression lasted for 2 solid years. It made him irritable all the time and he had black and white thinking about everything. He mostly just laid in bed and did nothing when he got home from work and on the weekends. It was probably the biggest test our marriage has faced aside from my psychotic episodes. I just kept saying in my head over and over "this will pass, you just have to get through another day, you can do this... just be there for him and listen to him as best you can." Sometimes I had to do that all day long. I had moments where I broke and snapped at him, but somehow I kept my shit together for 2 years and got through it. I managed to get him into a therapist and I would come with him to every session at first to make sure he talked. He didn't mind me coming. Eventually we just made it so I checked in at the beginning of his appointments to make sure I shared what I had been observing and then I'd leave him alone for the rest of the appointment. I'll add that I also convinced him to try medication which did help some (though not hugely). I guess my best advice is to work your hardest just to be a constant for him, be a good listener, and know when to back off and give him his space. Don't take anything personally either. Even if it's super hurtful. It's not about you.
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