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  1. Cogntive Behavioral Therapy Dialetical Behavioral Therapy
  2. Postpartum Obessive Compulsive Disorder, PPOCD, researchers are getting the message out to the public, dispelling fears many new Moms have, and creating public awareness. New York University psychiatry professor Shari Luskin, MD, and Sonia Murdock were interviewed on CNN today about Postpartum OCD. Report emphasized that -- Many mothers avoid seeking help for fear that their child/ren may be removed from the home -- Below is an exerpt from a doctored reviewed article: About Postpartum OCD Women with OCD may experience a worsening of symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum. A recent study suggests that fluctuating hormones may trigger symptoms during pregnancy. The same study reports OCD in 30% of women observed. The arrival of a baby brings new responsibility, a new set of concerns, and changes in routine. While normal reaction to a newborn may include some anxiety, postpartum OCD features disturbing thoughts and excessive behavior regarding the baby
  3. I haven't gained any weight on Seroquel. I have lost some weight but that is probably due to the AP switch.
  4. I am one of those people (are there others?) for whom the hypersomnia has never gone away. I titrated up to 400mg Seroquel, tapered back down to 200mg, and now taking 100mg. Every night I sleep 12+ hours and every morning it takes me at least an hour + coffee to get out of bed. Erika
  5. Twitch, Have you tried searching for information on parasomnia? Several different types. Is here a link to an abstract but as you'll see the full text is available for free. Not sure if this will be helpful but I saved it from a search I was working on on parasomina. * edit* Link inserted because it is too long to try to add as http. http://brain.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/conten...urnalcode=brain Brain, Vol 121, Issue 10 1819-1840, Copyright
  6. A very informative site with extensive facts on PTSD and many resources. National Center for PTSD The link below contains information on who's at risk, symptoms, diagnosis criteria, treatment, getting help, myths about PTSD, and other helpful links. PTSD Alliance PTSD, Complex PTSD and bullying Information and Resources on PTSD
  7. Losing four pounds is a big deal, a success, congratulations! I think lmnop and Fiona offered some good ideas for getting the kids involved with exercising. And as a bonus, there are many benefits for the kids' motor and cogntive development associated with movement and music, and movement to music. Erika
  8. Facial Flushing and Alcohol Use http://dermatology.about.com/cs/miscellaneous/a/flush_3.htm some people have this
  9. Please follow link to read the entire press release. You will need to register with the site but registration is oopen and free for all. Paroxetine Exposure in Early Pregnancy Linked to Risk of Defects Yael Waknine Dec. 8, 2005
  10. Definitions of Different Types of Pain Pain - An unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage or described in terms of such damage Acute pain - The normal, predictable, appropriate response to a noxious stimulus or disease process that threatens or produces tissue injury, and that abates following remission of the stimulus or healing of the injury Chronic pain - Pain associated with a chronic disorder, or pain that persists beyond resolution of an underlying disorder or healing of an injury, and that is often more intense than the underlying process would predict Nociceptive pain - Pain in response to a noxious stimulus that alerts the organism to impending tissue injury Inflammatory pain - Pain in response to tissue injury and the resulting inflammatory process Neuropathic pain - Pain produced by damage to or dysfunction of neurons in the peripheral or central nervous system Mixed etiology pain - Pain that contains both inflammatory and neuropathic components Peripheral sensitization - Increased excitability of peripheral nociceptors, often mediated by an inflammatory process Central sensitization - Increased excitability of central pain-transmitting neurons that may be mediated by an inflammatory process Dual mechanism pain - Pain that is amplified and maintained by both peripheral and central sensitization
  11. Potential Explanations for the Association Between Smoking and Schizophrenia Neurobiologic Effects of Nicotine The causes of the very high prevalence of cigarette smoking in individuals with serious mental illnesses are complex and multifactorial. Most of the literature examining reasons for the association between smoking and schizophrenia focuses on the neurobiologic effects of nicotine, such as its interactions with dopaminergic circuits. Consuming nicotine may ameliorate some of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, such as amotivation, anhedonia, and social isolation. Nicotine also may improve auditory gating impairments in persons with schizophrenia, which in turn may enhance attention, sensory processing, and the ability to interact with their environments. Although cigarette smoking may partially ameliorate specific psychiatric symptoms (such as negative symptoms) and cognitive measures, the general "self-medication" hypothesis (improvement in negative, cognitive, or depressive symptoms and reduction of antipsychotic side effects) has not been supported by all studies. The higher prevalence of smoking found among individuals (before the onset of their illness) who later develop schizophrenia may further indicate that impaired nicotinic neurotransmission is involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. read full article here You have to register with MedScape to access the article but registration is free and open to everyone
  12. This does sometimes happen -- I think Erika is having/has had the same trouble. <{POST_SNAPBACK}> jillbelle, Fiona is right. I am having a very rough time trying to fight the sedation of Seroquel. I have not been able to titrate up to a higher dose where some people experience the lessening of sedation. I even asked my pdoc last week how Seroquel can help with depression if it sedates me to the point that I am a walking zombie all day long. She agreed to decrease my dose, but that really hasn't helped because low doses are very effecteive for insomnia, so my sedation is as bad as when I first started and with every increase of dosage. In my case, the sedation of Seroquel is making me depressed because I have no energy, no motivation, and become angry at myself for not getting anything done all day. And, anger turned inward leads to depression. I take Dexedrine for ADD but any of its stimulanting effects are canceled out by the Seroquel. My pdoc did add Provigil to my cocktail to promote wakefulness. It has helped some, I do have several hours during the day when I actually feel like I am awake. But I am still very frustrated. You do not mention why you are taking Seroquel or if you need an AP what, if any, other APs you have tried. Do you mind sharing why you are taking the Seroquel? Believe me! I do know exactly how you feel. Erika
  13. I have go on and off Zyprexa many times and I never had any withdrawal problems. One, always taper down, never go cold turkey off of any med unless a doctor orders it and then the doc better be watching you closely. I was on Zyprexa form January to September. I titrated down form 10mg to 2.5mg over a few weeks then I stopped. I might have had a night of rebound insomnia but nothing more. Erika
  14. Lithium did nothing for me, was not effective in controlling mania or depression. What it did do for me: made me sicker than a dog and made me hypothyroid. I will now be on thyroid meds for the rest of my life. Erika
  15. I had no trouble with the link. Try again here maybe, see if it works. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/497225
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