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  1. There were some published research studies about if "drug cocktails" (more than one prescribed drug) were any more effective than single targeted drugs and the results, if I remember clearly, were that drug cocktails actually are NOT usually any more effective. Yet some pdocs do it anyway, just like they often will prescribe a dosage higher than the documented upper limit that the drug manufacturers specify is not any more theraputic and just causes more side effects. Sorry I don't have the exact links for this. I read about the drug cocktails study in Schizophrenia Digest magazine. (I think it's now called Schizophrenia magazine). It's not my favorite magazine, and it seems to have gone downhill but for some info about research it used to be pretty good. You might be able to look up an old issue based up this and find the original and get the source info from that.
  2. I also struggle with feeling that doors have closed on me. It feels like my whole life got eclipsed. For me, some of it is because when I last got hospitalised I lost my apartment and nearly all of my personal belongings. It's happened a few times over now. It's related to the delusions but it's a long story. Anyways, I'm not homeless anymore, but I hate where I live and I don't have any friends. I can't work and I don't have a car. Every day is a struggle to fight off boredom and depression. I wonder what happened to my youth and the medication makes me feel like I aged 25 years over the past months.
  3. I respect FiveDollarShake for telling what happened to them. People need to stop sugar-coating the truth about these meds. They don't always work right for eveyone. Being at the extreme of being "pro-med" doesn't help people whose lives have been hurt by the meds. yeah antipsychotics are amazing for how they treat psychosis and delusions and hallucinations and stuff like that, but reality is reality. There are good things that can happen and bad things that can happen. Pretending the bad things never happen is just as foolish as acting like the good things never happen. I'm pro-med but anti-foolishness. I believe in med compliance but my life has been adversely affected by meds also. That's the reality of how they turned out for me. Nobody else can live our lives for us, and people telling us to shut up doesn't reduce our side effects nor our symptoms.
  4. Depression (wrong), Social Anxiety (wrong), OCD (very wrong), Schizophrenia (correct), Depression (wrong again), Schizo-Affective (wrong), Schizophrenia (correct, again).
  5. dont flush pills down the toilet. if you have to throw em out, put em in the trash. municipal water plants can't filter out chemicals from the water supply even though they can filter out sewage. all those chemicals affect people's drinking water in the long run. only reason why i know this is from an environmental science college course i had and also we toured a water treatment plant. it was gross but educational.
  6. in my town, if people flash their lights at you, it means your headlights are out and they can barely see your car and are trying to help prevent an accident. other than that, sometimes car lights flicker when the car goes over a bump. i think schizos are more sensitive to things like this.
  7. Just so you know, feeling like thoughts or stolen or inserted is a symptom of psychosis. And meds can also interfere with short term memory if they are too high. It sounds like you might need to discuss medication adjustments either way.
  8. Hey BlurredBoundaries. This just happened to me too about 2 months ago. I'm still adjusting. The new therapist is not nearly as cheerful and fun as the new therapist. It was like losing a friend but gaining an acquaintance. I almost quit therapy because of the change. I feel like the continuity was all broken down. Also it made me feel like not much got accomplished with the previous therapist except helping me feel calm while she was there.
  9. i dont have disorganized speech. i dont have it as a symptom and i dont have it as a side effect. i've actually never heard of anybody getting it as a side effect of meds. but what i do have, is when my psychosis is deep enough, words start to take on different meanings for me and i start misinterpreting what people are talking about.
  10. make sure you always get 8 hours of quality sleep. it is well documented that lack of sleep causes irritability. i'm not saying that's what's causing your mood issues, but it could be making it worse. you will know if this is true or not. i know you said you're not depressed, but i just wanted to add for anybody else reading this... that my dad had severe rage issues and he told me that his rages decreased as he did therapy and antidepressants. he found that the antidepressants helped once he found one that worked. i remember this as a child and think it's true. I think the antidepressants really helped him. i remember the times when he skipped his meds he'd be really difficult to be around. but as soon as he was back on his meds he was normal again.
  11. the site can still be pro-medication and pro-support and still acknowledge the suffering that is sometimes a result of side effects of medications. the two aren't mutually exclusive. ignoring serious side effects experienced by others just makes people feel isolated and makes them suffer more emotionally.
  12. Geodon gave me anhedonia (not permanently, because I got off of it and got better). And haldol injections (which I'm still on), mildly reduces my good mood too. I feel better as it drains out of my system every month.
  13. maybe you have depression or bipolar and not schizophrenia nor schizoaffective. doctors do make mistakes and alot of us have had some silly misdiagnoses before they got the right one. some people stick with their early diagnoses and end up on a rainbow of meds and still other people really do have all of their diagnoses. i'm glad you are going to confront your psychiatrist about this. it's better to get to the bottom of these things and get on a proper treatment. i had a doc put me on OCD medicine once, and I don't have OCD. and i got put on antidepressants when I don't have depression. Also I got put on an anti-convulsant/moodstabilizer when I dont match that either. In each instance I quit the medicines and it had no bad effect on me whatsoever and the later psychiatrists didn't even notice or care. Get with the best psychiatrist you have available. There's some duds out there. Good luck.
  14. i won't lie, since you asked an honest ernest question. i think you are still delusional, but luckily the medications are reducing the delusions and/or hallucinations. you might even get better as time goes on. i've had similar experiences during my times off and on of meds. it's not a personal criticism against you. it's just my solicited opinon of your symptoms based upon what you said. i hope you continue to get relief. peace.
  15. I actually don't like injections much at all because you have to wait at least one full cycle (1 month usually) just to get an adjustment if the meds are too high. With pills it just takes a day or two. And if it's still too high, it will take another month of an adjustment!!! I'm on injections now so I know what I'm talking about. it sucks. But I have trouble staying on pills because i usually quit taking them since I always feel better off of medication. But I still might go back on pills eventually.
  16. yeah prolactinemia sucks. it gave me gynecomastia (I'm a guy). and the thing that NOBODY mentions, is that prolactinemia causes sexual dysfunction problems even if it doesnt give you manboobs or lactation. It makes me really kind of mad. Nobody warned me of ANY of the side effects I had on my medications and they always started me on high dosages instead of starting me on low ones and building up. And people wonder why some of us are bitter??!
  17. if you do enough reading about schizophrenia you will discover that anhedonia comes with depression for some people with depression. but people with schizophrenia can get anhedonia without depression or anything else. it's anhedonia by itself and YES THE MEDICATION CAN CAUSE IT. Unfortunately, because a lot of psychiatrists don't know how to ask about it, they don't educate their patients about it and so a lot of people dont know what they are experiencing until they research it. But it's a real issue. For me, anhedonia went away after I got off of the Geodon that was causing it. And it was gone for the whole duration of the time that I was off of meds. But I'm on haldol now, and haldol gives it to me somewhat but not as bad as the geodon, so it's just bearable. I fought hard to get on the lowest prescribed dosage of haldol because of this. and becasue of the other side effects i get from antipsychotic meds each time. I know i can't keep going off the meds but i really feel better off of them and that's the reality. So I feel compassion for anybody suffering with anhedonia. Try to get on the lowest effective dosage and don't give up hope.
  18. i had a lot of really bad side effects from risperdal consta and the pills when i was on it too. it messed me up more than any other antipsychotic med, and i've been on a lot of them and all of them caused me so much troubles that i didnt stay on them. i think a lot of psychiatrists are attracted to risperdal because it's heavily marketed and because it's so potent that it works fast. so they can get people out of the hospital faster than with some other drugs. but docs like that arent tuned into the side effects which is why most people go off of the medications. the docs arent looking at the complete picture of the patient's life. it's for this reason that i have a lot of resentment towards a lot of psychiatrists even though the medication keeps me from having delusions. my quality of life is actually better during my psychosis and worse during my medicated times due to the side effects. but i'm at a point in my life where i cant keep going off my meds so i'm just stuck feeling miserable most of the time. the best i can do is fight for the lowest effective dosage of my current medication. but i'm already at that point and i still feel miserable and sleep most of the time. so my life sucks.
  19. geodon gave me anhedonia and dizzy spells until i changed meds. i'd say more but almost every time i mention my bad side effects i get chastised by people who are strictly pro medicine.
  20. I never needed more than 4 partitions, so I stick with MBR. GPT and UEFI seem to complex to me in some ways. I run Linux and I don't even use GRUB, but instead use GRUB4DOS from within PuppyLinux. It works just as well and I can more easily customize the bootup menu.
  21. software for the internet is able to determine location or approximate location according to IP addresses. Every computer uses an IP address to connect to the internet, so every computer can be located somewhat. The precision depends upon the internet service provider's settings, and that provides some shielding, but internet service providers have addresses too, so that can also be determined by the software. these informations are sent and recieved "under the hood" without any attention to the end user. There are some custom web browser tools that can prevent some of this, such as TOR (The Onion Router), and IP randomizers, referrer blockers, header editors, etc. But they each have their downsides too. Overally, I think you have a right to be concerned. Unfortunately, this is the state of affairs on the internet.
  22. Don't let other people's false claims prevent you from pursuing your true hopes and dreams. Only you know you and your own motivations. It sounds like you had something beautiful with the women, so why deny yourself that? Your acquaintances can't and shouldn't live your life for you. You live your own life. And that's your right. Peace be with ya!
  23. My dad had severe rages and irritability, but it was reduced drastically when he got into therapy and also got on a good antidepressant that worked for him. Something about the antidepressant really helped a lot.
  24. @TakeAChillPill: No, sorry I don't have nystagmus. Sorry you didn't get your sexual functioning back. I think these meds are to blame because they (antipsychotics) afftect the master gland (pituitary gland).
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