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  1. Google Calendar will, amazingly, email or text you a near-limitless number of reminders to any event you care to add to it. Want to remember a friend's birthday? Every year? Ta-da! My mom now thinks my memory is soooo much better... Also handy for remembering to take meds, I find, or to take the dog to the vet, or whatever. You could think of it as a "LG sucks" thing, if you choose, or you could interpret it as "LG has a lot of concern for her friends." You're taking the emphasis now (in the above post, I mean) off your friends and putting it on your flaws (or that's how I'm readin
  2. Emperor, it isn't generally described as one of the more effective antipsychotics for anxiety, and it's not being given at an anti-psychotic dose - but apparently the plan is to see how you do and then titrate it up. The akathisia with it can be remarkable, so if you feel antsy, try to sort out if it's anxiety or akathisia. I kind of hate to say all that and maybe squick you out, but you're a grown up, a very rational one at that, and you won't fret too much over the details. Monitor your dietary intake rationally and see how it goes. Maybe, if inpatient (voluntary) treatment isn't an op
  3. Keep as regular a schedule as you can - up at the same time every day. Try to normalize your sleep schedule. It'll make going to bed and getting up much easier if your brain is "pre-set" for it, if that makes any sense. Call your psychiatrist's office and leave a check-in message tomorrow. Usually a slower taper would be nice, but it sounds like it's helping to get off the Cymbalta, so maybe not so much in your case. When you say "panic attack as [you're] falling asleep," what kind of symptoms did you have? And what helped last night?
  4. Silver

    Is it me?

    gizmo: Since Topamax is, as it turns out, officially indicated (on-label) for migraine and specific types of epilepsy, and since it ISN'T on-label for anything psychiatric at this time... and since GP and psychiatry can certainly treat migraine... I have no damn idea what their problem is. Sometimes going through the PI sheet with a quizzical look can be more hurtful than helpful, of course, in this type of situation, but, still. Sheesh.
  5. OK, so, Jibbz, there's this thing: it's not about just Feeling Real Good. It's about getting better and staying better. (And you're not going to Feel Good All The Time, but I'm pretty sure you know that.) See- it's not an issue of just thinking of your problems in a way of fixing them. The next part is getting up and doing something. This might be where the therapy helps you problem-solve. Anyway, good luck.
  6. You could talk to your psychiatrist about using a very, very low dose of doxepin instead - 10mg -and see if that works. About as close as you'll get. Or Benadryl, 25-50 mg - not more.
  7. Been looking around - my state doesn't allow insurers to drop you when you are eligible for Medicare, if you're in a small business or large group plan. Looking through the regs and when that one was put into place, it was in response to the crunch in availability. So that probably varies by state, I'm guessing...
  8. So: you're complaining that Depakote made you lay around all the time and do nothing and eat a lot. And you're thinking the solution to your problems is weed? [snorf] OK. Now that I'm through with my fits of giggles. One thing your posts are notable for is some "all or nothing" thinking. (example: You want the clonazepam to work "perfectly.") Might want to discuss that with your psychiatrist. No drug is 100% all of the time. No, not even cannabis. Another thing I'd recommend is that you and s/he come up with some objective methods of assessing your actual function, not just "w
  9. Bonus: I find if I do Pilates or yoga at home, I also manage to pick up a LOT of dog and cat hair if I just use the rug. So that allows me to get housework and exercise in at the same time. Two goals in one! (the slatternliness of my house is directly proportionate to my mental status)
  10. Your private insurer often has no incentive whatsoever to drop you. Here's the thing - and I'm assuming no one here is on dialysis, rules are different there. If someone who's more intimately involved in reimbursement knows differently and can provide citations, please do so; I'm writing from a public health system financing perspective, and as someone who looks at barriers to care faced by people on Medicare. Medicare is almost always the primary payer - UNLESS your other insurance comes from someone's employment and it is a large group plan (the employer has >100 employees.) If yo
  11. Yeah, well, that's kind of the million dollar question, isn't it. I can do it if it's not too far out of sync, and I can do it if I focus on one thing at a time for 1 or 2 weeks - as in "I'll take the dog for a run 20 minutes per day" (or "I won't run more than an hour," because that's the other way stuff gets out of control.) If I try to alter more than 1 thing at a time, I can't handle it. Other people may be able to handle more complexity, but I can't juggle that kind of stuff.
  12. It sure as hell HELPS, but, no, it's not a cure. It's definitely symptomatic for me when that stuff gets way out of whack. Too much caffeine - even if lithium is adjusted for it - will make me weird, I've learned. Even if I'm still sleeping. Cutting out breakfast makes me weird. Living on nothing but Diet Coke and Triscuits and almonds (we buy these things in bulk at the office) makes me weird. Running or the equivalent for 3h a day makes me weird, and beats the crap out of my joints as a bonus. But most of those behaviors, in retrospect, are symptomatic of other rhythms that have bee
  13. Ash, some stability does sound like it will be a good break for you... I don't know if your chemist/pharmacist can give you your pills in a 7 or 14 day at a time fill, if you think that would help (and Miab - well, that's just darned civilized, is all I can say!) enjoy the neuro Christmas party!
  14. Had it, as soon as my workplace had enough for highest-risk staff members (such as the pregnant ones.) Karuna, really, none of them? That's a moment of culture shock for me. What's the reason cited by the people you know? Every direct patient care health care worker I know has now had it, as well as every pharmacist with patient contact. At the local hospital, they issued stickers for "H1N1 09" and "FLU 09" that were placed on ID badges after vaccination; they always do this with seasonal flu shots. Patients and infection control can then tell which staff members have been vaccinated and
  15. hey, Ash, let me sidetrack for a second - can you get your meds put in a mediset? There is the kind you set up yourself - sometimes you can pull one day out at a time, and then put the rest of the pillbox somewhere that is a pain to get to. It gives you a couple seconds' delay. Or there is the kind the pharmacist sets up, which they charge a fee for, but it is a blister pack of medications, so you have to punch them out of the pack. That might help with the impulse thing. It's just a thought. These are also good for those of us who forget if we already took that day's meds. Like
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