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  1. So I don't actually have a psychiatrist at this time for various complicated reasons, which is why I can't call in, just FYI.
  2. I made the prolonged mistake of not refilling my meds for about 3 weeks. Whoops! I'm on 20 mg of aripiprazole (Abilify) and 200 mg of lamotrigine (Lamictal), which I've been on for about 2 years in varying doses. So my friends finally took me to the pharmacist today to pick them up, but I want to make sure I'm safe about going back on. Should I slowly increase dosages? Or can I just start back on my normal amount ASAP? I would go to a psychiatrist to figure this out, but I there aren't any appointments for another 2 weeks.
  3. Hi everyone! First things first, I was diagnosed with BP2 a little over a year ago, and I'm currently on 200mg Lamictal, 10mg Abilify, and 1mg Ativan (just started, for sleep). The first 2 meds have been working pretty well for me, though I've only been on them for about 3 months. What's been crappy, though, is that I don't have that expansive, connected, spiritual feeling anymore. It used to be semi-common for me. While it would usually precede a low for me, I still treasured those days. I felt like I was vibrating on the same frequency as everything else. I would feel love for all
  4. Started taking the lamotrigine at night a few days ago, and I've been experiencing some pretty high energy levels. At points too high, but generally manageable. I've actually been able to get some things done, like wash dishes and do laundry, so yippee! Seeing the np in a few days, curious to see what she'll say.
  5. Wow, I can really relate to this topic. I'm going to college soon, and I realized that it would be helpful to work with the college disability services, just to have some sort of backup plan academically if shit hits the fan. But I guess I don't think of myself as "disabled"? Maybe that's just my bias against the idea of being disabled. I don't want to be someone who requires special attention or special treatment, but I am. I think a lot of my hesitancy to adopt the label is fear that it will change the way people think of me. Instead of being "quirky," I'll be "mentally ill". Perha
  6. HI folks. For starters, I'm 20 and will be starting college this fall. I got a new therapist in August (the 3rd I've had), and she told me that I may be on the bipolar spectrum. This was surprising and confusing, but I guess it sort of made sense, too. I don't have (or haven't had yet..) full-blown manic episodes, or really even bipolar 2 type manic episodes. But I do sometimes get into an on-the-edge, spontaneous, I'm-connected-to-the-whole-damn-world type mood. I also experience anxiety-ridden depression fairly often. I'm not sure what the psychiatric nurse practitioner I see has diagno
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