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JackBQuick

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    ask my mom.. oh wait, don't do that... she sometimes thinks I don't like chocolate?!

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  1. I'm getting desperate. I'm in SoCal and it seems I can only get Northstar (10 lbs a month weight gain) or Alembic (haven't tried.) I've heard plenty of horror stories about Northstar but I can't find any info on Alembic other than it's from India (where the other generics that also made me gain a lot of weight PDQ). Anyone know anything about Alembic brand Lamotrigine? There's a website that claims to be able to get Aurobindo (the only not weight gainer for me among all the others) from Plan Canada in Alberta. I'm in the US obviously. Does anyone know if that's legit, that a US person can g
  2. When are you seeing your tdoc? What state are you in? Here's my take based on SoCal, LA/Ventura counties—and I realize what I have to say will be very unpopular, this is just me, I can only speak from my experience: Unless the tdoc has direct experience with CPS (in SoCal) I would take what they have to say about CPS as woefully ignorant. Most upper class people who are therapists have not had contact with CPS, in LA County CPS is exceptionally aggressive. In Ventura County they are triggered with little to no provocation. There are thousands of court cases against both counties' CPS
  3. "Professional" means having specialized knowledge and/or skill (degrees, licensing, etc), deriving substantial or all of one's income from it. Do you have a fiction writer's group? Sometimes that helps motivate finishing through publishing. Whatever you do, go for it and never stop.
  4. Seven years later update: weight gain and Lamictal/Lamotrigine My data (charted over seven years)—YMMV: Lamictal Brand: no unusual weight gain (nightmare to get insurance to cover) generics: Zydus: 30 lbs gained in 45 days, massive, insatiable cravings/appetite Teva: 20 lbs weight gain 45 days no change in appetite but cravings for carbs increased Taro: 15 lbs weight gain 45 days increased appetite, mood cycles were deeper and higher Dr. Reddy's: 23 lbs weight gain 45 days, no change in appetite, short-term memory issues Aurobindo: no weight gain 45 d
  5. 10 years on Lamictal so far... no hair loss so far. I'd go see the doc quick.
  6. BPI, then BPNOS, when that became a thing. Then @ age 35-40, somewhere in there, was finally Dx'd with BPII, got on Lamictal and life suddenly was reasonable--still shitty with chronic underemployment, injuries, etc. but the BP was undoing me a shit-ton less. BPI, then BPNOS, when that became a thing. Then @ age 35-40, somewhere in there, was finally Dx'd with BPII, got on Lamictal and life suddenly was reasonable--still shitty with chronic underemployment, injuries, etc. but the BP was undoing me a shit-ton less.
  7. Hypomania is what I wind up with (BPII), though Lamictal, (exercise, diet too) helps take the excess of it off. I do cycle but just a little now. I'm a writer. I'm at my most creative going down and coming up from the depression trough. Since the bottom isn't as bad on meds, I feel more creative than I used to be. So I guess I need the whole bit because I'm creative and productive depending on where I am in the cycle. My guess is, I'd be just as creative anyway but, it's a guess. Hypomania is what I wind up with (BPII), though Lamictal, (exercise, diet too) helps take the excess of i
  8. Yes, fiction and non-fiction. National/intl guest blogger gigs, corp. speeches, tech writing for software companies, & fiction work online at Amazon. As a general daily activity, most writers, myself included read about 10K pages of other people's work to every 1K words we write. I read ALL the time and write up to 14-18 hours almost every day outside match days (I'm also a pro referee). I have five novels in progress at any one time. Right now two are at my editor's for notes and revisions. Should have one of them up soon. (Had to take nine months off while helping my 16 yo recover f
  9. Thanks for that. I would have lost that vital extra hour of sleep before work tomorrow.
  10. waited. too damned long. now out of time. awesome.

  11. Thought of blogging on CB many times. I have one outside for public stuff, trying to build readers and so on. Need to expand in the Goodreads blogs, an all that. but for dealing with this stuff... it probably would be useful. The "man thing" for me is surprising I talk things through, I take in things via intuition (not my senses) and process via emotions. Except for him. I've bottled up to minimize the damage. One because he's so sideways from the rest of the world (Aspergers) and I seriously can't figure him out most of the time also tough for me because I figure out people accurat
  12. Tried that already. This is fifteen years in the making, highly compressed and potent in the last eighteen months to now. Struggling. I don't want to hurt him more.
  13. "Single Case Agreement." Holy cow, magic keywords. Thank you, he's got an appt this week so I'm bringing that with me.
  14. I suck at compartmentalizing but I'll try to here--because I can write a book (and likely will once my son's legal issues are resolved). My son has Aspergers and ADHD/Impulsivity. A friend of his began cutting when my son was @11 or so . My son began then. I wasn't sure if it was imitation, trying to find acceptance because he's never had more than 1 friend at a time and social engagement is a major problem for him since he was @5. Partly because people don't understand his quirkiness and his autistic reactions to stuff and our culture trains kids to run to cops for every last thing that s
  15. Attorney. We're trying to avoid a CPS situation ourselves at the moment. People are insane and around here CPS is notoriously so. When law enforcement gets involved it's always a giant mess and the brutality of it takes a heavy emotional toll. Mainly because it's absolutely crazy the ridiculous and batshit way they handle things. I'm in a financial nightmare because I had to use rent money to hire a lawyer. But I had no choice. My mom is a former social worker in another state. I tell her very little. That means no support from her emotionally when I need her. Did you get your child ba
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