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  1. I had an overnight stay in the ER as I had a seizure and another in the ER. Next morning they said they were releasing me they just needed a doc to sign. I waited 2 hours and after being told it would be just a few more mins. I snuck out, got my car a left. That was years ago and there were no repercussions.
  2. Psychiatrists have been historically reimbursed the least. MY pdoc who is mainly cash only once actually took my insurance for awhile. The insurance paid him $25.99. For a session he bills at $350. Even my allergist got more from insurance.
  3. Just choosing to do something about your mental health can improve your mood. Stimulants and benzos work pretty well at once. Some Anticonvulsants work almost at once on seizures, not sure about mood.
  4. People who are chronically ill should be seeing their generalist regularly. I see her every 3 months. People on meds need to have regularly basic tests like CBC, Liver function, kidney function, and a comprehensive metabolic panel to name a few/
  5. I cleaned the house and am getting my MMR vaccine today.
  6. Using airlines is out of the question, so you would need to travel by car/motorhome.
  7. 2 years, great clinical psychologist. I'm 10+ years with my psychiatrist.
  8. Spatial reasoning is a category of reasoning skills that refers to the capacity to think about objects in three dimensions and to draw conclusions about those objects from limited information. Someone with good spatial abilities might also be good at thinking about how an object will look when rotated. I can't read maps. I can't rotate an object in my mind then answer questions It is most likely am taking the longest possible route to get anywhere. I'm always surprised and embarrassed when someone shows me a muck quicker route . I have significant deficits in Spatial Reasoning , several tests have proven that.
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  12. You took an overdose. If one is good 3 will be better thinking does not work here,
  13. Keep in mind that the standard dose for seizures is 600 mg up to 1200 mg or more. People take these doses without issue. Tolerability does not change just because you are taking Lamictal for other indications.
  14. The Trump money came from the grandfather , he is the one who made it, and it was passed to Trump's father who passed it to Trump. Trump has declared bankruptcy many times and is notorious for not paying his contractors.
  15. I get away with just talking Klonopin (clonazepam) once a day, every day and don't get panicky between doses. I take 1 mg and can go to 2 if I want to. Still taking it once a day.
  16. The self care comes and goes but things like cooking and cleaning fall by the wayside. My seizures became so bad that it was not safe to live alone (which I prefer) so I got a roommate (at my age 57 !) and gave them reduced rent to cook and clean and tend to the yard. They help me after seizures with memory issues or injuries caused during the seizure. They watch out for me during the period right after a seizure, making sure I get medical help and driving for me.
  17. THis is not a question that has a solid answer. So many factors go into it and it varies highly by person.
  18. I would be having regular prolactin blood tests and measure my chest size so I could stop it ASAP at the sign of milk, significantly increased prolactin, or chest growth. People on this board have said things returned to normal after they stopped it. Given this is not a permanent side effect and there are several ways to monitor it I don't think it is worth worrying much about it. Far worse to get TD.
  19. Almost all of the anticonvulsants have therapeutic blood level monitoring tests. You are lucky as most drugs don't. What dose are you on ? Generally Lamictal us pretty well side effect free until 300 mg, I made it to 450 mg without side effects. I was on Lamictal for seizures and had the blood test once I reached a level dose to see if I was a normal, slow, or fast metabolizer. If I was a fast one I would need to take more. I was a normal metabolizer
  20. If illnesses exist for decades they should be treated with what works. I've been on meds for 3 decades, always including an AD. I was on Welburtrin for a decade before it did not work as well so we first raised it to 450 mg then added Abilify. You may find you need to step up dosage over the years or hop to another med with the same indications. Many illnesses progress over time so meds need to also.
  21. Honestly, unless you have results of testing that you are cognitively impaired it is not worth the risk of taking this med. The proof has to at least be equal to the risk. As humans we are very bad at judging ourselves on most things. Lots of conditions cause cognitive deficits, if this is the case you need to be treat those conditions not cognitive issues in general. You need to know exactingly and specifically how you are impaired. Is it in say spacial reasoning, verbal reasoning, verbal memory, etc. Then you can pick a med that is known to treat that specific deficit. I have cognitive issues due to concussions, I have had several in the recent past. The neurologist says it will take a year to recover as much as I can on the cognitive front. I don't treat the concussions, at least in terms of preventing them. Walking it back, why do I have concussions ? I have convulsions (tonic/clonic seizures) and tend to be standing when they happen so the first thing that happens is all muscles go limp, I crumple and hit the floor. I am unconscious already so there is nothing I can do to break or control my fall. 90% of the time I hit my head. Hard. I have 35 stitches in my brow line due to these falls. Walking it back further, looking at seizures, why do I have them ? I have idiopathic adult onset epilepsy. idiopathic means no known cause, so that is a dead end. However we know my seizures start as partial seizures and then generalize. The tonic/clonic seizure is a generalized seizure. Instead of taking a med that reduces falls I treat the partial seizure. That is where this chain of events starts. Prevent the partial so I don't generalize and fall. There are anticonvulsive meds that are indicated for partial seizures. Why do you have cognitive issues ? There are lots of reasons, such as a learning disability, mental illness, physical illness, sleep apena leading to hypoxia (oxygen starvation) which kills brain cells. If you can prove you have cognitive issues you would need to rule these out, but we know mental illness and specifically psychosis comes with some cognitive issues. So treating the mental illness would be the logical place to start treatment to improve you cognitive issues.
  22. Avoid SGLT-2 inhibitors , I took Invokana and while it controlled my diabetes , lowered my BP, and I lost weight I ended up with a genital infection of the flesh eating kind. It is called Fournier Gangrene, it is rare in general. Fast moving, most of the damage happened over one weekend. Quick action on my part getting on antibiotics stopped it. I almost lost most of my penis. The infection eat up my top layer of skin, the epidermis. I had stem cell therapy, $60,000 worth, to regrow the skin I had lost. There is no greater pain than a serious genital infection. It was a 3 month ordeal. Only because my psychiatrist allowed me to take as much Klonopin ( some days up to 5 mg) as I wanted to' not go crazy. I cried once during the ordeal, when they took off the badges after stem cell therapy. I cried because I could see that I was almost healed up and not scared.
  23. Yes, high doses of ability are usually used for psychosis, low doses for prolactin and generally low doses of ability are not for psychosis.
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