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  1. It sounds like you're having an acute episode and you're just not taking enough Seroquel. At 300 mg, Seroquel starts to put the brakes on dopamine and certain seratonin receptors that contribute to psychotic symptoms. The anxiety you are feeling is probably associated with your mood state and should resolve once you are more stable. Seroquel is not an anxiolytic, per se, but is sometimes used as an adjunct for GAD. A benzo or an AD will help better with anxiety. You may not have reprieve from depressive symptoms for a couple weeks and not until you reach higher doses. 900 mg is as high as I ever see Seroquel prescribed. Are you prescribed a mood stabilizer?
  2. It is p It is possible to treat bipolar disorder with depakote alone. No matter how well managed your illness is, you still have a permanent disability, namely bipolar disorder.
  3. I'm looking at your Rx list and am completely astonished you are not catatonic. Of course your flat. Depakote and Seroquel are both known to cause these kinds of problems. Maybe reassess your dosing?
  4. https://www.medicinenet.com/confusing_love_with_obsession/views.htm
  5. I think you would benefit talking with someone about anger management. SSRIs and lithium are often prescribed for IED (intermittent explosive disorder).
  6. I started off with Depakote. It left me feeling depressed and paranoid. I then switched to Lithium and really came together. I had a short stint on 2700 mg of Trileptal, which did little to quell my symptoms. I tried carbamazapine, which worked well for mania, but not so much for depression. I also tried Gabapentin, which didn't work, and Verapamil, which didn't work. The only other drug which has helped stabilize my mood is Keppra, but only as an adjunct. Have you tried Lithium and Lamictal together?
  7. I would suggest adding Lithium. Lamictal and Lithium can work synergistically to better treat your depression.
  8. I did well on Latuda. Minimal side effects. Geodon worked better for me though.
  9. This can happen to anyone, regardless of them being bipolar or not.
  10. Sometimes it gets worse before it gets better. Sometimes it gets better. What did you do that was so horrible? There is always hope. I have been through so many meds its not even funny. Eventually you find one that works or a combination that works.
  11. I am a father with bipolar disorder and my illness has greatly affected my relationship with my youngest son. Suffice to say he claim's to hate me for the abuse I inflicted on he and his mother while he was growing up. I did gain stability over the past couple years and all I could do was reach out to him and assure him I was ashamed for the things I'd done-I was sick. All I can do is apologize to him and show him I can be better. Hopefully I have not scarred him and he will grow to understand how gravely I was affected by my illness. Maybe you can find the same kind of stability and come to terms with what this illness means for you and not what it meant for your father.
  12. I was depressed and paranoid on Depakote. I ended up choking my girlfriend at the time on it. I went to jail for that and they didn't have Depakote, so they switched me to Lithium. It was like night and day and I have never looked back.
  13. You tell someone else your feelings so you can figure shit out for yourself. Hopefully, whoever you talk to will be like a mirror, reflecting your feelings so you can gain perspective. Talk therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat an anxiety disorder. What medications are you on?
  14. Is hormone replacement therapy an option while you pursue means to treat your anxiety?
  15. Wow, Wellbutrin is notorious for causing anxiety. Why aren't you on a reuptake inhibitor?
  16. You need to expose yourself to as many frightening things as possible until you become anaesthetized.
  17. Let me get this straight. You are having manic and psychotic symptoms and you are not taking the medication you have been prescribed. You are inviting future problems...
  18. I could try that... I'm perfectly fine the rest of the day...Just those first 30 minutes I'd be reaching for a gun if I had one.
  19. Most other anticonvulsants used for mood stabilization do so by blocking sodium channels. Keppra does not do this, but it does block calcium channels, a mechanism of action shared by Verapamil and Nimodipine, both of which have mood stabilizing properties.
  20. We are never alone. What separates us? Distance? It can't be distance. No matter how far away from you I am, you are still here, with me. Is it psychology? There's always something on your mind I relate to. Alone is just a feeling, not a reality.
  21. I wake up every morning deathly depressed. I won't don't want to get up. I have suicidal thoughts. Everything seems hopeless. Then I slowly come out of it and pull myself out of bed. Thinking about my girlfriend helps the most...What can I do to straighten out my mornings? I just recently added Effexor-might this help?
  22. I recently added 1500 mg of Keppra do my drug regimen and feel a lot more even. Could this be because of its calcium channel blocking properties?
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