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  1. Just like it takes a while to find the right pdoc and like it takes a while to find the right med cocktail, it takes a while to find the right therapist. If yours EVER discounts medication and makes you feel lazy, you need to get a new one.
  2. So yeah, it could be the lamictal giving you that side effect. I highly recommend pushing thru it. Lamictal is a great drug. Like I said, mine went away after about 2 months
  3. What dose of Lamictal are you on? At higher doses it can impair cognitive abilities for a while. This happened to me for about two months when I hit 200 mgs.
  4. @alen Great news! Glad to hear that everything is going well so far. Keep us updated!
  5. Lol I already know what SNRIs are.
  6. Sorry Iceberg but there's no such thing as an uptake inhibitor. Strattera inhibits the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine just like the two others
  7. @Iceberg either way, both are great medications @SheltieUnderdog I'm so happy to hear that! Gaba definitely makes my mom have a hard time with mental processing so that's a good step! Hopefully changing Fanapt to something else will make you feel back to normal!
  8. I'm really sorry you had to deal with and go thru all of that. It's really fucking sad that people react that way. I hope I didn't come across as being insensitive. I know everyone's situation is different.
  9. I'm glad he gave you the go-ahead and nothing bad resulted from halving it! I'm honestly really surprised that he let you drop 300 mgs instantly without recommending a slower taper schedule. That seems very drastic and dangerous. Just please watch out for anything peculiar.
  10. I haven't had experience in length of time in disclosing mental illness in regards to a relationship because I just got out of a long term one and haven't started looking yet. That being said, I am VERY open about my mental illness and the meds and therapy I use. I personally think that the stigma surrounding mental illness is partly due to the fact that people who suffer from, and medicate because of, it are secretive and act like it's something that's wrong. All of my friends, coworkers, managers, and family members know about mine. I try to be so open about it in the hopes that someone who
  11. My pleasure! I wish you luck in your journey to finding the right treatment plan for you (:
  12. Strattera is an SNRI so she has tried one. I personally tried Cymbalta and it was hell and my mom was on Effexor and that was terrible for her. Obviously every drug has bad reactions to some people, so this is just a personal anecdote. Wellbutrin is considered a stimulant as well and can increase anxiety and insomnia but it is definitely worth a try as it's stimulant effect isn't anywhere near amphetamines. LAMICTAL I've never tried Ritalin but I've heard from other people that it's harsher than Adderall. What makes you say that Adderall hits harder?
  13. @CrazyRedhead If you can't find an ERP therapist, ACT therapy may be easier to find and is definitely worth a try. My therapist is still in the process of figuring out what style is best for me, but ACT is one that she suggested. Link to information about ACT and the source of the above clinical trial information.
  14. @SheltieUnderdog 1. Definitely stay on Topamax if you're receiving a benefit and it doesn't seem to impair you. Just because a medication is notorious for doing something doesn't mean it always will, so maybe you're the lucky one who escaped its "Dopamax" effect! You could still bring up amitriptyline to your docs but it is contraindicated with Topamax, meaning it could cause side effects by using them together. When I looked it up, it appears that both medications potentially increase internal body temperature and decrease sweating which could possibly lead to a heat stroke, so s/he may not l
  15. Yeah...I guess that would have been the obvious thing to do You said you can't locate a therapist in your area that provides adequate ERP service; have you tried looking for online therapy options?
  16. Lexapro - made me feel so tired and mentally fatigued yet I couldn't sleep at night, even when tripling the dose of my trazodone (oops). Strattera - Would you consider Adderall? I'm on the XR and it does make sleeping harder until you figure out when you have to take it and what not to also use while on it i.e caffeine. It also curbs your appetite and, while some people think adderall should be avoided by people who have eating disorders, Vyvanse is in the same class and is FDA approved for Binge Eating and Bulimia. Since you tried Vyvanse before (and I have a friend who doesn't like it.
  17. 1. Amitriptyline is the generic name for Elavil. It's in the class of tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). Nowadays Amitriptyline is mainly prescribed for Migraine Prevention, Neuralgia, and Insomnia. I'm about to be put on a member of its class, Clomipramine, which is mainly used for OCD. TCAs have their fair share of side effects and are known to be nastier than newer ADs. but they seem to be less severe than APs. Weight gain is a side effect of Amitriptyline, but the studies have only been for 4-12 week usage so long term weight gain isn't clinically known. Propranolol, a Beta-Blocker, is anot
  18. When you find a new dr, even if it's just another primary, please tell them about your Mania/Depression and explain what happened with you and the car. ANY competent doctor should see that as needing immediate attention. And I just can't believe your previous doc. Diagnosing you with BP1, knowing you were manic and yet trying to throw the Z at you? That's just disgraceful.
  19. Hey it's almost been a month! Are you out of that shithole yet?
  20. What do you mean "not realized it"? Have you just now started experiencing these symptoms or are you just now aware that they have always been there? I'm ADHD-Inattentive type so I don't have a lot of advice for the hyperactive part but yes I absolutely suffer from some of what you do. I used to absolutely love to read. I could sit and read a book for an hour easily, sometimes for the whole day. But starting around 2 years ago I started to lose that ability; all the way to the point where I couldn't read two paragraphs without forgetting what I had just read or, if I am able to sit and re
  21. Hey! What have you been on in the past? Do you have an idea of what meds you want now?
  22. "Potential for Cognitive and Motor Impairment FANAPT, like other antipsychotics, has the potential to impair judgment, thinking or motor skills. In shortterm, placebo-controlled trials, somnolence (including sedation) was reported in 11.9% (104/874) of adult patients treated with FANAPT at doses of 10 mg/day or greater versus 5.3% (31/587) treated with placebo." (Page 11, 5.16) "The symptoms of this syndrome [Psychiatric Drug-Induced Cognitive Brain Impairment] include (l) Cognitive deficits, often first noticed as short-term memory dysfunction and impaired new learning, and difficulty
  23. For me, the combination of adderall and Valium controls about 70% of my OCD. It used to be Lamictal that would help but I had to discontinue due to the rash. Valium is a placeholder while I find something else to calm the intrusive thoughts as I know benzos aren't ideal for long term usage.
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