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  1. benzodiazepines and/or Propranolol, that's what i get prescribed for restlessness. in your case probably higher than your current doses of those drugs. i don't think the symptom responds at all to non-pharmacological solutions (like exercise) but i might be wrong.
  2. sorry i don't think it's "that easy".. the impulse to use the site is always there as long as i'm able to log in.
  3. yea I can relate. I've never been involved with anyone, never even gotten close to any level of intimacy ever. and my way of coping with it is by staying with the resulting disdain I have for people - recognizing it as important and purposeful and involving myself in solitary activity. not a rose colored picture but that's how it is for me. plus it avoids the self-loathing and desperation that people tend to despise.
  4. wouldn't call it inspiring but it does make me feel a little better - but that's just me. edit: she has a book on 'limitations of hermeneutic based psychoanalysis" very interesting
  5. it's good that you have a therapist who picks up on your non-verbals, i'm just not sure what i'm supposed to look for to find someone like that. i had in the past only one therapist who was particularly adept at it. and when i had moments of being unable to speak or completely incapacitated by my feelings he would encourage me to communicate non-verbally. most therapists from my experience don't know how to effectively handle moments like that. i think he had experience with clients with intellectual disabilities so maybe that would be a starting place as far as search terms and what to look for.
  6. why is it that therapists who can pick up on non-verbal cues are far and few? a lot of therapists seem to place so much importance on words and word choice (especially cognitive therapists). sometimes though someone like me will speak hastily and incoherently in hopes of being understood (or at least getting the gist of what is said) and thus not wasting time. however, this leaves open the possibility of falsely assumed understanding on the part of the therapist, which in turn can complicate my perception of what the therapist's intentions are or generally what's going on in a session. the other option is choosing each word ever so carefully such that getting out a simple idea becomes a painstaking (and painful, for the therapist) task... however, in this process i tend to revise what i say while certain ideas have already been "established", while at the same time ideas are coming out so slowly that i imagine it's difficult to remain patient enough to track everything that's being said. again, confusion and misunderstanding is inevitable. i understand i can't expect a therapist to read my mind, (not that i'd want that anyway..), but is it too much to ask for a therapist who can get the gist of what i'm saying without me having to be precise about every word? after all, therapists say that most communication is non-verbal anyway. Perhaps i put too much pressure on myself to cover all the bases of what i wish to discuss. Or perhaps my thoughts are so disorganized that i need a therapist who has extensive experience with non-verbal aspects of therapy I could write out something prior to a session, that could solve some problems, but only to a point. sometimes i can't think of anything to say prior to a session (besides now) and fleshing out what i've written down presents another problem. this is also a quality of life issue more than anything. At this moment i can't think of anything more personally empowering than the ability to communicate freely and clearly.
  7. i guess when you're manic your memories start taking on an almost "realistic" clarity, it's understandable that you'd want to do this. i'm not at all trying to deter you but as was mentioned, i really think you'd be dissapointed, in more ways than one..
  8. since iv been on Zyprexa i have noticed that my thoughts occassionally get "stuck" on certain ideas or images. for example, i might have an image of a commerical i saw on television in mind and its difficult to move beyond it. this s/e became more prominent when i bumped up the dose from 2.5 to 5 mg. at one point i became so fixated on an idea that it was like i couldn't seem to think of anything but that idea for a few seconds.. ever since then i seem to have been watchful for reminders of it happening again. id like to know whether this is a temporary side effect that will pass, because otherwise the medication is working really well in reducing agitation and other things. i haven't found any info showing Zyprexa to exacerbate OCD, if anything it treats it.. (not that I'm sure I have OCD). the med list below is current.
  9. edited, spoke with my therapist about this just now.
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