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  1. Anyone been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue syndrome? I feel like maybe my symptoms are not due to depression. I do not want to start more meds because they don't solve the root problem. My mood is stable. Symptoms: I lay in bed for hours, everything is draining, exhausting despite sleeping 10+ hours every night....Brain Fog....Moving Slow like I'm carrying lead.....Dry eye syndrome (I have RX for this)....Dry itchy skin (I have RX lotion for this)...Cold feet.....Low Blood pressure..... I want to pursue other medical tests to rule out other causes. Tests so far: Thyroid + antibo
  2. I'm sorry if this question is redundant.... @notloki I know you're knowledgeable here. I've been getting very inconsistent effects from Ritalin. I recently increased my dosage, because I was experiencing more fatigue afternoons and having to nap. I take 20mg (extended in morning, before I get up), then I take 10mg (extended) after lunch. Pdoc said I could take 10mgIR no later than 3pm if needed. I'm compliant with this routine. Dose 40 minutes before getting up, same exact breakfast every morning: oatmeal, fruit, yogurt, nuts, coffee. Yesterday, I felt pretty good and energetic
  3. Never been a morning person, but getting up is becoming more a problem. I read about "Sleep Inertia" when you wake up during REM cycle and then feel intensely groggy, foggy (like drunk) when you get up. For me this state lasts over an hour. Is this a (too much) Melatonin thing? I sleep like a log through the night. I've experimented with my routine, 8-10 hours, and regardless, I get this groggy drunk feeling every morning when I get up, even after coffee and meds. It takes forever to wear off! Anyone know a cheap sleep tracker? I probably oversleep, but regardless 8 or 10 hours, I fe
  4. Hi all, just wanted to know if any other Mirapex users out there have experienced periods of severe jetlag-level physical exhaustion with muscular weakness? I was having no side effects on 0.25mg, then 0.5mg and so went to 0.75mg and BOOM. The following day I literally couldn't leave bed, open my eyes, move - the works until about mid afternoon. Interestingly my mood wasn't too bad during the exhausted period, it was just those very intense side effects. Anyone else experienced this? Did you just go back down in dose and stay at that lower dose for longer before trying to go bac
  5. Speech in general has always been a little bit of an issue for me. I did see a speech pathologist in the past but I was about 12 and didn't care much to benefit from it then. Just for the record, I have always noticed that my speech is much sharper when I'm not taking antipsychotic medications. Strangely enough, I seem to speak the most clearly right before I have a relapse and I am becoming manic. Almost every antipsychotic I have taken has had a negative reaction on my speech but never as much as the most recent, Fanapt. I was recently switched from Latuda 20mg to Fanapt 6mg (once daily) to
  6. I have been taking my meds like I am supposed to and they do help. But for some reason, the only thing that really does the trick right now is coffee. It ups my mood, makes depression go away. It makes fatigue go away. I read a study that found that bipolar patients that drank coffee had a decreased chance of suicide compared to those that dont drink coffee. Why does coffee make me feel so good but other people it just gives them more energy? I'm ordering a mug off amazon that says "RX: Coffee." Thought it would be fitting,
  7. Hey all. First time poster. I'm currently not on any other medication. I'm 24 and after a long bout with lyme disease, I have been left with this really bad fatigue and increased anxiety and depression. So 3 days ago I started Wellbutrin XL 300 mg generic (I have no idea why she started me on such a high dose) Aside from the emotional ups and downs and irritability the constant has been I FEEL SO F****** TIRED! Like way worse than before I started. Absolutely depleted. Will this get better? Because fatigue is one of the primary reasons why i'm taking it, and nothings more depressing
  8. Hello, After some really unsettling stuff and suicidal ideation, I came off of Luvox and Wellbutrin XL under care of my psychiatrist. I hadn’t been on the Luvox very long and my last dose was Jan 3rd. I had been on Wellbutrin XL 300mg for 4+ years and tapered off with my last dose on Jan 12th. Again, I am under a doctor’s care and have regular appointments to check-in, but she wasn’t able to give much information about some weird possible side effects or any time time other than “it should hopefully get better soon.” After the luvox, I had nausea and other intense GI sy
  9. Hi all, I've done a search but I'm just wondering if there any active users of this who can tell me what they experienced from it when first starting it? Mine is the "prolonged release" 150mg version. I've tried the usual SSRIs, SNRIs, Tricyclics, Remeron, etc. I've been med free for some time now but struggling to cope so Wellbutrin is my next stop... it is actually an off-label use in my country but I understand it is one of the more commonly used medications for depression other countries. What can I expect?
  10. I take Nuvigil for fatigue first thing in the morning and Klonopin for anxiety soon after, but I'm trying to find out if anyone had advice on good timing for taking these two. Nuvigil usually takes about an hour for first feelings of effect, and I take with food (or I get bad stomach gurgles). I haven't quite figured out the best timing for them to both work at their best (w/o) interfering too much. And advice on dosage is welcome too. I take lower doses than prescribed to maintain more of a hold on how the medicine is working (and potential negative side effects).
  11. So I haven't been around for a while, mostly because I've been feeling better and trying to straighten my life out. I've adjusted to hearing voices/sounds, and I can ignore them for the most part and go on with my life. It's taken over six months, but I've accepted that I'm stuck with them (and probably Abilify) for forever or something. The Abilify helps. I'm on 15mg. I barely hear them (just a few times a day), but I'm still dealing with a lot of dissociation, which isn't too bad, I guess... But... I'm EXHAUSTED. Like, all the time. I sleep through my alarm clock on a regular basis even
  12. Hi Everyone, So, I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder and ADHD in 2011 and ever since then, I have lost control over my ability to stay mentally and physically energized or fully concentrated. I have switched medications several times with both diagnoses and the medications below are what seem to be the most effective for now. However, they still do not hit the spot in terms of energy. Everything else, they do. Even on Vyvanse, I still can't concentrate. I can sit down to start doing my homework and within 5-10 minutes, I am up doing something else and I'm not without feeling frustrated wit
  13. Hi, I have been on several antidepressants and have yet to find the right one or combination. What I am looking for is an anti-depressant that will give me energy and motivation and a desire to socialize again (instead of simply laying in bed all day). However, a major problem I suffer from is high anxiety and have heard that many 'energizing' antidepressants can increase anxiety. Therefore, I am also looking for something that will help with my anxiety but not make me feel tired all day. An aside- I am also prescribed concerta for ADD but even that fails to keep me up with certain medicat
  14. Something I've always been curious about. Shouldn't the norepinephrine reuptake feature be stimulating? It seems like drugs such as Effexor get more complaints of severe fatigue than SSRI'S
  15. Does anyone else feel hostility and irritability towards people? I have social anxiety anyway but this feels different, I literally feel like everyone is a fucking moron who has been put on this earth to make my life more difficult. I feel on edge, restless and really angry about loud noises, being touched or having anyone in my personal space bubble, etc. The one person who I was getting on well with is now starting to piss me off and I'm seriously thinking about just cutting them off, even though this isn't logical at all. At the moment I generally feel flat and unable to concent
  16. In the last four months I've moved from a Vyvanse/Adderall pairing, which was gradually making me more and more anxious, as well as leaving my heart constantly pounding, to a Concerta/Ritalin pairing. While I find the effects of Concerta and Ritalin far more smooth, I'm having almost the opposite problem with these stimulants than the prior ones. Fatigue. At first I thought I was simply sleepy, but when I'd lay down to -try- and sleep, I'd just lay there in a dozing lull. Increasing the dose helped somewhat, however this is still a symptom that annoys me. Feedback? Anyone? Buel
  17. So I feel like my latest anti-depressasnt has been doing something since I started it about 7.5 months ago. I've had less severe down days and suicidal thoughts recently. However I feel completely 'meh', like I cannot get happy or excited about anything, despite the fact that I am now getting out the house more and have achieved some significant goals. For example I did well in some exams and I just feel no joy or pleasure at all. I started going to the gym again and picked up an old hobby, but I just feel like they aren't enjoyable, even though I know it is something I know I enjoy,
  18. Not sure if this is the appropriate forum or not but here goes.. My baseline mood has been 'crap' for a long time and I can just about function to a certain extent. But then I get dips where I have 3/4/5/etc days where everything is absolutely terrible; suicidal, tearful, barely able to function, physically feeling like I've been involved in a boxing match or something, etc. However, following those dips I often get a few good days where I have hopes and plans for the future, feel motivated and have less pain, more energy, I feel I can think clearer and start being more logical rather t
  19. This week I was prescribed Ritalin (generic) 10mg 2x a day by my dr. I just started taking it today and I have noticed that it helps me quite a bit, especially in concentration and motivation, but it literally only lasts about 2 to 2 1/2 hours and then I begin to feel like I just finished running a marathon and cannot take another step. This goes away after I take the second dose and it kicks in but because it only lasts a few hours I end up tired and fatigued by around 12 or 1pm. Is this something that is normal or is there something I can do to combat this? I did a little research and though
  20. But I'm not talking medication-related fatigue here. Sorry about that. So... fatigue is said to affect a significant portion of clinically depressed people. But what is it like? How is it different from normal exertion-related fatigue, or, say, the fatigue caused by flu? I'd very much appreciate any first-hand account of that. Is there anybody here for whom the fatigue (apart from sleepiness) is accompanied by somewhat flu-like physical sensations? Dull full-body muscle aches? Mild headaches? Generally, anyone who has a prominent physical component to their fatigue (unrelated to medica
  21. I'm nearly into my 3rd calendar year of study, but because I switched to part-time study due to various issues by the end of July 2014 I will have only completed 160/360 credits required to graduate with the degree.... i.e. less than half way through. I've discovered I can just about cope with 80 credits per academic year so in an ideal world I will be taking another 3 years to complete. I don't love the subject and every lecture a grind. The social anxiety makes labs and seminars virtually impossible and because of that my attendance is so poor they are threatening to kick me out. I h
  22. The last week or so, I've been sleeping 16+ hours a day and am extremely lethargic and weak when I am awake. I've also noticed that drinking alcohol just makes me feel completely crappy and tired physically but appears to have no intoxicating effect. My morning coffee also does zero for me now. Don't worry - I'm not planning on quitting my meds anytime soon because of any of these things, in fact the alcohol effect might be helpful, but I've taken all of these meds in combinations or in different dosages before and don't remember the alcohol/caffeine thing, so I'm very curious as to what it ma
  23. Okay, so I registered for this forum mainly to post about this topic again, hopefully to get some advice and support on a definitely real side effect from this medication. Prior to being put on Lamictal I had been on a few different things, the major players being combinations of Wellbutrin, Celexa, Serequel, Zoloft, Xanax, Clonazepam, Dilantin and various others that I can not remember. I can not be the only one that gets a bit frustrated with the entire "try this one...it might work, maybe....uh what other meds do I have you on again? Yeah, something with a z in it, or an e...how ar
  24. Need some advice pretty bad. So here's where I'm at right now. 40 mg adderall xr twice daily. Just started effexor xr 75 mg. in morning yesterday. Recently weaned off of wellbutrin xr, celexa and abilify. I was on an adderall, wb, celexa, abilify combo for about 2-3 years and it has worked wonders. It slowly became less effective to not effective at all. So right now I'm on the adderall xr like I said 40mg twide a day and it has no effect on me whatsoever. And I'm in with the group who taking adderall for the first time was like putting on glasses. Celexa also impacted my life in a
  25. I have an anxiety issue, and it is exasperated by my fatigue/lack of energy. It seems I'm always tired. I am also depressed, but it seems my depression stems from being anxious all the time; not being able to be "normal." I have done the SSRIs and SNRIs, on Depakote shortly and the side effects were hell. Nothing has really helped me besides benzos, of course. Anyways I'm looking towards Wellbutrin, to make me less bummed, and to boost my energy hopefully. And maybe it will help with my anxiety! Certainly if I have more energy the anxiety will not be as bad. I really want to be put on Wellb
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