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  1. Respectful greetings, fellow crazies. I've recently ramped-up on Wellbutrin: 150mg for 6 days and then 300mg for 12 days (18 days total). Overall it's slightly helping the multitude of mental illnesses I have (TRD, "Pure" OCD, other stuff). However. About 7 days after hitting 300mg Wellbutrin I started experiencing incredibly intense anxiety primarily (physically shaking, gut-churning, mind-racing, skin-crawling kind). I also started feeling erratic, intense irritability and even anger - (verbally) lashing out at my kids and other unpleasant out-of-character behaviour. I've seen anxiety from Wellbutrin reported 100's of times before but I couldn't find information on how to combat it. This is because normally people just stop taking it (which makes eminent sense) but that's not an option for me since I'm 23 years TRD (including resistance to ECT, dTMS and Ketamine) and this is one of the last combos left. In other words I'm beyond desperate to give it every chance of working that I humanly can. I'm now gonna blurt out my questions and suggestions and hope that some of you can identify or comment from your own experience: I have some Valium left over and taking that does take the edge off of the severe emotions. However taking benzo's long-term is generally undesirable, hence has anyone taken a non-benzo adjunct/augmenting med that actually helps tone down the insane anxiety? If so, what was it? how long did the intense anxiety last for those who experienced it? 2 weeks? a month? until you stopped the med? did anyone have success in simply reducing dose back to 150mg or even lower? Did you find 150mg sufficient to lift your mood? I'm on 300mg XL as of today (was on 2x150mg XL 'til now). Have folks had different experiences (anxiety-wise) with the IR or SR versions? E.g. would switching to 3xIR be an avenue worth chasing? any other relevant insights or experiences would also be most welcome. May the Gods of mental health be with you, Pete
  2. I worked my way up to 5mg of Zyprexa last 10 days, but still very irritable. I snap at everyone, so everyone is naturally leaving me alone. I don't like living this way. Left a message with my prescribing doctor about this irritability issue. Update, prescribing doc called and suggested I go up 1/4 of a tablet and get the irritability and mood swings under control before I start the Lamictal. So, took another 1/4 tablet which makes 1/2 of a 5 mg tablet I have taken so far this morning. Seizure doc prescribed Lamictal, but holding off starting that until I feel more stable on Zyprexa. Zyprexa used to calm my mind, not sure why it's not working so well this time around. I have been on all the other anti-psychotics and Zyprexa is the only one I can tolerate. Anti-depressants don't work for me, can't tolerate any of the SSRI's. In the middle of a card game last Monday, I got mad at one of the players, threw my cards down on the table and left. That is not like me, I never display anger towards anyone. Very upset over all this irritability and moodiness and now what happened at the card game, very ashamed of my behavior. I have since apologized to the person I offended, will attend the card game this evening and see how I do. Gulp !!
  3. I live in shitty apartments but will be moving in a month to a really nice place. A girl that lives here is on heroin and asks for money and ativan from me. She knows it take ativan because we had a conversation about my ptsd and I regretfully told her I take ativan. Well she flew off the handle a couple days ago for denying her MY medication I take for MY disorder. What a fucking entitlement mentality. Then I called about getting a kitten yesterday and the girl on the phone asked me to pay 300 for a kitten because her boyfriend is kicking her out and she cant afford methdone. I think I live in the rudest, coldest, most selfish city in the country. I am getting angry at everyone and angry about everything. I cant sleep, im probably mixed mania, and I hope to God nobody bothers me. Im shutting myself in for the next 4 days. Im not talking to anybody. Im just going to try to stay calm and call the landlord or police if these selfish, entitled people try anything. Grrrr
  4. I live in shitty apartments but will be moving in a month to a really nice place. A girl that lives here is on heroin and asks for money and ativan from me. She knows it take ativan because we had a conversation about my ptsd and I regretfully told her I take ativan. Well she flew off the handle a couple days ago for denying her MY medication I take for MY disorder. What a fucking entitlement mentality. Then I called about getting a kitten yesterday and the girl on the phone asked me to pay 300 for a kitten because her boyfriend is kicking her out and she cant afford methdone. I think I live in the rudest, coldest, most selfish city in the country. I am getting angry at everyone and angry about everything. I cant sleep, im probably mixed mania, and I hope to God nobody bothers me. Im shutting myself in for the next 4 days. Im not talking to anybody. Im just going to try to stay calm and call the landlord or police if these selfish, entitled people try anything. Grrrr
  5. Yesterday, my parents and I got into an argument about sleeping over at my friends' houses. Both of them don't believe in it, because it's not a part of our lifestyle or our 'culture.' My mom especially pissed me off about it yesterday night when we were going at it back and forth. She always seems to win as I am sometimes left without being heard or being given a chance to prove my points. So, I went to bed feeling upset. This morning, I woke up early and took my morning meds (Cymbalta, Ativan and Ritalin), as per usual. I also drank some coffee to wake me up a little more and ate my breakfast, as I do both everyday. Now, my stomach feels blah at the moment, probably because of the food that I ate and the coffee I drank. So, I took Pepto and am now lying down. However, I still feel irritated today, - probably due to the coffee and Ritalin mixture (my guess), or the argument that I had with my mom yesterday (or both). Now, I don't have arguments with my parents every day, but if I do, I don't usually feel irritable, just upset. But today is just one of those days... So, if or when irritability runs over me, all I can really ever think to do is to lie down until it hopefully goes away. Sometimes, this doesn't always work. In the past if I had it and if it was just really unbearable, I'd desparately take another Ativan or take a magnesium pill (not both together. It's either/or) and sleep in hopes that it could maybe allow the irritability to subside. Sometimes when I wake up, the irritability is still sticks or it subsides a little bit, but they don't always work, or even for that purpose. As for now, the irritability is here and I don't know how to get rid of it. Does anybody have any ideas and/or suggestions on how to get rid of this state of torture and disablement? Please, I need to know so that this can be avoided in the future. Thanks!
  6. Anyone often experience constant, ruminating negative thoughts (They are not severe at all, and NOT having to do with self harm or suicide) but just constant negative thoughts about your situation/job/spouse/life that are difficult to distract yourself from? These are not "racing thoughts", manic nor impulsive thoughts either - They are very repetitive thought patterns that get in the way of experiencing (or enjoying) the moment or noticing what is around you? I think this is a common part of Depression, however, I've had certain doctors say this is a "Bipolar" cycling thing. What do you think? Is there a medication you feel helps with this?
  7. Hello, From everything I have read, it sounds like Risperdal may be "my new best friend" given that my recurring dysphoric mania makes me "want to smash everything in sight." But I am VERY concerned about the cardiac risks (family history), metabolic changes, and EPS. I am more comfortable with the RIGHT typicals than most atypicals. Pdoc prefers mid-potency typicals like perphenezine for a patient like me but I tried that and it was like taking a water pill. Had zero effect on me. He suggested Vraylar instead but I don't like taking brand new drugs. For example, my best success on ANY drug has been on a MAOI.
  8. Today is my first day on Vyvanse in a while and I am feeling quite irritable. I've taken Vyvanse in the past before but have not been on it long enough to know if the side effects end up going away at some point. Does anyone have any experience with this to know if this disappears?
  9. Hello everyone, I am new here and am seeking guidance and opinion on medications. I find myself incredibly volatile and irritable every couple of days. Part of it is personality, part of it stress/pressure, and the other (probably greater part of it) is coming to terms with being a new mom. I am not depressed per se and am totally functional, but my fuse is rapid and short at home. Anything will set me off, and I will throw things and scream in rage until I find a way to calm myself down (usually xanax and a shot of whiskey). I don't want it to get to that point, so I am seeking an every day treatment/medication that will even out my mood. I have seen posts on here about anti-psychotics, but I tried one once and made me SEVERELY sedated. I don't want to be taking something like that on a daily basis. Perhaps there is something that causes a more subtle stabilization in mood. THe benzodiazapenes help, but I also do not want to build tolerance by taking them daily. Any other suggestions? Has anyone tried Buspar?
  10. i have a lot of pet peeves. and i'm very sensitive to sensory irritations. little noises, sensations, and smells can set me off very easily. some days are worse than others, but it's such a waste of time and i'm trying to learn to deal with it. what methods work for you? at the moment, i do my best to remove myself from the trigger and take a private deep breath. i try to relax my body and mind and then go back to what i was doing. it can help but often it really doesn't or when i go back to the thing aggravating me, the stress and irritation comes right back again. some things i hate eating noises moaning noises scratching and screeching noises scraping noises dry hands or perceived dryness of my skin any sort of mild itchiness barking certain types of materials touching me for example, today i couldn't use a pencil because the noise it was making when it came into contact with the paper was too overwhelming, and then the sound of my chair every time i moved started making me agitated. so i left the room and then the cacophony of my family getting ready for dinner (dishes, talking loud, tv, some chewing sounds) upset me so i locked myself in the bathroom to try to relax so i could return and be social and not an angry monster. as usual, my head is really disorganized and i feel cloudy so sorry for this rambling mess. if anyone has any thoughts or ideas or can relate, i'd appreciate your insight.
  11. I was wondering if anyone here takes an antipsychotic prn (as needed) for when you get irritable or agitated. I just really heard of this concept. I am on 80 mg of Latuda and it works well for me, however I still have some psychotic symptoms and I get extremely angry and irritable and there is absolutely no event to cause it. For those of you who have taken an antipsychotic prn, did it help you? What was the drug and dose? Should I talk to my pdoc about it?
  12. 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 concentrate or enjoy anything.. The fatigue has returned along with the aches and pains which isn't helping. I assume this is a sign of worsening depression? I have a pdoc appointment next month but I hold little hope they can offer me anything anyway and I'm not sure how to explain all of this to them either. Ativan is the only thing that helps take the edge off at the moment but obviously you can't go popping Benzos all day every day.
  13. Hello, I'm new on this. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea. Cpap doesn't seem to help. Sleep doc put me on Nuvigil which sounded great at first. Started with 1 125 mg pill. I never really felt any more awake on this stuff. I just feel like I wanna scream my head off and punch the living $hit out of something(I have done both these when no one was around. I feel like complete $hit). I'm a mellow person but nuvigil is making me feel really agitated, really aggravated. I was loudly cussing in my car today because my phone rang. When I pass someone on the street I think to myself "what an a$$hole" for no reason at all. I've only been on this stuff for 8 days. I don't take it on non work days. I really don't feel like I can stand to be on this garbage one more second. I never took pro vigil (my iPad won't stop goddamn spell checking) but I know they rose the prices to get people on nuvigil, which is still very expensive. Anyone else have this problem? And anyone know of other different meds that might help. Thanks.
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