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  1. I just started Vraylar and have been taking it for 1.5 weeks. It had dramatically helped my symptoms. I am out of my depression? No more sucidal thoughts, etc. However, I am extremely drowsy! I take it at night and even the next day all I want to do is sleep. I am a very busy person and it is taking a toll on me. Is this a short term side effect from getting used to it or something that will not go away? Not sure I want to keep taking it if this is not going to go away. Doctor is out of town right now.
  2. Hey CB -- I should probably know the answer to this considering I've been dx'ed as BP for most of my life at this point. But I'm a rapid cycler and it's very rare for my moods to last more than a week (especially mania). Well, I've just had my crash from a period of mania lasting 2-3 weeks. And I've been so tired. Like sleeping all day for a couple days, despite horrific nightmares (those are normal for me). So my question is: Is being this tired normal after such a period of mania? Thanks in advance for your insights. --Alice
  3. Since my mood has improved, I've been having problems with boredom. I get bored easily, yet I don't have the energy to do anything about it. Does anyone else have this problem? How do you cope with it?
  4. I haven't slept for 4 days and I'm wondering what would happen if I keep going on like this. I started taking sleeping pills yesterday but they don't seem to work. I'm kinda losing it and seeing and hearing things that aren't there probably because of tiredness and it's kinda why I can't sleep too now... What would happen if I keep going on like this, I just can't switch off..
  5. Do anyone take the lexapro/wellbutrin combo and add in anything for focus, anxiety, energy, etc.? After fish years on Lexapro it just wasn't cutting it for me and my psychiatrist wanted to try some newer meds. I had some horrible experiences on Pristine and Brintellix (and spent hundreds of dollars for the pleasure thanks to incomplete coverage of these by my insurance) before going back to the Lexapro. The magic happened when I added 150ml Wellbutrin XL to my 20mg of Lexapro, seriously a miraculous combo for me! However, I'm still struggling with compulsively overeating, some hair pulling issues, and some problems that are having a strong effect on my life: feeling very unfocused, distractible, tired, and anxious. I work full-time at a fairly stressful job (three 12 hr shifts/week) and am blessed to have my other four days home with my awesome toddler son. It's my home days when I feel it the most. I'm just a tired blob for lots of the day. My mind wanders and I get stuck staring at my phone. After he goes to bad I procrastinate the few things I need to do and waste tons of time so that I end up staying up super late without actually spending my time doing anything enjoyable OR getting anything accomplished. On top of all this we are moving next month - ugh! It's going to be a big house and life upgrade for my family, but the stress of the impending move is leaving me feeling paralyzed. I feel like I sabotage myself. I eat and eat and eat and then, of course, feel horrible physically and mentally. I have a problem with eyelash pulling and intense skin picking, so I just feel like I'm always tearing at myself. Then combined with the procrastination and time wasting, I don't get enough sleep. I feel like I know all the areas where I could make small changes, but I'm just stuck in this bubble of unfocused anxiety and compulsiveness. I see a counselor and she is very helpful, but am still feeling stuck.
  6. Any inspiration? Lately I've been so tired of fighting off this anxiety and depression. I cut back on my medication (lexipro) because I didn't feel like myself. I was so manic and hyper all the time. But now I feel like I'm back at square one. I just want to not have to fight anymore. I'm so tired, all I want to do is sleep but I can't seem to without having disturbing dreams. I've lost motivation, I feel this terrible dread in my chest. I'm sick of the thoughts racing through my head. I feel like there's always a buzzing in my head. I just feel so out of it. People will talk to me, but I'm not really there. I'm not sure where I've been going. Does that make sense? I don't feel present, I feel like I'm somewhere far away. Like seeing the world through water. I just want quiet.
  7. I've had enough. Enough of playing fair. Enough of being the responsible one even though I'm not. I'm tired of trying. And this isn't about suicide. It's about not wanting to keep going. My wife and I are both PTSD and depressed. I add anxiety to the mix. We have two beautiful adopted children who are great kids, great grades, good people. I would never do anything to hurt them or hold them back so I will keep going on. I am capable beyond most people. I can't be as good as I could because I can't. But I've had enough of bad people in our lives shitting on us. I am struggling where to even begin. We had a great counselor for several years and then her husband was relocated. She works hard to find us someone she thought was right for us. But we didn't go because my wife wasn't ready for the change. Our P-doc flaked on us but she had more problems than we do I think. I defeat myself over and over. I am the go to guy. For my wife, for my kids, for my Mom who is 94 and had a stroke and now a broken hip. She lives with my brother a long way away. But I took care of her for years and she goes from not knowing me to doing guilt trips with my head. I am going to get a new counselor real soon whether my wife will go or not. She wouldn't go the first time until I went without her. We are so broke. Her Mom died who had quite a bit or money. We took care of her for 15 years. Then my wife's sister jumped in at the last minute and turn the mom against us. She now controls the estate and has has arranged everything so she get most of everything. The lawyers say there is nothing we can do. Her Mom owes us $90,000.00 which we sill never see. I've had enough. I may come back and read responses. I think I just really had to "say" it so I can go forward. Thanks for any replies. Maybe I'll come back.
  8. Up until last December I was taking Lithium 1000mg, blood level usually 0.8/0.9mmol/L. For 1 week in December I was very ill in the intensive care unit with pneumonia which I developed after surgery. My lithium levels were raised and my dose was reduced to 600mg. I have been taking that dose ever since. My mood has been very stable until recently. Over the past couple of weeks I've been feeling stressed, anxious, tired, irritable, isolating myself more, spending more time in bed and have a generally low mood. There has been no life changes or stressors. Yesterday morning I went to see my GP as I have a bad infection in my toe. She thought my mood was low and I told her I wasn't feeling great so she decided to check my lithium level, kidneys and thyroid. When the results came back today my lithium level was down to 0.48 mmol/l. I contacted the community psychiatric nurse who spoke with my pdoc and said to increase my lithium to 800mg. I take Seroquel XR, Lamictal and Prozac which are all supposed to treat and prevent depression along with the lithium. What makes me wonder why I am feeling depressed when I'm taking all these medications. Surely my mood shouldn't dip just because the lithium level was low when I have those medications to help me. Makes me wonder are they helping me at all and what is the point in taking them if they are not going to prevent low mood "sigh" Maybe I should just be on Lithium monotherapy. Am just feeling disillusioned and because I'm not feeling too good and maybe am over thinking things. I don't know
  9. OK, so I take 75mg of invega sustenna and when I go to sleep at night I have no problems it is only when I wake up that I feel tired and want to go back to sleep but I CANT my mind/body just wont shut down but I feel tired and its the same during the day sometimes il feel tired and just can't fall asleep... this all started happening when I started taking invega... anyone else experiencing this or can tell me what is going on or anything I would greatly appreciate it.
  10. Hello, I'm Connor and I am bipolar (2) but on the ALMOST bipolar 1 side of things. I am taking 50 mg of Seroquel and 200 mg of Lamictal. Both help with balancing my mood and seroquel is doing a great job at making me fall asleep. Seroquel even seems to be helping my appetite be supressed...quite odd right? I've lost weight. Anyway, I am extremely depressed still and find it hard to even get out of bed. What other med could I take that could make me happy again? I don't just rely on meds just so you know, I go to therapy too. I am so antisocial, paranoid, anxious, and cry a lot more then I used to. I am also always always always way tired even though I am sleeping way better (it's the same tired i felt even before seroquel so I know it isn't that effecting me) Please help, give me suggestions on maybe an Antidepressant? I am not sure. I heard those were bad for bipolar disorder. But I am losing all my friends and losing hope too. Please, someone help. Sincerely, Connor
  11. I started abilify 10 mg last week, and it is making me super sleepy. I always feel like I am going to doze off. But it seems when I am at work I am not as tired. Just the days I am off and sitting around its hard to stay awake. Is there anything to combat this?
  12. Does any here take naltrexone and adderall? I've never had a problem with opiates but I am in recovery. I take naltrexone to help with cravings for alcohol and to help with my eating disorder. I take adderall for my ADD, and I take it as prescribed. I'm having a tooth extracted in preparation for a dental implant and the doctor is going to give me pain killers. I've gone off my naltrexone in advance so I can take the opiate based pain killers. I've been off it about 5 days now and have another 2 days to go before my surgery. I decided to go with the opiate based pain killers because I had an energency appendectomy a few years ago and they gave me Toradol for the first day, which did little to ease the pain, so I went off my naltrexone for 3 days so I could take opiate based pain killers. The opiate based pain killers really helped the pain. I had someone control the medication for me, and they flushed it down the toilet after my last dose. I never got a high from it or felt the urge to abuse it. So I decided it would be safe to use the opiate based pain killers again for my tooth extraction since I'll only need them for a couple of days, and since I have someone to dole them out to me. Here's my main question, since I've been off my naltrexone, I've noticed that I'm more tired. And I don't usually feel tired in the day because of the adderall. It's like the adderall isn't working as well without the naltrexone. I understand that naltrexone works on opiate receptors, but does it somehow affect the dopamine and norepinephrine that the adderall work on? Afterall, naltrexone is supposed to help with cravings for cocaine (dopamine,norepinephrine, and serotonin) and cravings for alcohol ( serotonin), so surely it must do more than simply block opiates, or in blocking the opiates it somehow impacts these other neurotransmitters. I can't find any research on this. Does anyone know of any? Has anyone ever experienced tiredness when going off their naltrexone while on adderall? Thanks
  13. I'm upset, but not really depressed-depressed. I got called for work last night but I was too tired to go, so tired that I hadn't charged my phone. I didn't find out until this morning. Waited all day for maybe a call today, but there was nothing. So a little bit ago I got a call to go in to a firm to work, but then the company cancelled. Money is tight right now. I did work 32 hours this week, but I was hoping for 40. I feel very very tired from insomnia, my seasonal allergies (which have been so bad that I've been nauseated for over two weeks) and the heat, plus other issues. I'm taking my meds and trying to do everything right. But I'm tired. I want to give up, so much. The constant struggle with very little downtime is getting me down, and while my BF is extremely supportive, there's only so much he can do since he lives in another state. I don't have any other emotional support and I have way too much on my plate right now, which is why I came here. My exhaustion is making me want to end it. I know that's the exhaustion talking, but still.
  14. I've been lurking here for a quite a while. I think I even made some posts a while back. Anyway, to quickly introduce myself...My name is Susan, I live in Northeast USA, I"m 39 years old and have been depressed since I remember. I can recall being 5 years old asking God to let me die because I didn't want to live anymore. I've been on meds for 19 years. I've pretty much taken everything there is and my doctor (who is awesome) has suggested that if things don't get better I might want to try ECT. I've heard some really scary things about it..like memory loss and not being able to recognize your own hand writing after. Not sure if I'm going to do it. I'm out of work. Trying to get SSDI because I can't seem to go one day without crying. I sleep about 14 hours a day and even taking a shower is exhausting. I don't know. I guess I just needed to rant and get this out. Thanks for listening. Hope everyone else is feeling ok and having a better week. ~Susan
  15. Does anybody here have hypersomnia (sleeping too much) as their primary disorder? I am always tired and have been tired for as long as I can remember. I have to sleep at least 12-14 hours a night & a lot more during the day if I don't make myself get up...but I'm still always tired. I take stimulants (adderall) for adhd, and sometimes even that doesn't wake me up enough to get out of bed...I'm depressed too but maybe I'm depressed because I'm tired & not the other way around.
  16. I have a hard time trusting people and an even harder time sharing my feelings. I have been reading some of the stuff shared on this site and I realized maybe I don't have to deal with this alone anymore. The normal people in my life don't have clue and when I try to explain I get these blank stares like OMG, I don't want to know this. It is easier for them if they can just pretend I am normal too. They diagnosed me with bi-polar disorder about 4 months ago. I have the one with the crazy highs and the evil lows. I have been self medicating for more years than I remember until I ended up in a hospital within days of dying they say. They said I had taken too many of my happy pills and that I was starving myself to death. Apparantly the only thing I was eating was pills. I don't remember alot of the last few years and none of the three months leading up to July 5, 2012. I detoxed at home with my daughter and husband watching over me, keeping me from pills and keeping me from hurting myself. Two weeks later I was in rehab. Rehabs pdoc diagnosed me. I don't disagree with the diagnoses. It seems right on to me. Now I take Saphris, Lithium, Wellbutrin, and Lunesta. I feel everything and with much intensity. The meds keep me from getting overwhelmed by them mostly. The anger is the worse to pop out and singe those around me. My husband is done, I think. He is not speaking to me, for the last two days. That is not normal for us. But I think I might be done also. I was using prescription drugs to escape from something that was making me unhappy....But I am terrified, what if I crash again??? What is the right answer to any question??? My mind feels like hurricane is loose in it and I am never sure if what I feel is real, or what I think is going on is really going on. What if I am wrong??? My perception is so off. I don't know if I can trust myself or anyone else for that matter. Are the meds not working????
  17. I'm new. I'm not new to bipolar, but it keeps me on my toes. I have trouble sleeping when I should, at night, and I'm trying to work out new meds with my psychiatrist to help me sleep. I drank too much until recently (8 mos.) and now I'm working to drink only infrequently. I'm having more success than I've had in the last eleven years. I chew tobacco and am working on quitting. It'll be the patch for me. I've tried cold turkey, and it's no fun and I can't do it. I start a lot of sentences with "I" when I'm having to write but am not at my best. Sorry. Make my sentences more interesting I will, hmm?! After getting a decent start on college, I decided to major in astronomy/astrophysics.Then chemical engineering. Bam. Hospital after a year of treatment. Back to school. Tried to run 25 miles in the middle of the night without shoes on. Zot. Hospital again. Attacked by a psychopath with a knife. Slice. Hospital. The evil bastard is out there somewhere if he isn't already dead. Computers seemed to be a practical path so when I went back to school I chose that. I hate computers I only know one other person who is bipolar -- that I know of. I don't know what to expect from this board, but I've never had a friend to discuss this with, although I've told a few a little about what I've been through. I'm fascinated by the phenomenology (why not use the biggest word I can think of?) of psychosis, as I've been dxed with bipolar with psychotic features (very fun and exciting sometimes). Long story short, I did not pass muster with the secret-agent people. I was disappointed. Telling the difference between MI-induced changes in personality and the natural changes of leaving adolescence and approaching middle age is something I'm having trouble doing. How early was a affected by mental illness? What about me is me and what is bd-altered me? (I'm myself either way, but I still wonder.) I go to see a person on campus weekly. She's great, the kind of person who makes me want to become a therapist (too late for that, but my roommate and wife think I'm being a naysayer -- I wouldn't like it anyway, probably). I hope everyone here has found good help or finds it soon.
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