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I was feeling very flat on my meds for a long time until this week. I cut my AP in half and I feel like I finally have some energy.

My question is this-

Is 'flat' the way 'normal' people feel?

My tdoc says yes but I don't believe it.

You can't cry, you can't laugh.

Normal people laugh and cry.

The meds repress so much in your mind. Too much in my opinion.

Yeah, it's better than ending up in the can or offing yourself but where's the happy medium?

(been at this for three years now)

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sun, I had to stop some of my meds a few years back 'cause I didn't feel anything either. No joy, no sorrow...nothing.

my tdoc also does not agree with yours--he says it's healthy for me to cry and to laugh. and I'm finally getting to the point that I don't do both at the same time!

good wishes for some tears and belly laughs,

Spike

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Normal people do not feel flat. I had periods of normal-ness. I did not feel flat. Normal people also don't have "extreme" (and I really do mean extreme) emotions. Like feeling like killing yourself six months after you got dumped by an asshole.

I agree... flat is better than suicidal (or manic, or paranoid, etc.), but it sucks. Adding Wellbutrin to my cocktail helped a little in this regard (and definitely reversed the sexual side effects of my other meds). It makes me jittery, though. So I take Xanax for that. Does it ever end?! ;)

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Flat is not normal.  I know this.  I'm still trying to figure out what normal happiness is, though.  All degrees of sadness seem to be societally okay as long as I'm not delusional, suicidal, or starving.  Oh, and as long as I'm always smiling while at work.  Smile, smile, smile, genuine or not...  I don't think perpetual smiling equates ordinary happiness. 

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I think you cant answer your question with a yes or no, because what you might consider flat may be normal. My father is in love with being hypomanic and thinks thats what normal is, therefore he manipulates his medication so he stays in a constant manic state. When he gets to out of control and is forced to take the medicine as perscribed he complains of feeling too "flat" but he acts normal.

What I'm trying to say is the best indicator of being too flat is your family and friends.

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