Does anyone know of a good med that squashes mixed states? My sleep has been dwindling to 2-4 hours a night, I am crawling out of my skin, irritable, anxious, and depressed. I saw my pdoc today (he recently put me back on lithium after an uninformed doctor took me off of it) and gave me the script for the blood test to check my lithium levels. In the corner I saw a code and didn't know what it was, so I googled it -- it apparently means "Bipolar I, mixed state, severe, without psychosis." I didn't think I presented THAT badly to him, but apparently my judgment is off right now. Maybe. i dunno.
Is lithium good for mixed states? What will get me out of this hellhole fastest? Any personal anecdotes for what worked best for you?
Does anyone know If stress can leave you feel mentally restless? Almost to the point of boredom if you try to relax? I can’t seem to enjoy a day off... i just wanna go go go. It almost feels like hypomania, except i do not feel happy about it. I really, really just wanna relax and enjoy doing nothing.
I know that stress can make your body restless, like you want to move all the time. But that os not the feeling i have. I just wanna do stuff all the time. Feel hyperactive and bored.
Does anyone feel the same?
Hey guys, long time lurker here, and I'd really like your input on something. I'm a bit stuck when it comes to treatment, and I'd like to hear some peoples' opinions, as I wont be able to see my doctor to talk about it for a little while.
I’m currently diagnosed as having GAD and MDD, but I’m starting to think I have a bipolar spectrum disorder. Here are some points:
Failed multiple antidepressants (Zoloft, Lexapro, Prozac, Viibryd, Pristiq). Failed and/or had too many side effects Had side effects on every serotogenic antidepressant, even while augmenting (Wellbutrin, Buspar) like sexual dysfunction and extreme fatigue Atypical depression — BP Depression has excessive sleeping with a lot of daytime fatigue and an increased appetite, opposite of MDD Very anxious — BP much more likely to be accompanied by stronger anxiety symptoms The fact that “If all the treatments don’t work, maybe you’re treating the wrong thing” Excessive nighttime eating (seen in BP Depression vs unipolar) Racing thoughts Earliness of first depressive episode (age 19 at the LATEST), and research shows it’s very likely to be bipolar disorder if before the age of 18/20/25 (experts disagree on the age) My anxiety symptoms could actually equate to mixed state Losing and regaining interest in hobbies (I’ll enjoy my “typical” hobbies one day and then later, zero interest / motivation) Cousin has BPII (I know immediate relatives are the key, but still, a data point) Online shopping addiction (computer, iPad, something new in the mail every day)
The fact that Bipolar Spectrum Disorder doesn’t require mania/hypomania, just multiple non-manic markers of bipolar (see links below for source) The odds that I have treatment-resistant depression coupled with very prominent anxiety, and considering my episodes of depression aren’t THAT bad that they would be so hard to treat So, what do you guys think? For me, it would be a big relief to get a diagnosis as somewhere on the bipolar spectrum, as I've tried so many meds already, and I just wanna feel better If anyone is curious as to my regiment and past meds, I'd be happy to post that as well.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to read and respond! It means a lot!
I have been on Remeron for about three years for anxiety, OCD, and depression. I started at 60mg, but that was pretty stimulating after dosing it all at night. Now, I take 22.5mg before sleep.
Depending on my legs/hips tension levels, I always get restless legs about 45-60 minutes after my dose, and it keeps me from sleeping right away. I've had this since I started the med, and now that I do yoga/stretching, it's even been worse. Some nights it is very severe. Would lowering to 15mg help? Or anything else? I wonder if it's a histamine or noradrenaline thing. Thanks.
For OCD issues I was prescribed 2.5 mg Abilify 4 years ago, in conjunction with Klonopin (2x 0.25mg a day) and sustained-release 12.5mg Paroxetine. Everything went quite good, life situation improved and one time during last year my Pdoc considered the possibility of a slow withdrawal of the meds, starting with Abilify. Since it was hard to cut the pill (I can only get 5mg pills here and they are extremely small) and the pill has a long half-life, the taper schedule was like this:
- Take the pill 3 days out of 4 for something like 2 months.
- Take the pill 2 days out of 3 for another 2 months.
- Take the pill 1 day out of 2, for another 2-3 months, up until two weeks ago.
In the last interview, my Pdoc considered the possibility of 1 pill every 3 days but in the end decided to just stop taking the med altogether since it was a low dose after all.
Things have not gone bad, but there is this little problem that started some days ago. I have an irresistible urge to move my left leg while resting or trying to sleep at night. It is really uncomfortable, don't know exactly how to describe it. It gets me all restless and difficults my sleep. After a time I eventually fall asleep and it stops, but I am a little worried. For people who have experiences with this drug, is this a common withdrawal? Will it stop sometimes? Or could it be something else?