Diagnosed with Borderline Personality and BP I - Anxiety (Medication Suggestions)

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   Posted 10/8/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been battling this disorder since I was 20 years of age. For me, it has been a nightmare and my personal hell. I am now 33 years of age and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my life has been wasted by never feeling good, staying home, and just withdrawing.

I keep my life extremely sheltered, structured, and private, but before all this came about, I was not this type of person.

I have found that the most sedating of drugs and I mean sedating, drop out after 10 minutes of taking, have been the most helpful. Elavil worked for 2 weeks and then stopped completely. Sinequan was great. I was out in like 5 minutes and felt great the next day. After a while, that stopped being so effective. Then I found Celexa and Risperdal. I would take the meds and I tell you, I would have to be near a bed because I was going to drop uncontrollably. Most people would probably hate all that, but the drugs that had those effects were the only ones that worked out of at least 30 to 40 different antidepressants, mood stabilizers, etc...

Due to the fact that so many drugs have been no benefit to me, I also wonder if I have Treatment Resistant Depression.

Anyhow, I was hoping I might be able to get some feedback on any medications that may have been extremely sedating for some of you. I know that not all drugs work the same for all, but I'm so desperate at this moment. I am 11 weeks pregnant which is only causing things to get worse and I'm so depressed all the time, I can barely move, eating is bad, and I want to sleep all the time even though I find I can't. So, seriously need some advice.

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   Posted 10/8/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi SynSyn,

Welcome to HealingWell and to our forum.

Did you stop your drugs to get pregnant? Do you hope to get back on something once the first trimester's over or ASAP? Remember the pregnancy is complicating the depression, making it worse. I really feel for you. I stayed on my Lamictal and Prozac throughout my pregnancy. I would've been a mess without them. Literally.

Have you tried Wellbutrin yet? How about Lamictal? Those seem to be very popular drugs and I know Lamictal at least doesn't put people to sleep. I have no idea about Wellbutrin and pregnancy though. You need to talk to your docs for that.

Keep on writing and let us know how you're doing. I'd love to know what a doctor tells you!
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   Posted 10/9/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the welcome.

I'm not on anything right now. I went to a Pdoc about a week ago and he wanted to try me on Risperdal, again. The second time on it, it seemed to increase my manic symptoms, so I was a little upset about him wanting to put me back on it while I'm so desperate. On day two, I knew I was done. I couldn't take it anymore. I have an appointment early next week and I'm going to ask for something else. I definitely would like to be put on something. about a month and a half after being pregnant, I just started being extremely manic and moody and I don't think I can handle this for another 7 months.

I have tried Wellbutrin XL and I was on Lamictal which gave me really bad headaches. I'm one of those lucky ones where a lot of medications just don't do anything for me which makes me want to pull my hair out. I'm totally non responsive which I don't get because I have such severe symptoms.

I'm going to try and get on something sedating as I have a tendency to suffer from insomnia and that just makes everything a heck of a lot worse.

If anyone has any ideas on an antidepressant that is sedating, I would greatly appreciate the info. SSRI's don't tend to have that effect. Most have been the TCAs.

I hope to update early next week after my appointment.
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