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zNon234
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   Posted 8/24/2005 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
 For the last year, i've had racing thoughts. I've been taking 4 pills of Depakote per day for the past 4 months but it doesn't seem to getting better. How long does this take to cure?
 
 Also, when I read or look at words, I say the words in my head just like I say words in my head when my mind is racing. I know this isn't normal. Is this linked to the racing thoughts? and should I be taking a different pill to cure this?

psychnurse
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   Posted 8/24/2005 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Znon234,

Not sure what you mean by saying the words in your head - does that mean hearing them aloud when you read?  I do that, I don't know if it's really related or not, I just always have.  If you are HEARING voices in your head otherwise, then you have a problem. 

You didn't say what else you are on.  Are you on an antidepressant?  If you could write back and give a list of all the meds, the mgs and how many times a day, it would be helpful. 

When were you diagnosed?  I or II?  Have you told your pdoc about the racing thoughts? How old are you?  male or female? 

Need more info, hon.


zNon234
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   Posted 8/24/2005 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   

 I say the words in my head (ie I talk to myself aloud in my head ..conversations... but this has slowed down since taking the depakote). I heard this was called racing thoughts.

 I wasn't sure if it was normal to repeat the words in your head when reading since I do have racing thoughts.

 I am only taking 4x500 mg of depakote per day and I am a male.

 How long does this take to cure? Since taking the depakote my head has gotten a lot better but hasn't fully cured.

 I was diagnosed back in April/May but my pdoc never said if it was I or II. All he said was you have racing thoughts.



kittycat27
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   Posted 8/24/2005 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Cure, not sure we are ever cured more like getting stable. We will always have this ,if this (Bipolar) is your true dx. Meds help to keep us stable or get us closer to that point. There is no cure. about having racing thought, what i experience is like 1 million thoughts per minute. Can't seem to stop thinking. Also like having conversations in my own head, yes I do that always have. Not sure what you mean when you say repeat the words in your head when reading.. i really thought was like processing the information when reading, although not everyone does that, I don't think. Your pdoc just said you had racing thought no other dx. Maybe you should see him/ her and ask for a better dx. If you want a more accurate dx. I used to take 1500mg o depakote, I just hated the weight gain, but it is good for the treatment of Bipolar with an anti-depressant . I hope this helps. I am Bipolar , rapid cycler and I have racing thought all the time. When i have quite a bit of stress it complicates my racing thoughts and everything else that goes with BP. I don't hear things though like in my head, at least i don't think I do. I have however seen s***, yikes that is scary. Usually it is just shadows, weird experience. Welcome by the way. Nickie

tammilynnbebe
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   Posted 8/24/2005 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
can someone please tell me what iam doing wrong on this internet i am trying to chat with some of you i need to talk to some one
thank you TAMMILYNNBEBE

zNon234
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   Posted 8/24/2005 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
 I never had racing thoughts or BP before. It just started happening at the end of last year when I started drinking lots of milk. It made my brain all sensitive because it amplified my thoughts and caused me to start talking in my head even more. I drank about a gallon a day for like 2 weeks. I think this is how it all got started.

Post Edited (zNon234) : 8/24/2005 3:43:49 PM (GMT-6)


psychnurse
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   Posted 8/24/2005 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Kittycat is right, there is absolutely no cure, it's permanent and the best we can do is try to stay stable. 

Um, milk doesn't cause racing thoughts, and defo not bipolar.  It's something we are born with.  I'm not sure your psychiatrist dxd you correctly, if all you have are racing thoughts.  You would have MUCH more problems than that.  I will come right back and post the symptoms of mania. 

psychnurse
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   Posted 8/24/2005 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   

Ok, as you can see here, there is much more to mania than racing thoughts.  Many people have racing thoughts, thinking about everything, but it's not the same.

Read these over and let us know if most of them apply.  You have to have had at least one episode of mania/hypomania lasting 4 days or more to be diagnosed as BP.

Mania and Hypomania Page

 
 
 

EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF HYPOMANIA AND MANIA

 
Sleeping much Less Insomnia Writing Pressure
Others seem slow Irritability Surges of Energy
Making lots of plans Flight of Ideas Pressure of speech
Poor judgment Inappropriate behavior Increased alcohol consumption
Spending too much money Very productive Taking too many responsibilities
Feeling superior Inappropriate anger Increased creativity
Dangerous driving Unnecessary phone calls More sensitive than usual
Increased appetite More sexually active Noises louder than usual
Doing several things at once Inability to concentrate Friends notice behavior change
Difficulty staying still Sociable and thrill seeking Anxious and wound-up

zNon234
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   Posted 8/24/2005 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   
 In the recent past, i've had Feeling superior and Difficulty staying still while my mind was racing. Thats it. But I never had racing thoughts until last November when I started drinking lots of milk?? I don't get it. This Depakote seems to be working but not fully curing it.

psychnurse
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   Posted 8/24/2005 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Meds don't always get rid of every symptom, but they should make it much better and no longer dangerous.  If you are still having problems, you need to call your pdoc now, don't wait until your next appt. 

Arenace
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   Posted 8/24/2005 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, I am the queen of racing thoughts!!! Call you pdoc and discuss with him/her. It is a symptom. (Shannon, this is actually one of the reasons they added the topamax to my meds.) I really do encourage you to call your pdoc right away just as psychnurse is saying.
Bipolar brings new meaning to the "Little Ups And Downs Of Life!!"
 
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zNon234
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   Posted 8/24/2005 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
 How long does it usually take to cure?

kittycat27
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   Posted 8/24/2005 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I really don't think you are grasping what we are saying, YOU DON"T CURE RACING THOUGHTS! And milk , well that is weird. Maybe you need to go have a complete blood count (CBC), done to see if there is anything else going on. I definately don't think you have BIPOLAR , actually i don't know what you have, but I am no doc. You say cure, this is like diabetes there is no cure, only treatment. Meds, alternative or supplemental herbal therapy or whatever it is , you think will help. Ultimately, meds or the hospital! Tammylynnbebe, we aren't always in chat.I think there are designated times to chat like friday evenings or something. Otherwise you really have to be on when someone else is on at the same time. We usually come and post , and then pop in throughout the day to check threads and posts. I hope that this helps ya.Sorry nobody was on to chat with you, post though and we will talk. We are very supportive here. If you need to talk with someone privately just say so and we will give you are addys. Nickie. P.S. not sure if this sounded mean , wasn't suppose to. I think it's me, aggiatated. eyes

zNon234
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   Posted 8/24/2005 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I wasn't born with racing thoughts so there has to be a way to get rid of this $HI(T).
 
 So what your saying is because of my screwup last year I am stuck with this for the rest of my life?? And that its going to be controlled by a pill im going to have to take for the rest of my life.

Post Edited (zNon234) : 8/24/2005 9:07:20 PM (GMT-6)


Arenace
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   Posted 8/24/2005 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Symptoms start for different people at different times. Even for we BP's some started very early or were possibly born BP and some didn't start having symptoms until later in life. Like Nickie said, we are not doc's here and we can only tell you what we know from our own experiences. Some here have training in the field and we rely on them to share their knowledge with us. Racing thoughts is a symptom of BP one that Nickie and I both suffer from and it is controlled more or less for us with medication. And, for us, yes, we will have it for the rest of our lives and yes, we will be on medication for the rest of our lives. There is currently no cure for BP or the various symptoms that come along with it. Each of us has our own unique set of symptoms and reactions and such. I don't know if you have BP. I do know that racing thoughts can have other causes. Repeated drug use is one of them. I'm sure there are others. Whatever it is that you have going on a pdoc is the best place to go for a dx. He/She can tell you what the best course of action is and what meds you need. Is Depakote the only med you are on?
Bipolar brings new meaning to the "Little Ups And Downs Of Life!!"
 
Sandra


 


zNon234
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   Posted 8/24/2005 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
 I was on Abilify also but I quit taking that and things haven't changed. I still feel the same. I don't know whats wrong with me. Theres definately something wrong with me because i've noticed ever since I got racing thoughts, the facial hair on the sides of my face stopped growing in.. and then it starts to and stops again.... what the heck is it? No need to reply to that last part. Thank you for all your help! And there have been several times where my head was completely fixed for like a day and then it went back to the racing thoughts.

kittycat27
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   Posted 8/25/2005 3:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I must have been " Born " with this, but I really didn't develop severe symptoms till after the age of 24-25. I have PTSD( post traumatic stress disorder), unto which I feel triggered my BP.Ifyou are not BP, then no, maybee you won'tlive with this all your life, you have other things that need to be checked as well. Like I said, to be reassured or beter yet seek help, pdoc also need to have other blood work done to make sure there isn't something else going on causing this. I didn't mean to sound rude, but I don't think you read what I was saying correctly. I know nothing or said nothing of a screw up last year. Honestly for your health just make doc appt. Hope you have  better days. One more thing,I live with this everyday, just because I take meds doesn't mean my racing thoughts stopped. They haven't, slowed , well Icanargue that. Good luck.

zNon234
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   Posted 9/17/2005 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
 I really want to cure my racing thoughts. I don't really think I have bipolar because I dont really have any other symptoms although I could be wrong. But when I read or type I say the words outloud in my head instead of just glancing at them and knowing what the word is and means. Thats whats messed up in my brain.
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