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gaz
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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 8/28/2006 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
i have suffered from bipolar 2 since i was a child 30 now,been on lots of meds i take prozac celaxa lamical lithium olanzapine i know a lot,have quite bad side effects been in and out of hospital all my life i am bad at the moment always am apart from the odd hypo spell love those feeling,my doc says i am treatment  ressitant nothing seems to work life can be unbearable at times thanks for reading my post
gaz

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 8/28/2006 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gaz,

Must be horrible to be feeling like this ... but, first things first: bipolar is notoriously difficult to find the right meds combo and dosages for, and you are definitely not alone in your struggles with this.

Now for some questions -- sorry, I just want to get a fuller picture so that I don't go barking up wrong trees or suggesting stuff you've tried a million times!

Is your doc a psychiatrist or a regular doc? When did your doc tell you you were treatment resistant? How did that make you feel? -- Did it change how you felt, or was this something you were thinking already? Do sessions with your doc help you to find ways in addition to meds of controlling your bp? Do you have friends that you trust enough to tell about this and who are able to give you support?

Here for you Gaz. -- Keep posting!

Rosie x
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gaz
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   Posted 8/28/2006 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
hi couinter clockwise thanks for your post i see a pychtrist sorry for the spelling hard word to spell i understand what your saying i was told i was treatment ressitant by a proffesser 4 years ago i still try different meds but there dont seem to work well  thanks for your reply

CounterClockwise
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   Posted 8/28/2006 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hm, I wonder why that professor told you you were treatment resistant... because you categorically *are* or because he hadn't found the right treatment for you yet...? Strikes me also that "treatment resistant" is not the same as "untreatable"... . Has your current psychiatrist ever said anything similar? What does he/she think about this label you were given by that professor? Have you discussed it?

I hate it when people say stuff like this: it can be so damaging to morale and that just triggers all sorts of stuff (a pretty "effective" trigger for a bipolar episode I would imagine!). My mum got told something similar years ago when she was having terrible trouble with migraines. Hearing that nothing was going to help her cos she was resistant made her feel awful and she just *expected* migraines -- and got more of them, probably as a result. To me, saying something like this is just a way of shifting blame -- means that the person saying it hasn't got the answers. The responsible thing to do at that point is to refer the patient to someone who might ... but I guess pride is a factor. What that prof said I think says more about him than about you. Your current psych hasn't given up trying, right?

Rosie x
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Ellie 1
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   Posted 8/28/2006 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Gaz,
Hadn't heard from you in awhile. Was wondering about you the other day. Still battling those meds huh? You've had such a bad time of it. Have you thought about maybe switching pdoc's? I know you've been told you're treatment resistant, but as Rosie said perhaps it just isn't the right treatment.
I was bounced from drug to drug for years. I had terrible side effects that they just tried to cover up with more drugs. My current pdoc tells me that he's very doubtful I'm bipolar at all. That I have a whole list of anxiety related disorders but probably not bipolar. The very reason none of the meds worked for me. They just made me sicker and sicker.
Not to say you're not bipolar, my point is just that pdoc's are NOT infalliable. If you think this particular doc is no longer helping you, find another. Don't give up on the word of one pdoc. They're not God and they make mistakes just like everyone else. Maybe a new one will be able to come up with something less traditional that you haven't tried and it will turn out to be that "magic" combo.
Take Care Gaz, and keep us posted, I think of you often.
Ellie
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