Oh Trazodone here we go...

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mogli
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   Posted 9/23/2007 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys,
 
So I've been taking my favourite medication for the past 3 weeks every night to get my sleep.  And like it did years ago, Trazodone is helping me so much.  I have been struggling with depressive symptoms and cycling etc...The depression has lifted quite a bit.  I've had a couple of days that were bad, but all in all I am feeling better.  And of course it feels great.
 
Now, the only problem is that Trazodone has the anit-depressant properties in it, and of course carries that risk of causing hypo manic states.  I promised my pdoc I would tell him if this was happening.  It is happening, but here's my thing...Everyone's mania, and hypomania are so different.  I don't experience full manic states.  My hypomania is pretty much awful if it goes on for too many days b/c my anxiety is so increased, so are the panic attacks.  I am getting my sleep with the Trazodone, but still feel over energized and hyper.  That's what I don't like about the hmania.  It completely wears me out, the racing thoughts, speech...the anxiety.  So if it goes on too much too long, I will be telling my pdoc, and I may consider a mood stabilizer.  But I think the only one I would consider is Lamictal. 
 
Since the Trazodone, my life is easier.  My bf and I have been great, school is easier b/c I can get things done.  But I know I have to be honest with my pdoc...I know in my mind that I can't be this high (mood) either. 
 
I just wish so much that I could be stable.  Honestly, I've been thinking about that a lot lately.  I would give anything to feel balance.  It's always one extreme or the other.  I hate it.
 
And I don't want to start any meds b/c of the side effects.  I have to feel well for school. 
 
Anyway, Tuesday I meet with someone from the CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Assoc.) to see how I can find some therapy and have a worker there assigned to me to help me through the tough times.
 
Well, my anxiety is making me crazy right now.  I'm going to go try to calm down.  Ugh, yep, definitey have to talk to my pdoc... sad By the way, I am not feeling this way everyday with the Trazodone.  Thanks for reading guys, any thoughts would be appreciated.  Take care.
Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
.5mg Clonazepam, 50mg Trazodone
--Currently not on meds for bp--


schizoflux1
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   Posted 9/23/2007 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
sleep is #1 in feeling good. My pdoc prescribed trazadone but boy was it the wrong med. It had my body feel like a high and I was scared. To top things off it didnt put me to sleep. Just hang in there you'll find the equilibrium so to speak

serafena
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   Posted 9/23/2007 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Miss Mogli, I know you're not a fan of the meds, but I'm glad you gave them a try and they're working (sort of). Absolutely don't hesitate to talk to the doc. And try the lamictal. Have you tried it before? I haven't had any side effects. It's been a real boon to me. I'm glad you're feeling better, even as the mania heats up. It sounds like you're really trying to take care of yourself -- talking to the CMHA for a therapist, etc... That's really wonderful. Good for you.

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sukay
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   Posted 9/23/2007 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
 
I know you are very excited about your sleep and mood improvement. But you also said your anxiety is kicking in, and it's starting to sound a little out of control to me.  It sounds like you're really trying to find a balance here. I understand that....been there. But I would take you pdoc's suggestion and  let him know this is happening. Only with the pdoc's help can he find the right balance for you.
 
No bipolar person enjoys the ups and downs of the effects of all the different med changes. And we all dream of the day to be balanced. But that day can never come until we get honest with ourselves and work honestly with our pdoc & therapists as a team. Every time I decided to hide a little bit of the truth to my pdoc about what the meds were doing to me it only ended up being way so overblown that I would need an emergency appt to help get me back to a safe place. It's not worth from my perspective, but I too and learning.
 
I know it sounds crappy. I'm still on that path. But that is what we have to do. Hang in there mogli I know it gets pretty rough. But we have to fight the good fight!
 
Great to hear you have made a step to meet with someone from the CMHA. I hope everything goes well for you.
 
 
~Sukay~
 
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olivia of course
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   Posted 9/24/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Mogli,

I am glad that you are sleeping better, but I am sorry that the trazadone is affecting your mood. You should talk to your doc about what you are experiencing. If you do decide to try Lamictal, it is not a bad med. Most people do not have major side effects. If not, at least you know what your options are. Hang in there.
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loving frustrated wife
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   Posted 9/24/2007 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Mogs, My H & S are on trileptal and do very well as the mood stabilizer. As I am no expert on the meds, would this be another possible mood med for you besides lamictal? Neither seem to have any side effects from it at all. My son takes the liquid form so it is at a precise dose for him, my H takes a blend of pill and liquid to get his right. Just thought I'd share that possibility. I know the perfect coctail is out there for you to have that stability you SO desire. Even with the challenges, sounds like you hanging in and taking care of YOU. ALL good in my book. LFW

mogli
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   Posted 9/26/2007 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you so much for all of your support.  It means so much to me especially now.  I have crashed into depression now.  LFW, I have never tried Trileptal, just did some reading on it--I will ask my pdoc about it.

All of you truly understand what a frustating time I am having and what I am going through, and I cannot tell you what a comfort it is to me to read anything you write.

Thank you so so much. 


Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
.5mg Clonazepam, 50mg Trazodone
--Currently not on meds for bp--


loving frustrated wife
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   Posted 9/27/2007 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Mogs, since the trileptal comes in liquid & pill form, I personally think the liquid is the best to start with because you can take it slow and inch your way up until you get an exact dose. When you hit the right dose, you then have the option to keep it spot on by doing part in pill and part in liquid if you want. THis way you always know you are not over medicating too! I have found with both my H & S that even the slightest shifts sometimes made huge differences and sometimes going up in too big of a step even with pills (say just 25mg) causes you to just miss the perfect dose for that person and the reaction doesn't work so you think the med doesn't work. Does that make sense. I remember for my S that early on we hit this one level....BOY was it bad for a bit, but as soon as I called the pdoc when we saw the negative signs, he pulled us down a 1/2ml, and POOF...hit it for a good period. The next time we had to raise it, it was because he grew in weight and height. Again, my H & S do exceptional (comparatively) on this medication, there are no major side effects at all for them and they have been on it for YEARS! So the longevity factor is great. Good luck Mogs, we're all here for you. Hang in there...LFW

Post Edited (loving frustrated wife) : 9/28/2007 9:47:09 AM (GMT-6)


olivia of course
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   Posted 9/28/2007 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Mogli,

When do you get a chance to see your pdoc, I noticed that you are gonna see someone about therapy on Tuesday. Just checking in, and hoping that things will be okay till your appointments.
Olivia
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