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olivia of course
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   Posted 10/30/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I know you were having troubles with your meds, just wanted to check in on you.  I hope all is well.
Olivia
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mogli
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   Posted 10/30/2007 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Ellie,

I too hope you are well.  We are thinking of you.


Mogs
 
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.5mg Clonazepam, 50mg Trazodone
--Currently not on meds for bp--


Ellie 1
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   Posted 10/30/2007 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Olivia, Mogs, thank you for asking. Things aren't too bad, but they could be better. The abilify has caused a great deal of anxiety and not a few panic attacks. I can control this, somewhat, with the ativan, but i hate taking it on a regular basis. I'm doing it though. Thats what the pdoc said to do.
My focus is off, it's been difficult to concentrate long enough to post.
Still, this is better than the depression. Much better.
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mogli
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   Posted 10/31/2007 3:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Ellie,

I"m glad you replied.  How long have you been on the Abilify now?  I'm doing well on the Trazodone, that is, it is helping me sleep.  But it's not helping the cycling, but my depressed episodes have decreased a little bit, so I know what you mean when you say " it's better than the depression."  I was getting pretty depressed for long periods of time, so it feels better not to have that for now.


 


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


Ellie 1
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   Posted 10/31/2007 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   

I've been on the Abilify for 3 or 4 months.  The Abilify and Wellbutrin combo was the only thing that worked on my depression.  I had been depressed to the point where I couldn't get out of bed for nearly 10 months.  It started around this time last year.

The anxiety is bad, but the pdoc says that with all the drugs that have failed with me, it may be a trade off and we may just have to treat the anxiety and hope it fades with time.

On the upside, I sleep like a rock now.  First time in my life, at least since I was a young child, that I've ever been able to sleep 8 hours at a shot consistently.  I'm not sure I like it.  I know it sounds silly, but I think I miss the days when I could run on 2 or 3 hours sleep and not feel tired at all.

Truly, if it weren't for the fear that the depression would return I'd chuck all these meds and go back to the way things were before the depression took over.  I know they say it takes time to adjust, but I don't feel the same and I miss the intensity I felt before.  I miss who I was.  I wouldn't survive another depressive episode like the last though, and my kids need their mom so I just muddle through.


Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.
 
You just have to accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue. 
 


olivia of course
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   Posted 11/1/2007 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I was on abilify for 3 weeks and I couldn't take it anymore, funny how the body works.
 
I hope you feel better soon, and things settle down with your meds.  I hope you don't have to switch the combo again, I know what kind of a pain that can be.  Especially if it is helping your depressive state.
 
I can understand why you want both depression and anxiety under control thoough.  I don't blame you.  Hang in there and let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
Olivia
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Meds: Lithium, Tegretol, Buspar, Clonazepam
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