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weirdspace
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   Posted 1/9/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone I haven't been on in a long time but I finally had my Dr appt today for meds. The lady that watches my son couldn't watch him today so it was a little distracting having him there.....Anyway I was prescribed Lamictal and Strattera. She explained to me what each med was for but my son was interfering and I really didn't grasp much.....She also said that she thinks I have bi-polar with depression......I don't even know if that makes sense.....But I ended up looking up the meds online and one of them is for bi-polar, the lamictal. And the other is apparently used for adults with adhd, strattera. I do have a little better understanding after reading about both of them....I also want to add that I suffer from having a racing mind and often have conversations with myself also feel stressed and have a hard time relaxing because of this.......That's embarrassing to admit but the Strattera will help with that alone and the Lamictal will help with all of my problems. I was just a little surprised to hear about the bi-polar part.....She did tell me that she can't really have a definate diagnosis until we see how the meds do.....I've often wondered if I was bi-polar but I could never relate to the manic part....But maybe it's because of my racing thoughts, my mind running, having the conversations with myself and not being able to relax.....It almost just feels like from the time I wake up my mind is on a mission lol, that's how I describe it.....She did elaborate that those symptoms is what she was referring to as bi-polar.....I do want to add that I suffer from depression as well as these other things I've described. I'm happy for the meds and I know it will be a few weeks or even up to a month for them to start working but I just feel like I can't grasp this right now.....

Post Edited (wishdreamhope) : 1/9/2009 5:14:00 PM (GMT-7)


getting by
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   Posted 1/9/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wishdreamhope,

It is good to see you again. It sounds to me like she is going to try some bipolar medications with you to help with some of the symptoms that you have. It is all good. I think that she knows what she is doing. So try to relax and just take things one day at a time. Let your mind relax. I had a lot of the same problems as you with thoughts and talking to myself. I started taking abilify. It is a bipolar medication. But it really helped. I don't even talk to myself anymore. At least not much. LOL... I guess I had obsessive thinking. That is the best I can discribe it.

I hope that the medications work well for you. Keep us posted. It is great to have you back.

Hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi  Wishdreamhope,

I am so proud of you for going to the appointment and yes a young child can be a huge distraction.  It sounds like you have a good relationship with your physician.

I will pray that your meds start working and things get better for you soon.

We also have a Bipolar Forum that you may want to read through.  You may find the members describing their sx and how their meds work.

Please stick with us as we are here to help you and you are part of the family here.

Hugs to you,

Kitt 


 

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weirdspace
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   Posted 1/10/2009 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both for the support. Gettingby I wanted to ask you, did you talk to yourself more when you were alone? And if so, did you notice a big difference with being able to control it while being on abilify. I know you said it has helped you already but how do you feel when your alone now being on the medication. I'm just curious because if the medication helps me, I kind of want to know how that felt to you. And how it made it different for you. Anyway I had a long talk with my mom last night and I'm feeling much better about everything. She's a BHT and a Clinical Liason, she's been working with behavioral health for almost 7yrs so she knows a lot about medications and she can describe all my questions in terms that I can better understand. I'm lucky that she's in the line of work she's in. It's the best talk I've had with her in a long time actually. I'm feeling very optimistic about the meds.....And I feel like everything is a lot clearer!

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   Posted 1/10/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes it helped me to stop talking to myself when I was alone, I only think things now. My psychologist described it as when we get obsessive thinking, the brain can only handle so much, hence, we start talking outloud to handle all of the thoughts going in and out of our heads. The abilify is suppose to stop the obsessive thinking, therefore, we quit talking out loud. I have done it for such a long time, it is a relief when I don't do it. I even got teased at a bead shop that I use to go into. They would say "just because she is talking doesn't mean she is ready to check out" I guess that everybody noticed it. My sister said that I should just get a headset and people woould think I was on a phone or something.LOL...

It is such a relief to stop talking out loud like that. It use to irritate my first husband. He thought that I was talking about him. I had the problem for many years. And believe me the medication helped. Before I took abilify, I tried risperdol. It made me gain weight so I went on the abilify to try and stop that. It helps me not to worry about things that I can't control. And helps me sleep at night because I think so much. You will be happy to get a break from it.

My big problem was if I got angry, I couldn't let go of the thought. Then it would snowball. So that helps there too.

I hope that it works for you like it works for me. Does make me wonder if I was a little bipolar though. Maybe, but I didn't have the manic side. Always tired. No bursts of energy. Though the thinking was kind of that way.

Hugs, Karen
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weirdspace
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   Posted 1/11/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess I was just curious about how you feel now because it's hard for me to believe what I'm going to feel like without that lol......I'm just so used to being this way and I've been like this for as long as I can remember it's just got worse in the past 3yrs.....Don't get me wrong I don't want to be like this but you know what I mean....With me, it's almost the same thing as when you got angry but the way I can decribe mine is.....If I go through anything that impacts me negatively I have a hard time letting it go......Thanks for sharing with me. I also got a better understanding of bi-polar with depression, it just means that I suffer from bi-polar (which there are different degrees) but have more of the depression then mania. Like I've mentioned, I did start to wonder if I might have bi-polar but now understand that there is a degree called hypomania which is a lesser degree of mania.....Which I can agree with.....Anyway I'm feeling much better about everything and I'm actually happy about everything because at least I'm understanding my symptoms and what all of this really is.....I thought having a racing mind yeah whatever, you could chalk it up to anxiety and the talking to myself was just a stupid embarrassing thing.....But it all really means something that can be treated!

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   Posted 1/11/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wishdreamhope,

I remember before, I called you "hope". I like that name.

Yes, things will get better. You haven't been on the meds for that long of time, and you will gradually notice that you are talking to yourself less.

I remember when I had my floral business. People would think I was talking to somebody in the greenhouse, when I was the only one there, so it can get embarrassing. But that is a part of you and it is okay. But it will go away, not over night though. It takes time for the medication to start working well. I have noticed my attitude on life has changed too. Things don't bother me as much as they use to. If at all. It is easier to shrug things off and irritations just don't matter anymore, but you still enjoy the good things all that much more. Abilify has been like a miracle to me, and I hope that it is to you also.

Hugs, Karen
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stkitt
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   Posted 1/11/2009 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Hope,

Yes Karen did call you Hope and I like that name for you too if you don't mind. The girl's name Hope  is of Old English origin, and its meaning is "expectation; belief".

It fits you well as you have hope that you will get through this time and things will be better for you.

Bless you

Kitt


 

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weirdspace
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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 1/11/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both! And no I don't mind if you call me hope. I agree with you skitt, I do have a new hope now that everything I'm going through has a meaning. I know it's going to take a while for the meds to work....But I'm very optimistic about them now. See this is what I wanted.....I wanted the depression treated but also this other side of me, so I'm very happy about that. That is so promising to hear gettingby...I'm happy for you that it made a difference for you, even though you have probably been on abilify for a while now.....I'm glad that you got the relief from it....Because I know what it's like.....I think anyone that hears the word bi-polar automatically thinks of this big scary thing but now that it's clearer to me what I'm experiencing it's not so scary.....I also have plans to get a self help book on finding your spirituality or audio book....I feel like I want some tools to have a different perspective on different things in life....And I want to do more then just take meds.....I want to do the work myself and maybe do some little assignments which can produce stratigies in my life and take a different approach to life....I just want to find who I really am. I know I'm getting the counseling too but it's just something that I want to do for myself....If anyone can give me some suggestions on self help books that would be great because I plan on maybe getting a few.


getting by
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   Posted 1/11/2009 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I know a couple and I believe Erik knows some really good ones as does Kitt.

One book is called "Feeling Good" by Dr. David D Burns, M.D.

A d there i sone called "Healing the child within". By Charles L. Whitfield, M.D.

There are many others, but this is just a couple that I have read. They really helped me a lot.

Best wishes for a wonderful day Hope.

Hugs, Karen
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