I haven't done well with mood stabilizers of the traditional sence, it is questionable how I would do on Lithium, but I have thyroid issueas and heart issues from it. I even had to go through two weeks of cardio rehab. Since I am not quiet as suicidal now we may use ut. Right now to stabilze my mood I take 6mg. Rispredal ans 20mg of Zyprexa. I am not the typical bipolar. I have a severe depressive atypical bipolar disorder with ongoing psychosis. No meds have gotten rid of all the psychotic symptoms. With this disorder,I hypomania is is my best of times. I am usually not suicidal, I can control cutting, and get out of the house to pick my daughter up from school Mania entails a total psychotic breakdown. I become more suicidal than when I am in my deepest depressions because the need to stop terror of the world I believe is around me. I hope that was clear. Right now I am in a depressed state; I am left alone for fours at a time, then my husband come s from work to evaluate me. I also don't sleep much any more at night so I cut myself and have bruises from my husband holding me down until I the PRN he has to either shove in my mouth makes me sleepy, then the suicidal struggle ends.
Besides Risperadal and Zyprexa (which is according to the FDA both a mood stabilizer and antipsychotic), I take a between 10 and 13 meds. We haven't found the answer yet, and although ECT sessions worksd the first three times (at 17, 20, 23,), the last didn't (a year ago.) My current goal is just to sleep at night, then we wwill go back to talking about
feeling like showering and going outside.
If fear of gaining weight is a reason not to take a med, you have never seen hell. i know that sounds mean, but I gained a hundred pounds the first time I was on zyprexa/seroqel mix and I feel like if the side effects aren't life threatening, render unable to drive like seizures as it be with some meds, or if it makes you more ill mentally than before - ask yourself how bad you really feel.
I edited this due to Forum Rule #1
1. No discussion of any illegal activity or threats of violence. (ie. threats of suicide or self-injury, or threatened or intended physical harm). Discussions of suicide or self-harm that are deemed negative and therefore potentially injurious to others are also not permitted.
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