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   Posted 8/31/2010 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a note to let all of you know that I'm back home, after 3 1/2 weeks in the psych ward of a local hospital. GASP. My pdoc wanted me to go in so that another pdoc could take a fresh look at me; he felt he'd become too blinkered. He also wanted extensive physiological tests run on me, such as an MRI (which turned up nothing).
The treatment I got there was excellent; when does one ever get to see a psychiatrist and a counselor every day, after all? The pdoc in the psych ward changed my meds almost completely. She thinks, and all the psychological testing I did seems to indicate, that I'm unipolar and that I have severe anxiety.
After having my days all planned out for me--lots of groups, such as dialectical behavior therapy; art therapy; music therapy; recreational therapy--I'm finding it odd to be home again and in control of my own time. Here's hoping that I learn to plan out my days well.  ;-)
It's also odd to be home alone, when I was surrounded by people. Actually, my estranged spouse has been staying with me. He's been terrific. He came to visit every day, and he cared for all my many critters. I got a lot of visitors, actually. At the beginning, I was so utterly depressed and numb that I hardly noticed much of anything, but as time went on and I got better, I really appreciated my visitors immensely.
So, now I'm on Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Abilify, clonazepam, hydroxyzine/vistaril, and trazodone (for sleep). What a stew! But it seems to be working, for which I am very grateful.
Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I wasn't swallowed up by the psych ward!

happy bill
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   Posted 8/31/2010 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
  Welcome back, glad your meds are working. Although thats quite a stew you go going on there. I think you have used up every letter in the alphbet with that list. LOL LOL LOL
"If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade"

"It isn't my fault that i am BiPolar, It is my responsibility how i treat it so that i don't hurt others or myself." Happy Bill

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   Posted 8/31/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I am SO glad you are back! (((hugs)))

What is going on for grad school? Are you feeling able to do it?
Bipolar 1
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Panic Disorder

Depakote, Abilify - FAIL; Seroquel - Epic Fail
Lamictal 150mg (up to 200mg soon), Klonopin 0.5mg as needed, starting Seroquel XR 50mg soon

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   Posted 8/31/2010 6:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your kind notes!

I'm definitely not feeling up for grad school. The school year started while I was still in the bin (as I refer to the psych ward). My husband sent email to the grad advisor that I was in the hospital--he didn't specify which!--and that I wouldn't be starting the program. The grad advisor said she could defer my entering the program until next year; you can only start the master's in social work program in the fall. I dunno what I'll do about that.

Right now, I'm still getting used to the real world again. I hope I can find a job eventually, despite hard times and a LOUSY job market where I live.

Hugs to you all,
bipolar II, panic/anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome 
current meds: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Topamax, 50 mg

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   Posted 8/31/2010 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there...
With the help of your therapist,( generally a letter about your illness an meds will do) you should be able to go the disability office at your school and they can make arrangements with your instructors to give you more time on assignments, relax a bit on absences or double your time on exams...all of which come in handy when things are overwhelming. I've been going through the disability office at school for the past year and a half and it's helped to keep me moving forward when things get rough. You might look into it.
Faith... is the art of holding on to things your reason once accepted, despite your changing moods.

Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
meds: pristq, lamotrigine, ambien cr, Xanax

red lightening
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   Posted 9/1/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Glad you are back Havana. Try to take it easy and take baby steps as you get back on your feet again.
Are you following up with any out patient groups or counselling? I know how it feels to be a part of the
world again after the safety and confines of a psyche ward. It can be a little overwhelming. Take care of
yourself and try not to do too much at once. Everything will fall into place.

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   Posted 9/1/2010 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
welcome back havana,
its nice of them to postpone your grad school for a year,
and it must be an adjustment to return to the 'real world' from the psych ward, but
im sure you can manage it!!

glad you have a cocktail of meds that is working out for you ..
take care of yourself...

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Total Posts : 127
   Posted 9/1/2010 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Guys, you are the greatest! Thanks for all the kind words of encouragement. I appreciate them muchly.

bipolar II, panic/anxiety disorder, fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue syndrome 
current meds: Clonazepam, 0.5 mg prn; Topamax, 50 mg
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