Posted 1/8/2018 6:05 PM (GMT -7)
I think you’re doing the right thing by trying the Abilify at night.
You said, ““Going to try that then call my psych doc” and added that your “next appt. is not until jan. 30th.”
That sounds like a good plan.
You said, “Wondering if maybe sleeping through the weirdness is the answer.”
That sounds like it might work.
You added, “Plus I don't sleep very well at night. But if I didn't work I would sleep a few hours after taking “
I think the anti-psychotic I took, Stelazine, may have made me sleepy. For some reason I was able to sleep at night.
Also one of the possible side effects of Abilify is “sleep problems (insomnia)” it says on drugs.com.
As far as sleeping, what has helped some is from the health food store or the net, is Melatonin, supplement. It comes in 1 mg. tablets and I take one of those at night. If I wasn’t taking doctor medicine, it wouldn’t put me to sleep. But with the meds I take, it does help me to go to sleep.
Some people take 3 or 4 of the 1 mg. tablets, so it must be OK, and it comes in 5 mg. tablets so that must be OK. You’ll have to decide. Also you should check with your doctor or druggist for it might interfere with your meds.
Some recommend “Knock-Out” from health food store or net, which has Melatonin with Valerian Root, which is supposed to help more than just Melatonin by itself. Some places like Walgreens drugstores, etc., sell these health food items.
You said, “I'm really scared to take anti-depressants for some reason.”
Here’s what really confounded me when I was first having emotional problems, and I was in the opening few years of being out on my own, and for the first time living some 200 miles from home.
As the youngest child, I wasn’t used to making decisions. Plus I wasn’t given any practice. Plus at 28 or so I had some emotional problem, bipolar as it turned out, and mix all of that together, and I’m going in circles when it comes to my first big problem: depression/mania.
As in what should I do? Plus, I’m both the patient and the caregiver, and the patient is sick and the caregiver has no practice making his own decisions, and plus, is bipolar, and negative.
I would literally stand in my apartment, and these problems would swirl around in my mind. And I couldn’t decide if I should go to a psychiatrist, and if I did decide that, which psy. to go to.
So I just sat in that situation for about 3 weeks until I had a nervous breakdown.
So your saying, “I'm really scared to take anti-depressants for some reason” reminds me of my bewilderment over what I should do about my condition. I wasn’t good at making decisions when I wasn’t depressed/manic, and I sure wasn’t good at that when I was in that situation.
Then you said, “Maybe it's what I need as opposed to an antipsych drug.”
In your first post you said, that you were “bipolar with mixed episodes”
As a bipolar myself, it would seem, if you went to an anti-depressant, that you would also need a stabilizer like Lithium, which is what I take, that calms down the mania and also helps with the depression.
From my experiences, and from the websites on bipolar, it shows that if you take an anti-depressant, it’s best to also take something for the mania, like Lithium. Because, just taking an anti-depressant could throw a bipolar into mania, and possible panic attacks. Well, like I had after getting on an anti-psychotic, and years later from being on just an anti-depressant.
But the bipolar sites say some psychiatrists put patients on just an anti-psychotic and, in cases where that works, it seems to calm down the mania, and helps the depression, also.
The anti-psychotic didn’t work with me. So, now, again, I’m on Lithium for the mania, and Mirtazapine anti-depressant for the depression.
As for you don’t like to be on anti-depressants, I don’t know why that is. But as a bipolar, I’m thinking you might want to try that. We might ought to be glad that there are anti-depressants, and stablizers, like Lithium.
My grandmother had bipolar, which is where I got mine from, but there were no meds for that in her day, and she had to stay for years in a state mental hospital, 125 miles from home.
So we probably need to be thankful that they do have medicines for our conditions in our time.