It is still not certain if anti-depressants are really effective. Meanwhile, take your meds, keep a Mood Chart, and follow your psych's advice.
I've recently realised that one of the symptoms of Depression can be pain - usually in the form of headaches, but also in the form of generalised aching or tiredness. You might think I'd have realised this before, like sometime over the last twenty years. But we aren't always that observant, especially for things that... Continue Reading →
I've found that if you are somewhat depressed and still able to function, or a lot depressed and forcing yourself to function, then one of the manifestations of trying to get things done is pain. When we say depression hurts, this is not some existential, woe is me, hurt. It's real pain that occurs when... Continue Reading →
If you just got diagnosed as being bipolar, remember that it's a real illness, and dealing with it is going to take some time. Here are some pointers on what to do next.
Seroquel works as an antimanic and antianxiety drug. It stabilises my moods, allows me to focus and get tasks done, and relieves my anxiety of people. But it also makes me very sleepy and groggy.
My experience has been that when psychiatrists prescribe a new drug to deal with the mood swings, they don't provide quite as much information as they should. In the early days just after my diagnosis, this was a problem since the implicit message from the doctors was "If you take this antidepressant, then you'll stop... Continue Reading →
It is quite reasonable for you to have some concerns about taking medications / drugs. You might feel they are a final admission that really is something wrong with you - that you really may have mood swings. They may make you nauseous or cause occasional blurred vision or have other side effects that interfere... Continue Reading →
Epilim (Depakote, divalproex sodium) does works as a mood stabiliser. It's also a case study about when a medication works, but not exactly the way you expect.
Should I take therapy or use the pills the psychiatrist gave me? Which should it be. Which is obviously better? I can't seem to get an clear answer from anyone. I don't want to be on medications because then that would be an admission that I need a crutch to go about my life. Certainly... Continue Reading →
Some Practical Ideas of Getting to a Psychiatrist Finding a psych can be problematic. My first suggestion is to check with your friends. You'd be surprised how many of them know therapists for one reason or the other. And like all services, word of mouth referral is the best type. If this doesn't get you... Continue Reading →
When I was told I was manic depressive, the psychiatrist took about an hour to do so. I never trusted him after that. According to one person who wrote me - "the doctor was either a genius or a quack." I had being going to a therapist for a few months to deal with my... Continue Reading →
Here's a little story that happens to be true... When I was prescribed Seroquel, my psychiatrist informed me that it would make you sleepy. What they didn't tell me is just how sleepy Seroquel would make me. So the first time I took Seroquel, I followed the psychiatrist's advice and took a 100 mg dose... Continue Reading →