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      Default Hi there! Figured I'd introduce myself

      Hey everyone! I'm new here. I figured I'd introduce myself.

      I'm Michael. I don't really know what to say... lol. I'm pretty interested in psychopharmacology and find myself reading about it quite a lot for recreation. I'd like to become a pdoc one day, but I'm not sure I could hack it through medical school. I'm also enjoy listening to and attempting to compose music (I have a BA in music technology), as well as make arrangements for video game music. I admit that I have somewhat of a fetish for synthesizers, especially the old vintage ones... lol. I am crazy about writing utensils and other writing paraphernalia... I have two fountain pens by Lamy that I have started using exclusively out of the probably thousands of pens that I have... lol!

      I was diagnosed with OCD and Tourette's syndrome when I was about 9 or 10 years old, though the signs were evident much sooner than that. I was diagnosed with ADHD not too long thereafter, but wasn't medicated for it for long because I apparently couldn't tolerate the medicine (my mom swears it was Adderall but I seem to remember it being methylphenidate).

      In 2012, after finishing college, I attempted suicide (after making several "mini-attempts") that summer. My mental health had been declining markedly as I was going through college. Signs of bipolar disorder were becoming very evident, even since high school and middle school. My mom tried to turn me on to the idea that I might be bipolar, but I brushed it aside. Finally, after the suicide attempt, I agreed that I needed help.

      I had to initially go through my GP, but eventually, in 2013, I was finally able to see my pdoc, whom I love greatly. She is absolutely an angel. I've since been diagnosed with bipolar type 2, ADHD-PI, and circadian rhythm sleep disorder (which kind I don't know). Some working diagnoses (not officially on my chart) that she has thrown out there are social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, PTSD, and binge-eating disorder OR other specified feeding or eating disorder.

      I also have idiopathic hypersomnia and nocturnal epilepsy.

      As of today, these are my medications:
      Psychiatric/neurological medications
      • alprazolam ER (Xanax XR) 1 mg q AM
      • aripiprazole (Abilify) 30 mg q AM
      • armodafinil (Nuvigil) 250 mg q AM
      • desipramine (Norpramin) 100 mg q AM
      • dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine) 10 mg 2 tid (60 mg)
      • lamotrigine (Lamictal) 100 mg q AM
      • fluphenazine (Prolixin) 1 mg tid (3 mg)
      • memantine (Namenda) 10 mg bid (20 mg)
      • sertraline (Zoloft) 100 mg q AM
      • vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) 50,000 IU q wk
      • iron 325 mg q AM
      • nadolol (Coreg) 20 mg qod
      • oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 600 mg bid (1,200 mg)
      • prochlorperazine (Compazine) 10 mg x1 prn
      • ropinirole (Requip) 0.25 mg qhs
      • topiramate (Topamax) 200 mg bid (400 mg)
      • zolmitriptan ODT (Zomig-ZMT) 2.5 mg 1-2 x1 prn
      • alprazolam (Xanax) 1 mg x1 prn
      • Belsomra (suvorexant) 20 mg qhs prn
      • chlorpromazine (Thorazine) 25 mg bid prn
      • olanzapine (Zyprexa) 10 mg 1/2-1 x1 prn (5-10 mg)
      • temazepam (Restoril) 30 mg qhs prn
      • trifluoperazine 1-2 mg bid-tid prn (2-6 mg)

      + other meds for miscellaneous health conditions

      In case anyone is interested, here is a list of all my past medications since I don't know how to make a signature on this website yet. Doses listed are highest dose taken.
      Antidepressants: amitriptyline 25 mg, amoxapine 100 mg, bupropion (IR/SR/XL) 450-500 mg, clomipramine 225 mg, desvenlafaxine succinate ER 150 mg, doxepin 75 mg, duloxetine 120 mg, Emsam 9 mg/24 hr, Fetzima 120 mg, fluoxetine 80 mg, fluvoxamine 100 mg, Forfivo XL 450 mg, imipramine 50 mg, Lexapro 10 mg, Marplan 40 mg, mirtazapine 30 mg, nefazodone 200 mg, nortriptyline 150 mg, Pristiq 100 mg, protripyline 30 mg, tranylcypromine 40 mg, trazodone 300 mg, trimipramine 50 mg, Trintellix 20 mg, venlafaxine ER 450 mg, Viibryd 40 mg

      Stimulants/non-stimulant(s)/eugeroics: Adderall XR 90 mg, Adzenys XR-ODT 12.5 mg, amphetamine salts 60 mg, atomoxetine 80 mg, dexmethylphenidate IR 5 mg + dexmethylphenidate XR 20 mg (25 mg), dextroamphetamine ER 30 mg, Evekeo 20 mg, methamphetamine 15 mg, methylphenidate 30 mg, methylphenidate CD 20 mg, modafinil 400 mg, Strattera 60 mg, Vyvanse 70 mg

      Dopaminergics: [dopamine agonists] Neupro 4 mg, pramipexole 2.25 mg, ropinirole 4 mg [atypical antipsychotics] Latuda 80 mg, quetiapine 300 mg, Saphris 10 mg, Vraylar 4.5 mg, ziprasidone 160 mg typical antipsychotics haloperidol 5 mg, loxapine 5 mg

      Mood stabilizers/anticonvulsants: carbamazepine 200 mg, divalproex sodium ER 500 mg, gabapentin 800 mg, lamotrigine ER 400 mg, topiramate ER 150 mg, lithium carbonate 300 mg, zonisamide 400 mg

      Benzodiazepines/nonbenzodiazepines: alprazolam ODT 2 mg qd prn, clonazepam 1 mg bid prn, chlordiazepoxide 25 mg bid prn, clorazepate 15 mg tid prn, diazepam [2 mg qid/5 mg tid/10 mg tid prn], estazolam 2 mg qhs prn, lorazepam [0.5-1 mg] tid prn, oxazepam [10-30 mg qd-tid prn]; eszopiclone 3 mg qhs prn, zaleplon 10 mg qhs prn, zolpidem 10 mg qhs prn, zolpidem CR 12.5 mg qhs prn, Zolpimist 10 mg qhs prn

      Hypnotics/antihistamines: hydroxyzine hydrochloride 25 mg q6h prn, hydroxyzine pamoate (Vistaril) 50 mg bid prn, Rozerem 8 mg hs prn

      Other: levocarnitine 2,970 mg; Neurotransmitter precursors: carbidopa/levodopa 25 mg/100 mg tid, Rytary 23.75 mg/95 mg tid; Anorectics: Belviq XR 20 mg q AM, Contrave 8 mg/90 mg 2 bid, diethylpropion 25 mg tid/diethylpropion ER 75 mg q AM, naltrexone 100 mg, phendimetrazine 35 mg tid, phentermine 37.5 mg q AM; Thyroid hormones: WP Thyroid 1/4-3/4 grain; Medical foods: Deplin 15 mg

      As you can see, I've been on quite a few medications in just the 5 years I've been seeing my psychiatrist. I've had to revisit some and try various combinations of some that I've already taken before.

      I have very treatment-resistant bipolar depression. I rarely go through a hypomanic episode. My depressive episodes can occasionally get so bad that they are psychotic depressive episodes.

      Anyway, that's about all I guess I have to say.

      Looking forward to participating in this community!

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      Welcome Michael
      i'm new here like you

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      Hi Michael and Yassin,

      Welcome!x

      Much love <3

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