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Bi Polar with Paranoia - On Rexulti - Need Input

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abrooksin

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I will try to keep this brief. I was always depressed and my senior year of college (a year ago) I had a major psychotic break where I literally thought I was flying through the universe. I was hospitalized in for two weeks, and I have been trying to fine tune my meds. I am working closely with my Pdoc, but am getting very discouraged. Any input would be appreciated. Could be Schizo affective per PDoc

Lithium is what brought be out of my mania, and I have been on 900mg er every since.

I have gone thru Latuda. Could only get to 60 mg. I took with food, but still felt ill most of the time.

Cannot take Lamictal due to headaches.

Tried Vryalar and I felt like I was crawling out of my skin.

I am now up to 4mg of Rexulti as of last weekend. My Paranoia is the highest it has been since my hospitalization. Saw my Pdoc Friday and he said too soon to tell on the increased dosage and I can go from 7. out of 10 to 3 out of 10 in a matter of minutes. He added a small dose of Lexapro to help with my depression.

Rexulti has been the best drug from a side effect profile. If I could rid myself of the paranoia I would almost be normal.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Really appreciate it.
 
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I think medications like this are for professionals to work on as most of us on here don't know enough about these cocktails. Have you ever been offered therapy to learn ways to manage this yourself? Good therapy should teach you skills. I did DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) which taught me four key skills which helped me with an armoury of skills to cope with what my brain was doing to me.

There is a book I like which you might not but its worth mentioning. "Emotional Hijacking" by Marlene Schneider Potter. Its written VERY simply as she knows that people in distress find reading great swathes of words difficult. Its just a thought. Best of luck.

EDIT - I'm also diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
 
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Thanks

Yes, I did intensive outpatient therapy and am constantly using coping skills. I graduated from college and have been working for three months and never missed a day.
I am so frustrated and I would never combine meds without my Pdoc, I was just wondering if anyone ever had two atypicals combined or an atypical with anything else.
I will get your book and try and read it. I cannot even watch a movie right now as I see all sorts of hidden meanings.
Thank you again for answering
 
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