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Do you have an appointment to see your prescribing doctor any time soon?

If not I'd ask to see them at the earliest opportunity and ask for a review, I don't experience that when I take 10mg of Aripiprazole so it may be that you have a low tolerance for psychiatric medication. It can take some time to experiment with all the different ones and find the right drug for you.

Do you smoke or drink tea or coffee late at night before bed? I hear nicotine and caffeine can interact with some of these drugs.
 
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where I live doesn’t have a very good record for pdoc’s staying..I saw a pdoc 2 weeks ago and that was the first time for a year. I don’t smoke or drink tea or coffee after 4 pm. What is 10 mg of aripiprazole compared to the mg of Quetiapine. I think it’s the reduction in Q and the 150 mg of antidepressants thats sent me a bit high
 
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I'm not sure how Aripiprazole and Quetiapine compare to one another in dosages and I've been fine with my 50mg of Sertraline, I don't believe I get any side effects from it or it interacts with my anti-psychotics in a negative way but we're all different and I suppose it is possible.

But just like anti-psychotics there are more than one anti-depressant/anxiety brand to choose from so if you believe it's an issue don't be afraid to push for a review on those either.

I used to try and push for an increase in my Sertraline but my pdoc just used to up my dose of anti-psychotics instead so I gave up and started self medicating on a herbal anti-anxiety which isn't something I'd suggest doing although I did take them to my GP to see if she knew about them (they say always ask your GP) and she just shrugged, I also took all my supplements with me one day (I take 3 types) and she didn't know much about those either.

You could try keeping a medication diary and include how they make you feel and what times you sleep and wake up and show it to your pdoc when you can see them, I always keep a record of what I take and when and have done for all my meds and supplements.
 
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Hi NWiddi G P s do not like any herbal or alternative medicines because they do not know what is in them.Most G P s will not comment about them. Because they can not tell how they will react with your prescribed medications.Hope this helps.😎
 
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I have just come back from my pip renewal assessment. I am so worried, it wasn’t as thorough as the initial assessment. What if she wasn’t thorough enough with the questions, what f I answered all the questions wrong, what if they stop my money. I really need this money it helps me to keep going to work. What happens if they take it off me and I have to appeal. I am so worried what happens in a appeal
 
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I wish I could reassure you but I've never had a face to face assessment for PIP or any other benefit and I dread going for one for ESA if it should ever arise, I hope things went well and you get the support you need.

I don't suppose you spoke to a short American woman around the age of 40? I know someone who recently became a PIP assessor.
 
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No she looked about 15 and was quite rude to be honest. She wouldn’t let the other people who came with me speak. She also asked some stupid questions like do I eat something everyday. What sort of a question is that I think I would be in hospital or dead if I didn’t eat something everyday
 
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Very strange question indeed, did you take any mental health workers with you? She should have let them speak on your behalf if you need them to or at least in my opinion.

I've gotten mental health workers to fill in all my ESA forms so far and they know how to score points by wording things better than I could. I'd definitely take my favourite support worker and my care coordinator with me if possible and record the assessment on my phone as evidence in case of appeal.
 
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Yes I did and my mum and when I turned to them for help she told me I had to answer the questions not them
 
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I think that’s the norm. When i had my PIP assessment my daughter went with me but was told i had to answer the questions.
 
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I have been worrying all day about the bloody pip. I need to try and let it go and wait to see what happens but it's playing on my mind. I need this money it enables me to work but with reduced hours amongst other things
 
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I’m so bored. I’ve been awake since 1.30 am. I’m desperately trying to not get up but my mind just feels so busy with all I need to do. I’m really trying to not do all the things I’m thinking I need to do but its so hard. This has started happening since I reduced my Quetiapine on doctors orders. I think I need something to help me sleep and stop the racing thoughts. I am on 10 mg aripiprazole too. does that also work as a mood stabiliser like the Quetiapine or is it just an antipsychotic. I’m also on epilim for mood and antidepressants but I don’t think the epilim has been working. It’s strange I’m still having thoughts but not as prominent, my mood still feels low but I’m having racing thoughts, when I do start doing something I get bored quickly and stop but then I can’t sit still for long because I’m bored again so I start something else but get bored. I feel like I’m going mad
 
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If you get bored it’s fine, don’t worry, usually it becomes a problem when you don’t feel anything, no will to do something, being bored means you evaluate the situation in your interest
 
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