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Which is making me really anxious to try working again. I’m so afraid of an episode. Dr said I have a mood disorder but I’ve had two episodes of psychosis 10 years apart. I don’t usually get depressed and I rarely feel manic. I took sertraline which caused me to have psychosis the second time. I was off antipsychotic medication with permission from pdoc because I didn’t have a psychosis in 10 years so I think that is a contributing factor. I’m gonna speak to my GP to clear my doubts on diagnosis.
 
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Have you been discharged by the CMHT?
If you are still under the CMHT, ask them for a clarification.
 
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Are you on a mood stabiliser or just an antipsychotic?
 
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I am on 15mg Aripiprazole. I was on 10mg for 10 years with few problems before this but when I came off it I ended up being on a higher dose.
 
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Sounds like you are being treated for schizophrenia. You would likely have a mood stabiliser if they thought it was schizoaffective or bipolar.
 
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Sounds like you are being treated for schizophrenia. You would likely have a mood stabiliser if they thought it was schizoaffective or bipolar.
Could possibly be. But aripiprazole is also prescribed as a mood stabaliser. Which is why it’s so tricky.
 
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Aripiprazole is an antipsychotic. I take it too. But I also take Sodium Valporate for my mood problems, which is a mood stabiliser.
 
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Yes but sometimes antipsychotic acts as a mood stabaliser and it’s enough , although I’ve been on lamotragine and tegratol in the past.
 
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Hi Pink,


Sounds very much like, that the dose needs to be readjusted. You are on p resently 15ml, I would check and please do check with the doctor, I would think about increasing to 20ml, and seee how you get on.

Best regards.
 
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thanks @natalie … my psychotic symptoms are under control but I still have a great deal of anxiety and I’m not sure where it is coming from or the cause. I actually initially thought the high dose was the reason for my anxiety
 
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in which case, might I advise you to try pregabalin, for anxiety, that might be the best way foward, please contact your GP, or your pshychartrist.


Best regards.
 
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Pink, I think as natalie has said that you should contact your GP, as anxiety is listed as one of the common/very common side effects of Aripiprazole (i.e., in the British National Formulary). For oral formulations anxiety is reported as being very common (up to 17% report this side effect). This is one of the side effects that you are advised to check with your health care professional if it continues or is bothersome or if you have any questions about it.
 
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hi x i think this really needs to be sorted with your psych x what i always do at appts is write notes and symptoms down ,i think you need to have a clear definitive diagnosis ,whatever it is you have ,we are here for you
i hope if you go back to work it goes really well for you x
 
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I have schizoaffective disorder and i take Aripiprazole, it helps with my mood disorder and psychotic features.
 
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