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HayleyZoe

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Hey am relatively new on this site and haven't used it much. Am living in Kent in the UK.

I am 23 years of age and under mental health team. They are deciding whether I have BPD or bipolar 2 and think I also have a generslised anxiety didorder...seems my psychatrist is steering towards bipolar 2.

For severe anxiety I have been given pregablin 75mg morning and night, propanalol 40mg x 3 a day. Am allowed to take diazipam 5mg PRN.

I have been on sertraline, citalopram, scitslopram, mirtazapine and fluoxitine for depression none of which have helped so I safely came off the last one fluoxitine.

Since coming off I have noticed depressive episodes last longer and are more intense with suicidal thoughts and plans and my impulsiveness scares me this has been for a few months now.

My Psychiatrist is now putting me on Quetiapine 100mg in evening has anyone been on this or on this and found it helpful???? And is increasing my pregabling to 100mg in morning 100mg in evening from 75mg in morning and 75mg in evening....Not sure how long I can carry on feeling this way. Need some reassurance and advice :)
 
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hey
the only one of those meds I have been on and am still on is quetiapne
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it helps me sleep and I don't think I have any side affects!
I really hope it helps you and a big :welcome: to the forum from me
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Thank you for your reply :) aww fingers crossed it helps me with sleep aswell as the lows too :) xXx
 
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Hi :welcome: to the site. I haven't been on any of the above medications so I'm not much help, I apologise.
 
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Thanks for welcome though :)
 
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My Psychiatrist is now putting me on Quetiapine 100mg in evening has anyone been on this or on this and found it helpful???? And is increasing my pregabling to 100mg in morning 100mg in evening from 75mg in morning and 75mg in evening....Not sure how long I can carry on feeling this way. Need some reassurance and advic
Hi. I was diagnosed BP2 and put on 200mg seroquel as a mood stabilzer and 3mg clonazepam for my chronic insomnia.

They literally changed my life around and made me a new healthier man who looked and felt five years younger after two days.

It can't help with EVERYTHING - you still need to look at negative patterns of behaviour and deal with any psychological hang ups or neuroses you may have in therapy and I hads tried that without meds or just meds alone and both were useless.

But the calming effect, the protective gauze seroquel put between me and the world (and I am not by any token talking zombiefied, I was still creative and able to work well etc, in fact my executive functioning was BETTER as my mind was less all over the place with anxiety and obsessions and hypomania and depressive symptoms!) made my therapy much more effective, it really gives you a feeling of support and makes therpay easier to do and the lessons sink in more, don't ask me how but it really does.

So I would advise you to give it a shot but still know it is not a magic bullet AND YOU will have to put work in at changing your non constructive outlooks and behaviors and it will take time, but yeah the quitepine really helped me with this - gave me the support and with therapy freed my mind from a lot of concrete thinking and negative patterns and now I have of course - guess what - I feel better and have less mood swings.

Am now down from 200mg to 100mg and doing much much better. It's been 14 months but if you really want to change and be healthier and keep that as a goal, and don't get too upset if you have some slip ups, but still keep living a healthier and better life as a goal and keep trying at it, it will come in time to some degree.

Good luck.
 
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Hiya

I do know what Quetiapine is like. I was on 400mg XL for a long time, which did make me a zombie, but now on 200mgXL and it works well. It is better with anxiety as it isn't so much a knock out drop but rather a general easing of feelings. I am on a mood stabiliser too, Lamotrigine and Mirtazepine as an AntiD.

I found the AntiDs didn't work on their own, they either made no difference or they sent me into orbit. The mood stabiliser was like a breath of fresh air. I suddenly discovered what everyone else usually felt like daily. I never knew that moods could not be wildly out of control before and you could cope with them.

But, as Easy Rider says, meds are a useful tool, but not a magic bullet. I am at present in a really bad way depression wise and that doesn't mean the AntiD isn't working, it means I would be ten times worse off without it. I still have to work very hard and I am doing therapy at the moment to address all the entrenched thought patterns in me. Years of being ill and not really knowing what was wrong, meant I learnt all kinds of thinking patterns which now need to be unlearnt or modified. I think it will work long term, but right now, I want to crawl under a stone.

Noticing that you are getting unstable is important and we all tend to think we should soldier on (I know I do), but I have learnt to ask for help quickly before your skitter downwards. Don't be afraid to ask for another appointment. If you don't say things are getting out of hand, they assume you are OK. xxx
 
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Thank you for both your replies :) can relate alot to what you are both saying.

Definitely as to what easy rider was saying about using the medication to help concentrate on therapy and for group work . And even daily life. Hopefully these meds will do that and help me to focus on re mapping my brain and maintaining a job again.

Am going through a real low patch too :( having real bad sucidal images/plans in my head like never before and for longer since coming off the anti depressants :(.

Crisis team I find unhelpful so I worry about telling my care coordinator anything now as I dont want to be referred to them. I dont want to tell my family too much as I know it hurts them just don't no what to do????? :( Feel like burying my head under a rock too xXx
 
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Hi there-I'm from the same area as you!
Sorry you're having such a tough time.
You do need to let your psychiatric team know about how things are for you. they can't guess. For myself, I tend to lug around this weird book where I write down my feelings/thoughts and find it very helpful to refer back to when I'm seeing CPN/Psych cos I can then see when I've been a bit (or a lot) loopy.
There are some good support groups around my area and they can help with things like suggesting how much/what to tell family and friends etc when other people are sharing their experiences.
As regards the meds, i take 600mg quetiapine with no significant bad side effects and reluctantly accept it's necessity at the moment. good luck!
 
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Hey redRachel am living in Ashford area.

I go to a coping group once a week but wont be going for two weeks.

My care coordinator runs the groups too. But now they are changing it to different groups on different days covering different topics. But at the current group I feel like it goes in 1 ear out the other as I cant concentrate and even if I want to talk my care coordinator is so busy its hard to get to talk to her unless im about to OD.

Will try n keep a log I think like urself is just hard when u feel so low :(
 
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Hi and welcome to the forum. You've had great advice so far, not much that i can add apart from your not alone, I'm Bp2 with anxiety too
and have had great support from this forum so don't be afraid to ask if you need it x
 
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Eeek! I find something a bit freaky about the idea of a coping group! I'm sure it's meant well but personally I'd prefer a "Screwing Things Up With Style" group. But that's just me. I'm in Canterbury area btw
Really sorry you're having such a tough time. It's still early days for you in some ways and it's a bit like learning to drive a car-everything seems really difficult and hard to adapt to but there comes a time when it all starts fitting together a bit better altho there a always peaks and troughs. It's the nature of the thing really. For me, there's always a dilemma between taking enough medication to keep me safe and reasonably sensible, and not having to take so much that it turns me into a zombie. But I do feel more 'on top of things' now even tho it all still seems a mess sometimes, and that takes time. it can be a long time but you will get there. Try writing things down even if it seems like garbage. And never be afraid to ask for help. x
 
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Thanku guys.

Think am quite sensitive to meds change feel like im floating....is wierd I feel low but like everythings kinda clouded....anyone else felt like this on meds?xXx
 
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