What medication is used to treat people with BPD?

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I could potentially have BPD and i am wondering what medication is used to treat it? I get alot of physical symptoms from my mental health issues. I have anxiety so i think thats what causes the physical symptoms but it could also be something to do with my mood either.
 
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I could potentially have BPD and i am wondering what medication is used to treat it? I get alot of physical symptoms from my mental health issues. I have anxiety so i think thats what causes the physical symptoms but it could also be something to do with my mood either.
Personally I’m on Sertraline and Pregabalin to cover both my BPD and anxiety.
 
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Personally I’m on Sertraline and Pregabalin to cover both my BPD and anxiety.
They're both anxiety meds? I'm on sertraline myself but i find it only seems to work in patches for me. When it is working i feel absolutely amazing but it doesn't stay consistent which is why i think there could be another issue going on.
 
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They're both anxiety meds? I'm on sertraline myself but i find it only seems to work in patches for me. When it is working i feel absolutely amazing but it doesn't stay consistent which is why i think there could be another issue going on.
It’s obviously best to talk to your doctor but perhaps you just need to increase your dosage to keep it constant in your body? If you think you have BPD search for information on the traits you are likely to have to see whether they fit, there are also excellent YouTube videos on BPD from the likes of Dr Daniel Fox.
 
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I would imagine it will be down to the individual (age, symptoms...) personally I am on Venlafaxine and have been for a number of years
 
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I would imagine it will be down to the individual (age, symptoms...) personally I am on Venlafaxine and have been for a number of years
Yeah i'm still trying to figure out what exactly is wrong with me. I know i have anxiety though. I just started working with a psychiatrist. My problem is i get all these physical symptoms which i dont know if they are caused by my anxiety or by some other mental illness. I know they're caused by mental illness because i've had lots of tests done and everything came back normal and antidepressants make the symptoms go away but the problem is the antidepressants only work like 30% of the time for me. It's extremely frustrating and this has been going on for about 10 years nearly.
 
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Yeah i'm still trying to figure out what exactly is wrong with me. I know i have anxiety though. I just started working with a psychiatrist. My problem is i get all these physical symptoms which i dont know if they are caused by my anxiety or by some other mental illness. I know they're caused by mental illness because i've had lots of tests done and everything came back normal and antidepressants make the symptoms go away but the problem is the antidepressants only work like 30% of the time for me. It's extremely frustrating and this has been going on for about 10 years nearly.
Is it Social Anxiety you feel, like Social Phobia or is it a general anxiety? What symptoms do you get?
 
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What physical symptoms do you get? When my anxiety is at its worst I suffer with sickness, heart palpitations, dizziness, confusion and shaking. I sometimes get aches in my chest and limbs also but that is rare.
 
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Is it Social Anxiety you feel, like Social Phobia or is it a general anxiety? What symptoms do you get?
Mostly social anxiety. I get lots of physical symptoms that fluctuate depending on how bad i feel. Digestive issues, sinus issues, water retention, pale skin, puffy bloodshot eyes, dry hair, fatigue, joint pain, irritability, anger, low mood, cold hands and feet.. etc
 
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What physical symptoms do you get? When my anxiety is at its worst I suffer with sickness, heart palpitations, dizziness, confusion and shaking. I sometimes get aches in my chest and limbs also but that is rare.
I get heart palpitations too and sometimes extreme chest pain, lower back pain, dizziness, nausea, Digestive issues, sinus issues, water retention, pale skin, puffy bloodshot eyes, dry hair, fatigue, joint pain, irritability, anger, low mood, cold hands and feet.. etc.
When the antidepressant is working properly it gets rid of all those symptoms and i feel great but it only works like 30% of the time.
 
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Everyone’s body chemistry is different. What works for me may not work for you. Unfortunately there’s a lot of trial and error until you find the right combo that works for you.
 
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Mostly social anxiety. I get lots of physical symptoms that fluctuate depending on how bad i feel. Digestive issues, sinus issues, water retention, pale skin, puffy bloodshot eyes, dry hair, fatigue, joint pain, irritability, anger, low mood, cold hands and feet.. etc
I suffered from Social Phobia but recovered using a book by Gillian Butler called Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness. It teaches you how to manage social interactions so your anxiety becomes far less threatening, so it no longer has an impact on your life. I highly recommend it.
 
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I suffered from Social Phobia but recovered using a book by Gillian Butler called Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness. It teaches you how to manage social interactions so your anxiety becomes far less threatening, so it no longer has an impact on your life. I highly recommend it.
That's good that that helped you. The thing is with me though is that these physical symptoms are way worse than the actual social anxiety. They make me feel and LOOK like crap which in turn makes me not want to leave the house. When the medication is working i feel and look so vibrant but that just makes it even worse when the medication isnt working because i know that i could be like that all the time.
 
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Everyone’s body chemistry is different. What works for me may not work for you. Unfortunately there’s a lot of trial and error until you find the right combo that works for you.
Yeah i guess i need to figure out if its rapid mood changes or something causing the physical symptoms and not actually the anxiety.
 
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That's good that that helped you. The thing is with me though is that these physical symptoms are way worse than the actual social anxiety. They make me feel and LOOK like crap which in turn makes me not want to leave the house. When the medication is working i feel and look so vibrant but that just makes it even worse when the medication isnt working because i know that i could be like that all the time.
I understand what you are saying but just be careful, because when I had Social Anxiety I felt exactly the same as you and actually became housebound, too afraid to answer the door or the phone (but that’s extreme and why I had Phobia). Anyway, when I started to recover I actually saw a completely different face in the mirror. (It scared the shit out of me at the time lol). Anyway the point is my appearance hadn’t changed at all, my perception did. My haggard look was all in my mind. You might be the same? I really don’t know as I’ve got a multitude of disorders so can’t really distinguish one set of traits for another but hope this helps.
 
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I went through a lot of meds before I found one that worked for me. I’m on bupropion (zyban) which is off-label here in the uk but known as Wellbutrin in the USA.
 
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I understand what you are saying but just be careful, because when I had Social Anxiety I felt exactly the same as you and actually became housebound, too afraid to answer the door or the phone (but that’s extreme and why I had Phobia). Anyway, when I started to recover I actually saw a completely different face in the mirror. (It scared the shit out of me at the time lol). Anyway the point is my appearance hadn’t changed at all, my perception did. My haggard look was all in my mind. You might be the same? I really don’t know as I’ve got a multitude of disorders so can’t really distinguish one set of traits for another but hope this helps.
Yeah i get that you're perception of yourself can change but trust me my physical appearance actually does change. The collagen in my skin changes, i become paler, i get bags under my eyes, bloodshot eyes, etc. When i was at my worst people have actually commented on it.
 
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I get heart palpitations too and sometimes extreme chest pain, lower back pain, dizziness, nausea, Digestive issues, sinus issues, water retention, pale skin, puffy bloodshot eyes, dry hair, fatigue, joint pain, irritability, anger, low mood, cold hands and feet.. etc.
When the antidepressant is working properly it gets rid of all those symptoms and i feel great but it only works like 30% of the time.
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I’m not sure if this is anything you may already know, but have you been tested for Fibromyalgia? Only from some of the symptoms you’ve described and can be quite hard to diagnose, especially via blood tests. You’d have to be referred to a rheumatology specialist but may be worth chatting to your doctor about if you haven’t already that is?

Hope this helps! :)

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I’m on sertraline and olanzapine with a supply of emergency diazepam for when I need to just sleep. I’ve tried so many med combinations over the years and this seems to suit me best. I’ll never be ‘well’ but at least I get some sort of life with these meds.
 
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I’m on sertraline and olanzapine with a supply of emergency diazepam for when I need to just sleep. I’ve tried so many med combinations over the years and this seems to suit me best. I’ll never be ‘well’ but at least I get some sort of life with these meds.
I can relate to the trying so many meds and combinations of meds over the years! I just feel like I’m going round and round in circles with it all.

I’ve been researching and I’m considering asking to try something along the lines of Ritalin to try and slow my mind and it’s processes down slightly. To see if it may help. I have a friend who has recently been put onto it and she feels it’s a game changer. I mean we don’t have the same illness but we do have a lot of the same issues as such and the things that the meds have helped with are the issues that I have. Got to be worth a shot at this point I guess right?!

I’m also currently going through diagnosis for either Rheumatoid Arthritis or Fibromyalgia. They’re not sure which it is yet as my mother has the arthritis. I just can’t seem to get any sleep or rest from my mind. I actually feel like I’m going crazy! Thanks for the info on your meds though! Guess I just like to know I’m not the only one who’s struggled with finding the right balance of things. Struggling hard lately 😞
 

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