What medication is used to treat people with BPD?

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Allyalz

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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.
Hey...


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! :)

G&&T:peace:
 
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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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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 😞
Apparently typical antidepressants can help arthritis sometimes too so you might be able to find something that helps both. Just a random fact I find interesting.
 
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Apparently typical antidepressants can help arthritis sometimes too so you might be able to find something that helps both. Just a random fact I find interesting.
Yes, this is true, they do! I’ve been on said medications for both reasons but they don’t help either unfortunately. I’ve worked in pharmacy so tend to be pretty clued up on a range of medications, which you’d think would be hugely helpful 😂 but it just seems I can’t find what works for me! Which is so frustrating. Maybe one day hey!

Thank you though, I appreciate your words ✊🏻
 
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The first line of treatment is therapy e.g. DBT or MBT. However, medication can help alongside therapy. I am on sertraline and lamotrigine (the latter being a mood stabiliser) and I feel like the combination is working for me. I also know people who are on antipsychotics, anti-anxiety medication etc.
 
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