Friday, March 22, 2019

Comments by sggriff

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  • Psychological symptoms though… did anyone ever think those might be because now the symptoms were no longer being treated? I had a hella bad time when I went off Effexor after 6 years because I had been great for so long and thought I might not need meds any more. Brain shocks, lightheadedness, etc… But when the irritability and anxiety and rage and trouble sleeping came back, I certainly didn’t blame the withdrawal. Why? Because I suddenly remembered that I had been like that before the med during certain times. Now that I was off it, MY SYMPTOMS WERE BACK. Incidentally, I regretted going off it because it never worked the same again when I started back on it after 6 months. I am now in Pristiq, a reformulated version of the same drug, and completely healthy and happy again.

  • I’m sorry, but just because a diagnosis isn’t pleasant doesn’t mean it’s not valid. It doesn’t stop people from being themselves and all that. People who receive diagnoses have come for HELP. People who don’t want help are free to “self-create” and all that. But there is actually a TON of evidence surrounding personality disorders, particularly borderline. Women tend to have it more often, yes, but I know a man with it, and it’s textbook. That’s the point: IT’S TEXTBOOK. It’s always textbook. That’s what a diagnosis IS. And the symptoms bother people and hurt them and ruin their lives, which is why they seek help for them. To say that they the disorders don’t exist is to deny the massive amount of evidence that they do, most of which is RIGHT IN FRONT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE THESE DISORDERS.

  • Interestingly, many practitioners are saying that chronic PTSD is often misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder, because the symptoms are remarkably similar, particularly when trauma is triggered by later events. It’s one of the most under-diagnosed mental illnesses, and treatments for it don’t come in pills. It sounds like this was the case for you.

  • As someone who is exactly the opposite- diagnoses bipolar at 13. on numerous medications ever since then, and in remission for over 5 years OFF all medications except a mild dose of anticonvulsant for migraines that can act as a mood stabilizer (Topamax) you need to understand that just because your experience was a certain way doesn’t mean everyone’s is.
    I was an avid defender of medications, until I became completely stable- and try to start weaning off some. Crazy withdrawal effects made it nearly impossible to get off several- but I managed, even with doctors and family members actually trying to convince me that I needed HIGHER doses. Here I am, years later, off the meds and guess what? Not ill. I have bipolar disorder, but it does not require lithium, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, heavy duty sleep meds, and the other meds that DE-STABILIZED me for HALF OF MY LIFE.
    I can work a full time job for the first time in years. I completed my B.S. in Psychology after 16 YEARS. I am working on my MSW at last. Because I STOPPED THE MEDS and stopped letting people tell me who I was and who I wasn’t, who I could be and who I couldn’t be. I developed coping skills and learned how to regulate emotions, sleep, and dealt with severe childhood trauma that (imagine!) began to become extremely severe around age 9-11, right when I started showing the symptoms of bipolar. In fact, a therapist I saw in the beginning tried to tell my family that I should try therapy firs,t but they didn’t want to hear that, so they took me to a psychiatrist and she gave me the bipolar diagnosis and put me on meds- and I was never able to get anyone to take me off of them again.
    Your experiences are not equivalent to every experience of everyone with bipolar disorder. I was on Seroquel for eight years, and it destroyed my daytime cognitive function so much that I couldn’t even care enough to wonder whether I truly needed it. Nobody questioned it; they assumed, since I was bipolar, that it was just a necessary side effect for such an ill person. But it turns out I wasn’t that ill- just in need of some brain re-training, to develop new neuro-pathways where damage had been done- literally, in need of brain healing and the development and maintenance of strict routines to keep my delicate brain chemistry balanced. What I DIDN’T need was doctors deciding what was best for me based on other patients experiences, without regard to what I was trying to tell them, or what my experiences were.
    My success in life- after cutting back and then stopping almost all meds- is living proof of the high functioning that is possible for bipolar patients, even the most several ill (I had numerous hospitalizations, psychotic episodes, even ECT over the 15 year period prior to my 6 year remission period) with proper LONG-TERM treatment. Long-term being the key- it wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t quick. It took hard work and it takes continual work- more than just popping a handful of pills and conking out and being numb for the next 12-24 hours, which is why insurance companies will never recommend it and some patients with never accept it.
    But it should always be at least presented as a possibility. Instead, meds are MANDATED. No one even mentioned remission to me as a possiblity- EVER. Not once. I was never even told I COULD get well, or that I COULD taper off meds, EVER. I decided to take control of it when I found out that my lifespan could be so horribly shortened by being on all these meds, and the horrific long-term side effects- not to mention that I began to notice that my symptoms were unrelated to whether I was closely following a certain med regime.
    Question EVERYTHING. I was a sheep for most of my life, and I regret it more than anything. I wish I could have my youth back; I wouldn’t be a 34 year old JUST graduating from college. I wouldn’t have lost my 20s to failure and despair, thinking I would never be anything more than an overmedicated space cadet. I wouldn’t have resigned myself to being a useless, drooling disabled zombie for more than a decade. I would have fought back a LONG time ago, and found out that a bipolar diagnosis entailed far more than JUST a chemical imbalance- there are factors that cause the imbalance, and those factors can be treated with more than just pills!

  • Therapy more effective than medication for MODERATE TO SEVERE DEPRESSION?? It must not be clinical depression then. As someone who has suffered from CLINICAL MAJOR DEPRESSION since puberty, I went through plenty of therapy and years without antidepressants. Nothing was more useless. Only medication helped- and only the right medication. SSRIs never totally kicked it, although they helped, but an SNRI and discovering melatonin to correct a sleep disorder finally did the trick. THERAPY WAS THE MOST USELESS NONSENSE EVER.

  • I can relate; I was diagnosed with Dependent Personality Disorder during one visit with a new psychiatrist I was seeing for med management for bipolar disorder. Why? Because my husband had control and anger issues, but I wouldn’t leave him because my religious beliefs prohibit divorce. Somehow, that gave me a personality disorder. Incidentally, my husband got help and faith too and is now an incredibly kind and gentle man. I wonder if that means I’m cured of DPD? lol Utterly ludicrous.