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    SSRI’s and Weight Gain #BipolarDisorder #Depression #BipolarDepression

    Typically I am on a Bipolar Antidepressant, but I have had to work through some trauma, so I was prescribed a SSRI that is used off label as a PTSD med.

    It hasn’t sent me into mania - THANK GOD! And it did it’s job with the PTSD and nightmares.

    The literature says no significant weight gain- BUT even with exercise and a decent diet (I know I’m responsible for what I put in my mouth). I gained a significant amount of weight - which is depressing in and of itself.

    Is it in my head or has anyone else experienced this?

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    One day I’ll get the therapy I need one day I’ll matter to someone but myself one day I won’t be manic one day I won’t be belittled one day I’ll be ok …. One more day In the dmv

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    Manic Insomnia

    Gotta love some good ole manic insomnia! Been awake going on 24 hours. Talked my husband into a stupor talking 100 miles a second Lolol My body is exhausted but my mind will not let up. I will take this over the depression side of bipolar anyday though. 🤷‍♀️🙂 #BipolarDisorder #Mania #Insomnia #MentalHealth #Anxiety #ADHD #PTSD

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    Fastest way to regulate mania

    Entering a manic episode from what I can tell. Heart racing, extreme energy, shallow breathing… doing #Acupuncture today and about to take #Gabapentin and #hydroxizine . I have a call into my psychiatrist and I have my appointment on Tuesday.

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    Is this denial?

    I have been taking latuda for the past 2 years due to a bipolar diagnosis. I had what they call mania or hallucinations. I was going through a separation from my husband of 16 years & under severe stress. Now that I e worked through that bad time period I feel like the doctors made a mistake in didhnising me as bipolar. I feel that I was just under a lot of stress & handled it poorly. I have been stable the past 2 years & I want to stop taking the latuda due to weight gain & lack of energy. I’ve gained over 40 pounds & it’s making me very unhappy with my body to the point where I’ve cut down to one meal a day. Trying to lose some weight. I’m going to tell my doctor that I want to stop the latuda. I know he isn’t going to encourage it but it’s what I really want. I want to see if I can handle life on my own without latuda. Is this a bad case of denial or is this a normal feeling to have? I’m really struggling with it. I’ve read a lot in bipolar & I don’t truly believe what I’ve read fits me. #Bipolar diagnosis #mental health

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    Am I Accountable for My Actions?

    I see a lot of comments on mental health sites that are filled with resentment and want accountability from those with serious mental illness (SMI). These come from, I assume, family members or loved ones of the afflicted person. (Maybe therapists, too.)

    The comments I’ve seen concerned issues from bipolar mania to schizophrenia. But by far the most common complaint was the person’s noncompliance with medication. “How can I get him to take his meds? He doesn’t think he needs them anymore, but when he doesn’t take them, he slides right back into disruptive behavior. How can I make sure he takes them every day?” What they want is accountability, and what they’re feeling is resentment (among other things).

    I accept the fact that my condition will require me to take medication basically forever, and I am about as compliant as one can be. Yet despite that, my bipolar disorder does recur. So do I hold myself accountable for my actions, or can they be explained away by my mental illness?

    One thing I can say is that I may not be able to identify a hypomanic mood swing when it happens, but when it does, there certainly are consequences that have to be dealt with. And I’m the one who has to deal with a lot of them, as I’m the one who works with the bills, credit cards, and banking. For example, in November and December, I undeniably overspent. (The holidays didn’t help.) Because many of my online purchases were presents for Dan, he didn’t know all the things I bought or how I paid for them. So, could my behavior be attributed to my disorder? Probably yes.

    January rolled around and suddenly I was faced with the fact that hypomania had had me in its grip. The credit card balances are now higher than I like. The bills that I enter on my Google Calendar are that way, too. The bank balance is fluctuating between a-okay and OMG. I’ve been moving money around from checking account to credit cards and from savings account to checking account to try to keep up with the outflow. It’s gotten pretty tight at times, but I haven’t actually overdrawn.

    So, did my hypomanic actions cause resentment? My husband has been pretty calm about it all, though he has been rather frustrated by having to ask me whether to use the checking account or a card when making necessary purchases.

    I can understand the frustration and resentment of family members and loved ones of psychiatric patients who have to deal with non-compliance and the attending financial, legal, or relationship issues – and even the threat of violence in some cases. This resentment is even more heightened when the person with SMI also has anosognosia, the inability to realize that they are ill and need help. The lack of public supports for both the patients and their families only exacerbates the situation. Parents and grandparents of the SMI sufferers also worry about what will happen when they are no longer able to care for their dependent but know that they can’t manage on their own without going off the rails.

    It’s easy enough to say that yes, persons with SMI should be responsible for their actions and should be held accountable. But it’s often not that easy. Family members and caregivers can certainly be tempted to embrace the philosophy of “tough love” when they’ve had to deal with the consequences of the illness by themselves. But realistically that means leaving the patients even more vulnerable to their illness and at risk of homelessness and even worse outcomes. There aren’t easy solutions and, in many cases, no solutions at all.

    It’s clear that many of the situations seem – or maybe are – hopeless, unless there would happen to miraculously appear more inpatient treatment centers or maybe Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT). But until that happens, families will continue to struggle.

    Am I accountable? Yes, but I’m able to be. Was I always? No. In the depth of my major depressive episodes, even less so. But I’ve taken back over the things I was unable to do back then, like the bills and bank stuff. And I’ve apologized to my husband for the things I said when I had some bipolar rage. I’m grateful that I have a “cocktail” of drugs that works, and I take them faithfully. I schedule therapy and med checks regularly. I have sympathy for the families that don’t have those and the people who aren’t capable of doing that.

    But do I know a way to increase accountability and reduce resentment? No. Sympathy is the only thing I have to give, and I know that doesn’t make things better.

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    # Bipolar Vivid dreams your thoughts please

    Does this happens to others, when I go into my bipolar depression I start dreaming like there’s no tomorrow and the dreams are so vivid, and weird, at times, I end up with night sweats.

    Now! I know this is a sign, for me, that I’m crashing, as the dreams are continuous until I come out of the depression

    Every time I crash I always tell my pdoc I’m dreaming like crazy, whether he is aware of this happening to individuals or not I’m not sure, therefore, I will show him this article I found

    Disturbed sleep is common in people who have bipolar disorder.1 Many experience nightmares and even night terrors, coupled with either insomnia or too much sleep, depending on whether they're experiencing a manic or depressive episode.

    Proof, after all these years I decide to check it out, and here it is!

    And I thought it was just me. Please share your thoughts on this..

    Thanks for reading

    Kelly 😉😀

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    What level of depression are you dealing with today?

    Are you in a manic mode today? #Depression #BipolarDisorder

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    Mixed State #BipolarDisorder

    Currently under a lot of stress. Can this lead to a mixed episode? I feel the energy of mania as well as the speech and thought patterns but I also feel fatigued and sad. Thanks for your response.

    #BipolarDisorder #Mania #BipolarDepression

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