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    Any tips for being scared about increasing dose (medication)

    Sorry not sure if allowed to post, I know only a doctor or psychiatrist can help, but anxiety wise any tips with being scared about increasing your meds dose, my anxiety has been pretty severe and I might need a med review or higher dose but I’m a tad scared about side effects or in general increasing it. Thanks if possible any help or your own experience!
    #Medication #Anxiety #Fear #Advice #experience #help #professional #nervous

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    Incompetent Med Manager. HELP!!! #Panicking #scared #PTSD #BipolarDisorder #Fear #Medication #help #MentalHealth

    I have an appointment with a scary med manager ive seen once...i dont know how to handle this...
    I live with medication resistant depression, bi-polar 2, anxiety and PTSD. Over 30 years I have gone through about 20 medications as well as ECT and Ketamine. Nothing has worked. I am educated on the brain and drugs...because I have to be.

    This is long, please keep reading!!!

    I have to rely on 4 medications, including Klonopin, a benzodiazapine. It is not just for anxiety, it is for bi-polar.
    I have tried 2 new med providers. In 4 months. The first one tried to kill me by prescibing tramadol when i am on an MAOI. I made the first mistake EVER, dang it, taking double klonopin based on her orders instead of looking at bottle. 8 days. I was dealing with Pharmacy and therapist and her lackey. Stupid, but for my system, felt nothing! I called immediately and thought, no big deal, been on this for 10 years!!! She refused to refill AND did not explain it wasn't forever, she would have done next month. But no one called me back after 4 frantic phonecalls!phonecards!!
    I went through withdrawal and my therapist said ER. (I have no idea why she didn't help call Dr again). ER=drug addict.

    I asked for a provider at my hospital and just took next appointment. He's an RN with Psych training(no offense but...) by end of first visit with clear explanation by me, he fully agrees to 1 mg 3xday, my normal dose. Lol, I make him repeat it 3 times!
    Sooo . By now no Klonopin for 2 months and my manic is so bad I almost take my life!
    He gave me 10 days of 1m tid. I assumed a mistake. He didn't refill on time so another 3 days without. Finally get it... .5 mg tid!!!.I am calling daily saying he made a mistake. Took a full week to find out he's titration me off. That @%$,- KNEW he was going to do this at our visit and LIED to me.
    I've tried his supervisor, no response, spoken to another Supervisor who tried to reach her, nope. Made complaint to public relations, another message to MIA Supervisor.

    HELP!!! I have an appointment with him tomorrow and DO NOT want HIM alone! Maybe someone watching would keep him from lying?
    My son will be with me and I will record conversation.

    Sob! I'm terrified that he has control of MY medications and can do whatever he wants! This benzo fear is out of control!!! My last Psych and the 2 before all said " you will HAVE to be on this, don't go off, it is part of a regime that is keeping me alive.
    Also, if a Dr has 2 or 3 clients out of 75 on benzo, the government doesn't care. It's when 25% of your clients are on them becomes a problem.

    I don't know how to behave tomorrow. Luckily for him its telemonitored. Do I grovel, cry, or give him the look that makes children hide and men cry? No matter what, I'm a druggie in their eyes. Why, how, I hate living here.

    If I lose Klonopin again...I won't survive.

    Heidi

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    More medication changes #MajorDepressiveDisorder #PersistentDepressveDisorder

    I recently started a new anti-depressant, switching from one I had been on for about two or so years. I have changed medications before and knew going in that it was possible the new medication wouldn’t work for me. After several weeks of waiting and seeing, my psychiatrist and i decided the new medication wasn’t working for me. So we’re going to try again with another new medication.

    This new new medication will be the fifth one i’ve tried, not counting one that we tried as an adjunct to one of my previous medications. Objectively i understand that just because in haven’t found the right one doesn’t mean i will never find one that gives me some relief to my symptoms. But it is of course hard to stay hopeful when you’ve ticked another potential medication off the list. And it’s harder still when you have been dealing with depression for years and years. I have only really ever gotten to a “functioning but not feeling good” place. Which, yes is better than the “not functioning at all and in the depths of agonzing depair” place. But I haven’t had a lot of joy or contentment or much confidence or a healthy sense of self that i hear people who are not depressed can have a fair bit of the time.

    And tapering from any anti-depressant has its own effect on your mood. It’s been a challenging and difficult few weeks, first with feeling no improvement in my mood (which has been really low for months) with the new medication, and then with tapering down from the dose i was at. Somehow, I have managed to keep working my full time job and although i have found some tasks more difficult right now (things i know i am capable of doing but that just seem harder) i know there’s been no dip in my work performance. So I guess that is something. I am grateful i am able to support myself - there was a time when i was not able to.

    All that said, it’s just hard and i’m tired and not looking forward to dealing with new side effects of yet another new medication. And did i mention i am just really tired. It’s hard to really believe it’s possible that a new medication will help, even though objectively this is true. It could help. It may not but it could. Maybe it will lead to a diagonosis of treament resistent depression which may open the way to alternative therapies like TMS or ECT (where I live it becomes easier to access these treatments if you have tried several medications with little to no improvement). The only way to know for sure is to try, unfortunately. Keeping going is sometimes the hardest thing.

    #Depression #MajorDepressiveDisorder #TreatmentresistantDepression #Anxiety #Selfcare #Medication

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    Lost Life

    Hello All, In late September, I had a horrible medication reaction. I was prescribed an antidepressant that when used in low doses was to offer a much needed sleep side effect.

    The side effect never came. Antidepressants and me don't work, I am Bipolar and it always ends in some sort of Manic episode. (like this one)

    My disconnection to reality grew each day. One of the scariest feelings for me was not feeling safe in my own bed. After a dozen sleepless nights, I had no other choice but to go to the hospital for a medication adjustment.

    After about a week I was on a new set of meds and was discharged. The first few days home were shaky. Going from Disconnection to a locked psych ward, finally back to reality took time.

    I am doing better each day. Using grounding, meditation and my mental health toolbox. Hoping the meds will balance out in the upcoming week.

    So if you ever felt lost, disconnected or have assisted someone with the situation comment below or just click the like. Be Well...#Depression #MentalHealth #Men #Medication

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    Psychiatrist no-show #frustrated #Waiting

    I waited eight months for a referral appointment with this psychiatrist. I took the morning off work today and stared at my phone for an hour while I waited for his call. Nothing.
    I called his office and left a message. Nothing.
    What am I supposed to do? I am so tired of trying to get medical help with my depression, anxiety, and ptsd symptoms. I am just so tired.
    I called in sick to work and I'm just staying at home and letting the tears fall. I guess I'll count that as my win today - putting my needs ahead of what is happening at work.

    #CheckInWithMe #Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #MentalHealth #Psychiatrist #Medication #tired

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    Hanging On the Edge: One Man's Perspective on Rock Climbing & the Therapeutic Relationship

    Rock climbing saved my life. When I am on the side of that mountain, I feel more grounded, more alive, and more connected to the Universe. For me, it’s a holy place. This is my church. In my 32 short years on this planet, I have found climbing to be a beautiful metaphor for overcoming the difficulties life throws our way, sometimes.

    In the rock climbing community as in everyday life, we refer to the obstacles we’re working through as “problems”. Although I am tired, hurting, and feel I can’t go on...I don’t give up. I continue pushing through the pain, doubt, and exhaustion until I finally reach the summit. At which point, I can reflect back on all the problems I overcame, the path I took, and what technique I used to get through it. Then, I can feel an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment for all my hard work. The next time I encounter a similar problem, I'll know what to do to get past it.

    No one pushed or pulled me up the mountain. All that hard work was mine. The person on the ground belaying me is merely there to provide me with safety, support, and ensure I do not fall, should I stumble. Everything else is up to me. The more I work through my problems, with my friend supporting me on the ground, the stronger I become.

    You see, therapy is a lot like rock climbing. In this allegory or metaphor, you (the climber) are the patient, the mountain is your crisis, the "problems" are all the obstacles that stand between you and overcoming the crisis such as the loss of a job or the death of a loved one or an illness, the summit is mental wellness, and the person belaying you is the therapist.

    While your therapist doesn't tell you how to feel, what to think, or what conclusions to come to, they are there as a constant support to figuratively catch you should you have any setbacks during your journey. They keep you safe and secure by "holding the rope" so that you do not plummet, and so you can resume where you left off whenever you are ready.

    You can absolutely achieve wellness on your own, or "free climb", but the trek will be significantly more difficult, and there will be no one "on the ground" to spot an easier path or remind you of different techniques you can implement to overcome those problem areas. So even though you are the one doing all the work, your therapist is an integral part of your team, who spots the problem areas ahead of time and assists in identifying the various tools you can use to get past them. In essence, they help you work through the problems in this way, without actually pulling or pushing you up the side of the "mountain". This is how you gain the strength and coping tools needed to persevere toward this summit and all future summits. Thus, rock climbing has taught me that when you replace "I" with "we", mental illness truly does become mental wellness❤

    #MentalHealth #CollegeMentalHealth #wellness #CollegeSports #Sports #Therapist #Psychiatrist #ChronicIllnessStigma #EndTheStigma #MentalHealthStigma #BipolarDisorder #Agoraphobia #BrainInjury #Medication #Inspiration #Depression #Addiction #MentalHealthHero

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    Mental exhaustion stories and help?

    Hi, I am someone with mental health diagnoses yet am wondering if something else is amiss. No matter what I do (take meds differently, eat less or more, drink caffeine, get outside and walk or rest), I get a sudden exhaustion that puts me in bed by 1pm for a few hours. My face feels heavy and those muscles hurt; my eyes droop; my ability to enunciate my words lessens; my cognition slows. If you have had similar experiences, what diagnoses do you currently have? Did your symptoms stay the same or worsen over time? Has anything helped temporarily (for a big day) or longterm? Thanks in advance. #MentalHealth #Depression #Medication #autoimmunedisorders #ChronicIllness

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    Antidepressant #Medication causing water retention?

    A month ago, I started taking a new antidepressant at a low dose in combination with another one I've had for a while. Since then, I have noticed significant issues with water retention. My legs, knees, ankles, and feet get swollen, sometimes to the extent that they actually hurt. I have had some issues with swelling before when taking a long distance flight or bus journey (i.e. 10+ hours), so this isn't completely unusual. Also, it has been quite hot here this summer which could be contributing. Still, I've never had a problem like this before. "Dr. Internet" tells me water retention can be a side effect of this medication, but I would trust Mighty members more to know if this is all in my head or if this really is an issue that needs attention.

    #Medication #meds #SideEffects #Antidepressant #Swelling #Depression #Anxiety #CPTSD

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    Gotta catch ‘em all

    The last few weeks have been particularly hard on me.

    Mentally, I’m mostly okay. Physically, I’m not. And that’s caused me to question a lot of things, wonder how it got to this point, increasing the severity of incidents where I won’t take painkillers.

    I’m being referred to cardiology for a tilt table test.

    In April, I was told I had low blood pressure but they didn’t seem too worried. At the end of May after worsening lightheadedness, I was told the same, and I was basically just told just to eat more and take iron supplements. And then last week, I went back again.

    I initially made the appointment for something else a month before (I had to wait for a month), but then the lightheadedness got worse, so I told them about it again. I told them I had taken iron supplements, I was eating healthier than ever, I was staying hydrated, I was staying active, I was just really doing all the right things. And again it was low.

    They’ve diagnosed me with postural hypotension in the meantime and told me to try compression socks for a week, and then if that didn’t work to call them and they’d refer me. So here we are. I get to have a blood test in September while I wait to be seen.

    My sinus issues had a major flare up. I was so miserable with it that I sent a email basically begging them to give me an appointment (I was referred back in February but waiting list is apparently a year) because it was beginning to affect my mental health, and I get to see them in October.

    It’s affected my hearing, so I had to chase up my ENT appointment. I hope it is just the sinus issues causing it, and not a third relapse of my ear problem, especially as everything seemed perfect last time I saw them. It would be nice to celebrate the first winter in 11 years without an ear infection.

    And then of course, my referral for heartburn/ acid reflux. I see the doctors for a one-month review, which will end in the referral they wanted to do (because I had suffered for at least 5 years w/out diagnostics) but held off on. The medication they put me on has somewhat helped, but I’m still having to take gaviscon most days.

    Finally, the chronic pain. It’s been difficult these past two days, and after (stupidly) lifting a sofa up because the cat pushed her toy under it (and then she herself went under it so I had to call my sister because I physically couldn’t lift it for much longer), it’s been worse. I still forget that I’m not really supposed to do things like that, and I always pay the price (pun not intended, but yeah cause volatarol is expensive).

    I’m just really very tired. I remind myself it could be worse, which is probably what has helped me stay positive and mentally mostly okay, but sometimes it gets to me. Particularly when it’s yet another tablet added to my daily medication. It makes me tired, and I think “it only gets worse as I get older”. I want to stop them, but I know I can’t. I ended up in hospital the last two times I did.

    Or another time it bothers me is when everything is getting worse/ is bad/ is happening all at the same time. This post doesn’t even cover all of it, but at this point I’m too tired to write anymore. Speaking of tired, I’ve only had 5 hours sleep each day for the last 3 days. I wake up early and then typically can’t get back to sleep because of pain and insomnia :))

    #ChronicPain #Depression #GastroesophagealRefluxDisease #Heartburn #AcidReflux #BloodPressure #Lowbloodpressure #PosturalHypotension #Hospital #DoctorsAppointments #Doctors #Sinus #HearingLoss #ent #cardiology #Hearing #Medication #MentalHealth #Pain #BackPain #Insomnia #Painsomnia

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    Switching medications

    After a lot of discussion with my psychiatrist, we decided to switch my main antidepressant. I’m on day 2 of the new drug and tapered from my old one slowly prior to starting the new drug. This isn’t my first time switching antidepressants so I had a reasonable idea what to expect - basically feeling awful and dizzy, headachy, and nauseated as the old drug leaves my system, and then bracing for however the side effects of the new drugs decide to hit me as that ramps up. But even though i know what to expect, today has been really tough - the headachy/dizzyness is really bad. I logged off work early because of the dizzyness (luckily I have a really supportive supervisor, so I thankfully did not stress about leaving early - small merices) and then napped for a bit. When i got up and had lunch, i thought i felt okay enough to go to the grocery store (I typically grocery shop on Fridays, so i did not have a lot of food in the house) and i went. It quickly became obvious at the store that it had been a bad idea to go - i kept clutching the cart really tightly worried that i would lose my balance and i was having trouble moving around other people and their carts. They also were out of a few things i typically buy and that made me really emotional. Near the end of the trip, i teared up because they did not have any frozen bananas. When i got home, i burst into tears and sobbed for about 20 minutes. I had the presence of mind to tell myself that my reaction was so intense partly because my brain is trying to get used to the abscense of the old drug and the presence of the new drug. I took a cold bath (it’s pretty warm where i am) and then went back to bed, which is where i’ve now been for several hours. I only got up about two hours ago to feed my cats.

    I hate feeling like this and even though i know it won’t last forever, I don’t know how long it will last. And of course, to top it off, i feel weak and like a loser. I know this is not true of course - i am actually pretty strong, and trying a new med is a brave thing to do - but the feeling is there nonetheless. Depression really knows how to get you wheb you’re down.

    #Depression #MajorDepressiveDisorder #Anxiety #Medication #CheckInWithMe #Selfcare