I've been having some issues with the psychiatric medications I'm currently taking that were prescribed by my psychiatrist. For example, lorazepam (Ativan) helps a lot with my anxiety, however, it makes me feel sleepy which is problematic since being alert during the day is important (especially with full-time college coming up soon for me). Then with antipsychotics, I need to take them but they also either seem to just knock me out and/or cause major weight gain (which is also unhelpful minus with my insomnia, but it causes extreme daytime drowsiness and I've also struggled with an eating disorder on and off for the past 11 years, so that can just trigger me to relapse into unhealthy eating habits).
I would ask my psychiatrist personally but he's very quick during appointments and basically just prescribes a pill then sends me on my way.
Anyways, to go back to the lorazepam/ativan issue, I also worry a bit about the addictive quality of that medication due to my addictive personality & tendencies both in the past and present.
But I don't know of a better alternative and I'm tight on money so (since most psychiatric medications are free in Ontario), my best option financially speaking is to take prescription psychiatric medications, since I don't have to pay for them. I'm on ODSP (Ontario long-term disability), so finances are extremely tight/I'm in poverty (note: I'm not being dramatic here, that is a genuine fact and you can look it up yourself if you don't believe me).
Anyways, basically my question is, how can I determine which psychiatric medications I should take when my psychiatrist isn't thorough or even borderline malpractices (and doesn't even give me drug info when giving me new prescriptions), and there's very long waitlists to get a new psychiatrist? Should I just call a pharmacist and see what they'd recommend maybe or should I not because psychiatric medications aren't necessarily their specialty (since that's what psychiatrists specialize in)?
I don't know what to do and I feel like my doctors don't either.
Going to see my psychiatrist this week to reevaluate my medication. So far on 3rd attempt at medication for anxiety which hasn’t helped yet, but I’m hoping that something will! Anyone found that it took a while for them to find the right medication?
I also do therapy, exercise and spend time with friends and family. I’m on lamotrogine which helps with my depression, as other antidepressants hadn’t helped.
Labels... it seems that most people either love them or hate them and I can see why. When it comes to mental health, it’s no secret that many of us feel very alone and stigmatized. Receiving a diagnosis or “label” can be very helpful when it comes to understanding why we act the way we do. It can be very validating to understand that our feelings and symptoms aren’t exaggerated in our own minds, but are actually justified and explain a lot of our behaviours.
Our thoughts always lead to feelings, whether consciously or subconsciously, and these feelings can lead to our behaviours. Certain behaviours and symptoms may be problematic and extremely distressful, and this is why a diagnosis can be helpful to provide very valid ways to overcome these issues in our lives.
On the other side of the coin, I have also experienced the downsides of having these “labels” and diagnoses. especially when it comes to Personality Disorders, and the inconsistency that often comes from within the Psychiatric field. I have received 4 different diagnoses, each different from the other, based on which Psychiatrist I spoke with. The inconsistency makes it difficult to know which issue needs to be treated. It’s also a fair argument that although the DSM (the manual Psychiatrists use to diagnose patients also known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) is a good tool to make diagnoses, it is not 100% one size fits all. Research that shows some of the DSM was created based on votes from a panel, rather than through actual science or studies*.
Clinging to labels as an excuse can be another issue with mental health diagnoses. Keeping the same harmful behaviours and then remaining in victim-mode while blaming our diagnosis (I did this subconsciously for a very long time) is not the same thing as accepting ourselves and doing the work to adapt and change these negative behaviours into more positive ones. Living in denial is not what I am suggesting, at all. Having accountability and an open mind is what I am suggesting, regardless of what the title of your diagnosis is. Do your own research (as well as speaking to a trained professional), but take everything with a grain of salt.
What’s important to remember is this... Having a mental health diagnosis is not your fault. No one chooses to have a mental health diagnosis, but sometimes our experiences and genetics can make us more prone to these mental health diagnoses than others. Depending on the Doctor you see, therapy and/or medication can be life-changing and very helpful in leading us to navigate and live our lives in more constructive ways. Through a proper diagnosis, we are able to then seek the specific help we need, and in doing so, we are no longer powerless.
Most recently, I was informed that I met the criteria for BPD, Borderline Personality Disorder. Prior to that, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder and General Anxiety Disorder. Did I feel validated? Yes. Did I get the appropriate help I needed? Yes. Did I also feel even worse about myself after my fourth diagnosis? YES.
What I do not want anyone to do, is to think that you are flawed or that something is wrong with you because you have been given a mental health “label”. You may be feeling hopeless. You may be feeling alone. You may be feeling like you’re weird in some way. Whatever negative beliefs or scary thoughts are coming up for you, I promise you that you are not any of these negative perceptions and you most certainly are not alone. When I was told that I may have BPD, the first thing I did was type it into Google. We’ve all been there. I don’t recommend doing this! According to Google, I would be pretty lucky to make it through life at all. Google also told me that BPD can go into remission, and if I was lucky enough, I might just be able to live a normal life, but with many limitations. I was terrified because I knew I didn’t want limitations. I felt confined and completely hopeless to say the least.
The more I studied and researched, I came across a type of therapy called DBT and I decided to learn more about it. The more I learned, the less scared I became. DBT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, is a type of therapy that focuses on coping strategies such as emotional regulation, mindfulness, radical acceptance and so many other powerful ways of coping with having very strong and deep emotions. Through DBT therapy (through my own work and with a therapist), I no longer met all of the necessary criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder. I now know for a fact that my life is not going to be cut short because of my mental health. Instead, I am choosing to use my mental health and my experiences to show up for myself and others, to treat myself and others with compassion, and to be grateful for the amazing things about myself, in spite of the things that Doctors are trained to tell us are all wrong about us.
THIS is the real problem. The mental health community is very inclusive for the most part, however there are still many generalizations and stigmatizations that we all face. We are left to think that these diagnoses or labels make us “less than” when this is simply not true. Sure, they are there to help us understand how to live healthier lives, but often there are components to each diagnosis that makes us unique, beautiful and HUMAN. For example, a symptom of BPD is feeling emotions very, very deeply. This can be a troubling symptom, sure, but what about when we look at it from the other side? Feeling joy very deeply, feeling empathy very deeply, and feeling gratitude very deeply are all wonderful things that make us unique and valuable in the world.
When the symptoms of your mental health are distressing to yourself and/or others, I think it’s important to seek help without judgement from yourself or others. You owe it to yourself to experience life as the most healthy version of you. Doing the work with a therapist can feel daunting. It’s important to remember that while you seek a professional to help you navigate, it can be a bit like dating. You are not going to click with everyone and that’s okay. There are many, many trained professionals and I promise you, the search is well worth it. When you find someone who can help you find out what works best for you, the rewards you will reap are priceless.
The other important piece I want to touch on is to remember that chances are, there is a reason why you feel the way you do. It could be a past experience or traumatic event, but it doesn’t have to be. The experiences in our past are very often linked to the present, but we don’t slow down long enough to feel that, and maybe for good reason. I myself was a workaholic to the core. I worked and prided myself for never slowing down. I loved the hustle culture. The problem was that when I stopped working, I had a really hard time being alone with myself and my thoughts. My past wouldn’t leave my mind until I did the hard work of trauma therapy and healing. Again, this work was difficult, but ultimately, the most rewarding thing I have ever done for myself.
Becoming self-aware, welcoming radical acceptance, and working towards growth and compassion are the steps I personally took over the past year to get myself to a place where I finally feel like I’m not “sick” or a “victim” of anything. I feel whole and I feel excited, and I want that for everyone reading this. Whether you resonate with a diagnosis or not, I want you to remember that you are so much more than any diagnosis or label. You are you, and there is only one version. You do not need to suffer alone or in silence, nor should you. If you need help, please don’t be afraid to seek it. There are so many resources here to help you grow into our most empowered selves. The world is waiting for you, so what are you waiting for?
#empowered #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Psychiatry #Inspiration #Depression
To date, not one (1) single dr that I’ve stumbled upon in my eek 36 yrs of life have treated me properly. It’s either, “it will be $450 dollars to be told I’m untreatable” or “oh sorry we aren’t seeking new pts, once they learn of of diagnosis” “here’s a bunch of pills” Yes I live in Florida which is a hotbed for crooked drs who take advantage of their patients + insurance; I’ve been involved on both ends. So now that I’m looking for a legitimate dr, I’m unable to find one either bc the proper ones don’t take insurance or because of my personality disorder. I’m on the fence about medications for most likely the same reason a lot of ppl w BPD are, which is loss of personality or creativity + ultimately turning into a zombie. I hate the pharmaceutical industry, just as much as I do insurance industries. While I don’t believe I’ll be a zombie bc it’s false, I don’t want a dr to prescribe me something that will hand them a kickback lol Florida but the most important reason isn’t even meds, I desperately need to get on FMLA bc the toxicity within my workplace or to be more specific, my supervisor, has/had/is currently killing my mental health + robbing me of my free time + creativity more than (1) Rx would. So I guess when I’m trying to ask is if anyone knows of a dr in Florida, SoFlo(yes I hated that as I typed it out too) to be even more specific or even a legitimate *online* website where I can zoom with a psychiatrist, who specializes in BPD/DBT. If anyone is able to point me in the right direction, that would be fantastic and greatly appreciated 🥺 #Psychiatry #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Florida
I recently re opened this application after more than 2 years of not being active on it. I can't remember the reason why I stopped logging in but I'm glad I am now. Back in 2018, I was suffering from very bad depression and it was the year I started taking medications after which I got better.
Now I'm specialising in Psychiatry and I would like to shout out for everyone suffering or recovering from mental illness or is anywhere in between.
I hope this message reaches a lot of people: "I am here to help answer any of your questions and provide any type of support you might need". #Psychiatry
I am just a patient (no ads) who found usual #Psychiatry approaches unacceptable, highly detrimental and not helping at all.
Does anyone have any tips on finding Medicaid psychiatrists in the northern Virginia area?
My PCP said 95% of psychiatrists in this area don't take any insurance, public or private.
I've also been hearing that the pandemic has driven up demand for psychiatric treatment.
Please mention your country, if you hide it and don't mind to share.
I'll start, in Russia we have to, but probably it's possible to deny it. It bothers me last time. But even more than that, a wrong diagnosis bothers me. And mandatory visiting because of a wrong diagnosis looks so wrong.