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    Does bipolar meds cause blurry vision? #Lamotrigine #Sertraline

    At first I thought, well maybe it's time to get an eye exam which I did. My vision had a slight change my doc said nothing major. Iv e been taken meds on and off for roughly 8-10 months now and it seems about that long. It worries me im only 46 and I feel blind. I wonder if all meds cause this? Any #suggestions or #experience
    #Bipolar #MentalHealth

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    Moving from Lexapro to Zoloft Tw: suicidality mention

    About 4 weeks ago I started Zoloft and stopped taking Lexapro.

    The first three days were horrible. I felt like I did when I had a bad reaction to an antibiotic, and felt suicidal for the first time in years.

    Called and left a message at my psychiatrist's office with no reply.

    I am on a 25 mg dose and have tried taking two, bumping up to 50 and felt *almost* ok, have been toughing it out for the last few weeks.

    Work has been exhausting and I'm afraid. I have not been myself.

    I am hoping that my appointment will see an increase to 50 or 100, since 25 is not helping handle things at all.

    #Zoloft #Sertraline #MajorDepression #TW

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    It was funny after I got over the scare .. I'm sorry P 😂🤪🙃

    * all references to age, gender, & ethnicity are for illustrative purposes alone 🤪😂

    So I got a call in the evening from the hospital, they tell me that for my next therapy appointment, I will be seeing a different/new psychologist (WHY. - WHO said you could do it???)

    Apparently new psychologist guy is Caucasian, at least 50, has a greying moustache (wow gotta love this) - I have nothing against Caucasian males above the age of 50 with a greying moustache (😂😬) but ... that's not P. P, my psychologist, is 35M, Asian Chinese, the only therapy professional I will ever see because of ... general distrust with the MH system hahaha 🙃

    So apparently I get a call from the therapy clinic receptionist, a middle-aged Malay lady, also about 50-60 years old. She reminds me of an ahjumma (😂), or the equivalent of an ahjumma in whatever your culture is. Malay receptionist woman (on the phone) goes on and on about how I cannot make changes, this is the current protocol and allocation, I need to at least give old-Caucasian-guy a shot .. no, I cannot have an appointment with P. She even tries to tell me to calm down(!)

    It is also towards the end of the work day, so she tells me there is a limit to what she can do, effectively also putting an end to my protests.

    In my DESPERATION like -- what do you mean I cannot have P? omg, what are you thinking? -- I, 31-yo, suggest to my mother (60s) to help me make a complaint. Like, I guess, power of more-than-1 lol (but yes 😑 Which 31F person gets her mother in her 60s to lodge a complaint .. lol)

    Then I wake up 😌☺️, & I remember I have appointments booked for June & July. In our last conversation in May's appointment, P said -- "okayokayokay, if I have concrete resignation plans, I'll let you know" -- still gonna check my online records to be sure HAHA.

    🙃😌☺️

    HAHAHAHAHA sorry to all the Malay makciks/"aunties"/Caucasian middle-aged male psychologists with greying moustaches - you're great folks but Sertraline dreams are their own movie script!!!

    The kicker is there is no Caucasian male psychologist at the dept where P works - he's the only male psychologist in the dept 🙃

    If you haven't already figured, this was a Sertraline/Zoloft-induced dream and completely fictional 🙃 Imagine if I went in protesting/screaming about it in 1.5 weeks ...

    See you in June (&July) P! 🙃😂

    #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Anxiety #SocialAnxiety #Zoloft #Sertraline

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    I still keep going #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder

    The last month has been very strange. After a very traumatic event last October (my roommates kicked me out due to my self-harm relapse), for months I've been stable thanks to sertraline. But one month ago, this stability has gone away: after have a sexual encounter with a guy of my university, I went in overdose of sertraline because the event triggered my BPD and my trauma. After this, I entered in a BPD spiral which still since today. Two days after the overdose I was in a party trying MDMA. I've passed the last month going to party, taking drugs and alcohol and doing sex with strangers like a lot of times per week. My therapist quit sertraline, because it contributes to my hypomanic episode. I think I'm not well...living with BPD is so hard and I'll have this disorder for a lot of years.

    I hope you enjoy my nailart: we're warrior and we don't give up♥️
    #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #PTSD #SexualAbuseSurvivors #Sertraline #Hypomania #Drugs

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    BPD medication

    I’ve recently been diagnosed with BPD. I was taking 50mg of sertraline before. Was increased to 100mg after diagnosis. I am feeling slightly better but still struggling to sleep. Recently been prescribed zopiclone & they don’t seem to be working for me. Any advice will be much appreciated! #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Sertraline

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    Coming to 7 weeks of dose increment ...

    Omg I'm so tired today - tomorrow (10/12 Fri) is 7 weeks of 50mg to 100mg Sertraline.

    To be fair, I can't be 100% sure cos life has just been extremely convoluted and plot twist-y these few weeks, might just also be the mental exhaustion of all these unexpected turns and changes, and ... feelings & responses are tiring, you know 🙃

    But I'm just so very tired today, not just in the physically exhausted/sleepy sense, but .. the ... I don't really want to interact with people and talking to a fellow human being takes lots of effort & don't ask me to eat my dinner - I will do so when I feel that the people-y energy has kinda sufficiently faded ... that sorta thing (I ended up eating dinner at like 9.30 or 10pm or something, definitely past 9 heh)

    ... is it the increased dose causing some sort of antisocial/sensory overload thing? So many questions? Does an increase of Sertraline cause such things?

    Right now it's like almost 2am and I know I should sleep but there are also several other things I'm thinking abt that I know I need to settle/ask but omg the inertia is like super duper real (but for now it's the wee hours of the morning so we can think of that tomorrow)

    I'm not even sure whats what, because while it's tempting/convenient to put it down to meds (simply cus it IS one of the listed/commonly experienced effects), ... that's not the only change that's gone on in these few weeks of my plot twist-y life.

    How do I know 100mg Sertraline is working, btw? : ) How do I tell if I should keep this dose or switch back to 50mg?

    I'm using my essential oil roll-on like a safety blanket (lolol) now, I feel like a child but it's so fresh & comforting & I love it (it's a blend of eucalyptus/tea tree/peppermint, probably helps with headaches and bad noses ... but it helps my bad day hahahaha) 🙃

    .My brain is still a puddle of mush thinking exactly how to describe this month's life happenings to P at my appt next week 🙃 helpppp.

    #CheckInWithMe #Sertraline #Zoloft #Anxiety #SocialAnxiety #MentalHealth

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    Myself

    Hi everyone,

    The past two weeks I’ve been feeling so shit about myself. Like I have tried to stay I too if it hoping the feeling would go away but I constantly feel like there’s this dark cloud over me.

    I cried yesterday and I feel like a huge failure. I also broke up with a guy who I felt cared for me but I also felt like he was using my because im a single parent and im vulnerable. Anyway I hope I get out of this phase because I really hate it here. #Sertraline #BipolarDepression

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    Struggling to balance on sertraline

    #Sertraline #morning anxiety
    Going on week 3 of Sertraline 100 mg. Sleeping fine, but consistently waking before my alarm feeling anxious and struggling through the day still anxious and/or depressed. Around 6 pm, I start to feel better and normal. Wishing I could stay awake at night and sleep through the day… how do I turn this around?? I need to be productive during the day, not mopey and lazy. So frustrating.

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    Sertraline: 100mg, 2.5 weeks, night

    Strangely (or not?), this time I find myself being more tired - I end up being more able to sleep 7 to 7.5h (haha not complaining) which I don't remember experiencing before. In fact, it's precisely cus it kept me awake previously that I'd take it after breakfast - but I take it before bed now 🙃😂

    Late last week, I received a note from the MH hospital that my psychiatrist wants to move the appt a month forward, so I'll see her in April '22 instead of May - great, I'm not complaining. Sounds like a plan to me (also: gives less space of running out on this increase-dose-myself-thing ...)

    In terms of effects/experiences -

    Physical: still takes me a while to be hungry/still sometimes takes conscious effort to eat. dry mouth is real[er] - dry mouth is ALWAYS real 😂. still gagging on reflex in the morning, don't think it will ever go away hahhaha but I think I'm generally able to wait it out - makes me tear a bit though, bleh. Not sure if I'm having some kinda reflux, felt some kind of weird mucus feeling before brushing teeth just before bed tonight.

    Mental/emotional: a bit more distant from anxious thoughts, but also a bit more insecure on personal judgment [?] - I think I asked my boss a few stupid questions today 🤪 Then I caught myself, wondered if it was the meds making me this unsure of myself, and thought - oh, would I ordinarily have needed to reconfirm this? 😂 Cus I was like, "just to check, ... xxx", "doublechecking in case I missed something", "seems to me but wanted your opinion/unsure" -- which he was like "ok yup, tell [person]"

    Then I felt like, omg, I should just trust my gut and pass on my observations to relevant person right ... lol. Like do I really need to run through my boss/would I ordinarily have done it, or would I just go straight to relevant person 🤦‍♀️ I hope he doesn't think I'm becoming dumb. Sorry boss! 🤪

    Also ft weird dreams like (wow this is vivid and I remember it) - I dreamt my boss told us we were going on half-pay [which is a real thing that happened in June]. Then I got really shocked, but reminded myself of my pay increase [this is also real - increment circa October], and reasoned to myself that I would have $x amount more take home pay this time. ... then I woke up and reminded myself it was a dream.

    😂

    #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #SocialAnxiety #Anxiety #Sertraline #Zoloft

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    Sertraline [help]: proceed with caution lol.

    Note of disclosure: I know, there are prolly better ways to do this, yadda yadda. So in view of that, I'm not ready to take any kind of "you should know better", "why didn't you ..", "Should you try ... instead" - things as they are now, just are, okkkk. So if you're gonna chide me, you can save it. Thanks 🙃

    If you read through my recent posts, in the past 2 weeks after the recent appt with my psychiatrist & my call with P (my psychologist), I've been feeling really anxious about ... dunno. Just this really persistent anxious vibe of walking on eggshells all the time - and the weekend after the call with P, it felt like - why don't I just do something about it?

    So .. I decided .. to ... try increasing my dose of Sertraline from 50mg to 100mg 👉🏻👈🏻 I've been on 100mg before, quite awhile back and/but 50mg is like, maintenance dose. I think.

    It's been just over a week (👉🏻👈🏻), and ... I don't know? Has anyone else done anything like that before (especially in relation to Sertraline - ie move yourself to a higher dose you've been prior put on, on your own accord)?

    So far it's been ok, nothing too unbearable (🙃), minus the appetite loss (uh I think I dropped 4lb/2kg. Not complaining), and bouts of feeling sick -i think they're related 🙃. & I'm realising each time I do a takeaway I'm either not finishing my food or choosing a side instead of a main lol but OKAY. 🙃 But I'm still able to eat (though sometimes less than usual), so yeah thankfully.

    Dry mouth sucks and probably makes me feel even more sick even more easily but thats not hard to resolve, by ensuring I use a bigger water bottle haha.

    Not sure if it's just placebo but in the time since, I think I have had more (and sometimes unexpected) sparks of clarity where I would otherwise have panicked lol. I'm definitely not all free of anxiety but I do catch myself in moments of "wow I used logic instead of panic ..." 😂🤪 Not sure if it's just placebo.

    The thing is, I do have enough meds to do this for a while per se bc the last time I was prescribed slightly extra, in case I had to change appt or as a buffer in case isolation caused appts to be cancelled.

    😳😳😳 anyone else tried putting yourself back on an old dose of meds before (esp Sertraline/Zoloft) on your own accord?

    🙃

    #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Anxiety #SocialAnxiety #Zoloft #Sertraline

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