Last psych appt
Originally posted on Behind the Façade: Yesterday afternoon I was seen by the doctors, and my community nurse/case manager also sat in on the meeting. I was asked whether I wanted to be discharged that day or the next, I chose to be discharged that afternoon. Though I still wasn’t great, I at least felt a little better than when I came in and I guess there wasn’t much point in staying any longer. We also discussed my medication, I still remain on 200mg of Pristiq and 50mg of Seroquel XR but have also commenced on 450mg of lithium as a mood stabiliser. It was either lithium or sodium valproate, but accord...
Source: Dawn Willis sharing the News and Views of the Mentally Wealthy - July 18, 2014 Category: Mental Illness Authors: Quinonostante Tags: Mental Health, The News & Policies. Source Type: blogs

I Loathe Having to Get Presciptions!
I haven't posted in over a week, but seriously, I just haven't had the energy or desire to write.  I've had so much in my head that I've wanted to get out, but it just wasn't in me.I totally blew off my therapist and psychiatrist visits AGAIN last week.  I haven't rescheduled with either yet.  I say "blew off", I called to cancel with my therapist an hour before the session, but I was a no show for my psychiatrist.  They called about an hour after my appointment time to ask if I was okay and to reschedule.  Of course, I let it go to voicemail as I do just about every call.  This week...
Source: bipolar.and.me - August 27, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

Med Nightmare!
I just went through what someone who depends on medication would consider their worst nightmare! I really have no idea what is going on.  My doctor increased my Latuda but the pharmacy wouldn't fill it, they kept saying it was too early but it was a different dosage and I received 3-4 letters from them telling me so.  Then Pristiq - they seemingly never got the prescription.  WORST NIGHTMARE - RUNNING OUT OF MEDICATION when you you KNOW there are horrible withdrawal symptoms!So yesterday I was out, completely out of samples, nothing was on the way to me (my insurance requires me to use mail order), and I kep...
Source: bipolar.and.me - August 13, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

Double the Pristiq!
I think I'm slowly climbing out of my hole.  The week before last, I had three appointments: therapist, psychiatrist and dog groomer.  I cancelled all three, I just could not bear to leave the house, but I did have the courtesy to call and cancel each appointment, even if it was at the last minute.  Everyone was incredibly gracious.  Last week I FORCED myself to keep my rescheduled appointments.  For my dog, I threw on some clothes without showering that morning, and picked him up the same exact way several hours later.  I think I went to see the psychiatrist without makeup.  I was better...
Source: bipolar.and.me - August 6, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

One Day At A Time!
I'm feeling better but I still feel unmotivated.  I try to get one thing done every day like go to the grocery store.  Do laundry.  Today it is fold the laundry.  There are things I do every day like make dinner, feed the dog, those types of things but outside of that, I just choose one thing and try to accomplish that.  I take a shower every day, fix my hair, put on make up.  One day I went to the salon and got my hair colored and cut.  That was what I got accomplished for that day.  It's really all I can handle.  Why am I so unmotivated?However, I have started running again.&n...
Source: bipolar.and.me - July 17, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

Dog Drama
I dropped my laptop onto the wood floor and am pretty sure I ruined the hard drive. I'm writing this from the Blogger app which doesn't let me see if I have any comments so if I do, I apologize!I think the Pristiq is already working even though this is only the second day. No, I'm not all better, but I'm much happier and more positive, even more social. I must be more pleasant to other people because I've noticed their reactions towards me are different, more pleasant. It's so true, the way you are to others can often times be reflected back to you from them.We have neighbors that live behind us whose dog just loves our do...
Source: bipolar.and.me - July 11, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

New Item On The Menu: Pristiq
I saw my psychiatrist this afternoon - she has the most ADORABLE and sweetest "therapy dog".  I  just want to pet and love on her the whole time I am there!  As soon as I get there and bend down to pet her, she rolls over on her tummy for a belly rub!  How trusting is that?  I wish I could be so trusting - just roll over onto my most vulnerable side to anyone that tried to touch me!  Hmm, doesn't sound quite right coming from a human, though.  You get the idea.She put me on an anti-depressant, Pristiq.  She started to put me on Effexor - she asked if I had been on it before...
Source: bipolar.and.me - July 10, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Source Type: blogs

Strict Conflict of interest Policies at Academic Medical Centers Lead to Prescribing Older Generic Drugs
The objective of the study was to “examine the effect of attending a medical school with an active policy on restricting gifts from representatives of pharmaceutical and device industries on subsequent prescribing behavior.”  Interestingly, the study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Institute on Aging, the American Federation on Aging, and NIH.   Which we all know means the study is completely unbiased.  Specifically, the authors looked at the probability that a physician would prescribe a newly marketed medication over existing alternatives of thr...
Source: Policy and Medicine - February 28, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

The Antidepressant Era: the movie
No apologies here, this article (and videos) have been lifted straight from David Healy’s excellent website. It’s important that as many people as possible have the chance to read the piece and take time to watch the film. As far as the pharmaceutical industry is concerned, I can tell you from first hand experience that the industry still believes in its own hype… do more, feel better and live longer is Glaxo’s strapline and no one in that company thinks there’s even a hint of irony in that. Now for Dr Healy’s piece: The Antidepressant Era: the movie The Antidepressant Era was written ...
Source: seroxat secrets... - February 3, 2013 Category: Mental Illness Authors: admin Tags: Drug Marketing Glaxo Uncategorized Big Pharma GlaxoSmithKline Source Type: blogs