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  1. I'm sorry that you are having such disturbing dreams from the Lamictal. Since my last post, I have been put back on Lamictal. I do notice some vivid dreams but not nightmares. I wish you the best and hope the side effects subside.
  2. Yes - and I am also depressed. It probably all contributes. 🙂
  3. The "flatness" is just not caring about anything. When I talked to my provider she said this type of apathy is fairly common among her patients who take Latuda. Could also just be continuing depression. I do take it with food. Thanks for responding. Hope you are doing well.
  4. Dogs can be very wise. They are also the best listeners.
  5. I've found that it is really hard for people around me to understand. Mental illness is often called "the invisible disability" because others might not be able to see it. If you are feeling bad, and can say that to yourself and others, that is a good thing. We often have to be advocates for ourselves, which is admittedly difficult when we aren't feeling well. But trust yourself - if you aren't doing well, and you know it, then seek the help you need. It's a way of believing in yourself. My hope is that you can find some caregivers who can help you. I am fortunate because I have both a therapist and ARNP who get what's going on with me - and I think they are the only two who do. So I hope that you can find some providers or clinicians who are a good fit for you. BTW - I've really found a forum to be helpful because it is a community where you can be understood. Hang in there and keep trying. C
  6. I’m sorry you feel so awful and have been having a hard time with therapists! Therapy can be good – I have a therapist. But sometimes medication is necessary. I hope that you can find a good doctor or ARNP who you can trust. Treatment works much better when you can get to know and trust your provider. Many of us have been through difficult times with therapists or doctors. I had one psychiatrist who was treating me lose his license. The best thing is to keep trying, no matter how discouraged you feel. It is helpful to come to the forum to vent and find community. You are not alone, and you can find people who “get it.” Hang in there and welcome. C
  7. It seems like getting the job during the pandemic didn’t let you acclimate and get to know the people at your workplace. It must be hard to try to get into it from home. I’m sorry that has happened for you. Are you still in touch with the doctor and/or therapist who helped you through your depression? I wonder if the situation is causing some underlying depression/dysthymia to be present. I hope that you get some of your enthusiasm back! Stay safe and be well. C
  8. I am not on Lamictal at this time but was a while ago. It's a drug that you need to handle with care, which is why you start of slowly and wean off slowly. I experienced a Lamictal OD and it was terrible. I was extremely sick and effects were awful. I spent a couple of days in the hospital. I think I may have only taken one extra pill by accident. Of course, I then had to convince the attending psychiatrist that I wasn't trying to **** myself. That wasn't easy. 🙂
  9. I agree with sober4life’s sentiment that we should be gentle with ourselves during this time of stress. Hopefully we aren’t causing ourselves or others too much harm. I self-medicate often with prodigious amounts of alcohol. When I do, I hide bottles and hide it from my girlfriend. I’ve been busted a couple of times and been hospitalized after going through a period of serious drinking. So FWIW I can relate. I don’t really know your situation or if you have a pdoc who you trust who can help you or at least someone you can talk to. I’ve found hiding it and thinking I’m pretty clever when I get away with it, just makes it worse for me in the long run. As an aside, since taking Latuda I haven’t been feeling the need, and haven’t been seriously drinking. When I do, I end up feeling terrible. So I guess that is a good thing. I don’t like some of the other effects of Latuda, such as feeling really flat. And I can’t afford it (I’ve been on a trial using samples). I’ll be talking with my ARNP soon about the issues I have with it. I know this isn’t much help, except I can commiserate. But hang in there and I hope you can find a way through all of this.
  10. It's also important to find a therapist who you can trust and relate to in order to safely discuss the painful things.
  11. Just wondering if you are doing any better, or worked with your doc to change anything. I hope you are doing better. C
  12. Thank you for the warm welcome. I'm looking forward to learning more about the community and participating.
  13. Thank you Oscar for a great welcome! I'm happy that this forum has helped you, and I look forward to participating. C
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