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  1. I started paxil 5mg 4 days ago. Today I woke up with horrible pricaling sensations all over my body. I thought it was anxiety, took an Ativan and still have it! Is this ok or should I stop the paxil? I can not contact my dr until Monday and its Saturday afternoon.
  2. Hello, I have been on wellbutrin 150mg for 4 weeks (generic IR). I have been exhausted!!!!! I am also on Abilify 5mg and Lamictal 300. The first 3 days of taking it I felt great! I had energy, could concentrate and was so excited. I thought to myself that THIS is the drug I needed. Since then I have become increasingly more tired and the nausea is aweful. I take 75mg am and 5 hours later I take another 75mg. 30-45 min later I get very nausiated. I have tried pepto and antacids they help a little. I just can deal with the exhaustion. I am confused because everyone else gets anxiety, aggitation and insomnia etc. I see my doc today. I have tried every SSRI except Prozac and Cimbalta.... which make me aggitated and anxious. I just don't get it. I've been on the abilify for ever as well as the lamictal. Could it be that I don't even need an antidepressant? Also I had my menstral cycle one week ago and turned into a raging *****!!!!! which is totally unlike me... I just don't understand what to do. My doc is at a loss I think. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  3. I hope you have a fantastic day :)

  4. Thank you all for your replys they were very helpful. I'm just worried that it is helping with my anxiety but not my depression. Has anyone had success with depression and Paxil? Thanks, Heather
  5. Thank you. How long did it take for your motivation and energy to come back?
  6. Hello, I need some help or reassurance here. I have gone through litteral H** the last two years with medications and trying to get my anxiety and major depression under control. I have tried celexa, lexapro, Effexor, Zoloft, luvox, abilify, seroquel and now we are at paxil. I have also been in the hospital 3 months ago where I had 7 ECT treatments which left me confused and had no short term memory so I stopped them. Prior to taking 20mg of paxil I was severly depressed with intense suicidal ideation...I was pacing and crying and just wanted to die. I must say that after 2 weeks on the paxil 20mg the pacing stopped and so did the crying. However, I believe the depression is still and issue. So my doctor increased me to 30mg and I have been on it for 2 weeks.....I am sooooooooo tired. I have never known what it felt like to be just depressed without horrific anxiety but that is how I feel. I'm not worrying so much and haven't had an anxiety attack for about a week...but I have absolutly no motivation, energy, hopefullness or interest in anything. My sister is on Paxil CR and it has worked for her, however she has never gotten nearly depressed and anxious as I have. I have lost 2 jobs because I have been a mess and that doesn't help my self esteem I literally have no self esteem at this point. It has been the worst 2 years of my life and I am so scared that this Paxil is not going to work. All together I have been on paxil 4 weeks and all I want to do is lay around and sleep. Granted it is much better than the intense anxiety and suicidal thoughts but I want to wake up with motivation and get back to work but right now I can't which is increadibly frustrating. Please offer some advice. I'd really appreciate it! Thanks for listening. Heather
  7. Thank you for your replies! What dosage are you on? I was on 10mg and it was making me really really sleepy so I reduced it down to 5mg and my doctor added lamictal. Has anyone taken lamictal and abilify together? Thanks, Heather
  8. Hello, I have started abilify 10mg and have been on it for the last 3 days. Prior to that I was on 5mg for 5 days and 2.5 for about 2 weeks. I have also finished a series of 7 ECT treatments and it has been 2 weeks since my last ECT. I'm extreemly tired and show little enthusiasm (according to my family). I don't know whether it is my depression or the medication but I feel like sleeping all the time and while awake I'm intellectually slower and feel like I am walking through mud all the time. Sorta like a walking Zombie. I have been diagnosed as Bipolar NOS due to my lack of or odd reponses (not manic) to AD's. However, prior to this last year I was on antidepressants that worked just fine. Anway my questions are: 1. Can Abilify cause extreem tiredness? 2. How long before the antidepressant effects are felt? 3. Can Abilify pull one out of a depression and keep you there? 4. Shouldn't an AD be added to abilify if depression is clearly the MAJOR problem? Thanks, Heather
  9. Please help! I was discharged from the hospital 3 weeks ago and have recieved 7 ECT treatments. For over a month, I have been on Abilify 2.5mg and Lithium 300mg and I am EXHAUSTED! I feel like a walking zombie. I feel no emotions other then anxious every once and a while but the majority of the time it's all I can do to keep my eyes open. I see my psychiatrist tomorrow and would like to have some opinions on what could be causing this sedation. Is it possible it is my depression? I just feel completely numb, which is better than hysterically depressed, but I need to become more alert and regain some motivation as I need to find a job and get on with my life. My focus isn't that great either. I decided to try ECTs after failing many many AD's but is it possible that I may need an AD? Please help! Thanks, Heather
  10. Thank you for your reply. When I was diagnosed, I was started on Risperdal along with my AD. The risperdal helped with the mixed episode...but made me very sleepy even taking it at night (along with some other odd things). About a week ago I started Abilify which I think has just started to work along with a very small dose 22 some odd mg of Effexor (we are slowwwly decreasing the Effexor). So far, I like the abilify as I haven't developed any weird side effects yet and today I have some energy. Does abilify have a higher tendency to make those with Bipolar I manic as opposed to bipolar II? I'm still learning....but it would seem as though there would be less of a tendency towards switching in Bipolar II with abilify? Perhaps I'm just hoping that Abilify is the answer. Heather
  11. Hi all, I've recently been diagnosed as bipolar II. Over the last year I have tried 5 AD's all of which continued my cycling from severe depression to dysphoric mixed episodes (didn't know what a mixed episode was at the time thought I had REALLY bad anxiety). After getting enough sense to see a new doctor I was diagnosed as Bipolar. I have only had a few Hypomanic (happy) episodes brought on my AD's. My hypomanic episodes are usually extreemly irritable, anxious and flight of idea type. From my reading of bipolar it can take people a LONG time to get stable and find the right medications. I just wanted to see how long it took those of you with bipolar to find the right medications and to be "stable". Thanks, Heather
  12. I was wondering what meds people have found helpful for mixed episodes, I primarily suffer from depression but the use of AD's along put me into a continious dysphoric mix episode? I have recently been diagnosed as Bi-polar NOS and we tried Lamictal but after 5 days it made me horrible itchy. Doc has me on Risperdal now....but I don't want to be on this longterm as I feel like I've had a Labotomy (which is okay for now) and very sleepy. The long term side effects of this drug are also a little scary. Any suggestions? Thanks, Heather
  13. This is the first time I've posted in the Bipolar forum....I've spent some time in the Celexa and Effexor form though. After a year of pain/confusion and med trials for my diagnosis of severe depression/anxiety....I'm thinking I might have the wrong diagnosis and need a little insight from those of you who are bipolar. I would like to know if what I'm about to explain sounds like a year of mixed episodes brought on my the many different ad meds/dosages they have tried me on. I know that no one here is a psychiatrist but you are all much more familiar with the symtoms and quite frankly I have gone through a year of pure H*** and am desperate to be stable and start to figure out who the heck I am again. I've been going through this too long and my pschiatrist may be trying her best but could have missed something. Age 24
  14. I think it could be... I've been more irritable too... but by the same token, I was taken off Celexa and put on Effexor because the celexa had stopped working. I was DEFINITELY more irritable while the meds weren't working and in the transition period between the two. I described it to a friend as if i had this floating hostility that was being kept in check by tissue thin paper... Didn't take anything for me to flare. Now, I am not so irritable... but I am also not as sympathetic as I once was either. Jennifer How long have you been on Effexor and at what dosage? Well, I wonder if it is just that natural transitions through depression.... maybe it goes suicidal, irrationally sad and hopeless to irritable and angery to maybe "emotionally stable"? I hope it gets better because I don't even want to be around myself. Thanks for your reply. Heather
  15. Mine went beyond irritability to raging anger. I'd throw furniture, rant and rave about all the wrongs done to me. One night I was watching TV and a newscast came on about two boys that abused and killed a dog. I screamed at the TV and was writing down the info. so I could locate them in Kansas. I'm sure the neighbors were hiding under their beds. What tears at me most is I had taken my Mom in after my Father died and it wasn't the easiest transistion for either of us and one night after grabbing her and doing the ranting and raving thing again she called the police on me and I spent the night in jail. I sat there unbelieving that is where I was. Well suffering initially with social phobia and anxiety my having to deal with the 'System' and go to court on a continuing basis and getting drug tested (I'd never taken recreational drugs in my life!) and my Mom not realizing I could go to jail for a year, which I knew I could not endure, I was ready to run....well during this time my Mom was diagnosed with colon cancer and I tried to hold it together for her and took care of her (including wound care, ostomy care, cleaning her up, doing laundry daily and trying to please her with anything I could think of that would help her appetite.) I even slept with her so if she woke up I was right there. I will never forgive myself, but I again grabbed and shook her and ranted and raved and then yelled about having to take care of her and how I hated it etc. Here is my poor dear Mother, frail and dying and I'm a maniac. My sister finally stepped into the picture and took my Mom to stay at her place for a few days. Left alone I decided it was all too much and tried to commit suicide by taking tons of Elavil and klonopin. I laid on the floor unconscious for about 4 days until a neighbor found me, and spent 7 days in the hospital, much of which I don't remember. I know when I was conscious I was horribly paranoid and didn't trust the nurses. I lost 20lbs during the hospital stay so was quite weak and spent the days laying on the couch, usually alone. I only got in to see my Mother twice before she died. I will live with the guilt and regret for the rest of my life. I am not telling this story for sympathy, but to warn others to monitor themselves closely on ANY drug and listen to friends and family if they are telling you "things ain't right" Sadly at that time in my life I had neither of those back ups. Thank you for the comment Parlyvous, I'm sorry to hear about what happened to you. Can I ask you how long you'd been on Effexor when all that happened? What are you on now? I called my nurse and told her how angry I have been and how it's NOT like me AT ALL and she said she'd talk to the doctor and call me back. Heather
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