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General Discussion / WHERE IS EVERYONE???
« Last post by Rich on July 28, 2021, 11:37:36 pm »
Wow!  When I joined this forum back in 2007, there were a lot of regular posters here!

I'm going to assume that everyone (including me) just kept moving forward with their life...


General Discussion / Re: Happy 2020
« Last post by Rich on July 27, 2021, 05:55:23 pm »
And here I am, back again!

General Discussion / Re: Hi again, quarantine check-in and good wishes
« Last post by Rich on July 27, 2021, 05:52:41 pm »
....and here we are, still in a pandemic.  I've been watching movies & TV shows, avoiding news, and going to store for exercise (i.e. going more often than I really need to).

General Discussion / Re: heart ailment...
« Last post by Rich on July 27, 2021, 05:49:02 pm »
Peter, you should see the fist-full of pills I take each day (incl. crazy pills).
Well, Peter, I'm hoping to attend (virtually) the Bipolar Peer Support Group this Friday!  I'll let you know how it goes!

I used to be a regular here, but then life got busy!

I'm looking forward to attending (virtually) the Bipolar Peer Support Group this Friday.  I hope that the technology involved in doing this isn't going to let me down!

Hi, Steph, and welcome!

The MDAO has online support groups via Zoom.  I keep forgetting to try one.

Forum Guidelines / Re: Forum Guidelines
« Last post by Dr.Jathin on June 15, 2021, 05:15:54 am »
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General Discussion / Re: Checking-in - Happy New Year
« Last post by etbandung on June 14, 2021, 05:20:20 am »
hi admin hope you guys doing well most of big company let their staff do work from home but growing company do still have to let half of the staff attend at the office. but field job will be different 
Depression and Bipolar / Struggling with Medication
« Last post by Eazybreezy02 on June 11, 2021, 12:45:54 pm »

I'm a new member and noticed that hasn't been action in this section for 4 years. I hope this reaches someone!

Is anyone struggling with medication? I've been actively working through medication changes for 4 years and still haven't found the right mixture without it either not working at all or too many side effects (intolerable ones).

Right now, it's Latuda 2x per day, Buproprion 1x per day, Lithium 1x per day, Mertazipine 1x per day, and Clonazepam 1x per day. The one that seems to be causing all the trouble is the Mertazipine. I was taken off of it because it was causing serious negative anxiety but the fallout from that was horrible. For over a month I felt nauseous, completely uninterested in food, and couldn't sleep. I was recently put back on it and the initial few days were hell (this didn't happen the first time I was put on it). I felt completely intoxicated to the point where I couldn't work, drive, etc. Once I got past that it was fine and I had ONE good day, a day that I haven't felt in a LONG time. I was so pumped and sure that it was going to work out going forward. Unfortunately, it hasn't gone that way. The crippling anxiety is creeping back in and my mood is swinging all over the place throughout the day.

I'm losing hope in this medicinal journey of hell. Has anyone experienced this? If so, how did you cope? So far, I've been able to take on changing medications really well - I just hammer through it and hope for the best. Now, I'm losing that mentality. I have an appointment today with my psychiatrist and I'm guessing he is going to take me off the Mertazipine and start me on something else. I'm dreading it both ways: Stay on it and go down that crippling dark road or go off and start something else with all the mystery that comes with it.

This is pretty long-winded but I have no one to turn to for coping strategies with medication changes. I've been over 20+ changes in 4 years and handling it relatively ok (including all the side effects, etc.) But, this is getting bonkers and I don't know who to turn to.

I would appreciate any insight, please!

Many thanks,
Steph  :(
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