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Old 10-03-2018, 09:51 PM #1
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Default Bipolar Questions Version 4

This is a continuation from Version 3. Please post here rather than on the version 3 thread. Thanks!

Old question: What is a book you could reread multiple times?
Or a movie you could watch over and over?tle House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder many dozens of times and the Anne of Green Gables books nearly as many. My taste in adult books tends to vary with my mood while those old books are comfortable friends.

Have you tried a weighted blanket?
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No. No weighted blanket. I can't imagine having something so heavy on me. I can imagine myself violently throwing such a thing off in my sleep.

What non prescription bipolar remedies have you tried in the past or present? How did it/they work for you?
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Others: Propranolol (40 mg), Synthroid (150 mcg), OTC multi-vitamin, OTC iron supplement (during periods), Biotin supplement (for my otherwise thin fingernails)
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I am controversial, I use marijuana and CBD a lot. If the sativa is too strong I get more manic like, if the indica and I am already depressed I can get worse. I avoid indica these days.
A hybrid is great and CBD has helped me so much, then THC-a has too. I take a combination of thc and CBd in a gummy in the mornings which has helped me out a lot, but I am still on my journey. I still do what I do .. going without marijuana to prove something, i get bad and have issues getting back.

I've tried various herbal teas, kava, meditation, acupuncture aromatherapy. Outside nature, therapy, art, journals...
I want to do acupuncture again, that I felt helped with stress.
The aromatherapy therapy has been helping me lately too... but not as much.
I've been trying so many things over time, I have trouble accepting this Dx and times...I took meds I felt worse. sometimes i realize that i'm grasping at the same things, like the tea and it hits me- "I've been here before haven't i? What time of the year is it again?".
Idk maybe I am not bipolar but keep getting dx with it.



Do you exercise regularly? If so what helps Keep your routine?
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No. I have a skin condition from (what I believe is) lamictal that embarrasses me. I have to wear long sleeved workout shirts if I want to work out without showing off the condition. But I lost my gym membership card to get through the doors, and there have been lots of bear sightings around here lately. So nope, not anymore. I wleo can't do a lot of cardio in my apartment because I'm on the 2nd floor, so I'm limited. Best I can do is push-ups and lift hand weights, which I do sometimes... but not really because I'm lazy af.

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Which med did you like the most but had to go off of because it gave you nasty side effects or it pooped out on you?
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I guess a few meds qualify. Zyprexa, Trilafon (perphanazine), and Geodon. The Zyprexa and Trilafon really worked great at controlling my moods and making me feel more normal, but both made me gain weight rapidly and Zyprexa also gave me akathisia. Geodon was very weight friendly and initially helped well, but then its maximum dose stopped being effective enough to control my mania, and later down the line it gave me horrible akathisia. I would agree to take Zyprexa or Trilafon again simply as short-term "emergency" only medications, but only short-term.

Which medication gave you the most or absolute most unbearable side effect(s)?
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PRNs - Seroquel IR generic (25 to 100 mg in a day), Ativan (1 mg, up to 3 mg/day)

Others: Propranolol (40 mg), Synthroid (150 mcg), OTC multi-vitamin, OTC iron supplement (during periods), Biotin supplement (for my otherwise thin fingernails)
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Seroquel. Made me severely depressed and gave me suicidal thoughts.

How many pills do you take in the morning, including supplements?
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I take 5 in the morning right now.

Do you have a sleep disorder?

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Not to my knowledge, but I do have sleep issues.

How easy is it to stick to a healthy diet for you?
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Sometimes I'm amazingly dedicated and motivated about dieting. Other times I really struggle. I've lost 35 and 40 lbs in periods of six months a couple times in the past. Other times I make it to 10 or 25 and then fall off the diet wagon. Sometimes I get excited about dieting again and it lasts no longer than 12 hours to a couple weeks. There are many times when I say "The heck with it".

I will say that certain medications or certain doses affect my ability to stick to a diet plan. Sometimes it's just my mood. I lost 10 lbs on Seroquel XR this past spring, but have since regained 7 of the pounds. My current dose of 600 mg gives me a major challenge. At 450 mg and below I think it's usually weight neutral. I regard my other current medications as weight neutral.

If you could pick two things that you currently have trouble doing that you could more easily do, what would they be?
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Tegretol XR generic (1200 mg)
Lamictal generic (100 mg)
Seroquel XR generic (600 mg)
Latuda (20 mg)
Klonopin generic (0.5 mg)

PRNs - Seroquel IR generic (25 to 100 mg in a day), Ativan (1 mg, up to 3 mg/day)

Others: Propranolol (40 mg), Synthroid (150 mcg), OTC multi-vitamin, OTC iron supplement (during periods), Biotin supplement (for my otherwise thin fingernails)
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I could watch "Apocalypse Now" over and over. I'm fascinated by the Vietnam War and all of its complexities - the politics, the people, the madness, the music, the drugs, the protests, the divisiveness, the ignorance, the battles, and the inevitable outcome. If you haven't seen it, the movie is a brilliant story with magnificent acting and cinematography.

As for books, I could read "Into Thin Air" by Jon Krakauer over and over. I think it took me two days to finish.
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