I'm not sure what is wrong with me but I'm very scared. A few days or so ago I started to feel jolts of tingling sensations run through my arms and hands. My hands and fingers are numb. My forearms have a bad aching pain which is making them very weak. I felt my veins in my arms, they're so much thicker than what they normally are. Also, my skin on my arms feels way squishier than normal. Even while typing this I'm experiencing numbness and tingling in my hands. Also, it's beginning in my toes, however I don't notice that as much. Also, I've been seeing stuff that wasn't there lately. What is wrong with me? I'm very scared something is wrong, this happened out of the blue, no injuries or anything. It just started happening. Please help me!!View Thread
Hi. I am 35 and have been on meds off&on since I was 12. Diagn. is bipolar I and bpd. As a patient I had extreme bed wetting at least 5 times per week, had to start wearing depends when only in my 30's, and developed a nice-sized bald spot in the middle of my hair, and then told I was being paranoid and put on a third med. As a woman of faith, it was hard enough to convince myself to take the meds. When I talked to my former psych. about the meds not being as effect. as it had been, I was pretty much told to "just take the meds" and I'm the dr. and given the"I know the best combo you should be on speech". The irritation level was incr. and causing problems with my parents, the reckless spending on food to hide the incr. isolation I felt was starting to cause added prob. in the household and on the job. When on top of this I was put on risperadol, in addition to the zoloft and depakote er, I became totally frustrated and angry and stopped taking all the meds. Of course, I crashed badly and was fired from my job as a result but why is no one willing to address the initial frustrations I had & still have. The psych. was one of the best I ever had but he became seemingly as stubborn as me. I think one of us should have been mature enough to back down and since he's was the doctor... Now my pastor is working with me and I have set up an appt. to see a psychiatrist. My concern is this new psych. is just going to put me on the same old meds. I really am trying to work with my pastor concerning treatment because he is there for me when I am crashing badly, he stays calm and never harshly rebukes me when I text one of my tangents out of frustration&anger. When I get angry in church service about something he gently with a soft answer diffuses my anger. So for all of that I told him I'm willing to do work with him. So I've started with a therapist, who seems nice. At the previous place, the therapist stopped the sessions after only a few months and said I had the coping skills; I just needed to use them. I spent from age 13-18 in various psych facilities because I was too out of control for my mom to raise. So I've had the therapy groups, the coping skills, and even had to go to 12-step programs with the others, although I did not abuse alcohol or drugs. What can work for someone like me who was "institutionalized", was in the ministry of teaching, and am trying now to live on my own in my own apartment? I'm a female with a history as sordid as a man's and try not to but carry around a lot of guilt thinking and feeling I never quite measure up. I have no children, never been married, and of course people don't see what I have to be depressed about or stressed. Truth is neither do I. Besides telling me to just take the medicine what advice can you give me. Since being off the meds I have been able to cut some things out of my diet for months now, am losing weight ( I was almost 300 LBS), and eat more fruits and vegetables. Keeping a better diet is very hard when I've been used to eating to deal with frustration, irritability, anger, and celebrating happiness, etc. I'm guessing I might be down to 260's Lbs now because I can fit my clothes. Also from April 2013 until about January 2014, I worked out faithfully 3-6 days a week at the gym to try and relieve stress. So you see I really was trying to keep it together but I just got tired of felling ignored. Just because of the symptoms of the illness can cause delusion and irrational thinking doesn't mean that I don't know my own body. I don't care how much the psychiatrist kept adjusting the the different mg doses of both the zoloft and the depakote er the meds were no longer as effective. I have resigned myself to the fact I have to take meds the rest of my life and I hate them and all meds. I don't even like taking meds for a headache, I'd rather sleep it off or endure it untill it finally stops hurting. I'm not biased against psychotropic meds. Thank you for taking the time to read this.View Thread
My sister is on med for this and sees a doctor, but she has these shopping sprees and is trying to get them...
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My sister is on med for this and sees a doctor, but she has these shopping sprees and is trying to get them under control. Now the problem is that does not have any money to pay for the things she buys, so the credit card company is taking her to court. Which is sending her over the edge. She went to a consolidation place it was suppose to be all taken care of now she finds this out. What can I do to help her? Please pleaseView Thread
Dear Dr. G, A couple of months ago you posted that "there are no known/proven remedies for helping cognitive dysfunction in bipolar disorder." By remedies do you mean medications or therapy? I am thinking about paying for a subscription to do online cognitive training, I have downloaded and use cognitive training games, and CBT is the mode of treatment in my therapy sessions. It appears to me that these therapies would help treat any cognitive impairments I may have. Why would these be or not be considered remedies? Thank you, Mercy View Thread
I'm 27 and i've had depression and bipolar for 15yrs. I also have 3 speical needed kids and 1 on the way....
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I'm 27 and i've had depression and bipolar for 15yrs. I also have 3 speical needed kids and 1 on the way. Everyday all day i cry or get angry. Is there anyway to naturally help this mood swings so i can save my failing marriage?View Thread
Whew! I am embarrassed at how affected I am. I cannot stop crying. I really did not know the man. He was...
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Whew! I am embarrassed at how affected I am. I cannot stop crying. I really did not know the man. He was famous. He was an actor/comedian on a screen to me. But somehow, I feel as if my best friend or sibling just died. I can no longer function. I went from happy-go-lucky to a blubbering idiot. Am I affected? My life as I know it, has changed irrevoccably, however you spell it. I am a shell of the person I was a week ago. An empty shell. An empty shell full of pain that nobody can see, but OHHHHH can I feel it. It is overwhelming. It is swalowing me whole. It sux! I am heart broken. But except for the tears, it is an invisible battle I fight alone. manic depression is a silent killerView Thread
hi everyone im new to this but ill try anything at this point... im 29 and i have been through alot in my...
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hi everyone im new to this but ill try anything at this point... im 29 and i have been through alot in my life being raised with no parents (addicts) sexual abuse mental and physical... i never let it get to me too much but for the past 5 yrs i find myself becoming very angry i get physical im always sad or happy and theneasily irritated... i feel like i am going insane... ive never wanted to harm myself but at times i dont know who i am... or why i get so mad... i cry myself to sleep sometimes because i dont know where this all came from i use to be so happy now im always tired never have enough energy and i snap at the drop of a dime i get really ugly i curse i yell everything and at everyone... i have kids and i dont ever get physical with them i would never but i do yell alot which is no better... i have no insurance and i just dont know what to do.... some days i just wanna give up and never leave the house but i have to work i dont sleep but maybe 4 hrs a day... i need help i dont know what else to do...View Thread
With all the stuff going on today with mental illness and firearms, there was a suggestion that therapists should be able watch for clients that are a risk to themselves or others. But what if the client just has a bad day, or something? How could they be able to determine that anyway? So if their therapists put that person on a watch list, and maybe a few months down the road they need to purchase a gun for self defense purposes, or a job requirement? Their name gets flagged and you have law enforcement at your door step asking why. Could that scenario be possible? Couldn't something like that be unconstitutional? Just because a person has a mental disorder shouldn't automatically disqualify them from owning a firearm. I was diagnosed with bipolar 7 yrs ago, and I own a firearm. I wouldn't dream of using it on someone or something else.
Just advice or sources would be so be appreciated!!View Thread
Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.....
I was binging on buttery popcorn for a couple of months until I had my gum surgery and switched to ice cream, then potato chips ( I hid those) BUT I am going to bed right after I eat so I can stop eating. I sleep 12-13 hours since I am going to bed so early.
When I wake up I eat breakfast (good), eat low-calorie lunch (good), then I get home ummmmâ€¦and eat a lot of snacks and consume them quite quickly I might add like I haven't eaten all day (but they are healthy snacks now that there is no junk food in the house) but then I eat big portions for dinner (not so healthy comfort food for the last week or so) which makes me feel good to eat so I am not depressed while eating and not depressed while sleeping.
I am just tired and mildly depressed all the time and I have gained some weight again. Duh!!!!! I am so mad at myself for not knowing this sooner. So in therapy I will come true about my binge eating and try to get help with this. It's embarrassing to admit I am a little piggy in secret though she can tell that by looking at me. Everyone in my family is overweight. I did open my window blinds today at work to let the sunshine in and it did help but I am very hungry. I think.
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