I am trying to find out how long effexor xr takes to leave your system without any trace. Have been on 75 mg...
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I am trying to find out how long effexor xr takes to leave your system without any trace. Have been on 75 mg for a very long time have now been on 37.5 mg for three days. Tomorrow I was going to stop taking the 37.5. So does anyone know after tomorrow how long it will take to be completely gone. Applying for a job and will be drug tested, I am afraid that being on this medication will ruin my chances of being hired.View Thread
I've recently been wondering about the "voices" in my head. To me, I'm thinking it's my inner voice talking nonsense to me because if I'm correct, the voices are in my voice. So I usually ignore them. But I've been wondering, how do you know the difference between your own inner babble and bipolar babble? I haven't been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder as yet but I have been diagnosed with ADD & depression. My inner voices are extremely annoying and are either attacking my character or suggesting what course I should take by adding images to my thoughts. But again,....I try to ignore them. At night when I'm trying to sleep my mind is like a nightclub with a cacophony of push and pull conversations in my head. Most of which are negative. Suggestions or advice anyone? View Thread
Hi Dr. G. I have Borderline Perdonslity Disorder and was put on 7 pills of lithium a day. I noticed that my muscles were weakening, my hands trembled severely and that my walk became unsteady. I stopped the lithium cold turkey and those side effects became manageable finally but I still experienced them to a lesser degree after I stopped the lithium. Why do you think 2 months after I stopped the pills I'm still experiencing side effects? I think it's because people with BPD are sensitive to lithium and shouldn't be prescribed it. What is your opinion? Thanks.View Thread
I hope you are well. I just read something you posted about prescribing Vybanse for Bipolar Depression. Well, my doctor did that very thing and the trouble is, it worked . Seriously though, my concern actually is how quickly and how well it worked. A quick background: I had an 8 year period of high functionality. I was (for the latter of those 8 years) a fun, busy, homeschooling mom, with a clean, kept house and I was, for the most part, stable (but not medicated). Then, 3 years ago, I had a bizarre psychotic mania. I was not medicated and it lasted greater than half a year. This was followed by a VERY long major depression. In the last 3 years, I can certainly count on one hand my months of stability. A little over two years ago my depression became so bad that I could hardly get off the couch. I behaved like I was a different person. It effected my relationships, parenting, and the condition of my home. Typical, yes. The trouble is, in the few short manias and the few times of stability, I was never able to regain structure and maintain stability. Well, recently, my psychiatrist tried an anti-depressant but it didn't help. So, a few weeks ago, he prescribed Vybanse. I started it on a Tues or Wed and that Friday my mom came over and helped me to get my home back in order. Well my beautiful home, which had honestly and literally been consistently very messy and often even dirty, has stayed clean and organized since my mom helped me and I am spending quality time with my kiddos. That may not sound like a long time, but when you look at what it was, it is huge. I am up and moving CONSTANTLY and I'm not glued to the couch anymore. My mood has improved significantly also. I had plans of suicide when I went in his office a few weeks ago. Now, my thoughts of suicide are further and further apart and I feel stable more than depressed more of the time. I saw my psychiatrist today and we talked about it. I don't feel manic, I feel normal and I seem that way to my husband and doctor as well. His only concern was my sleep because it isn't where it should be. Do you think that this medicine could have done this? I am honestly feeling like one big faker. I am feeling like this is a theoretical placebo drug for me because there is no way one drug could make such a difference. But at the same time, I can't figure out how my biggest problems were relieved practically overnight. Thanks for your patience in the length of this paragraph. Do you have any thoughts?
A few months ago I posted a discussion about how I had hit an extreme low in my mood. That was one of the scariest times of my life because I genuinely believed that there was no hope for me and had given up on myself. Luckily, I had the support of my whole family and my friends who all took turns spending time with me, even when I slept for fear of self injury or suicidal behavior. The things they did and sacrificed to be with me and see me through my struggles is something I will never be able to repay. With all that help and a medicine change, I've done a complete 180! Not only am I back to my old self, but I'm better than I can remember feeling in a long time. Although there are still issues that I'm dealing with in therapy, and I'm still in the middle of my recovery process and re-discovering who I am, I no longer hold the hopeless attitudes I held in the past. I know that I still have to be careful and extremely aware of my moods and my environment and stress levels, but I'm prepared to live a full life and deal with any road bumps I may experience on the way. Knowing that I have unconditional support from my family and my therapist and doctors who want to see me succeed, I feel safe taking on new tasks ahead of me. In a way, Im grateful. These experiences have made me much stronger and forced me to grow up in a lot of ways and gave me a new perspective on my life and my health. What's interesting about extreme depression and mood swings is trying to figure who you really are without them. It's like I have to learn who I am all over again. Fortunately, I'm having a great, fun time with this and learning to love myself and who I am again. One issue that I've been experiencing is that I'm now 'triggered' by things in my environment that I see on TV or read. I've never been triggered by anything before, I have a very difficult issue with disconnecting myself from any guilt or sadness about things besides animals. Somehow, now I've been experiencing this sensitivity to different things. Why is that and how do I learn to adjust to that? Will this be a permanent part of my new life? Also, how do I deal with the dreaded thought in the back of my mind that the other shoe is going to drop and I will hit another extreme? I don't let those thoughts consume me, but how can I not worry about that? I'm terrified to regress after the progress I've made. My last issue is the loneliness that comes from dealing with a condition that most people don't understand. Sometimes when I try to talk to people I'm close with about it, they are either too uncomfortable to discuss things, or they simply don't understand and relate. I know that's no ones fault, but I feel lonely that I have to keep a huge part of my life pent up. I have my therapist and doctors, I occasionally attend a support group and I contribute to online discussions, but it's just not the same as sharing it with someone you have a special bond with. I worry about finding a future significant other out of fear of being judged for my issues or not being able to open up to them about everything, I mean honestly, what normal person would want to have those talks? Aside from those questions and concerns, I'm making progress by leaps and bounds and excited to keep moving on and recovering.View Thread
What is the typical dose of lithium for a day? How do you know if it needs to be increased? Will the symptoms...
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What is the typical dose of lithium for a day? How do you know if it needs to be increased? Will the symptoms begin to get better but not resolve? How long does it take for the lithium to actually get in your system to start working?View Thread
I just saw my new pdoc yesterday and am definitely feeling better about things. He made a ton of changes but...
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I just saw my new pdoc yesterday and am definitely feeling better about things. He made a ton of changes but he explained everything and it was all consistent with what I had heard so I am ok with it. I've been cycling for quite a while now and he thinks it's the med combo I was on. He said it still isn't perfect and he wants to make more changes but that we're going to start with these. He took me off meds that he said could be increasing the highs-buspar and vyvanse. He reduced my tradzodone in half and reduced the lamictal at night because he said the trazodone is an antidepressant that could be causing problems and the lamictal could be contributing to sleep problems. He said he will probably also take me off the Klonopin because he really doesn't like that med. He increased the gabapentin because he said that all these changes could cause some initial agitation but will probably end up taking me off it completely but explained like Dr. G. had told me that it isn't a mood stabilizer like my previous dr had said it was. He also put me on a low dose of lithium that he said he will probably have to increase. The only thing I don't like is that he said not to be surprised if I crash for a few days and have to take time off from work. That wouldn't be good because I can't afford it. The question is: if we decide that I still need something for ADHD because I really have it, it wasn't just the meds causing the symptoms, what would some of the choices be?View Thread
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