I also want to tell you that I was pleasantly surprised when you mentioned sleep apnea. The reason why is because a lot of doctors don't seem to be able to consider anything beyond their own speciality. I do have sleep apnea, but that is not related to my problems falling asleep. I have chronic fatigue and no doctor mentioned the possibility of sleep apnea. It was a friend that suggested that I get tested for it.
Thank you, Dr. G. The reason why I have trouble sleeping is because I get anxious and depressed. I have tried so many medications for these things (including becoming addicted to tranquelizers and sleeping pills) and I have come to the conclusion that some of these symptions I just have to live with. I can't seem to get off the serequel no matter how hard I try. It is the only thing that works for sleep. I take lamictal as a mood stabilizer and I guess it helps but to be honest it doesn't work as well as it used to. I am on cymbalta for my depression but again I don't see any big difference in my mood. My psych doc does not want to take me off of it because she says it is a better med than the zoloft that I used to take. Honestly shouldn't I be the one to determine that?
My question is are these things (depression and anxiety) something I have to live with? I don't know of any medication that works 100%.View Thread
I am very concerned with the long term effects of medication. I just got my blood sugar tested and it is high. I also have high cholesteral and a fatty liver. My pdoc wants me to lose weight (I am obese) but I am also worried about my taking serequel for many years. I know someone else who has had none of the risk factors for diabetes, such as obesity, and has developed diabetes from taking zyprexa.
Are there any newer antipsychotics that don't affect blood sugar?
Also, I have not had any psychosis for many years and I am mainly on serequel to help with sleep. I also take trazadone with it and it seems like a fairly good combo but I would rather not have to take the serequel. Is there any non-sleeping pill medication that can help, such as doxepine?
Has anybody here had the experience of family members trying to beat you up for past behavior? I am in so much pain right now due to certain family members being abusive towards me and then saying I deserve it since I am such a horrible person.
The past few years I have done nothing to hurt them but that makes no difference to them. They often misinterpret what I say and then land on me like a ton of bricks. My sis confronted me the other day about an e-mail I sent her which she said I "reamed" her for something. I pointed out to her that I said right in the e-mail that I didn't blame her!!! Instead of acknowledging it she decided she didn't want to talk about it and she went on to scold me about some other thing I didn't do.
I have been trying to work things out in the present but my sis has given me an ultimatum that unless I go into all the stuff that happened in the past then she doesn't want anything to do with me. She says she is "protecting" her family from me. She says that their oevereactions to me are justified because of "years and years of abuse" from me.
I would probably be willing to talk about the past if she had the right motives. But she does not want to work things out. She wants to beat me up. I have not gotten even one apology for the abuse that she has heaped on me. Years ago I asked my sis if she wanted to go into therapy with me. She said yes and then changed her mind. Probably because she didn't want to deal with her part of the problem.
I have gotten a double whammy because my brother-in-law is mad at me too. In fact I have been getting more abuse from him lately than my sis. He has lied about things that I have supposedly done to him. Recently he accused me of "picking his pocket" referring to a restaurant bill. He offered to pay!!! I asked him if he was sure and he said yes!!!
I am being called a liar, a manipulater, a worthless person. I have had it! These ingrates do not even acknowledge anything good that I have done! I gave them a car!!! It was in excellent condition and low milage. I could have sold the damn thing but I gave it to them gratis!!! But they believe that my Dad pressured me to do it because they can't believe that I could do anything nice!!!
And they don't believe that there is anything wrong with them (sarcasm).
Sorry about going on and on but this is a total disaster. My sis and brother-in-law are not talking to me. I have not done anything to them but I guess they will not be satisfied until I flog myself to death.
Any advice would be appreciated.
It has been awhile since I have been here. I hope everyone is ok.
You need to go to the ER NOW!! If they don't have a bed they can take you to another hospital by ambulance. And insurance or no they are required by law to take you.
You are overthinking the situation rather than taking action. I don't know the situation with your family but a social worker at the hospital could help you get to a board and care, or some other facility.
I am sorry that you are going through this. I am a bit confused though about why your doc told you not to leave the house. Taking time off work is one thing, but why would you be risking your life by going out? In general it is not a good idea to isolate yourself from others. If you can find a friend or family member who understands what you are going through, then it would be a good idea to go out to lunch or to do some other non-stressful activity. I have found that staying home for me is poison!!
Unless there is something I am missing such as a physical disablility I think that it would be a good idea to ask your doc to clarify this issue for you.
I am going to see my sleep doc who diagnosed me with sleep apnea to see if he can prescibe Nuvigal or Provigal for me. In addition to giving you more energy I have heard that it can help with bipolar depression.
Has anyone here tried it for depression? Does it work?
I know how you feel about having someone who understands completely, but you can't rely on him right now. I feel that my dad has been the only person who has been willing to go through my illness with me. I am now hiding things from him because I feel that he is just too old to have to deal with my problems. I have a friend that I can talk to but her father has just died and so I am providing support for her.
I do agree with you that just because a friend has an episode does not mean that you have to get rid of them. I feel very strongely about this because I have been rejected myself. I can tell you that I did break off a friendship because he refused to take medication and he expected me to take care of him. It took me a long time to realize that instead of helping him I was enabling him to continue his abusive behavior. What I am saying is that much depends on the circumatances on whether to continue a relationship. It sounds to me that he is a very dear friend that has been there for you in the past, so no I don't think you should get rid of him unless there is some sort of abuse going on.
As far as getting support we are all here for you but maybe sometimes when you get really upset then it may be difficult for people to understand what you need from them.
I haven't had that problem with Cymbalta but that doesn't mean it can't happen I guess. Did the chest pain feel the same as a panic attack? If not then you might want to get checked out. Just because it went away doesn't mean that there isn't a problem.
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