I would start by eliminating the use of all other usernames; cries out for attention from persons who are on a board soliciting help and support themselves and not being overly dramatic or making up information. Recently you have had a couple genuine posts.View Thread
You're in a really tough spot, but you generally don't see that many complaints about cognition and lamictal compared to other meds. Perhaps it is more likely linked to depression or a mixed state. Either way, an accusatory tone sounds as if it is escalating the situation so my first suggestion would be to remain calm regardless of how he acts. There is also a very likely possibility that he could be taking his medication and he could be manic. Lamictal does a relatively horrible job at controlling this so if he is flying solo on this drug you could imagine how infantilizing it could feel if in fact he is taking it. I would leave the child with a sitter or a family member so the two of you could have an adult discussion. Sit down with him and discuss what you expect and why. I would have a friend call the home at a specified time to make sure everything is o.k.
Good job on calling your therapist. Just throwing it out there but there could be some connection with these thoughts of violation coming back when you are so close to tying the knot with your significant other. I think the fact you brought that up is important. Additionally, it sounds as if many of the other things that could have grounded you are changing. Changes tend to stress people out.View Thread
Some rehabs do not differentiate between age groups. In fact, some of the ones that are well known and not so well known have a variety of ages sitting next to eachother I assume for a number of reasons but the primary being because bottom line they are addicted to a substance and they share a common goal of getting clean or have a court order saying they will go to jail if..... The addiction needs money. Right now you are the source, albeit food, clothes, rent, shelter et cetera. The hardest thing we had to do was listen to my brother call and beg to bail him out of jail day after day for almost two months until he was transferred to the rehab that finally worked for him. I think realizing that we weren't bailing him out anymore or supporting him in anyway was what forced the rehab to work more effectively. He was on hard core drugs. Now he is well over two years sober. The hardest part is cutting off the funds and listening to your loved one make you feel like you are responsible for their problems. It was also very confusing at times because the drug use mimicked symptoms of mental illness when in fact he was simply a drug addict (not saying this is the case). Not that I am playing that down, but at least one rehab and psychiatrist tossed around a diagnosis and it was blatently wrong. To this day I wonder if he would have been on prescription drugs for life had they rolled with the diagnosis. It's a cyclical problem, but sometimes stepping away is the biggest act of love the family members can take. The friends seemed to disappear with the user. The good news is it may change a lot more than you possibly think! Furthermore, they can have a productive life, rekindle and make ammends with family members, and it happens at all ages. First and foremost, take care of your health. It sounds like you have tried everything else.
At a dose >200 mgs I am able to lose weight with a reasonable diet and little excercise. If I begin to have to use the Seroquel to control symptoms I will gain. I use it for sleep. I found that one of the ways to cut down on the binging was to snack on something healthy like carrots and follow that up with a couple glasses of water prior to taking the seroquel. The trick is not to overdue it on the water (you'll wake up at night). Good luck. It can be discouraging but it is not impossible. This is my hate/love medication and my go to drug in case of emergency. I hate it because it can take me off my feet literally and eat but I love it because it can prevent or control psychosis by ensuring I sleep every single night.View Thread
And if you had any idea what kind of crap came into that account. Occassionally I'll bust out my old labtop and open up a few across the street using the dunkin donuts wi-fi just to see where the hel' they're coming from. You don't even want to know. View Thread
It has been suggested more and more recently that bipolar disorder (referencing type 1 presuming applicable to all types though) is a continuum not something that is or can be likened to a switch that is flipped. That being said getting to know the earliest signs that pre-date or occur at the onset of a hypomania has been critical. For the last couple places that I have worked I have found that being direct and straightforward with the individual who runs the organization has worked to my benefit and to my knowledge they have kept that information to themselves. By being straightforward with the boss I eliminate the paranoia of Do they know? Am I symptomatic and showing? et cetera. I've also found that in all but one case it has turned out to be a selling point.View Thread