Once before you have explained to me that antidepressants work no better than a placebo in treating bipolar depression. Is the same true for using antidepressants to ease anxiety? Do antidepressants work either the same or differently than benzos and either better or worse then benzos?
Is there such a thing as too many meds? I take 5 different medications for Bipolar and Anxiety and my psychiatrist says she won't think of taking me off of any of them until I've been stable for some time. I worry though that the medicines I am taking are doing more harm than good. Perhaps that is a common concern? Maybe I'm just looking for more reasons to stop taking them altogether. Thoughts?View Thread
This is currently a tricky subject for me because I am a stay at home mom. I work, but my work is at home and it is literally my life. As sick as I have been throughout the course of Vivian's pregnancy and until very recently into the postpartum period, there is no way I could have held traditional employment. I have neglected my house and mothered from the couch at one extreme and danced like a fool and slid around the house elated at the other extreme. Either way I have been completely self absorbed and a threat to myself by either suicide or very distorted thinking. My periods of sanity the last couple of years have been few. Thus, I feel my children have not been provided the best much of the time.
If I should continue with so little stability, I cannot fathom keeping a full time job, especially not one as demanding as the one I had before my husband and I decided I should stay home. That said, I still intend to go back to work when my children are all in school full time (I was homeschooling but had to quit due to my illness).
So, I guess what I am saying is, I can very much emphasize with anyone who is unable to work due to his or her mental illness but I concur that anyone who is able should continue to work.
PS. bipolarvet, I know we don't hear from you often but it's always so nice when we do.
This is not all your fault. Transference in therapy can be normal. I feel like I am falling in love with my therapist. She is a woman and I am married to a man. I am trying to remind myself that the nature of our relationship is one that creates intimacy that can feel differently than it actually is realistically. Please don't stop seeing her if you have such an invested relationship with her. Instead, try to work through this with her. Don't feel ashamed or embarrassed; you are worth so much.
It is wonderful getting to know you on here and you seem like such a fun and certainly caring person, I want only the best for you and I know that having an outlet for you (or anyone who struggles) is invaluable.View Thread
Thank you. I have agreed with my psychiatrist to stay on my meds for at least a while longer and my desperate need to stop taking them has mostly subsided. As it was clearly stated to me, stopping meds is not an "experiment" worth losing either my family or my mental health.View Thread