... feel like i don't know how to be happy or content in the present moment, I feel like this dark rain cloud is always hanging over me, I would just like to feel at peace and contentment. Any advice or suggestions ??? please
Hi, Shars! Better, but not quite. Do you see your doctor regularly? You're on a medium dose of Latuda so that could be raised quite a bit yet. Another option might be adding lithium or valproate, both mood stabilizers.
I felt much like you on my Bipolar meds until we added on the lithium. That just seemed to give me that extra boost.
Best wishes to you! Talk to your doctor ~ almost everyone has to tweak their meds until they find what works best for them. WCV
I have felt the same way a few weeks ago & my dr increased my dose plus I have been taking an herb that is similiar to a cup of coffee. I take prozac... Now since the weather is better, I am seeking out for events to go to and spring time activities. I feel like I want to be outgoing & I actually get up in the morning & want to go to work... Now if I can just clean my house...
The Latuda is doing exactly what it should do. Have you gone into a horrible depression? Or is it a state of blah? This is when you need to start doing something, it sucks because you want to feel happy, but you're not going into any manic/depressed episodes. I was going to tell my psychiatrist about this but I knew it would be just another med and those take at least month to have any effect. Honestly, I have no idea how to be happy or content in the present moment, now you got me trying and I'm confused. Move, that dark rain cloud above you will not be able to keep up if you are doing things. Make a list one night of everything that needs to be done around the house, outside included, and make it longer than what can be accomplished in one day. Now the hardest part, motivation, take some time, but not too much, and feel free to curse yourself for doing this. Start completing things on the list, mix it up, some easy stuff then a hard thing.
Take your breaks when needed but get back to work. Before you know it, it'll be time to stop, shower and eat something good. Again, feel free to curse yourself because you still have another day to go and the house looks no different. Next morning same thing, hopefully you were nice to yourself and don't have too many things to do. Finish the list. Sit down and get comfortable. You just did a lot of not fun things but you persevered.You accomplished what you so easily cursed at. How do you feel now? Everyday does not have to be a list of chores, maybe something to achieve, or just get some ice cream. I have done this everyday for over a year now, mixing it up from fun/easy stuff to the hard/laborious stuff that needs to get done. Then you start to notice that you've done this for days/weeks in a row. Unfortunately you still don't know how to be happy or content in the moment, but you realize you feel pretty good, and you should, you did one thing each day for days/weeks in a row. I know one place that the dark rain cloud can never get to`. Hand clean your oven, while scrubbing away lord knows what, was that cloud over you? You don't know do you? That means you can get rid of it. I have never felt peace nor contentment, I aim for feeling good and relaxed. Sorry this was so long.
I think for me it is more that I need to learn to live without the mania. Before I was up or I was down and now I am in neutral and I don't know how to live in neutral yet. Being able to be outside alot now helps but it's still not the same as when I would get all fired up and get 100 things done in a day.
Hope you are feeling somewhat better now. I am told it is a long process to get the meds right but with the help of therapy things will be good again.
You are alive. You need to be strong. I was taught in years of therapy to look at the small picture not the whole thing because you become overwhelmed and then you get depressed and anxious cause you automatically think how are you going to do get through this. Take baby steps one thing at a time. Write a list of things you need to do then do one and check it off and try for the next one and so on and so on.And always be thankful for waking up to another Glorious day. We tend to take things like life for granted. Good luck and stay strong I know you have it in you to fight your way out of this depression. Remember one step at a time. And don't let anyone bring you down don't take things people say personally cause then you will dwell on it and you don't need discouragement you need to think positive.
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