I have been on meds now for around 16 years and I feel like I have taken them all and none work. I'm currently taking a large combination of abilify lamitical, Zoloft Topamax trazodone plus more for pain for my nerve damage. I still have my high and low episodes I'm angry all the time I can't sleep to save my life and all I really want in life is to be happy. How come this disorder is so hard to manage. My anxiety is through the roof. Does anyone have any advice for meds.
One thing to keep in mind is that you may have tried everything, but you may not have tried every combination, as that would be countless. Just keep that in mind before you feel completely hopeless. I do know of one thing that helps people who have come to find that they are absolutely hopeless when it comes to depression, and I would consider it fairly invasive, but I personally know someone who has had the surgery and it has been incredibly successful. It's like a pacemaker that is implanted in the neck - I think it's called a vagus nerve stimulator. You may want to look into seeing whether this can help with episodes of bipolar anger as well, or if this is just for depression without bipolar symptoms. I know someone who has "tried it all," in their physician recommended this as a treatment modality.
Also, the person I know who had this treatment performed is the happiest person I've ever known (it's almost disgusting if you know what I mean) LOL If you've tried so many combinations over the years, it's unlikely that you would get any quick answers with the short term stay with inpatient therapy so if that were something you were trying to do, it would likely be something you would have to commit to as a long-term stay, and not something very difficult for most of us to do if we have jobs ( not to mention the cost). I have heard of mixed results with ECT therapy, and I do know that it is not nearly as barbaric as it was decades ago, and fact I would find it hard to describe it as barbaric at all, but because of the stigma associated with it, it's difficult for me to recommend that as a possible treatment, as it personally scares me myself. In terms of the implant, I know that these can be incredibly successful as I have a very similar technology installed in my back for pain. There is a battery that email it's a low-frequency signal up a wire and the wire connects to the area that needs to be stimulated. As a chronic pain patient for many years, the device I have reduced my pain profile by 75% or more. Because of that I have more faith in this type of technology then maybe someone else would have. I wish you the best of luck and I'm curious to see what other people post as suggestions.
I highly recommend getting genetic testing done. The results indicate which meds your body metabolizes quickly, normally, and slowly/ incorrectly.
I got mine done through Genomind.
This gives the doctor good idea of what to discontinue and what to try.
I was on meds.for 23 years. Similar story. Got the testing done, and it changed my life!
I used to self-medicate (for my bipolar that tends toward suicidal depression) with methamphetamine. I mention this only top give a background of what my brain chemistry is.
I'm now on Wellbutrin XL 300 mg, Lamotrigine 150 mg, & Effexor XR 75 mg. The Effexor is only bc I was on it before beginning the Wellbutrin. My gp took me way down from the 225 mg I was on with the old doctor who was unwilling to try changing meds again bc I still wasn't satisfied.
The new psychiatrist I saw is the one who had me do the genetic testing. It not only suggested trying Wellbutrin, which has worked phenomenally, but it also informed me that my weight gain of eighty pounds from Abilify was NOT in my head; I don't metabolize Abilify well!
I have been talking meds for 55 years I haven't had anything work till i tried Latuda and that is working great and as for topamax i couldn't remember anything and my doctor said it was because of topamax so i stoped it and i felt 30 years younger i started remembering so much and pretty quickly i had been talking it for 10 yrs.as for sleep i found Prazosin 1mg 1or 2 at bedtime and my mother always said less is more it applies to meds also i take Vistaril for axitey is still thur the roof too if you find anything let me know ok good luck oh on the latuda I take 2 80mg WITH FOOD! Or you will get SICK! I think when we get our pain under control it will help with axniey. I like trazodone for my axniey 50mg twice a day.
Hi. i am looking at your medications, 200 mg of lamitical works pretty good i would stay on it. it is the best mood stabilizer out there. as far as the abilify, it sounds like you need to try a different anti-psychotic such as geodon or saphris. I dont know why you are on 2 anti-depressants. for bi-polar disorder you only need a mood stabilizer and a anti-psychotic. consult with your doctor to see if these meds will work for you. best of luck.
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