Medication related questions Articles

Bipolar and the Medicine Dilemma

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
I'm diagnosed with Bipolar 1 and general anxiety. I've been on lithium, depakote, paxil, haldol, hydroxyzine, and others. I'm currently only taking Trazadone 100mg for sleep. I have a behavioral problem that I've had all my life where I get excited about really unimportant things (high ...

Everyone Hates Me and I Want To Die

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014
I see a therapist at CAMHS under NHS for depression and Social Anxiety, I'm on Anti-depressants (fluoxetine) and take two 20mg tablets a day but they don't do anything. Basically I constantly feel like killing myself and I regularly plan how I'm going to do it. ...

SSRI Withdrawal or Return of the Issue?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, November 3rd, 2014
From Bosnia and Herzegovina: Hello, two years ago i was diagnosed a depression with anxiety. I was prescribed 20mg Seroxat/1.5mg Xanax per day. I felt better after a week or two, and as the therapy continued I noticed further improvements in my mental state. I wasn't ...

I Feel I am Going Out of Control

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
I've been feeling so bad lately, and I'm getting worried that I am losing control of myself. For the last months I've been more distressed than usual, and most recently very sad/angry/hopeless. It seems that I am a bitter, always angry person (well, ...

Was I Given the Wrong Diagnosis?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
My psychiatrist told me that I have Schizoaffective Disorder. My parents and I looked it up and they said I've had the symptoms of Schizophrenia since I was very small. I'm changing psychiatrists. I see the new one this week. Should I get her opinion? ...

Might I Have Bipolar Disorder?

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Friday, October 3rd, 2014
I wonder if I might have ultradian cycling bipolar disorder. I am 23 now. When I was a sophomore in high school I had a depressive episode. When I am was a sophomore in college I had a Zoloft induced manic episode where ...

Side Effects of Antipsychotic Drugs

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Friday, October 3rd, 2014
From Pakistan: One year ago my sister's behaviour was shockingly changed. We tried our best to manage but failed. We admitted her in hospital and they diagnosed schizophrenia. After one week we bring her home, she was mostly recovered and better. But one week later her ...

Sudden Paralysis

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
I suddenly freeze. Cannot move, except eyeballs. Cannot talk, my tongue plants itself on the roof of my mouth, and then my jaw drops. I am in whatever position I was in sometimes for over a hour. Other people can move me, but I will ...

Fear of Relationships

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Thursday, September 25th, 2014
From Lithuania. Hello, I am a 21 year old student. I've been suffering from anxiety disorder, social phobia and have been taking antidepressants (escitalopram) for several years now (I had a small break,about a half year, but at the beginning of the first study year ...

Does My Brother Have Schizophrenia?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Hi, I want to know...Hi dear doctors: I have a brother, he is 21, he isn't very well, the doctor in here said he is a patient of schizophrenia, but though he takes the medicine e.g (risperidone) he still very bad, we are really worried ...

Will My Paranoia Lead to Schizophrenia?

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Thursday, August 28th, 2014
Yesterday I was diagnosed with paranoia, and I started on Saphris. I'm worried that my paranoia will eventually lead to having schizophrenia. I am 16 now, and will be 17 in 2 weeks. I have an older sister who is schizophrenic, which means I could ...

Not Able to Understand Reality

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Sunday, August 17th, 2014
I have Pure O OCD and i think i have Aspergers too. I am struggling with the OCD as thoughts often tear me down in my subconscious without any way to calm myself down. The thing i struggle with the most or would want to ...