Medication related questions Articles

Not Sure What Is Going On

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, January 24th, 2015
So I have already been diagnosed with Bipolar type 2. I take Lamictal 200mg and Trileptal 900 mg. Starting Friday I have been having an issues with my inner voice I guess. Not really sure what to call it. But it's been feeding me random ...

I’m Depressed & Somewhat Suicidal

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
My psychologist says I'm not depressed. She says I'm finding excuses. Maybe I am, But I have no concentration, I don't want to do anything. I feel hopeless, life, the future, everything seems hopeless. Sometimes I just feel like dying. I've been told I have ...

Chances of Reoccurrence of Psychosis

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Please help me answer this question. I am currently on antipsychotics Oleanz plus(olanzapine) and Dicorate, to treat a psychotic break with delusions resulting from cannabis abuse. It isn't my first break, as I have had 3 relapses where I have returned to using. My question ...

I Can’t Tell that I’m Dreaming

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Saturday, December 20th, 2014
Lately, I've been having a very difficult time trying to fall asleep. I've tried different over the counter sleep aides that don't help me at all. I've also tried drinking alcohol to the point of becoming "tipsy" to try to fall asleep. Nothing ...

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
After using Xanax for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) for 20 years, I am now partially retired and have stopped the Xanax from 4 mgs. per day and have tapered down to 1 mg. of Klonopin per day for sleep. I am however, experiencing ...

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 ...