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Hallucinations Are Haunting Me

I have been diagnosed with Aspergers and Major Depression, however I am not sure these diagnoses are correct as hypnogogic hallucinations continue and frankly, even after two different types of antidepressants, my depression is only marginally better. For a bit of background: I had a rather difficult childhood. Drugs were a problem in my family and while major violence didn’t quite happen, there was much screaming and quick, explosive, changes in mood by my...
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Avoiding My Psychiatrist Because I Am Not Ready for Medicine

I’m in college and last year I saw the school counselor, who believed I had dissociative disorders, depression, and anxiety. She wasn’t exactly sure because she only specializes in depression and anxiety. Over the summer, she recommended me to a psychiatrist, but I completely avoided them and their phone calls because I quite frankly felt unready to begin medication and I chickened out. Now that I’m back at school, I want to go back...
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Torn about Diagnosis of Bipolar II

Hi there, I’m torn between accepting or rejecting a diagnosis of Bipolar II. A clinical psychologist diagnosed me with Bipolar II a week ago and now I am under a primary care physician to receive mood stabilizing medication this week. I don’t think I have bipolar disorder though. Can personality not sometimes resemble bipolar? I am sometimes hyperactive and able to take on a 100 projects, feel super smart and pretty and am at...
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SSRI for High Cortisol?

Two years ago I was dealing with an eating disorder. I wasn’t severely underweight. I went on Prozac (10mg for a week and then 20mg)- loved the med, but it made me gain 25 lbs in a span of 3 months. I didn’t overeat and I exercised every day, and the weight gain made me become depressed again. I actually lost some weight at 10mg before it came back on from going on 20mg....
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Crying Is Causing Me to Avoid All Social Interactions

From the : For about 7 years now I can barely get through a conversation without crying. It’s humiliating and is uncomfortable for everyone involved. Anything can trigger it but I seem to have narrowed it down to three general triggers. All of these triggers are things that I normally would never give a second thought let alone burst into tears about. 1) Any large group activity – baseball games, choir performances, kids school...
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Wellbutrin Withdrawal

I have been on Wellbutrin XL 150 for two weeks. I have heard about extreme withdrawal symptoms including weight gain, so I was wondering if I stopped taking this drug after only 2 weeks, would I experience these withdrawal symptoms? A. Medication affects everyone differently. There is a chance that you will experience some withdrawal symptoms, but you should always check with your prescribing physician before stopping any medication. Abruptly stopping your medication can...
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Memory Loss in 18-Year-Old?

I’m constantly forgetting what I’m doing, what I’m talking about, where I put things, I can’t talk as good as I can write/type anymore, and I’m getting lost ALL THE TIME to where I have to use a gps to get around. What could be wrong with me? I was taking depakote and risperdal for a long time in massive doses. Not sure if this could be a contributing factor to my problem or...
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Internal Auditory Hallucinations & Compulsive Commands

I’ve been having emotional issues for a few years. Nonetheless, these have been somewhat manageable. However, I became increasingly paranoid this winter. I thought that people were trying to poison me, I feared that family members were going to kill me. I was aware that these thoughts were illogical, but I couldn’t shake the fear that they caused me. I would get panic attacks thinking that I drank from a poisoned water fountain. I...
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Why Can’t Anyone Find A Diagnosis For Me?

Hi, within the past year I have been hospitalized three times and I have been in two treatment centers. I have been diagnosed with everything from Borderline to Bipolar with Psychosis, but all of my treating physicians say that those diagnosis’ are incorrect. I deal with chronic suicidal thoughts, frequent self-harm, I apparently engage in risky behaviors, I lack eye contact, I can’t tell the difference between different emotions, I don’t feel pain, I...
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Should I Start a Psych Med Now or Wait?

From the : I have depression. For a variety of reasons (partially financial), I have been off my meds (Prozac) for a few months. I just graduated from law school and am taking the bar at the end of this month. But I’m really struggling with motivation to study, and I realized that I’m in a bad place with my depression right now. I finally am able to get the meds again. But I’m...
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Tired, Very Very Tired

I dislike me. Currently teaching at the university, regularly teach at the high school full-time; so I’m just part timing at the moment. Working keeps me slightly “busy,” but not enough to distract me from my thoughts; every once in a while I have this thoughts of complete unsatisfaction. Last year I taught without a break (all summer + all year round school) and I felt very exhausted towards the end of teaching at...
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Depression

I have been taking an antidepressant for nearly 15 yrs. I took paxil? for around 5 yrs. I now take mg of venlafaxine. It helps with keeping me from crying, but I don’t seem to care about much of anything, am extremely fatigued most of the time and my husband says get advise. A. Those can be common side effects of some psychotropic medications. It’s important to speak with your prescribing physician...
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