Ask the Therapist About Medication related questions - Page 4

Is It Wrong to Self-Medicate?

When I started my job at a grocery store 3 months ago I would have really bad anxiety. I was generally an anxious person before but being a social environment only made it worse. I’m very bad with people and putting on that happy/cheery customer surface attitude. It got to a point at times I was choking back tears because I was so anxious. My sister did let me have some of her prescription...
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I’m Am Very Afraid I Am Developing a Dissociative Disorder

Hello. I have become very worried about my mental state in the past months. I feel as if I have been becoming more and more dissociated. It’s very hard to explain. My brain feels foggy, fuzzy, and sometimes absent. My frontal lobe, to be exact, feels disconnected to the rest of my brain/fuzzy/hazy/heavy. My vision feels strange, it almost feels as if I’m looking at life through thick glass. I have been having severe...
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I’m Very Self-Conscious about the Way I Look

From a 19 year old male in Belgium: So my first issue is I recently have been very self-conscious about the way I look. I daily look myself in the mirror many times a day. Sometimes I feel good looking and I am happy, But then just hours/minutes/days later I feel ugly and it goes on like this on and on again, I can get really depressed and cry sometimes because of this. Another...
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Why Do I Have Periods of Extreme Sadness which Lead to Picking Fights?

So I will be fine, better than fine, happy even and then one day without anything happening I will hit a wall and fall into extreme sadness. Only time cures it. I contemplate killing myself. When this happens I am impossible to talk to, picking fights with everyone. Friends, family, if I am in a relationship at the time even they avoid me. It makes me more miserable. I have self-harmed in the past...
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Hallucinations

I awoke this morning to the sound of someone wearing flip flops walking into my room. The sound was very clear and distinct. My fiance has been out of town the last few weeks so I am alone in the house. After several minutes of panic, I convinced myself I was hearing things and went back to sleep.  Next, I was dreaming and then awoke to someone in bed lying next to me (spooning...
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Social Anxiety Plus … ?

I’ve had social anxiety as long as I can remember, and I can remember back to pre-school. I did not get diagnosed until I was 17. A couple years before, I started experiencing moments in time where I felt like I wasn’t in reality. I felt as if my arms did not belong to me and that I was looking through someone else’s eyes. My surroundings would seem non-existent. I never told my therapist...
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Does Power of Attorney Throw Out Patient Confidentiality?

I have a 33-year-old brother who was diagnosed with schizophrenia about a decade ago. He hasn’t responded to any antipsychotic medication and has delusional thoughts a few times a year. He doesn’t work. He’s on disability. He gets quite a lot of money on a monthly basis because he worked for many years before and after his diagnosis. Our father has control over his finances and he lives rent-free in a home our dad...
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Are These Effects of Schizophrenia?

I was diagnosed with schizophrenia a few years ago. I had hallucinations and nightmarish/hallucinatory dreams. I suffered from extreme fear of water…I won’t take showers or drink water. I felt so unwell and thought I was dying from some horrible disease. I felt very unsafe and thought that people were planning to harm me. I was put on medication for some time which seems to have helped with the severe anxiety I experienced. I...
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Can Lamictal (lamotrigine) Cause Tics?

I’ve been prescribed Lamictal a little over a month ago after a seizure I had. It was the second one in my 18 years of life, but my doctor still felt more comfortable giving the prescription to me. My MRI and EEG game back fine too. But so far things have gone fine. I started at 25mg twice a day and have slowly increased to 50mg in the morning and 100mg at night. I...
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I Changed Who I Was as a Person to Eliminate Depression and This Led to Unexpected Changes in My Life

The problem with this recent change in personal identity is that I now have a hard time focusing on and completing my school work both in class and outside of class. When I try to meditate and focus on breathing deep from my stomach, as the college counselor I’ve seen a few times suggested, I feel like crying. In the art class I’m taking (I’m a Technical Communication Major by the way), our teacher...
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