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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    The first time I saw my psychiatrist in London, we had a chat through symptoms and he asked some questions about those (clearly mentally crossing off possible disorders as he went along) and asked a bit about my home and uni life :yes: It was a similar case with the one in Oxford.

    It's mainly about establishing why you're there and what they can do to try and help you. They're not out to get you :nah:
    That's reassuring, thank you should be alright then. My GP thinks they'll just refer me on to pyschology, but we'll see. My mum said that as my anti-depressants are working I might not even need any help, but I'm not so sure if that's true. Ah well.
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    That's reassuring, thank you should be alright then. My GP thinks they'll just refer me on to pyschology, but we'll see. My mum said that as my anti-depressants are working I might not even need any help, but I'm not so sure if that's true. Ah well.
    They might just refer you on to a psychologist but it's always good to be assessed by someone more knowledgable. GPs can be very helpful but they are called general practitioners for a reason: they don't specialise in anything, including mental health. So seeing a psychiatrist is a positive step forward for you
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Gosh, I'd forgotten about this thread.

    So far 10 weeks of psychotic episode and no sign of it ending anytime soon. My meds have been increased and I've been given a new diagnosis of nonspecific psychotic disorder. Nonspecific coz I'm that special and confusing. Urgh :sigh:
    hey, are you in relapse or is this your first episode?

    if in relapse, what is it like to relapse. are you aware of what is going on? or does it seem totally new?

    i'm on aripiprazole 5mg (cos it zonks me out) and just wondering what to look out for etc and what it will be like say it does happen again.
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    hey, are you in relapse or is this your first episode?

    if in relapse, what is it like to relapse. are you aware of what is going on? or does it seem totally new?

    i'm on aripiprazole 5mg (cos it zonks me out) and just wondering what to look out for etc and what it will be like say it does happen again.
    It's a relapse. I'm aware of what's going on about 90-95% of the time. There are many new symptoms this time round, which isn't that nice. I'm also largely reliving last year's psychotic episode, which was much longer than the current one :yes:
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    ah ok, just i keep having some ideas of reference and wondering if im gna go back to how i was (hopes not)
    what meds are you on? have you found it makes you gain weight? ive put on two stone since oct however that could have been due to comfort eating / depression too...
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    (Original post by eaasy)
    ah ok, just i keep having some ideas of reference and wondering if im gna go back to how i was (hopes not)
    what meds are you on? have you found it makes you gain weight? ive put on two stone since oct however that could have been due to comfort eating / depression too...
    If you're concerned, you should bring it up with a mental health professional and create a relapse plan. This is what I'm going to be doing in my therapy sessions when they restart, since clearly this is something that will continue to happen throughout my life.

    I'm on Sertraline and risperidone. It's actually made me lose weight rather than put it on. I'm overweight anyway due to overeating :yes:
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    (Original post by eaasy)
    ah ok, just i keep having some ideas of reference and wondering if im gna go back to how i was (hopes not)
    what meds are you on? have you found it makes you gain weight? ive put on two stone since oct however that could have been due to comfort eating / depression too...
    Some of those drugs can make you absolutely pile on weight. Though I've read aripiprazole tends to do it less than certain others.
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    both my parents have mental illnessses... with a severely autistic mum and a dad who has had depression for longer than i can remember my life has been one long battle with them and there conditions. i feel guilty for yelling at tthem but i cant look after them all the time. my brother has escaped to uni but i feel bad leaving home in september and leaving my little brother to cope on his own. i am lucky that it is not me with the affliction but sometimes i wish i was so that i could be looked after.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    The thing to bear in mind is that you're aware that this isn't really a normal state of mind and a common belief in society. Self awareness and reasoning skills aren't something every mentally ill person has. Being able to identify this as an unusual belief is a good step in a good direction

    Do mention it. It probably would speed things up/get you taken more seriously. It can be a bit daunting telling someone but you must remember that medical professionals hear all kinds of weird stuff from a wide variety of people and respectfully and sensitively deal with that. My care team, for example, have clearly never had a religious Catholic patient before and thus find it a bit weird, but they're very nice and accommodating about it and are willing to listen and learn :yes:
    Guess so. I never went off the deep end, and kept it firmly in mind that what I perceive/project is just the product of my own imagination. I think I'm just being stupid and acting out certain obsessions and fantasies in a rather extreme manner, like I want to test my own psychological integrity. But we'll see. It's very confusing and sometimes terrifying.

    It's good that your doctors are so understanding.
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Some of those drugs can make you absolutely pile on weight. Though I've read aripiprazole tends to do it less than certain others.
    yeah thats true, i might try bringing up switching meds or reducing dosage, at my next meeting with my MH worker. but im only on 5mg i dno if theyd lower it anymore
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    (Original post by eaasy)
    yeah thats true, i might try bringing up switching meds or reducing dosage, at my next meeting with my MH worker. but im only on 5mg i dno if theyd lower it anymore
    Sorry to butt in between you and The_Lonely_Goatherd.

    Yeah I'd say ask to change or reduce the dose (although 5 is pretty low no?) it might make a difference. Though I'd be wary of olanzapine or quetiapine between those two I put on 5 stone, not good at all. :no:

    I lost a lot on risperidone however. But yeah, they all work differently on different people.
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    yeah i was previously on olanzapine and they tried pushing my dosage upto a 'therapeutic dose' of 15mg which totally knocked me out, same with aripiprazole so got it down to 5mg.
    sorry to go there but it gives me bad constipation which obvs isnt healthy.

    are you still on risperidone? how long you gotta be on it?
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    both my parents have mental illnessses... with a severely autistic mum and a dad who has had depression for longer than i can remember my life has been one long battle with them and there conditions. i feel guilty for yelling at tthem but i cant look after them all the time. my brother has escaped to uni but i feel bad leaving home in september and leaving my little brother to cope on his own. i am lucky that it is not me with the affliction but sometimes i wish i was so that i could be looked after.
    Oh gosh, I'm sorry. I live with my mum who has a seizure disorder, and my sister's severly autistic. Autism is very difficult to live with as a sibling, as the child of a parent with it, it must be very hard. Do you get any support at all, for example young carers? And what about other relatives?

    Remember you are never alone. Whatever's going on, someone else out there is going through the same.

    PM any time, I'm always here for a chat x

    I can fully empathise with your last statement by the way. I've felt that way many times.
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    (Original post by eaasy)
    yeah i was previously on olanzapine and they tried pushing my dosage upto a 'therapeutic dose' of 15mg which totally knocked me out, same with aripiprazole so got it down to 5mg.
    sorry to go there but it gives me bad constipation which obvs isnt healthy.

    are you still on risperidone? how long you gotta be on it?
    I think I can top your constipation with some of the side effects I've had Horrible drugs. It's been a while since I was on olanzapine but I think I was on 10mg and it was insanely zombifying I agree with you, totally knocked me out too.

    Yeah I'm still on risperidone, no idea how long I gotta be on it for but going to stop in the next few weeks so I can think so I can pass uni exams. For me it has really messed up my concentration, it's hard to join thoughts together. I don't know if that's a really common side effect though.
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    Gosh, I'd forgotten about this thread.

    So far 10 weeks of psychotic episode and no sign of it ending anytime soon. My meds have been increased and I've been given a new diagnosis of nonspecific psychotic disorder. Nonspecific coz I'm that special and confusing. Urgh :sigh:
    Tell me to go away if you like, but have you had your thyroid checked?
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    I think I can top your constipation with some of the side effects I've had Horrible drugs. It's been a while since I was on olanzapine but I think I was on 10mg and it was insanely zombifying I agree with you, totally knocked me out too.

    Yeah I'm still on risperidone, no idea how long I gotta be on it for but going to stop in the next few weeks so I can think so I can pass uni exams. For me it has really messed up my concentration, it's hard to join thoughts together. I don't know if that's a really common side effect though.
    hah yeah olanzapine was bad i literally didn't know what day it was!
    its hard to pin it down on what causes what. for me it was the psychosis that seriously messed up my concentration.

    do you still drink? i know they all say avoid alcohol but with being at uni i bet its hard to avoid the stuff.
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    (Original post by eaasy)
    hah yeah olanzapine was bad i literally didn't know what day it was!
    its hard to pin it down on what causes what. for me it was the psychosis that seriously messed up my concentration.

    do you still drink? i know they all say avoid alcohol but with being at uni i bet its hard to avoid the stuff.
    That's what my psychiatrist claims, that it's psychosis messing it up, but tbh I'm fairly sure it's the risperidone. When I stop I can think but then I think too much, so only stop for a few days, it's getting the balance that's the problem.

    Yeah I drink quite a bit - not noticed any effects from drinking on antipsychotics. On antidepressants I tended to get drunk really really quick but on these not really. If you're going to drink take it slow so you can make sure it's not having a bad effect and things don't get out of control.
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    (Original post by Juno)
    Tell me to go away if you like, but have you had your thyroid checked?
    They initially thought it might be a thyroid problem but the blood tests didn't indicate that :nah:

    What makes you think that?
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    (Original post by The_Lonely_Goatherd)
    They initially thought it might be a thyroid problem but the blood tests didn't indicate that :nah:

    What makes you think that?
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    That's what my psychiatrist claims, that it's psychosis messing it up, but tbh I'm fairly sure it's the risperidone. When I stop I can think but then I think too much, so only stop for a few days, it's getting the balance that's the problem.

    Yeah I drink quite a bit - not noticed any effects from drinking on antipsychotics. On antidepressants I tended to get drunk really really quick but on these not really. If you're going to drink take it slow so you can make sure it's not having a bad effect and things don't get out of control.
    yeah i drink abit and havent notice any difference (although my rents say otherwise...), its supposed reduce the euphoria of drink and increase the soporific effect anyways.

    when did you have your first episode?
 
 
 
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