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Dec 11, 2017 · Antipsychotics: I have been experiencing rapid cycling for months. in Mental Health

Hi dear!! Yes, I agree with the unsteadiness and fear of falling. It is scary. I take the Klonopin pretty much when I feel I need it. Because it makes me tired in the morning and work part time, I dont take it in the morning. But sometimes I take it after I get home and I’m stressed out. I’m pretty certain that your doctor would approve the change you want to make. However it’s always prudent to talk him. Please be careful walking. I’m going to have a hip replacement sometime when I can’t bear walking anymore. So I know I try to be careful indoors and out. It was very kind of you to send me your email. I hope everything goes well for you and have a very Happy holiday! Blessings

Dec 10, 2017 · Antipsychotics: I have been experiencing rapid cycling for months. in Mental Health

I’m not sure that Lamectal is that dangerous as it is used for those people who have seizures and also used for stability for bipolar. It has been around for many years. I don’t believe I’ve seen any articles or papers that have said there is a danger to take this medication. Also I am on Klonopin and Wellbutrin. My doctor just said to drop the Wellbrutrin because he thinks it’s making me cycle. Have been on benzodiazepines most my life to treat anxiety. So far ok. They’ve been around years. Thank you for your post. I hope things go well your meds. Take care

Dec 9, 2017 · Antipsychotics: I have been experiencing rapid cycling for months. in Mental Health

I urge people who have been on heavy doses of antipsychotics for years to ask your psychiatrists if long term use will create any medical or mental health repercussions in the future. Decades ago there was a tragic and cruel method to calm mentally ill using lobotomy. A procedure that early years a doctor (stumped right now of his name) performed this procedure first cutting into the head of a person who may have been out of control, removing tissue from the front lobe. As he got better at this, he figured a way to make the procedure more efficient and began using an ice pick in which he inserted under the eye lid in an effort to be able to perform even more labotomys on as many he could do. It was an effort to perhaps cure people by making them have loss of alertness or docile. I find this to be torturous and in humane. You are probably aware of two women who had this treatment….JFKs sister, and Tennessee Williams sister. Both were institutionalized. Both men regretted having this procedure performed as both women suffered incoherence and were not able to live normal lives. Then later came electrical convulsant therapy, ECT without any anesthesia. Often referred to as “shock treatments”, they still exist today but use light anesthesia. My point is, in later years they found these procedures to be brutal and destructive. Therefore, if the old and new antipsychotics I have taken over the last years , will they someday prove to be harmful.

Dec 7, 2017 · Antipsychotics: I have been experiencing rapid cycling for months. in Mental Health

Over the past months my mood has been up and down. My psychiatrist replied that I go on Seroquel, which I was on years ago as well as Zyprexa. When he suggested this, I blurted out “Absolutely not!!!!” I have been on these horrible antipsychotics much of my life. He and I have had discussions about the long term use of these. Not only that but the side effects including weight gain. When I taught school when I was 28, my psychiatrist put me on Mellaril and I gained 40 lbs that year. Years later the newer antipsychotics I took increased my weight enormously to 238 lbs. But my issue is that I have been concerned about whether these drugs have long term effects. I have been looking for a study that covers the years 1940s to present. My psychiatrist says no, and is safe. But I have read books that say on the contrary. I’m on so many medications it’s ridiculous. I’m bipolar, and have stability problems . It’s created a lonely, ghastly spending and in debt, no sex drive, no husband or children, isolated life. Yeah, they really work. I would be most grateful if there is anybody who has any information on studies that have been published by reputable doctors or researchers. I’m turning 65 next month. It’s ugly.