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Re: tardive dementia (?) - Schizoaffective (?)

Posted by Christ_empowered on July 2, 2016, at 12:26:44

In reply to Re: tardive dementia (?) - Schizoaffective (?) Christ_empowered, posted by SLS on July 2, 2016, at 11:01:19

my current counselor (I think he's the main one doing the diagnosing...its community mental health) says its Bipolar I, although sometimes he'll mention schizoaffective, so I guess I'm somewhere in there... shrink always asks about "manic symptoms," so I guess Bipolar is what they're going with.

I assumed the diagnosis would be either schizoaffective or some kind of schizophrenia w/mood disorder or mood component. I think part of the issue is that the shrink who diagnosed severe Bipolar was from Europe and trained in Germany, and they diagnose differently in Europe. Many Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective labeled people in the US would be given a label of some sort of Bipolar in Europe.

I dunno. Benzos are out. Its community mental health, they don't do that, and also...Klonopin has caused depression with me, complete with early morning anxiety and agitation. Not fun. Good idea, though...I bet with other meds on board that could work...

The only GABA drug I can use (except for depakote, which was a nightmare) would be neurontin. I'm Rx'd 100mgs up to 2x daily. For this clinic, that's actually unusual; they're apparently wary of gabapentin for some reason. I was on 300 x 3 daily in an attempt to stabilize my mood, but it made me loopy and didn't work all that well.

Thanks for your suggestions.




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