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Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Carter

Posted by Mitch on December 17, 2001, at 23:32:25

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems, posted by Carter on December 17, 2001, at 14:20:33

> I am no longer on the Zyprexa, but I hope others read this in order to have some information should they experience the same symptoms. As for my meds now, I am maxed out on Wellbutrin, 400 mg a day. And the Depkote, from what I understand, is low at 500 mg a day.
> I recently moved and had to leave both my Psychiatrist and my therapist. I really liked them both. We all worked well together. So now I am about to have my first appointment with a new Psychiatrist. I am a little nervous about it. And even more nervous about finding a therapist that fits. I haven't been to a therapy session in about 3 months and I can tell. The psycho therapy is good for me.
> Have you ever had to make a switch with your psychiatrist or therapist? Or both? I didn't even ask if you see a therapist. Have you any words of advice in this matter?

I saw the same therapist/pdoc for almost 20 years. I continued to travel to make appointments after I moved. Then all the new mood-stabilizing anticonvulsants came onto the scene in recent years and I wanted to experiment and my existing pdoc didn't like polypharmacy and "off-label" prescribing (for *some* good reasons), so I decided to start the experimentation with newer pdocs (no hard feelings toward my original doctor/therapist though). Overall, it was the right decision to make. I wouldn't get really uptight about switching pdocs, unless of course a lot of cash and wasted time is riding on it. The best advice is to follow your gut instincts. If you leave the initial session (see if you can get a free first session), and feel deeply that something's not clicking, just see someone else, don't put yourself through a bunch of crap you don't have to.

> ~PS:
> We had a holiday luncheon at the office today that I Organized and somehow the subject of psychology came up and once again "we" were slighted. I don't know why, but people's insensivity and ignorance still take me a little by surprise.

That's why I don't discuss that stuff with my coworkers. This makes it tougher to make friends with your coworkers, but hey-if they don't bring up your behaviour and have accurate insight into your problems and acknowledge it to you, then they don't deserve to have that personal knowledge in my opinion (if they can't figure it out-they probably will not understand it anyways).





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