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Re: rapid cycling and mind noise

Posted by TaoSuki on November 13, 2004, at 1:10:30

In reply to rapid cycling and mind noise, posted by Lollie on September 26, 2002, at 1:42:23

It is called "Noisy Brain". You can research it on google but the most advanced knowledge of this is research done on Fragile-X Syndrome. It seems that our brains have too many synapses firing, creating white noise. My brain goes in a million directions at once. I find that meditation (hard at first) does help. As well I find it easier to sleep when I give my brain something to concentrate on, such as an action movie. Sounds weird but it works.

<<<I have been experiencing for as long as I can remember cycling that does not fit with the parameters of bi-polar or cyclothymia. The cycles run every few days normally, but can run minutes or hours. Combined with this I experience mind noise, which can best be described as a very busy train station that runs 24/7. I talked to my psych about it and she had not heard of either of these syptoms, so I stopped seeing her and started my own research. Mind noise is experienced by hundreds of people, some of the more famous include Lord Byron, Emily Dickenson and Kurt Cobain. All known drug addicts. Does any of this sound familiar to you, I am looking for help other than drinking to much, the only thing to give quiet to my mind. Any suggestions other than alcohol or hard drugs? how do you deal with this? I would be interested in your story. The mind noise I experience sometimes is so loud, I can't hear myself speak, its chronic. Does this sound familiar? let me know is this rings true to you and your experiences, please!>>>

 

Re: rapid cycling and mind noise

Posted by linkadge on November 14, 2004, at 14:32:11

In reply to Re: rapid cycling and mind noise, posted by TaoSuki on November 13, 2004, at 1:10:30

I have experienced this.

I could not do anything because there would always be music, a rhthm, fine verbal chatter (like random words/ ideas just going over like a broken reccord)

Anyhow, lithium, depakote, and fish oil takes care of it pretty much.


Linkadge


 

Re: rapid cycling and mind noise

Posted by olysi79 on December 15, 2004, at 11:22:17

In reply to Re: rapid cycling and mind noise, posted by linkadge on November 14, 2004, at 14:32:11

I have this too, what an awful feeling Linkadge... truly terrible.

> I have experienced this.
>
> I could not do anything because there would always be music, a rhthm, fine verbal chatter (like random words/ ideas just going over like a broken reccord)
>
> Anyhow, lithium, depakote, and fish oil takes care of it pretty much.
>
>
> Linkadge
>
>
>

 

Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Mitch

Posted by Paintmom on December 22, 2004, at 11:48:38

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Carter, posted by Mitch on December 17, 2001, at 9:54:47

HI
So glad to have found this page...Was diagnosed for the past ten years with chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, SAD,acute insomnia, apnea, yadda yadda yadda.....Low and behold...last week...my therapist...who I really trust...said she thought I might be mildly biopolar...Well..I was depressed already...this threw me into a three day hysteria on my couch with my poodle. (not that bad...I have a ten year old..and I have to try to act "normal" in front of him:)
So once the shock wore off...I am actually sort of embracing the concept...it explains so much...like why I have felt like I was dropped from another planet!
Anyway...I am on lexapro...and was on elavil for sleep which was making me gain weight...so now they are trying to add topamax for the moods and ditch the elavil. Mitch...I have the ADD symptoms too...they seem to have gotten worse in the past two years...actually since I went on the lexapro...the doc thinks the lexapro might be throwing me into a mania...(which is kinda fun sometimes...its just the post crash that sucks).
Anyway...the topamax, they were hoping would be sedative at nite for me...but it has the opposite effect!! Also it is supposed to be a appetite suppresent...but it makes me hungry!!! I am only taking 25 mg.
Would love to hear everyone's thoughts and am so glad I found this board.
I ordered the Cyclothemia workbook from Amazon...I'll tell you how it is
Happy Holidays
Paitnmom

 

Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Paintmom

Posted by barbaracat on December 22, 2004, at 17:42:39

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Mitch, posted by Paintmom on December 22, 2004, at 11:48:38

Hi PaintMom,
Welcome to the wild and sometimes wonderful world of bipolars. Believe me, after the shock wears off you will be glad to have some of your more bizarre symptoms explained - plus you're in great company. So many of the artistically very gifted were and are bipolar. I'm not sure the heights compensate for the sh*tty lows, but they help.

My life has improved so much since I started lithium 2 years ago. Although I still have depressions, they are nowhere near the nightmarish terrors I was getting more and more frequently as I got older, made more and more worse with SSRIs. I'm lucky because I took to lithium right away and do not need the 'therapeutic window' high doses that some pdocs look for in blood tests.

Lexapro could indeed be creating some disorganization simply because it's an SSRI and SSRIs are very destabilizing without a counterbalancing mood stabilizer. When I'm on a manic edge I look like classic ADD - can't pull my thoughts together and put car keys in the fridge and stuff like that.

About topamax - who the heck told you it was a sedating med? It's the most activating of all the mood stabilizers and was way too activating for me - made me feel irritable, anxious and not much better than the bipolar symptoms. I also did not lost weight either. With topamax and lexapro, you're on two rather activating meds for a bipolar. They may be the perfect ones for you, who knows, but be on the lookout if you're results are less than satisfying. Not perfect perhaps, but they should be satisfying.

I truly do believe that the only way you can expect to be successful with the weight thing is to get yourself to a point where you're not too depressed to exercise and then literally FORCE yourself to get out and work out. If you can force yourself to do it every day for 2 weeks, it becomes like a habit you look forward to, but maybe you already know this with a little one at home.

Even if you do find a med that dampens your appetite, it's not enough to simply eat less. I believe that mood disorders with their various chemical soups affect our metabolism in strange ways and the weight gain has little to do with actual food intake, but everything to do with managing metabolism. Some meds will definitely put on weight - again a metabolism thing, not amount of food eaten - and some may lessen your appetite just a bit, but there is no getting around the fact that if you want to not start to get steadily more and more porky, you must work out. Them's the facts. Plus, exercise is the world's best AD, just the most annoying to commit to. Anyhow, welcome to our exotic little club. - Barbara


> HI
> So glad to have found this page...Was diagnosed for the past ten years with chronic fatigue, depression, anxiety, SAD,acute insomnia, apnea, yadda yadda yadda.....Low and behold...last week...my therapist...who I really trust...said she thought I might be mildly biopolar...Well..I was depressed already...this threw me into a three day hysteria on my couch with my poodle. (not that bad...I have a ten year old..and I have to try to act "normal" in front of him:)
> So once the shock wore off...I am actually sort of embracing the concept...it explains so much...like why I have felt like I was dropped from another planet!
> Anyway...I am on lexapro...and was on elavil for sleep which was making me gain weight...so now they are trying to add topamax for the moods and ditch the elavil. Mitch...I have the ADD symptoms too...they seem to have gotten worse in the past two years...actually since I went on the lexapro...the doc thinks the lexapro might be throwing me into a mania...(which is kinda fun sometimes...its just the post crash that sucks).
> Anyway...the topamax, they were hoping would be sedative at nite for me...but it has the opposite effect!! Also it is supposed to be a appetite suppresent...but it makes me hungry!!! I am only taking 25 mg.
> Would love to hear everyone's thoughts and am so glad I found this board.
> I ordered the Cyclothemia workbook from Amazon...I'll tell you how it is
> Happy Holidays
> Paitnmom

 

Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems

Posted by Paintmom on December 22, 2004, at 19:41:36

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems Paintmom, posted by barbaracat on December 22, 2004, at 17:42:39

thanks for the welcome Barbara!

I am taking the topamax earlier....and seeing how that goes....

I do usually exercise..I walk 2+ miles 4 times a week and go to the gym for strength training three times a week...unfortunately when I get in a funk...I cut back..whcih is the worst time to do that....
I also usually use the light box....cause I has SAD....but since I got separated out of a very bad marraige in march...I've been on a high!!! and haven't seemed to need it:)

Anyway...look forward to learning and getting to know all of you

all my best
Paintmom

PS
I have been to a lot of boards for different things thru the years....I really like this one!

 

Light box Paintmom

Posted by katia on December 27, 2004, at 14:54:07

In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers-Zyprexa problems, posted by Paintmom on December 22, 2004, at 19:41:36

HI Paintmom (and Barbara)
When you did use your light box, how did you use it? When, how long, what time of the year? And did you find it helped you break out of a depression better or equal to meds? Also, did you experience nauseaous with it? I have with mine and have had to quit and restart with five min. increments.
Thanks-
Katia

> thanks for the welcome Barbara!
>
> I am taking the topamax earlier....and seeing how that goes....
>
> I do usually exercise..I walk 2+ miles 4 times a week and go to the gym for strength training three times a week...unfortunately when I get in a funk...I cut back..whcih is the worst time to do that....
> I also usually use the light box....cause I has SAD....but since I got separated out of a very bad marraige in march...I've been on a high!!! and haven't seemed to need it:)
>
> Anyway...look forward to learning and getting to know all of you
>
> all my best
> Paintmom
>
> PS
> I have been to a lot of boards for different things thru the years....I really like this one!

 

Re: Light box

Posted by Paintmom on December 27, 2004, at 15:10:22

In reply to Light box Paintmom, posted by katia on December 27, 2004, at 14:54:07

HI
I used the light box first thing in the morning for 30 minutes...I never got nauseuos...I had to use it in addition to meds...but it worked great...
a different year I used it liked at five for 30 minutes...and that seemed to help with the sleeping better...
The sun always seems to make me feel better....I try to be in the light as much as possible...it works for me...but I quess everyone has to find their own rythym. Different things work for different people.
One thing that has worked for me...that I would swear is this tape that I got at thinkrightnow
It's called stop depression now and it just has simplmepositive affirmations on it...It was rather expensive...so I thought it was a hoax and then I noticed when I listened to it for several days and then stopped....I noticed I felt beter when I listen to it. I was very skeptical ...but this happened over and over again. I also find taking b complex makes a noticecable imrpovement...such simple things...why don't I do them religiously.
Anyway
Happy Holidays to all
Paintmom

 

Re: Light box Paintmom

Posted by katia on December 27, 2004, at 15:32:57

In reply to Re: Light box, posted by Paintmom on December 27, 2004, at 15:10:22

Hi,
Yes, such simple things, but why don't we do it? I know that one. For me, it just gets exhausting to have such a high maintenance vigilant life. Like flying to Miami for four days for family get together. I'm wiped out now because I didn't get enough down time, nor was I able to bring my light box and different time zones make me unbalanced....Things seem simple to do but it's definitely a regulated life style, which makes spontaneity hard to do.

When you used your light box (LB) for five min. in the p.m., was this in addition to use in the morning? Did it give you that extra lift? Where do you live?
Katia

 

Re: Light box

Posted by Paintmom on December 27, 2004, at 15:46:21

In reply to Re: Light box Paintmom, posted by katia on December 27, 2004, at 15:32:57

I think when I used the light box I did it in addition some times ...like 15 min in the am and 15 min in the pm
if you are on certain meds ...you can be photosensative...so ask your doctor
I live in NY

 

Re: BIPOLAR QUESTION? (nm)

Posted by amberlicious on December 27, 2004, at 19:18:48

In reply to BIPOLAR QUESTION?, posted by cleo on July 14, 2003, at 21:31:29

 

Re: Light box Paintmom

Posted by Taosuki on December 28, 2004, at 2:02:31

In reply to Re: Light box, posted by Paintmom on December 27, 2004, at 15:46:21

I am really interested in this lightbox thing - I've heard of it and it makes sense to me. I read somewhere that if you surround yourself with ample light first thing in the morning (it had to be within 30 minutes of waking) it helps you to wake up and keep energy throughout the day.

I have experimented at home and it seems that when I do this it really works. I've noticed a difference between the days that I go into the bathroom in the morning and turn on every light source possible, just flooding the room with light while I'm doing the regular morning stuff in there compared to the days that I just brush my teeth in the weak morning light of the window and shuffle around the house without turning the lights on or opening the blinds.

I've never seen a lightbox - what do they look like, where can I find one and how much do they cost and by any chance would insurance cover it?

 

Re: Light box

Posted by Paintmom on December 28, 2004, at 9:59:58

In reply to Re: Light box Paintmom, posted by Taosuki on December 28, 2004, at 2:02:31

HI
The light box is a great thing. They are special because unlike regular lights ...they give you full spectrum light like the sun...without the harmful rays. I have heard that they have them at costco sometimes...I got mine on line and it was like 100 bucks 4 years ago...I think they are cheaper now...you can look at places like toolsforwellness.com and see if they have any. Research it a little because some are better than others. You can also buy the full spectrum bulbs for around your house...I think even at the HOme Depot. My insurance didn't cover it...but sometimes they might. You have to have a doctor say you need it. There is a Seasonal Affective Disorder association and they have information on light therapy....Columbia Presb hospital was doing studies on it as well...so it is pretty main stream now.
good luck
Paintmom

 

Re: Light box

Posted by katia on December 28, 2004, at 12:12:27

In reply to Re: Light box, posted by Paintmom on December 28, 2004, at 9:59:58

I got mine from Apollolight.com It's the Apollo IV. I got it from the recommendation of my pdoc. It is supposed to be the best in quality. And quality is really what you're after. No use spending money on a cheaper one if it doesn't do half of what this one does. It's up to you to do the research though because this one was $300. You can get it on line. I've heard that the full spectrum lights on lamps don't really work that great. It's only effective with the amount of light and the distance you are from it (like 18 inches). it's a pretty exact science. So even if the light box is on and you move three feet away, the effectiveness drops dramatically.

My philosophy is just buy the best and you won't have to spend time and more money buying box after box that doesn't work or only works half as well. i'm sure there are others out there, but this is one that works for me.

Katia

 

Re: Light box

Posted by Dave001 on December 29, 2004, at 19:49:28

In reply to Re: Light box, posted by katia on December 28, 2004, at 12:12:27

> ...
> You can get it on line. I've heard that the full spectrum lights on lamps don't really work that great. It's only effective with the amount of light and the distance you are from it (like 18 inches). it's a pretty exact science. So even if the light box is on and you move three feet away, the effectiveness drops dramatically.

Katia is correct. According to the research, it is the intensity (usually expressed in LUX) of the light that is the important factor. It is not necessary for the light to be "full spectrum." All of the medical grade light boxes use a bright white color temperature, so far as I'm aware.

 

Re: Light box

Posted by katia on December 29, 2004, at 21:14:07

In reply to Re: Light box, posted by Dave001 on December 29, 2004, at 19:49:28

However, I've heard full spectrum is the best - just what I've heard.

Boy, my light box must be a very strong one...I've had to restart it with 5 min. increments due to the nausea and I'm up to a measly 10 min. and the nausea has come back some what!
Maybe 8 min for me a day! But at least I'm not that depressed. It did pull me up some.
Katia

 

Re: Light box katia

Posted by jujube on December 29, 2004, at 21:17:12

In reply to Re: Light box, posted by katia on December 29, 2004, at 21:14:07

Katia,

I'm glad to hear that the lightbox has been providing you with some relief. That is good news!

Tamara

> However, I've heard full spectrum is the best - just what I've heard.
>
> Boy, my light box must be a very strong one...I've had to restart it with 5 min. increments due to the nausea and I'm up to a measly 10 min. and the nausea has come back some what!
> Maybe 8 min for me a day! But at least I'm not that depressed. It did pull me up some.
> Katia

 

Re: Light box jujube

Posted by katia on December 29, 2004, at 21:28:43

In reply to Re: Light box katia, posted by jujube on December 29, 2004, at 21:17:12

Hi, I remember you!
yes, it seemed to snap me out of it. I still feel tired some and slightly down, but much better than when the time changed.
I can't remember, do you use one?
Katia

> Katia,
>
> I'm glad to hear that the lightbox has been providing you with some relief. That is good news!
>
> Tamara
>
> > However, I've heard full spectrum is the best - just what I've heard.
> >
> > Boy, my light box must be a very strong one...I've had to restart it with 5 min. increments due to the nausea and I'm up to a measly 10 min. and the nausea has come back some what!
> > Maybe 8 min for me a day! But at least I'm not that depressed. It did pull me up some.
> > Katia
>
>

 

Re: Light box katia

Posted by jujube on December 29, 2004, at 21:43:30

In reply to Re: Light box jujube, posted by katia on December 29, 2004, at 21:28:43

Hi!

Yes, I have been using a light box for a number of months now. I find it makes a difference, especially sinse the days have gotten much shorter. I didn't use it Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and I noticed a difference in my mood and energy levels.

Hope you can get past the nausea and start to get even more benefits from the light box.

Take care.

Tamara

> Hi, I remember you!
> yes, it seemed to snap me out of it. I still feel tired some and slightly down, but much better than when the time changed.
> I can't remember, do you use one?
> Katia
>
> > Katia,
> >
> > I'm glad to hear that the lightbox has been providing you with some relief. That is good news!
> >
> > Tamara
> >
> > > However, I've heard full spectrum is the best - just what I've heard.
> > >
> > > Boy, my light box must be a very strong one...I've had to restart it with 5 min. increments due to the nausea and I'm up to a measly 10 min. and the nausea has come back some what!
> > > Maybe 8 min for me a day! But at least I'm not that depressed. It did pull me up some.
> > > Katia
> >
> >
>
>

 

Re: Light box jujube

Posted by katia on December 29, 2004, at 21:51:25

In reply to Re: Light box katia, posted by jujube on December 29, 2004, at 21:43:30

I see you're probably British? Boxing day....

Did you have problems with the nausea?
Katia

 

Re: Light box katia

Posted by jujube on December 29, 2004, at 21:59:05

In reply to Re: Light box jujube, posted by katia on December 29, 2004, at 21:51:25

Canadian actually.

I didn't have problems with nausea when I started using the light box. I did experience some eye sensitivities and a mild headache, but both of those were short-lived.

Perhaps you could try taking some ginger capsules or drinking some ginger tea to relieve the nausea so as to allow you to increase your use of the light box and provide further benefits. Ginger is an excellent anti-nauseant. I believe there have even been studies done on its effectiveness.

Tamara

> I see you're probably British? Boxing day....
>
> Did you have problems with the nausea?
> Katia

 

Re: Light box jujube

Posted by katia on December 29, 2004, at 22:04:12

In reply to Re: Light box katia, posted by jujube on December 29, 2004, at 21:59:05

Of course....Canadian. Lucky you. I wish I'd been born there rather than here in the U.S....

I do know about ginger and went to my Chinese herbalist. He gave me loads of herbs and ginger was included to make a tea. It's not working in regards to the light box and nausea...b/c I had to stop the box when I went to Miami for five days and the nausea subsided AND I was drinking the tea. Now I'm still drinking the tea and using the box and it's coming back. Maybe I"ll try tablets in addition to.
What part of Canada? How old are you? I'm 34.
Katia

> Canadian actually.
>
> I didn't have problems with nausea when I started using the light box. I did experience some eye sensitivities and a mild headache, but both of those were short-lived.
>
> Perhaps you could try taking some ginger capsules or drinking some ginger tea to relieve the nausea so as to allow you to increase your use of the light box and provide further benefits. Ginger is an excellent anti-nauseant. I believe there have even been studies done on its effectiveness.
>
> Tamara
>
> > I see you're probably British? Boxing day....
> >
> > Did you have problems with the nausea?
> > Katia
>
>

 

Re: Light box katia

Posted by jujube on December 29, 2004, at 22:13:22

In reply to Re: Light box jujube, posted by katia on December 29, 2004, at 22:04:12

That's too bad that the ginger tea didn't help. The capsules might be more concentrated and may be worth a try.

I am in my early 40s, and I live in the province of Ontario. I have also lived in Quebec, British Columbia and, when I was really, really young, New Brunswick for a very short period of time. I like Canada, but there are a lot of nice places to live in the U.S. as well. My family has relatives in Detroit, Michigan, Texas and California. I used to wish I had been born in the U.S. or, at a minimum, has dual citizenship. But, Canada is home, and I have no complaints.

Tamara

> Of course....Canadian. Lucky you. I wish I'd been born there rather than here in the U.S....
>
> I do know about ginger and went to my Chinese herbalist. He gave me loads of herbs and ginger was included to make a tea. It's not working in regards to the light box and nausea...b/c I had to stop the box when I went to Miami for five days and the nausea subsided AND I was drinking the tea. Now I'm still drinking the tea and using the box and it's coming back. Maybe I"ll try tablets in addition to.
> What part of Canada? How old are you? I'm 34.
> Katia
>
> > Canadian actually.
> >
> > I didn't have problems with nausea when I started using the light box. I did experience some eye sensitivities and a mild headache, but both of those were short-lived.
> >
> > Perhaps you could try taking some ginger capsules or drinking some ginger tea to relieve the nausea so as to allow you to increase your use of the light box and provide further benefits. Ginger is an excellent anti-nauseant. I believe there have even been studies done on its effectiveness.
> >
> > Tamara
> >
> > > I see you're probably British? Boxing day....
> > >
> > > Did you have problems with the nausea?
> > > Katia
> >
> >
>
>

 

Re: Light box jujube

Posted by katia on December 29, 2004, at 22:21:23

In reply to Re: Light box katia, posted by jujube on December 29, 2004, at 22:13:22

I'll try the ginger pills.
Canada just seems more grownup and civilized. The systems especially.
Yes, Cal. is great. that's where I live.

Are you on any other meds? I'm on Triletpal 450mg, Paxil 12.5mg, and Seroquel 25mg at night, fish oil, and now just started St. John's Wort and want to phase out the Paxil.
I'm Bipolar II apparently, whatever that means.
Katia

 

Re: Light box katia

Posted by jujube on December 30, 2004, at 9:51:38

In reply to Re: Light box jujube, posted by katia on December 29, 2004, at 22:21:23

I am currently taking Anafranil (a TCA AD), Celexa (small dose) and Xanax when needed. I am having a hard time with the Anafranil, and, if things don't improve in the next couple of weeks, will likely be switching it. I don't have Bipolar. I just have depression, anxiety (general and social) and, apparently, adjustment disorder (which I think is just a convoluted way of saying I had a bit of a meltdown).

Good luck with the St. John's Wort. I would be interested to hear how you do on it.

Tamara

> I'll try the ginger pills.
> Canada just seems more grownup and civilized. The systems especially.
> Yes, Cal. is great. that's where I live.
>
> Are you on any other meds? I'm on Triletpal 450mg, Paxil 12.5mg, and Seroquel 25mg at night, fish oil, and now just started St. John's Wort and want to phase out the Paxil.
> I'm Bipolar II apparently, whatever that means.
> Katia


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