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Carnival

815d

For those who have bipolar type 1 only please - I have taken pretty much every medication in the book including SSRIs SNRIs ketamine treatment and i have done Genetic Medication Testing , i am trying to find a way to stabilize my extreme mania as well as my depressive episodes without medication as meds have not worked for me, im pretty sure im medication resistant as i've been taking medication since i was 14 (i was medically recognized as bipolar 1 and then officially diagnosed a week before my 18th ) and it's never helped, the only thing that has helped was abilify as a shot which i took at the highest dosage every two months (it was supposed to be taken every 6 but my dr said to come in ever 2 because it wouldn't touch me if it was every six) and two years into that it stopped helping , any tips on how to manage?

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    • VioletMoonFlower

      812d

      I experienced my worst manic episodes on SSRIs. Abilify, made me a shell of a human with very long depression episodes. I’m on seroquel now and it’s the best thing i’ve tried so far. I still have hypomanic episodes but they are much more dull and short lived now (as long as i don’t drink alcohol)

    • McBushytail

      812d

      Well, I have to have my latuda. I can't hold down a job without it

    • Meek84

      812d

      I was on lamotrigine until I chose to stopped with my Dr's (psychiatrist, therapist & social worker) approval it help stabilize me

    • Vonne

      812d

      I take Vraylar and it has made wonders in my life. I will never take anything else.

    • MakGyver

      812d

      I take lamotrigine(lamictal) I also have started to experiment with topical use of essential oils. It takes some trial and error, but I've found that speecific combinations work best at different times to help make it managable.

    • VioletMoonFlower

      812d

      I experienced my worst manic episodes on SSRIs. Abilify, made me a shell of a human with very long depression episodes. I’m on seroquel now and it’s the best thing i’ve tried so far. I still have hypomanic episodes but they are much more dull and short lived now (as long as i don’t drink alcohol)

    • AlyssaNicole89

      814d

      TMS is the other one I was referring to that my stepmother just did yes! It is not the same as ECT she has done both when she stopped responding to her medication. Again she is NOT bipolar but majorly depressed.

    • Lollie

      814d

      Yes but TMS is not the same as ECT

    • Mosey

      814d

      At the moment I’m on Latuda and Lithium which works ok. I’ve had ECT recommended for me once, I didn’t end up going through with it though, but I guess the doctor at that psych ward thought I was having trouble finding a medication. Which was true but there was still a lot left to try for me since this was only a year after my diagnosis or so. But judging by your story you’ve probably tried a lot more than I have. Just a warning though I knew someone who did go ahead and get ECT and it can cause memory problems. It was only small things for her but that could be annoying at times.

    • Lollie

      814d

      The only thing that has worked on me has been TMS treatments. I’ve done like four series of them since they came to USA. I was actually in scientific magazines and the ft Worth star telegram. They are worth looking into.

    • AlyssaNicole89

      814d

      Also, not sure how long you’ve been with the same doctor or if you’ve already tried this but second or third opinions (get a fresh mind to look at you.) perhaps you were misdiagnosed all those years ago or there is just something your doctor is overlooking.

    • AlyssaNicole89

      814d

      My stepmother is not diagnosed bipolar as I am but is severely depressed and has undergone ECT treatments when she stopped responding to medication. This was years ago. She started responding to meds again and recently just stopped again so she started doing some sort of muscle therapy I’m sorry I don’t know the exact terms or science but I know that there are other options out there, ask your doctors and do some research because there have got to be other ways to help you. Good luck!

    • 707kimber

      814d

      EVERYONES 😥 🤗 ✋ ❤️ Chemistry 🧪 IS DIFFERENT FROM WHICH WILL WORK AS I TAKE CYMBALTA 60 MGS 2x PER DAY WHICH KEEPS ME UNDER A SOME WHAT CONTROL, BUT; EVEN I HAVE MY HARD MANIC DAYS. IT DOES MAKE ME THINK 🤔 IVE BEEN MISS DIAGNOSED!!!? BECAUSE MY MENTAL ILLNESS STARTED ABOUT THE AGE OF 8-9 YEARS OLD AND MY SYMPTOMS CLICKED WITH WHAT I READ ABOUT ADHD ON A MEDICAL CLIP!!!! BUT WERE I LIVE GOOD 👍 😞 DR 👩‍⚕️’s ARE VERY HARD TO FIND AND THEY COME AND GO CONSTANTLY!!!! ITS MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY Exhausting!!! But; NEVER 👎 GIVE UP.

    • LadyKarma

      814d

      Antidepressants didn’t help that much for me either. But I found that invega helped me for a while, and now Caplyta. I still struggle with mania and depression, but I feel like if I wasn’t on any medication, I’d be even worse. So to manage it, I keep up with my therapy, i do mindfulness, keep a symptom tracker, so I recognize my highs and lows. Keep motivating myself for self care and a healthy style of thinking during the highs and lows.

    • Carnival

      815d

      i have too much of a hormone imbalance to be prescribed lithium ://

    • Helvetiquette

      815d

      I’m assuming you’ve tried lithium? That’s the only thing that has worked in blocking my manic episodes thus far.

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