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Chemist--i need your help--you still here?

Posted by fluffy on September 10, 2004, at 17:42:42

In reply to Re: Seroquel users: Weight Gain and Sleep, posted by southernskies on August 20, 2004, at 17:04:59

Hi Chemist--

I've enjoyed reading your knowledgeable and insightful posts. Here's the deal: I've been on everything for my rapid cycling bipolar II-- lamictal, trileptal, lithium, zyprexa...couldn't tolerate them due to unacceptable side effects.

Now I'm taking 750mg of Depakote, which has slowed the cycling, but still leaves me with an "agitating" high--I feel like I'm itching inside, I'm all speedy. And I dip down into a low that I could only describe like the negative symptoms of schizophrenia--withdrawn, blunted, numb, anhedonia. My doc and I added .25mg of Risperdal which helps the agitation and has allowed me to sleep again. Also I've regained my appetite (I gained 10 lbs).

However, I still feel so flattened out with no emotions. I recently tried to switch to Abilify, but it agitated me to an extreme--bad anxiety, insomnia. I want to know if Seroquel might be less flattening and help the more negative symptoms of my cycling. I feel like I have no personality. It's ruining my art, my social life. I just want to sit and stare into space. Alchohol seems to lessen the antisocial feelings. And I don't want to get into that trap.

What are your thoughts on Seroquel and "negative symptoms"?





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