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Re: Need lots of advice MAYBE THIS MAY HELP danibell25

Posted by panthers!!! on June 16, 2005, at 13:03:32

In reply to Need lots of advice, posted by danibell25 on June 1, 2002, at 20:39:19

Hi. I read your thread and I just want you to know that there are many more options and meds for this. My 10 year old son has BiPolar Disorder (depression), BPD, Anxiety. Yes, it's rough.
We tried so many meds, many of the same as yours to find they generally did'nt work. As a matter of fact, some anti-depressants and meds increase suicide thoughts, as my son can tell you.
For now, first things first... Are you getting your Lithium Levels tested frequently? That med needs to be adjusted very often especially in the beginning. This can be serious. If they have taken you off, they still need to check the levels to see if it affecting your emotional state. Secondly, I also hope you will be attempting to get some hands on therapy, especially for the suicidal thoughts...I am surprised your doctor didn't send you to what we call here Behavioral Healthcare Facility, generally a 3 to 14 day program in-patient. How old are you? How long have you been diagnosed? What type of facility did you go to for the treatments you referenced?
You can also call your county health department and see if they have any openings for therapy sessions and w/ psychiatrist. Family doctors are generally NOT qualified to handle mood disorders, especially BIPOLAR. Many do not even know what BPD is!!
Also, are you taking any vitamins? Herbs? MEDS?
There are some nutritional products you can take that will possibly help with some of the issues, though it is no quick fix, over time, it makes a difference.
Omega 3's Fish Oil - 2000mg per day. Studies have shown this to be highly effective in BiP Management.
TAKE A MULTI-VITAMIN. Meds deplete some of our necessary nutrients.

My son is now on these, and you can inquire about them at the next doctor you see:
(These are usually used as anti-seizure meds, but has also been effective for BiP: ( doses will vary depending on age and size)
Lamictal, Trileptal
Also, Risperdal- This is a fabulous med. Ask ASAP about this as it helps stop mood swings, a superior mood stabilizer. My son stopped suicidal thoughts within 1 1/2 months of taking this.
He also takes Clonadine- this is a blood pressure med, however, it is used to prevent hyper episodes.
Please feel free to Babble Mail me if you need further questions answered (or at least a starting point).
PLEASE BE GOOD TO YOURSELF. YOU ARE JUST LIKE MY SON, AND IF I DID NOT HAVE HIM TODAY I WOULD BE CRUSHED. YOU WOULD BE GREATLY MISSED BY MANY YOU PROBABLY DON'T EVEN KNOW, WE ALL TOUCH LIVES IN WAYS WE NEVER EXPECTED. YOU ARE WORTH LIVING FOR!!! GOOD LUCK-


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