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Re: suicidal ideation markwell

Posted by Maxime on October 12, 2009, at 16:37:58

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 12, 2009, at 15:02:10

If your pdoc won't do a med change and you are really suicidal, then you should probably go to the hospital.

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by bleauberry on October 12, 2009, at 18:38:45

In reply to suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 12, 2009, at 11:22:32

If you are making plans that can never be undone once they are carried out, it is imperative to walk into the emergency room or call and amulance. Let them take it from there. A bad experience in the past does not mean it will duplicate again. Mircales do walk out of the hospital.

I wholeheartedly support the approach of Linkadge. That is, think outside the box, utilize some of the great substances on this planet that have been here for centuries doing great things. The only reason we don't get them prescribed is because no one can patent them and make multimillion dollar corporations out of them.

We don't want to rock the boat, which means keep Paxil where it is for now. It can always be weaned off later. The question now is, what can go with it?

Link mentioned Chasteberry. That wasn't the first to come to my mind, but certainly a decent choice. I would add to the list of easily accessible powerful options:

1. Rhodiola Rosea...can be mixed with SSRIs.

2. SAMe...can be mixed with SSRIs.

3. St Johns Wort with Lemon Balm companion...can be mixed with SSRIs, but the SJW dose below 600mg. The synergy of these two is more than either alone.

4. Albizia Julibrissin.

5. Free and Easy Wanderer.

6. An Shen Buxin.

7. Tyrosine and/or DL-phenylalanine.

For sleep, go to hepapro.com and order Herbsom. And old popular Chinese favorite with two herbs in it that give excellent sleep with no hangover and no addiction.

Fast: SAMe, Rhodiola, tyrosine, Albizia. Results noted within 1 to 10 days.

Herbsom: Results in 20 minutes.

Not wanting to make the list any longer, depression can readily respond to things that would seem to have nothing to do with serotonin or neurotransmitters. Explaining in some cases why ADs just don't work. For example a herbal combo called CirculationP that has 10 fantastic herbs in it that reduce brain inflammation and stimulate microcirculation.

If you are inclined to continue in the narrow path of what the psychiatrists have shown you thus far, then this post will be of no value to you.

There is hope. Hang in there! Do something moving forward. Don't sit on it. Don't hesitate. Make a positive move. You were brave enough and trusting enough to pop that first Paxil pill. Be brave enough and trusting enough to try something new.

With your history, I doubt that will come from the psychiatric toolbox. Too narrow. I would pin hopes on adding Nortriptyline or Abilify to the Paxil, or stopping the Paxil completely and starting Parnate. Other than that, I'm not sure.
I could be wrong. Just sharing my heartfelt thoughts to a friend in need.

Link is on the right track, in my opinion, and I just wanted to point out the very best, fastest, safest, cheapest options readily available.

 

Re: suicidal ideation markwell

Posted by Phillipa on October 12, 2009, at 19:21:00

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 12, 2009, at 15:02:10

Markwell the hospital can cross you over to another med or help you wean off the paxil. You have so many options. Love Phillipa

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by zzzz7 on October 12, 2009, at 19:57:26

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 12, 2009, at 12:49:20

If you're feeling like you likely will hurt yourself, definitely go to the ER. Stay on the Paxil for now.

When you mean you can't move in the morning, is this due to dystonia?

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by emmanuel98 on October 12, 2009, at 20:06:45

In reply to suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 12, 2009, at 11:22:32

I had been hospitalized three times in the past two years and was not responding to medications, like you. I finally agreed this summer to try one more hospitalization. They kept me for a while, started me on parnate and I've been great ever since. I can't believe I was so suicidal before this. I have a good life and would have made people I love desperately unhappy if I had killed myself. Try to hold on. There are good hospitals and good meds to try.


> I am really struggling with depression and feel like ending my life is the only thing that will take away my pain. I thought about going to the hospital but I had a terrible experience last winter. I am on 10 mg of paxil and meds just dont help me. Please if someone could offer advice.

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by rnny on October 12, 2009, at 22:17:04

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 12, 2009, at 12:49:20

Now a days quite a few doctors insist that ECT is the best alternative for people who want to die. I should know, I see one who advocates ECT and has even suggested it for me should things not improve.

 

Re: suicidal ideation markwell

Posted by Zyprexa on October 13, 2009, at 7:26:40

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 12, 2009, at 15:02:10

You should give the zyprexa anouther try. Maybe at a lower dose. The paxil might be making you tired too. And it does not sound like its helping. Even if the zyprexa makes you tired, you would be getting sleep! A little tired is better than suicide, and a trip to the hospital.

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by markwell on October 13, 2009, at 15:48:41

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by bleauberry on October 12, 2009, at 18:38:45

Bleauberry, the one concern I have is I have been diagnosed with bipolar 3(antidepressant induced mania). Sam-e states on the box not to use if you are bipolar. I thought about going back to zyprexa but I had increased suicidal thoughts on that. But I was only taking 2.5mgs as it made me like a zombie at 5mgs (with paxil). I took wellbutrin once and if I could have gotten sleep it would have been a good drug, maybe. That's the piece that really gets me is I am an insomniac to begin with and most of these drugs with the exception of seroquell and zyprexa keep me awake. My pdoc gave me dioxine to try to help with sleep but I had a bad experience with elavil which has a similar s.e.profile. I'm trying to find a new dr but there are very good pdocs where i live.

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by markwell on October 13, 2009, at 15:51:20

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 13, 2009, at 15:48:41

Can zyprexa alone act as an antidepressant or does it need an adjunct? What doseage when you say small?

 

Re: suicidal ideation markwell

Posted by bleauberry on October 13, 2009, at 18:53:37

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 13, 2009, at 15:48:41

> Bleauberry, the one concern I have is I have been diagnosed with bipolar 3(antidepressant induced mania). Sam-e states on the box not to use if you are bipolar.

I think I mentioned other things besides just SAMe?

They have to say that on the box. It does not mean that someone who has been labeled bipolar is going to have a reaction. I have seen people get calm and relaxed on SAMe, when they should have been hyped up instead. You just never know. If there is a risk of a reaction, no matter how small the risk, they have to say that on the label to protect themselves legally from you sueing them.

Anything that impacts the nervous system in any way carries a risk of a reaction. No matter what it is. No matter whether it is labeled or not. There is always risk. I'm not saying ignore the label and go try SAMe. I am saying that if you do it, approach it gently as you should with any substance. Cut a pill in halves or quarters. Any substance you take...med, herb, food...deserves respect.

You certainly cannot go by what something says on a box. And in my opinion, you certainly can't go solely on a subjective unprovable untestable unexplainable unduplicatable vague thing as a word called "bipolar". That means absolutely nothing to me. It is a term to describe a set of symptoms that could also be something else.

So ok, rule out SAMe. The list has no shortage of other options. You want some natural mood stabilizers to go with your AD? There are some good ones.

 

Re: suicidal ideation bleauberry

Posted by Phillipa on October 13, 2009, at 22:36:49

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation markwell, posted by bleauberry on October 13, 2009, at 18:53:37

BB please don't tell Markwell to ignore directions on a box as they are placed there for safety and safety first in my opinion. Markwell where are you and how are you tonight? Phillipa

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by markwell on October 14, 2009, at 8:31:37

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation bleauberry, posted by Phillipa on October 13, 2009, at 22:36:49

Phillipa, I'm hanging in there but just barely. I took an ativan for sleep last night and that helped a little but I am depressed this a.m and I feel if I don't keep moving I will fall into the deepest dispair. I have zyprexa here that I can take but it was not the best med for me.

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by bleauberry on October 14, 2009, at 16:50:38

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation bleauberry, posted by Phillipa on October 13, 2009, at 22:36:49

> BB please don't tell Markwell to ignore directions on a box as they are placed there for safety and safety first in my opinion. Markwell where are you and how are you tonight? Phillipa

Phillipa please go read the post again. You inserted your own words into it that I never said.

 

Re: suicidal ideation bleauberry

Posted by Phillipa on October 14, 2009, at 19:51:52

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation markwell, posted by bleauberry on October 13, 2009, at 18:53:37

BB in last sentence I feel it sounds like a challenge to try it anyway? Phillipa

 

Re: suicidal ideation markwell

Posted by Phillipa on October 14, 2009, at 19:53:48

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 14, 2009, at 8:31:37

Markwell you made it through the day? If so please post. I feel call the doc. Or hospital til passes. Love Phillipa

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by Meltingpot on October 15, 2009, at 16:24:07

In reply to suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 12, 2009, at 11:22:32

Hi,

I don't suffer from Bipolar I suffer from straight forward depression/anxiety but I do know how it feels to feel suicidal. From what you have said you have tried it looks as though you have got so many other options ahead of you. There are lots of medications that you haven't even tried yet so at least look forward to trying them.

I can think of one particular (very clever and persistant) person on this site who has suffered with very resistant Bipolar (more on the depressive side) and yet he has found some relief with a combination of medications.

Also, as Phillipa says, your dose of Paxil (10mg) seems really low. I had to take at least 40mg to get a response all 20mg did was increase my anxiety and make me feel more suicidal. Some times all low doses do is give you the horrible side affects without the benefits. I know that as you have bipolar then you have to be careful but if the Paxil did send you into a manic state then I'm sure they could try adding a mood stabliser.

I personally think vitamins/herbs etc are a waste of time and money (for me anyway) but who knows they might help you.

Please don't give up hope.


Denise

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by jrbecker76 on October 15, 2009, at 23:08:57

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation markwell, posted by bleauberry on October 13, 2009, at 18:53:37

Have you tried benzodiazepines? Anti-anxiety agents have worked better in the past for suicidal ideation than antidepressants did.

I have also found that any antidepressant with noradrenergic activity can >increase< suicidality. This would includes the SNRIs (Effexor, Cymbalta, Milnacipran), NARI (reboxetine, atomoxetine), and other drugs with strong NE activity (e.g., Seroquel). This has just been my own individual experience.

JB

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by Zyprexa on October 16, 2009, at 0:29:30

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 13, 2009, at 15:51:20

I take 2 anti-depressants with the zyprexa, Wellbutrin sr and zoloft. I take 10mg zyprexa. I can see having problems at 2.5mg, to get any real bennifit from the zyprexa, you have to feel the side-effects. I take the wellbutrin with zyprexa to keep me awake. The wellbutrin won't get you out of bed in the morning, but it will keep you sharp during the day. I've had very good results with the 10mg dose.

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by Zyprexa on October 16, 2009, at 0:33:10

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 14, 2009, at 8:31:37

If zyprexa does not work you could take a mood stablizer like depakote. It didn't work for me but has for others I know well.

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by markwell on October 16, 2009, at 8:12:36

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by Zyprexa on October 16, 2009, at 0:33:10

I went back to my doctor and she gave me the option of 5mgs of zyprexa or 10mgs of abilify. I'm so desperate for sleep that I chose the zyprexa and I tried it in the past and I can't function on it because of tiredness and irrittability so I'm wondering if I made a mistake of not trying the abilify. I'm a terrible insomniac and read that abilify s.e. profile includes insomnia. My doctor said it is at the lower dosages but at 10 mgs it should help with sleep. Any opinions out there?

 

Re: suicidal ideation markwell

Posted by Maxime on October 16, 2009, at 10:32:51

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 16, 2009, at 8:12:36

Hi there

If you are suicidal then it's probably best that you went with the Zyprexa. It's known for getting people out of that space. I hope you start to feel better soon.

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by Zyprexa on October 16, 2009, at 13:05:37

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 16, 2009, at 8:12:36

I don't think Abilify will help. Any dose comes with high anxiety, higher the dose higher the anxiety. You won't sleep on it at any dose. I didn't any ways. I went as high as 15mg.

One stimulant is wellbutrin sr with the zyprexa works well.

You should give the zyprexa a chance. You can always drink coffee. I did that for a number of years. Its not as good as wellbutrin sr but it helps.

Just try to put up with the sedation. You will feel better.

Abilify made me tired at high doses, but that was from lack of sleep. I couldn't function at work, and lost my job. Well I'm back on the zyprexa, and getting better. I felt horible coming off the abilify.

 

Re: suicidal ideation

Posted by markwell on October 16, 2009, at 14:44:48

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by Zyprexa on October 16, 2009, at 13:05:37

I just started the zyprexa last night. I wish I could have waited until Wednesday because I have an appointment with a natural path md on wednesday. Maybe she could do something about the insomnia and depression naturally but I was really desperate to get some sleep.

 

Re: suicidal ideation markwell

Posted by Phillipa on October 16, 2009, at 19:16:04

In reply to Re: suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 16, 2009, at 14:44:48

Markwell would listen to JR Becker a scientist. Knows his stuff. Love Phillipa

 

Re: suicidal ideation/Lessons fromthe Light/Heaven

Posted by CaptainAmerica1967 on October 20, 2009, at 17:39:55

In reply to suicidal ideation, posted by markwell on October 12, 2009, at 11:22:32

Dear Markwell,

Many on this board feel this way and I don't have all the answers but just learn more science and psychopharmacology as it comes out. I don't push any religion as I'm spiritual, but I've been studying near death experiences for over twenty years and what they tell us about our life on Earth (true meaning) and in the Afterlife and why certain people may suffer.

You might find Sandra Rogers near death experience comforting in a summary of her book "Lessons from the Light" (http://www.near-death.com/experiences/suicide03.html) as well as the individual, Kevin R. Williams, who put the www.near-death.com website together as he suffers from bipolar disorder and has tried to piece together mental illness and what near death experiences tell us about life.

Personally after having 75 ECTs at the age of 18 without any positive effect and trying well over 50 some odd meds (I'm 42y/o now), I beleive the MAOIS are superior in my personal opinion.

Best wishes..


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