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Board: Mental Health 01-05-2012, 04:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 634
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: what to expect?/ what could it be?

It definitely sounds like some sort of psychosis. For it to be schizoaffective disorder, you need to have a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. People with bipolar disorder can be...
Board: Mental Health 12-28-2011, 11:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,390
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: paranoia and bipolar disorder

If you're having paranoia all the time and not just during mood episodes, you may want to talk to your doctor about being schizoaffective instead of bipolar. In straight bipolar disorder, psychotic...
Board: Asperger's Syndrome 12-28-2011, 11:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,434
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Asperger's test

Hyperlexia is common in people with AS (I believe I had it as a child), but it has nothing to do with social awkwardness. It is simply extremely precocious reading skills.

Some of the AS online...
Board: Mental Health 12-15-2011, 09:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,680
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Does anybody have OCD and Schizoaffective Disorder?

The really unfortunate thing about comorbid OCD and schizoaffective disorder is how the medications for the two conditions often are at odds with one another as far as their chemistry. The most...
Board: Mental Health 12-15-2011, 09:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,429
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Bipolar symptoms, what kind of Dr do I need>

Alexa3,
With the symptoms you've been experiencing along with the very high amount of neuropsychiatric disorders in your family tree, you should definitely make an appointment with a psychiatrist or...
Board: Anxiety 12-15-2011, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,592
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Can you safely mix two Anti-depressant together?

I highly concur with the others' warnings about serotonin syndrome. Taking too medications that elevate serotonin is extremely dangerous. If an SSRI and a benzodiazepine haven't helped your anxiety,...
Board: Asperger's Syndrome 12-15-2011, 09:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,307
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Could it be Asperger?

There are definite signs of an ASD, but as to if it could be AS, the main question is if he has any special interests/obsessive fixations in a topic. That's the hallmark sign of AS. It's estimated...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 12-15-2011, 09:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 962
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Compulsions, thoughts and fears...

Unfortunately, no, the OCD is unlikely to get better if you just try to deal with it yourself. OCD is a miserable disorder, and it will consume you easily if you allow it to do so. You didn't mention...
Board: Bipolar Disorder 12-15-2011, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,517
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: feel like taking too many medications ughh

While bipolar disorder often requires a "medication cocktail" of sorts, there really should be no reason for a bipolar individual to be taking the mixture you're on.

Most importantly, Ritalin and...
Board: Bipolar Disorder 12-15-2011, 08:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 953
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: new to lithium - few questions please

Weight gain is somewhat common with lithium. Some evidence points that this may be related in part to the increased thirst the natural salt gives off. If you're drinking a lot more and choosing pop...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 01-21-2009, 05:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,827
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: what medicine is best for pure o

It all will depend on your individual brain chemistry. For some, the SSRIs work wonders; for others, it takes an SSRI plus an atypical anti-psychotic. CBT alone can also work, although it isn't...
Board: Anxiety 10-09-2008, 02:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,631
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: SSRIs Versus Tricyclic Anti-dep.

Yes. I recently started taking Anafranil (clomipramine) for my OCD, and it's been a miracle. It even has helped my panic attacks! Over the years, I was on three SSRIs for my OCD and anxiety (Zoloft,...
Board: Autism Spectrum 09-29-2008, 04:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,175
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Numbers & letters have colors?

This could be a form of synesthesia. Many synesthetes see numbers and letters as having a particular color. The true test is to ask your son whether he sees these numbers/letters in a particular...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 09-21-2008, 01:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,361
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Does anyone take Lamictal? I have a question or two :)

I take Lamictal, but I use it for my Asperger's Syndrome-related mood swings, not my OCD. In my experience, the Lamictal has not helped me with my anxiety/OCD. I've been on Lamictal for three years...
Board: Anxiety 09-21-2008, 01:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 30,641
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Is it just me or does Zoloft cause major somnolence/drowsiness?

Yes, Zoloft can cause that in some individuals. I stopped taking it because it made me sleep all day. It really interfered with schoolwork. For me, all SSRIs made me incredibly tired. After Zoloft, I...
Board: Anxiety 09-14-2008, 01:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,670
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: how long for klonopin to take effect?

For me, it takes about 5-10 minutes to begin to take effect. The benzodiazepines are very quick-acting medications.
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Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 09-03-2008, 07:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,627
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: depression and worsening of Pure O symptoms

seaturtle,
Since both depression and OCD are thought to be a result of low serotonin levels in the brain, it is very possible that, as your depression gets worse, your OCD also gets worse. Also, OCD...
Board: Bipolar Disorder 09-02-2008, 04:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,698
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Generic Lamictal Teva Brand

My pharmacy suddenly started giving me generic lamotrigine instead of Lamictal the last time I got my prescription filled. I found it odd that the lamotrigine 100-mg tablets are the exact same peach...
Board: Anxiety 09-02-2008, 06:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,577
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: How many mgs of your benzodiazepine are you taking?

I do not take Klonopin every day; I take it very rarely, in cases of extremely severe panic attacks. I have both the 0.125 wafers, which I take for moderate-severe panic attacks, and I also have the...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 08-26-2008, 09:53 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,690
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Buspar/SSRI Alternatives

I recently started taking the tricyclic antidepressant Anafranil for my OCD, as I, too, did not have success with any of the SSRIs that I took. It is a miracle medication for me, and it has changed...
Board: Family & Friends of the Mentally Ill 08-13-2008, 05:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,904
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Help? Re: my 8 yr old daughter

It could just be a phase, but the fact that you had intrusive thoughts as well makes it more likely that it's full-blown OCD. I think that taking her to see a psychologist is a great idea. In the...
Board: Anxiety 08-08-2008, 12:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,769
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Has anyone had any luck with meds to relieve irritability?

I take Lamictal for the irritability and mood swings associated with my Asperger's Syndrome. Lamictal doesn't help for my anxiety/OCD (I take Klonopin and Anafranil for that), but it has done wonders...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 08-03-2008, 10:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 828
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Sons quirky eating habit

If it's OCD, then there will be an underlying fear behind the behavior. Is he afraid of contamination of the food? Is he afraid that something "bad" will happen if he touches his food? Does he feel...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 08-01-2008, 11:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,112
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: At what age did you notice your OCD?

My OCD first started when I was three. Between the ages of three and four, my two main compulsions were asking for reassurance and confessing. I still have these compulsions. My OCD became full-blown...
Board: Bipolar Disorder 07-28-2008, 02:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,019
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: just started taking lamictal - does it get better?

I have not ever had any side effects while taking Lamictal. I've been taking it for about 2 1/2 years for my Asperger's Syndrome mood swings. (I am not bipolar.) You should definitely tell your...
Board: Autism Spectrum 07-18-2008, 12:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,852
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: New here and result of evaluation In

PDD-NOS is also known as "atypical autism." It is the diagnosis given to an individual when they fit some criteria of autism but not all. For example, the individual may have problems in...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 07-13-2008, 03:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,713
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: What age can OCD be officially diagnosed?

I have both Asperger's Syndrome and OCD. It is possible to have both, and my OCD started when I was 3, but "obsessions" in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are completely different than clinical...
Board: Anxiety 07-11-2008, 04:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,942
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Anyone else suffer from life-long anxiety?

I, too, often have anxiety that I have no idea where it's coming from. My free-floating anxiety all has to deal with unpredictability and change, so every moment, I'm worried about something being...
Board: Anxiety 07-11-2008, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,942
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Anyone else suffer from life-long anxiety?

I, too, have had life-long anxiety. I have Asperger's Syndrome, so that contributed to a lot of my childhood anxiety. I also have OCD, and I've had OCD symptoms/anxiety since age three. I have had...
Board: Autism Spectrum 07-03-2008, 11:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,355
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Calling all Aspies I need some info

Calore,
No, I've never had life skills training. My social deficits are mild (my Asperger's primarily takes the form of "special interests," severe resistance to change/need for sameness, and...
Board: Autism Spectrum 07-03-2008, 11:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,031
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: How to help him with his traits

GorgeousHamster,
That's great that your son's seating arrangement has been changed and is working out well! I hope things continue to go well for you.
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Calore,
As far as additional time for...
Board: Anxiety 07-02-2008, 02:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 910
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: all the time

Yes, I worry more often than not. Nothing seems to help it. It's just a part of my life now, unfortunately. I've had anxiety/panic attacks since age 3, and I've never known anything different. But,...
Board: Autism Spectrum 07-02-2008, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,031
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: How to help him with his traits

roses4lace,
I never realized until now why I prefer a booth in a restaurant better than a table in the middle of the dining room! I love sitting against a wall, because it "blocks" one off from...
Board: Autism Spectrum 07-01-2008, 02:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,031
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: How to help him with his traits

GorgeousHamster,
I'm so glad to hear that the list idea worked! That's great. Someday soon, your son may not need the list, because he may drill it into his brain with mental images and...
Board: Autism Spectrum 07-01-2008, 04:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,031
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: How to help him with his traits

roses4lace,
Yes, it's amazing how similar Aspies can be, overall. It's always said that AS is a syndrome because it's a cluster of symptoms that more or less occur together (with different...
Board: Autism Spectrum 06-30-2008, 04:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,031
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: How to help him with his traits

Lots of Aspies, myself included, have great, great difficulty with verbal instructions, especially if it involves more than one step being given at a time. We also don't do well remembering...
Board: Autism Spectrum 06-27-2008, 09:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,355
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Calling all Aspies I need some info

Most, if not all, colleges/universities should provide accommodations for diagnosed Asperger's, as well as other neuropsych disorders. I'm an undergrad student, and I receive accommodations for my...
Board: Autism Spectrum 06-27-2008, 09:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,627
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: 11 yo son constant talking

Lynie,
I am the same way. Not only am I bad at math, but I need to "see" everything, in order to understand it. It seems as though most Aspies either are math geniuses or they have Nonverbal...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 06-27-2008, 09:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,417
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: 4 yr old grandaughter may have OCD

I have both OCD and Asperger's Syndrome (Sensory Integration Disorder, or SID, is part and parcel of Asperger's), and my OCD started around age 3 (became severe at age 11 1/2), so I can sympathize...
Board: Anxiety 06-21-2008, 10:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,920
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: nervous breakdown?? bi-polar??

Abilify (technical name of "aripiprazole") is a form of atypical anti-psychotic that is primarily prescribed for bipolar mania and schizophrenia. However, the atypical anti-psychotics can be used for...
Board: Autism Spectrum 06-21-2008, 10:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,627
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: 11 yo son constant talking

Lynie,
Your description of talking to yourself was very interesting. I talk to myself all of the time, and my experience is the same as how you've described. Talking to oneself seems to be quite...
Board: Panic Disorders 06-21-2008, 10:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,260
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Can you get immune to prozac?

Yes, it is possible to become tolerant/sensitized to an SSRI, especially if you're taking a higher amount. I became sensitized to Zoloft when I was on that. When I first started taking it, I took the...
Board: Autism Spectrum 06-18-2008, 05:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,627
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: 11 yo son constant talking

The endless talking/rambling in those with Asperger's can transcend to writing or any type of verbal activity. I often do ramble when I write; at the very least, much of what I write is extremely...
Board: Autism Spectrum 06-17-2008, 08:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,627
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: 11 yo son constant talking

From your second reply, it doesn't sound as if the endless talking is indicative of Asperger's. Of course, only a doctor can say for sure, but there were some things in your second post that don't go...
Board: Autism Spectrum 06-17-2008, 05:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,627
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: 11 yo son constant talking

I have Asperger's Syndrome (AS), and I do this all of the time. I talk to myself a lot, but when somebody else is around, I tend to just talk "next" to the person, saying the same things I would to...
Board: Autism Spectrum 06-16-2008, 06:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,355
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Calling all Aspies I need some info

Liamsmom,
Like roses4lace, my diagnosis story is a very different one, because I, too, didn't get diagnosed until adulthood. I have comorbid OCD, so my Asperger's was discovered during CBT; my CBT...
Board: Anxiety 06-13-2008, 04:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,103
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: How do antidepressant medications like Zoloft or Lexapro cause weight gain?

The weight gain or loss that can result from SSRI usage comes from the fact that the medication manipulates the levels of serotonin, a chemical in the brain. Serotonin is naturally created in the...
Board: Autism Spectrum 06-11-2008, 04:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,709
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: The great things about Autism......

I wouldn't trade my Asperger's for the world. My favorite things about it are my encyclopedic memory for facts and the intense joy and enthusiasm I get from talking about my "special interests."...
Board: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) 06-09-2008, 09:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,826
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: Clozapine for OCD?

I've never been on an atypical anti-psychotic for my OCD, and thus, I've never taken clozapine. Out of all of the atypical anti-psychotics, clozapine is one of the strongest serotonin antagonists....
Board: Panic Disorders 06-08-2008, 07:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 958
Posted By GatsbyLuvr1920
Re: The Triffecta Isn,t Easy

I don't have panic disorder, because I don't have "out-of-the-blue" panic attacks, nor do I have the common panic attack fears (like thinking one is dying, or fearing when the next panic attack is...
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