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To back up: how long on seroquel and lithium, and how have they been helping? When did you add wellbutrin to the mix, and why? I am so glad to hear that you are giving good attention to your signals, seems to me more and more true that tight focus and response on this can help us survive this illness. I am on a great combo right now and wonder if it might help you. I started remeron for antidepression, and last week added abilify to mood stabilize, and cannot believe the difference the latter has made with the irritability and agitation and generally feeling that I couldn’t take the outside world anymore. What is your pattern like? Do you have more trouble with depression or mania? How about mixed episodes? Don’t give up, there is hope. We are like orchids, so delicate, but so prized and valuable too. It seems just on the story so far that you need a little more mood stabilizer, or a little less anti-d. Make a "disaster-relief" plan and share it with others in case you do get to feeling too bad, what you should do and they should do to help you.

I went to a terrible support group meeting Wed, but something we read applies to me and perhaps you. I'll sum it up: When we get to feeling so bad, we get trapped in the moment, how wretched it is, and feel certain we can't get through it. If we can get ourselves to put our current experience back into the total view of our life, we can remember past times when we felt so terrible, but survived, and then had some better moments. By putting the moment back into our whole life, maybe we can give ourselves the courage and patience to keep onward, and even remind ourselves of some of the pleasures we have experienced. I don't know if I am making any sense. But it helped when once again it took 7 failed attempts to get an IV going....POM ;) Good luck and keep posting!
I understand what you mean about your personality being good and in there somewhere; I’m always talking about it as the real me, or about not feeling myself today. :jester: I think abilify may really help you based on the angry irritability. I was feeling that way pretty severely with all the increased shopping stress, people driving unsafely and rude, getting into verbally abusive arguments while jockeying in line to pay. Abilify has made my appetite pick up, but in my case, I am losing weight on it because I am also able to start doing things again. I am at the lowest dose of 5mg, and already my world has turned 180 degrees. I think maybe the switch, change in effectiveness of the lithium and seroquel could have come because your body has developed a tolerance for it. Hopefully, adding to the cocktail will be the answer instead of a flat out switch to new mood stabilizers. Remeron has really helped my depressive part, and I get it in 15mg pills, and can take 3 a day or 2 a day or even just 1 depending on how high I am getting between the hopeless sads and the wound up hypomania. It seems to be helping to be able to have that extra level of daily adjustment possible. Hold fast to the knowledge of who you really are, and maybe even leave yourself affirmative love notes to remind you when you forget. When we get sad we can't believe it on our own, you know? :D
Hey thanks, I love all this info, it makes me feel hopeful. I have not felt that in a long time. Maybe I never felt it. You mentioned remeron, does that cause weight gain? I know I sound stupid to be so concerned with weight gain, but I am really afraid of it and I have been since young teen years. Homelife was real bad and violent all growing up and I think I dealt with it by obsessive weight loss. Ever since it has been a big fear for me. I take care of myself but I notice if I gain even a pound, I get very anxious and it affects everything in my life.
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To back up: how long on seroquel and lithium, and how have they been helping? When did you add wellbutrin to the mix, and why? I am so glad to hear that you are giving good attention to your signals, seems to me more and more true that tight focus and response on this can help us survive this illness. I am on a great combo right now and wonder if it might help you. I started remeron for antidepression, and last week added abilify to mood stabilize, and cannot believe the difference the latter has made with the irritability and agitation and generally feeling that I couldn’t take the outside world anymore. What is your pattern like? Do you have more trouble with depression or mania? How about mixed episodes? Don’t give up, there is hope. We are like orchids, so delicate, but so prized and valuable too. It seems just on the story so far that you need a little more mood stabilizer, or a little less anti-d. Make a "disaster-relief" plan and share it with others in case you do get to feeling too bad, what you should do and they should do to help you.

I went to a terrible support group meeting Wed, but something we read applies to me and perhaps you. I'll sum it up: When we get to feeling so bad, we get trapped in the moment, how wretched it is, and feel certain we can't get through it. If we can get ourselves to put our current experience back into the total view of our life, we can remember past times when we felt so terrible, but survived, and then had some better moments. By putting the moment back into our whole life, maybe we can give ourselves the courage and patience to keep onward, and even remind ourselves of some of the pleasures we have experienced. I don't know if I am making any sense. But it helped when once again it took 7 failed attempts to get an IV going....POM ;) Good luck and keep posting!


I like you too, and not only are you making good sense, you seem to be using a clear mind also! Hope I posted this in the right place for you to see it Blmndy:angel:
When I first started remeron, I started to have an appetite again. I gained a little bit of weight over 3 months, maybe 10-15 lbs, because I was eating more than I had been, which had been hardly anything, but still sleeping and pretty inactive when I was awake. Just in the couple weeks I have been on abilify, I have lost about half of what I gained. I haven't been working out or anything, the difference has been that I am getting up and living again. So it is all a delicate dance. The experience I had with these two meds was remarkable in that I felt a positive response the very next day, especially with the abilify. Of course, I must mention that I take xanax too, 1 pill at night. It is the only thing that will give me a little break from the circular merry-go-round of thoughts so I can sleep some.