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laughingsunMar. 13th, 2011 03:08 pm Here's to hoping I get some responses ASAP

This is not specifically a bipolar post, but a prescription medication post.

Basically, I'm taking a college course called Bio Ethics. It's about the ethics related to the medical field. The class has been assigned a paper, and he'd prefer the paper to be controversial. The thesis I came up with was that psychiatrists/doctors who over-prescribe prescription medication to minors should be held accountable for malpractice. My original thesis was just an opposition to minors taking prescription medications, but the teacher didn't find it controversial enough.

Also, I have a question. If a minor is medicated at a young enough age, and the degree of over-medications persists through adolescence and into adulthood, is it true that the patients either can't ever stop taking the meds, or would they just have an extremely difficult time stopping their medication intake?

Any thoughts, ideas, questions, suggestions, etc are more than welcome.

Thank you for reading, PLEASE comment

-Cait

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laughingsunJan. 12th, 2011 07:18 pm Seroquel and Memory Loss?

For a while now, I've had this issue... I need to take Seroquel in order to sleep. Nights without it... it's really not fun. So I take my meds, and the Seroquel makes me drowsy, and eventually I pass out. But during the drowsiness, I lose chunks of my memory. For example, after taking my meds I can have a discussion with my roommate before we go to bed. In the morning, I won't recall having the conversation. Same goes with phone calls, text messages, anything online... once the person reminds me of what I've forgotten, the memory is very very vague.

I don't know if it really is the Seroquel or not... I just know this problem popped up maybe a year and a half ago. I've been taking Seroquel a lot longer than that, so... I don't know. As per usual, my psychiatrist and therapist aren't sure what's going on. Very comforting.

Thoughts, questions, comments..? Does anyone know anything about Seroquel and memory loss?

-Cait

Current Mood: curiouscurious

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manic_insomniaJan. 1st, 2011 01:33 pm Self Injury Cover Up- A New Year to Cover Up My Past

I have scars, about 2 years old, from self injury using a knife. I've done so much work to move on from the damage I've inflicted so many years ago. I still have episodes of depression and mania that bring me down that low, but I've used the fact that if I cut, I know I'll be kicked out of med school, as my motivation. And it's worked. But now, I look back on some of the things I want back in my life. I used to do martial arts- the only 'sport' that I was even remotely passionate about, and helped me get out my emotional turmoil. BUT, unfortunately, they make you roll up your sleeves and my arms are filled with cuts; cuts I don't ever want my fellow classmates to see. True, later in clinical I might have to roll up my sleeves, but I'll wait and see until that moment comes. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas to COVER up my scars. Treatments won't work (I've tried everything including laser). My scars are a lighter colour than my skin tone (darker). It's like my skin is a naturally tanned colour, but the scars are whiter. Anyone with any ideas to help me with this, would be very appreciated. It's a new year and I'd love to get back into martial arts instead of realizing that I can't ever do it again.

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cheerleader77Oct. 14th, 2010 10:16 pm friendships

I met with my hair dresser today for a much needed trim.  I have been seeing her I think since 2004.  She too also has Bipolar.  So its nice to know some one who can really relate to the hi's and low's  She is my mom's age and she has had it for many years. 
I asked her today if she has struggles at all with negative thinking, negative thoughts,
I am also the only person she talks to about BP
I am so afraid to tell some one and they dont grasp the intensity of these feelings.  Sure I can have a good cry in the shower or something, but I dont even do that, I think I would rather talk it out.
I can't believe how much I now wanna let it out.
but who do I trust the most
who is the most available for me if I need them?
despite how much some friends say they can be there and are, how do I know they can really handle it?
what if its too much?
Can I be able to share my dark secrets with them?
Thoughts of self harmI met with my hair dresser today for a much needed trim.  I have been seeing her I think since 2004.  She too also has Bipolar.  So its nice to know some one who can really relate to the hi's and low's  She is my mom's age and she has had it for many years. 
I asked her today if she has struggles at all with negative thinking, negative thoughts,
I am also the only person she talks to about BP
I am so afraid to tell some one and they dont grasp the intensity of these feelings.  Sure I can have a good cry in the shower or something, but I dont even do that, I think I would rather talk it out.
I can't believe how much I now wanna let it out.
but who do I trust the most
who is the most available for me if I need them?
despite how much some friends say they can be there and are, how do I know they can really handle it?
what if its too much?
Can I be able to share my dark secrets with them?
Thoughts of self harm
would I scare them right away if i got sick and needed help at the hospital?
are they going to treat me like a crazy person and question my every move

Friendships are important to me and the last thing I want is to talk to some one and then I am too clingy and irritating is just something I can not bear to go through again.
would I scare them right away if i got sick and needed help at the hospital?
are they going to treat me like a crazy person and question my every move

Friendships are important to me and the last thing I want is to talk to some one and then I am too clingy and irritating is just something I can not bear to go through again.

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december_lilyMar. 30th, 2010 04:03 pm Advice?

Hello everyone.

My fiancee is diagnosed as Bipolar II with extreme mania. He's currently in the middle of an unusually intense manic episode, and I'm kind of at a loss on what I can do to help. My usual patience and encouragement doesn't seem to be helping at all, so I was wondering if anyone could give me some perspective on what it's like to actually experience this disorder so I might be able to be of more help. Because seeing him like this hurts and I don't want to let my personal pain influence what he's going through and make it worse for him.

Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. :)

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manic_insomniaMar. 10th, 2010 10:10 pm BD + BPD??

So, I don't know what I'm allowed to say or not. I'm in the 20-25 range. Paranoid of people finding out my "true" identity, so I have to sort of put a range on it. I write some pretty intense entries no lie, and I don't recommend anyone who can be or is easily triggered to read them. But if anyone does want to, I would love to share my experiences through them, get support, or just have anyone read and hopefully gain incite into themselves, or me, or anything really. I also, wanted to make a topic concerning BD and BPD. Bipolar and Borderline Personality. Is anyone else diagnosed with both? Is anyone else finding it difficult to see if they actually do have both, or when it's the bipolar issues vs the borderline issues. I've always found it difficult to differentiate. Anyone who also has some coping mechanisms to deal with things, is always appreciated. Knowledge is power and relapse is almost always inevitable, so I'd love to share with people and hopefully learn something.

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sherrixbabyFeb. 27th, 2010 03:40 am Hello

Hi, I am a 22 year old female suffering from BPD. I hope this isn't against your rules, but I just wanted to tell you about my forum. www.emotionalawareness.lefora.com

I'm not here to spam or anything, and I would like to be an active member of this group, but I just wanted to tell you about my forum, as we touch on topics such as eating disorders, depression, phobias, anxiety/panic, bipolar, abuse, borderline, addiction, etc.

My forum is just getting started, but I would really appreciate it if you would check it out and maybe tell your friends who might need some support.

Thanks guys! <3

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cheerleader77Jan. 16th, 2010 11:32 am

Hey

I've been diagnosed with bipolar since fall of 2008.  I have read a lot of things, that a lot of bipolar people have used alcohol, street drugs, OTC drugs, to deal with hit or what ever.

I haven't.  I have used food.  And since finally becoming stable (since April '09) ive lost 60 pounds. 

I guess I am curious how common it is for people NOT to use alcohol and drugs.

My apologies to anyone who has or is. 

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cheerleader77Nov. 14th, 2009 03:43 pm Friends wanted

Hey
I am looking for some more LJ friends. Its nice to have the support aside from the community groups.

Here is a little about me
I am 32, married to my husband Jeff. Together we have a beautiful 3 year old boy named Alex, who has a big time obsession with Thomas the tank engine right now.
We reside in a great city called Waterloo which is in Ontario, Canada.
I went about 10 years with out being diagnosed with Bipolar. Finally was Nov 2008.
I have a very supporting family and a close friends. I am a medical secretary for a doctors office that has 3 family and one OBGYN dr. I love my job.
I love to read, spend time with my family, I am physically active which has helped me lost almost 50 pounds.
So there is a little about me. If you want to add me as a friend, either comment on my own journal.

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cheerleader77Nov. 13th, 2009 12:44 pm med changes

I heard from some where (cant remember) that once I get "stable" that I could maybe look at going off of my meds. Maybe not all of them but some. Has anyone else done this? (as instructed, not just because)
I am apprehensive in fear of it causing another episode.

I am on 300mg of Wellbutrin
50 mg of Seroquel
1200 mg of Lithium

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