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Hello. I don't come to this forum often. But, I should. I've taken on a lifetime of dysfunction this year and could use ANY support in my "recovery", if you will.<br><br>
I was put on Effexor for ppd. My son was 2 when I started on it. I'm currently weaning of the effexor and am also taking 2.5mg of Zyprexa. My shrink said it's used for bi-polar folks. We're not sure I'm bi-polar and my doc doubts that I am but he said that, if the rx for zyprexa DIDN'T work then he was sure I wasn't. Anyway. I'm also an insomniac. The zyprexa DOES help me sleep. But, I think that's all it does (besides making me feel like a zombie during the day). So, he'll probably take me off it tomorrow and we'll move on to treating unspecific "mood disorder". I'm overwhelmed by the idea of an rx helping me as I fought the lonely battle w/o rx for 33 years. For me, seeking rx intervention is a failure on my own mental ability. But, at the same time, I'm grateful that it's available for me. ANyone else go back and forth over the love/hate of modern rx therapy? I'm also starting cognitive therapy at the end of the month. And I'm looking forward to that.<br><br>
My questrion is : Has anyone else suspected bi-polar and been on Zyprexa (or on it for any other reasons) only to get no specific relief? Then what did you do? Anyone else seem zombie-like on it? And what about the general diagnosis of generalized mood disorder? Is that just a bs term for "screwed up"? Can "mood disorder" be rx treated? Should I expect to have to try a zillion rxs to seek relief? My issues are:<br>
-insane spending. I go thru WAVES of having to rid myself of any $ and then make up stories about why/how it needed to be spent<br>
-rage. I rage. I can go thru a day of coping and coping and coping but usually I do have a "rage" episode once a day or every other day when I simply "switch" moods, often without warning to my ds or dh and simply cannot deal with the slightest thing. I'm not physical. But, raging none the less. And this is, to me, my biggest issue.<br>
- Insomnia. I CANNOT get to sleep. I can STAY asleep once there- it's the THERE that usually never happens.<br>
-feelings of despair. That if something good/positive happens I must expect something bad to to happen too. It sucks. I'm tired of fearing good things due to my irrational need to follow it with bad "payment".<br>
I could go on.
 

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I was on Zyprexa a few years ago. But I was on it to treat schizophrenia (or just sever mental illness, we're not sure). All I did was sleep, it didn't do anything for me. I also tried Risperidol, Celexa, Topamax, Zoloft, ect. Seroquil is the one that really worked well for me until I didn't need it anymore. I can't be more help with the bi-polar questions. What I do know, is that all the times I was in the mental home. Almost everyone there was diagnosed with "bi-polar". Even though they were all so different and all had different symptoms. I also meet more and more bi-polar people everyday. I think it's kind of becoming the new ADD, doctors are quick to label everyone with it. Not saying that something isn't up with you. Just be careful and try and find a really good therapist or psychiatrist. Because it seems like many now a days are taking the easy way out. By diagnosing you with something right away (it should take a while before any diagnosis is made), and then medicating you until you're "better". Take it easy and feel better.
 

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I'm Bi-Polar (type II, rapid-cycling). My doc gave me some samples of Zyprexa dissolving tabs to take when my mind won't shut up and let me sleep. At the full dose (5mg), it made my mind go silent (which was WEIRD) and knocked me out for almost 24 hours. At half that, it puts me to sleep, but the next day I feel groggy and disconnected. Fortunately, since I've been stable on Lamictal, I haven't needed the Zyprexa. I'm glad to be rid of it.
 

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Edamommy,<br>
I agree that nowadays people tend to get the label "bipolar" more often than maybe is really accurate. The thing is, the labels/diagnoses (in my opinion) don't matter that much, because most of the psychiatric meds are used for lots of different things. Depressed or anxious people are now being given meds that were developed for schizophrenia, epilepsy, narcolepsy, etc etc--and as long as it works, that's what counts. You may find a useful med in a short time, or you may be like some of us who try lots & lots of different meds and combinations of meds to get reliefewdsdr<br>
I wouldn't say "generalized mood disorder" means "screwed up"--it means you have mood problems that the pdoc isn't quite sure fit into a certain category. Also, the pdoc may have more freedom to prescribe different RXs when s/he's not locked into a more specific diagnosis. (Some insurance companies only allow certain RXs based on diagnosis--and in psychiatry, they're really trying lots of different things these days.)<br>
I tried Zyprexa a few years ago; it basically knocked me out (often for 24 hours at a time). So, the zombie feelings are quite typical. Sounds like you're moving on from that anyway.<br>
Please do NOT feel badly that you can't "beat" your mental issues without prescription meds. Do diabetics and heart patients and cancer patients feel like failures because they need medications? Depression and other mood disorders are every bit as real and physical illnesses.<br>
I think cognitive therapy is the BEST. Lots of evidence supports that it does work in helping us feel & deal better. Good luck!<br>
All the best to you,<br>
Barb <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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