Seems from reading this is more a "caregiver to caregiver" forum, but when I tried the "patient" section, said I needed special access. I've tried reading as much as I can, but...
I'm 55 years old, female, good physical health. Can walk and exercise up a storm, unless I get lost or fall over.
Trying to keep my sense of humor about this.
I'm presently seeing a dr. in a mental health clinic, I have been hospitalized 4 times past 9 years for different medication adjustments. My diagnosis up til now has been bipolar/psychotic tendancies. That's not off of any paper, just from memory. Can be deeply depressed, then racing thoughts, don't sleep and have lovely hallucinations. Nothing ever frightful. But for past 2-3 yrs, my main complaint has been nearly intollerable confusion. Every 9-10 months here lately I feel like I "loose ground", like dropping down a steep staircase. Sometimes I feel I've only lost 1/2 a step, but this "shift" I feel like I've fallen a whole flight of stairs.
I'm on Wellbutrin for depression, Seraquel for my hallucinations and Clonopin. The last was just added because I shake mildly and dr thought it was anxiety. Which even puzzled her because I've always been the "Queen of Chill". After reading Dr. Gott's column and doing research, both my Dr. and I had a huge Ah Ha moment. It would explain so much. They even recently ran an EEG on me because me family was noticing I would "check out" and just sat and stare. Thought maybe I was having seizures/mini strokes. Nothing abnormal showed up. My Dr. @ the clinic can't refer me to a neurologist, so I'm getting an appointment with my main doctor to refer me to the neurologist. Seraquel's been the only antiphycotic I've ever been able to tolerate, and all the med's I'm on are very low doses because I've always been very sensitive to medication. Like I said, my halluciations are quiet pleasant, a pretty yellow kitty, butterflies or bluebirds in the shower with me, and we all know, that only happens to Snow White!
So please, point me in the right direction on this wonderful site and if you have any suggestions for future visits with new Dr. please share.