Riding the Wave ... And the Trough

I am mentally ill, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and a vitamin B12 deficiency (a key element in brain development). For over 12 years, I took anywhere from 5-8 psychotropic meds each day, and have been recently giving myself a monthly injection of B12.

In January 2012 I was hospitalized for depression, and management of my currrent med cocktail. Immediately all but two of my meds were discontinued and, after a few weeks of adjustment, and some near hospitalizations, things seem to be going much better.

I have been on permanent disability since January 2010, and am adjusting to life on a very limited income.

My prayer is that in walking with me during the ups and downs of Bipolar Disorder, you might find solace, and benefit through my experiences.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

"Post Pubesent" Puberty?

 In 1994, when I was first diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, the doctor put me on the "med of the day", Paxil, first introduced in 1993. One unfortunate side effect for me was weight gain, something I previously had never dealt with. For most of my adult life I had hovered between 140 - 145 pounds.

Once I began this med, I started to gain weight. The first month, I went up to 160#, the second month 170#, and on, and on, and on. Finally, my weight began to level off at 230#! What the hell just happened?

Over the years I would experiences "changes" that might or might not be attributed to the mediation I was taking; it was hard to tell. However,  I now have something happening that is both unsightly, annoying and painful. I have developed these large, painful pimples on the back of my head. To top it off, I have been bald on top since 1981, so even the hair on the back of my head is thinning. It seems that one goes away, and two come to take its place.

Nothing life changing, nothing even life altering. Just life annoying! How about you?

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