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    Default Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

    Just wanted to offer support to such a worthy thread!

    People fear and shun what they don't understand. Publicising it and educating people is the key to overcoming the stigma associated with mental illness.

    Some of the most beautiful souls I have the pleasure of knowing suffer from a mental illness!

    You do yourselves proud ladies! 😄

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    Default Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

    Best thread and I'm happy to admit my diagnoses, I have anxiety, depression and bipolar. I am on Effexor 150mg and Seroquel XR 200mg.

    I was diagnosed last year and have lost nearly all my friends as a result, but I have also made some new ones who see beyond my diagnoses to see the real me and am living my dream, running a business teaching craft to kids as well as working in a second hands kids shop full. It's exhausting but I love it and throughout it all, DD has been my number 1 concern! She has never gone without or suffered as a result of my MI so you're right, a person with MI can still be an awesome mum

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    Default Re: Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

    I have social and general anxiety disorder and have done since I was 8, I also battle depression and possibly bi polar. When I'm down I am also a cutter.

    Currently med free because I didn't want to be on them when in late pregnancy and breast feeding, but won't hesitate to go back on them if need be.



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    Hello
    Have not had a chance to read through this thread yet but intend to do so.
    What a fantastic idea OP, starting this thread

    My head broke when I was a young child and I have been working on mending it for years and years; (gotta have a sense of humour about it or I'll just curl up and die) have seen counsellors from time to time and they helped me alot recently.
    I am super prone to anxiety and depression.
    My psych when I was a kid told me to give the feeling a name, my depression and panic attack feeling, I was 9 so we didn't use the word depression, and I called it "horrible". So we called it the "horrible" feeling. How apt for a 9 year old.
    I will be back to read this thread

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    Default Re: Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

    I have to applaud all you ladies who are coping without meds! I am so glad that I have been able to go so long in my pregnancy without them, and I sometimes feel guilty that I have had to ask to go back on them... I know I shouldn't, but sometimes it's better for everyone

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    Default Re: Let's break the stigma attached to mental health illness!

    I want to come back to this thread when I can give it proper attention, it's late & I'm tired and I can't concentrate.
    ETA I have had some degree of depression most of my adult life, was diagnosed with PND a few months after dd2 was born, and am managing with medication now but can't do without it so I guess that means I'm not recovered, oh well...
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    Quote Originally Posted by smidget3004 View Post
    I have bipolar 2 as well. I find that anything that changes my hormones makes my symptoms worse (so pregnancy is a really trying time). I am on seroquel xr 200mg. The drs said it won't even pass through my breast milk. I might drop it down after bub is born so I wake up when bub wakes. I will be talking to my psych about it all when I see him in a few weeks.

    I went for a year and a half without taking meds, and that was when we found out that the pill was setting me off

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    I was up to 400mg seroquel and talking bout 600mg and wasn't seeing the results I wanted with the depression and the weight gain was unacceptable (especially after trying Xyprexa first). So i then tried Lithium 1250mg for 6 months. Bit better but was getting thyroid problems and all the monitoring was making my anxiety worse.
    Prior to this bout I felt like the meds were the answer as I was desperate for anything to help. But now after trying so many (so many others!) I'm not sure. Once I slowly weaned off them late last yr my mood improved every week and the decreased focus on going to doctors appointments, blood tests, medications, side effects etc definitely shifted my focus from something being wrong with me to just trying to enjoy my life.
    Obviously I'm realistic and I've been told its a 90% chance of relapse for me but I can enjoy how things are going now and deal with the next bout when it happens.

    I saw my regular psychiatrist and then a 2nd opinion and then met with a psych at the mental health pregnancy clinic at the royal woman's in melb about these drugs during pregnancy. I was also fairly ok to take seroquel breastfeeding but was a bit reluctant to take it in the first trimester if I got pregnant. Lithium was giving me lots of doubts due to heart abnormalities. Seroquel's profile seemed an acceptable level of risk to the baby when weighed against the benefits to the mother and the stress on the baby if she was unmedicated and in a bout of mania or depression. The royal women's supports mums breastfeeding whilst on seroquel which is encouraging.
    I'm really really hoping that when I get pregnant it doesn't trigger another episode. My psych says the time in the weeks immediately after the birth is the most risky. She recommends my hubby having time off work to support me, asking the hospital to give me a private room and look after baby for me so I can sleep (sleep is one of my triggers). There are even private mental health clinics apparently where u can check in with ur newborn if u need the extra care.

    Unfortunately I'm having trouble getting pregnant and I'm going for some basic fertility tests next week and I'm a little bit worried this could trigger an depressive episode (last one was triggered when I found out I had cancer and treatments and also got my tonsils out within a couple of weeks). Just gotta think that I'm not gonna let it get to me and the tests will give me some clarity to the situation which is positive so I can stop wondering what's going on.

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    Just subbing atm. will be back to read and post at a more appropriate time. (not 2.30am, insomnia time) take care everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrules View Post
    I was up to 400mg seroquel and talking bout 600mg and wasn't seeing the results I wanted with the depression and the weight gain was unacceptable (especially after trying Xyprexa first). So i then tried Lithium 1250mg for 6 months. Bit better but was getting thyroid problems and all the monitoring was making my anxiety worse.
    Prior to this bout I felt like the meds were the answer as I was desperate for anything to help. But now after trying so many (so many others!) I'm not sure. Once I slowly weaned off them late last yr my mood improved every week and the decreased focus on going to doctors appointments, blood tests, medications, side effects etc definitely shifted my focus from something being wrong with me to just trying to enjoy my life.
    Obviously I'm realistic and I've been told its a 90% chance of relapse for me but I can enjoy how things are going now and deal with the next bout when it happens.

    I saw my regular psychiatrist and then a 2nd opinion and then met with a psych at the mental health pregnancy clinic at the royal woman's in melb about these drugs during pregnancy. I was also fairly ok to take seroquel breastfeeding but was a bit reluctant to take it in the first trimester if I got pregnant. Lithium was giving me lots of doubts due to heart abnormalities. Seroquel's profile seemed an acceptable level of risk to the baby when weighed against the benefits to the mother and the stress on the baby if she was unmedicated and in a bout of mania or depression. The royal women's supports mums breastfeeding whilst on seroquel which is encouraging.
    I'm really really hoping that when I get pregnant it doesn't trigger another episode. My psych says the time in the weeks immediately after the birth is the most risky. She recommends my hubby having time off work to support me, asking the hospital to give me a private room and look after baby for me so I can sleep (sleep is one of my triggers). There are even private mental health clinics apparently where u can check in with ur newborn if u need the extra care.

    Unfortunately I'm having trouble getting pregnant and I'm going for some basic fertility tests next week and I'm a little bit worried this could trigger an depressive episode (last one was triggered when I found out I had cancer and treatments and also got my tonsils out within a couple of weeks). Just gotta think that I'm not gonna let it get to me and the tests will give me some clarity to the situation which is positive so I can stop wondering what's going on.
    All the best with your tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by kezanazz View Post
    My dh has bipolar 2 also and he takes 400mg seroquel xr daily.
    His downs are getting less and less and he is more mood stable but I find him to be quite detached from our dd and he says he doesn't cope with being a dad.
    I hate this and wonder if it's meditation or needs to talk to psychologist about it?...

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