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

    Quote Originally Posted by Hokey Pokey View Post
    I think talking about it is a good idea
    Agree.
    I'd suggest a psychiatrist. Psychologists cannot dispense medications. If he is taking seroquel and also wants to talk about his mood etc then a psychiatrist would be the way to go. The psychiatrist can make adjustments to his meds based on his needs. Much easier than dealing with a gp and a psychologist separately.

    I found it really helpful talking to my psychiatrist. I was so reluctant to go in the beginning but it helped to talk to someone who wasn't married to me. Your husband may feel he can't mention somethings to you that he would be able to with the doctor. He can explore these things without fear of hurting your feelings or repercussions.

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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.
    The hospital I went to after attempting suicide allows newborns and their mothers there with special permission. My psych would make sure I was allowed there if I got really bad... I'm also hoping that the hospital I'm having my baby at gives me a private room and is a bit more lenient on the visiting hours for my partner due to everything.

    I agree that finding the right meds could play with ones psyche. It's even worse when you don't have a definite diagnosis and the meds are changing everything... I ended up with schizophrenia added to my diagnosis because it was a side effect of one of the meds I got put on!

    Please don't stress about your fertility. I'm sure everything is fine. I know it's hard. You can pm me any time. I know that I don't have any fertility problems but I am here to support you and everyone else. the hardest part is staying positive and beating our MI's into submission! We are able to do it if we all support each other!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by catrules View Post
    Agree.
    I'd suggest a psychiatrist. Psychologists cannot dispense medications. If he is taking seroquel and also wants to talk about his mood etc then a psychiatrist would be the way to go. The psychiatrist can make adjustments to his meds based on his needs. Much easier than dealing with a gp and a psychologist separately.

    I found it really helpful talking to my psychiatrist. I was so reluctant to go in the beginning but it helped to talk to someone who wasn't married to me. Your husband may feel he can't mention somethings to you that he would be able to with the doctor. He can explore these things without fear of hurting your feelings or repercussions.
    This is what I was hoping too. I ended up seeing a psychologist last year to help giver me some coping tools and she saw us together and helped our communication heaps.
    He currently just has a gp he sees as the psychologist he was seeing told him not to bother coming back unless things got worse.

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    I suffer from anxiety which like so many others triggers depressive episodes.

    I am not on meds and have been free from them for about a year. I have had some ups and downs but am going ok.

    Bubhub has been my saviour over the years, always there no matter what the time. So many mumma's all trying to stay afloat whether we have a MI or not.

    Hokey I think this was such a great idea for a thead. I am glad you are back and feeling better

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

    Quote Originally Posted by smidget3004 View Post
    The hospital I went to after attempting suicide allows newborns and their mothers there with special permission. My psych would make sure I was allowed there if I got really bad... I'm also hoping that the hospital I'm having my baby at gives me a private room and is a bit more lenient on the visiting hours for my partner due to everything.

    I agree that finding the right meds could play with ones psyche. It's even worse when you don't have a definite diagnosis and the meds are changing everything... I ended up with schizophrenia added to my diagnosis because it was a side effect of one of the meds I got put on!

    Please don't stress about your fertility. I'm sure everything is fine. I know it's hard. You can pm me any time. I know that I don't have any fertility problems but I am here to support you and everyone else. the hardest part is staying positive and beating our MI's into submission! We are able to do it if we all support each other!

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    Thank you for your kind words and support

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

    Quote Originally Posted by catrules View Post
    Thank you for your kind words and support
    That's what we are here for! To support each other

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

    I really love this thread and think it's a really positive lovely thing!
    Well done.

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    So glad you guys find this thread useful

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    Hi all! I agree about the stigma attached to mental health, I hate it! It is a medical disorder just like any other and sometimes requires medication to treat it. I have OCD which I manage well usually but whilst pregnant the hormones made it a lot worse, I was very bad there for a while but now am taking zoloft and they have worked wonderfully! I'm still not perfect but I am a lot better and I will get there. My dad suffered from depression all his life and its horrible when they won't get help for themselves. It took him 40 years to start on meds (zoloft) and he now calls them his happy pills it is a serotonin imbalance in the brain for most, and that's why I hate it when people say "what do you have to be depressed about" or "you know that's not true so why think it?" Anyway hugs to everyone here

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    Exactly! You don't need a reason to have depression. Gosh it is not like we choose to have this condition!


 

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