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Survivor Room / Re: Meds....
« Last post by Lorien on February 22, 2020, 06:30:18 PM »
Yeah I guess I kind of figured that if I could get that down then things would be more settled and I wouldn't need to keep managing things forever. But obviously that isn't right. Partly it makes it hard not to think f*ck it doesn't matter. I think I'm still trying to get my head around the bipolar diagnosis - especially because it has changed how people are managing things and interacting with me when things are difficult. I'd quite like to just turn off the next few days until things are a bit more settled. That sort of thought process is usually not good for me. But with my brain so fast, it's hard to keep away from it.
Survivor Room / Re: Meds....
« Last post by Rob on February 22, 2020, 03:39:25 PM »
Commiserations about the  :ill:  4 years without is something to feel proud of, nevertheless.
Survivor Room / Re: Meds....
« Last post by Lorien on February 22, 2020, 03:04:39 PM »
Feeling pretty crap, trying to balance bad cold & high temp with mood being much higher than it has been in a while. I feel like I'm taking a pharmacy right now. Struggling a bit with today being 4years since last s/h. All together it is just a bit much but I don't think there is anything I can do about it
Survivor Room / Meds....
« Last post by Lorien on February 21, 2020, 05:17:11 PM »
Long story short - mood stabiliser stopped migraine medication being as effective. So after a period of time on an increased dose of the mood stabiliser, I felt like I really had to do something about the migraines. They were getting really bad and I was missing work. I already have a warning for absence so I don't need more sickness.

The GP said to ask the Psychiatrist because he didn't want to mess up the mood stabiliser. So I asked them and they said it was fine to increase it because the mood stabiliser should off set any effect on didn't. I am not off work because things were getting too high. The Psychiatrist is away so the consultant covering him advised to reverse the change in migraine meds and gave me Diazepam and temazepam to keep things more comfortable until the Psychiatrist is back on Monday.

I am more comfortable but also effing HUNGRY! and to be honest still quite irritable. I'm not massively weight conscious but the mood stabiliser already made it easier to stack weight on. The Psychiatrist I spoke to in the interim said he thinks that the usual one will add in another medication with the one I take now. As far as I can see weight gain is a side effect of almost every that could be. What I eat is normally pretty balanced. But no matter how much of anything I eat at the minute I'm still really hungry.

Has anyone had this with Diazepam / temazepam. I've taken both before and not found that. Also, any suggestions for ways to keep it in check without ballooning or being continually hangry?
Research Topics / Re: Self-harm and autism
« Last post by katievan on February 14, 2020, 02:19:18 PM »

Thanks for your messages. You're right, there is certainly a need to investigate this topic further from the perspective of those with autism so their voices may be heard. It is regrettable that there is so little research to justify the importance of hearing from them personally, considering that ethics panels consider individuals with these difficulties a 'vulnerable group'.  I sincerely hope that this is given due time and consideration possibly by larger research groups - there is certainly some truth in saying I can only achieve so much in a time limited qualification as an individual researcher. This is something I'll be sure to mention under the limitations of the report.
However, besides asking about parent's understanding of their children, this research very much also focuses on the impact that this has on parents (regrettably services in the UK struggle to meet demand and often turn away the people who are struggling with mental health themselves - there is therefore very few places where family members and others affected by an individual's mental health can access support). I hope that through this research we can identify what support parent's need, so this can indirectly help their children (naturally, all parents are doing a better job than they know!). Fortunately, I am aware that this is a topic of developing interest with other teams doing research in this area - fingers crossed that there will soon be more information readily available for people to access. Thanks again for your feedback :)
Survivor Room / Re: Uncertainty with my future MH care.
« Last post by Tucan on February 12, 2020, 04:31:12 PM »
Fingers crossed you don't need to stay too long.
Survivor Room / Re: Uncertainty with my future MH care.
« Last post by Vermilion on February 12, 2020, 02:51:22 PM »
Yeah I know, it's such a bummer though. It's getting to the point where the staff recognise me because I've been there a few times now. It's not as bad as last time so hopefully I won't have to stay too long. Sigh.
Survivor Room / Re: Uncertainty with my future MH care.
« Last post by Rob on February 12, 2020, 12:22:56 PM »
Better to have it seen to properly though.
Survivor Room / Re: Uncertainty with my future MH care.
« Last post by Vermilion on February 12, 2020, 11:11:02 AM »
I've planted some heather over him, he's in a plant pot so that I can take him with me if I move. I do it with all of my rabbits.

It's a full thickness b**n so I'm going to the b**n unit again. :(
Survivor Room / Re: Uncertainty with my future MH care.
« Last post by icicle on February 11, 2020, 10:20:25 PM »
Remember the good times that you had with your  :bunny: Remember that you gave  :bunny: a nice life. The RWAF has a memorial page, I think that the Blue Cross might do too.
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