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How severe was the head injury?
Got your CT scan head done, if yes, was it normal?
Are you also suffering from Mood disorder (taking Lithium?)
my head injury was bad enough that my speech was effected
they said post concussion syndrome
ct scan was normal
and my mri just confirmed that i have chiarri malformation 1 no changes
lithium is for mood disorder...bipolar
my diagnosis for pysch is boderline personality disorder, bipolar, ptsd, and anxiety (they diagnosed me borderline back in march after a 14 year long history of self mutilation and suicide attempts)
Thanks for the detailed information. After head injury, patients commonly report of symptoms like altered mood, headache, dizziness, altered mood etc and these symptoms may persist for few weeks to a month or so depending on the severity of head injury.
my injury occured on january 12th
OK, do you think that the symptoms you have mentioned are decreasing in severity now a little bit or same as before?
the thing that concerns me is the severity of my mood changes...my aggitation and paranoia had gotten so bad that i signed myself out of the hospital ama and actually left my home
i was homeless staying at my ex boyfriends home for about three weeks
some things have remained exactly the same, such as the paranoia and dizzness
well, you must be aware of the fact that any type of stress can aggravate or worsen the mental illness
the depression is come and go
some days alot worse then others
yes that i do
In that case, I guess, you required a re-evaluation of your medicines
are you also taking any other medicine other than Lithium?
yes one for the bipolar the rest are for siezures, tachycardia, anxiety
is it possible for you to mention them along with the dose, because in my view, simply readjusting the dose of these medicines should be helpful in controlling your current symptoms
the bystolic for tachycardia 5mg in the morning, lithium is 600mg in the morning 300 mg at night, sinequan (doxepin) 50mg at night, klonopin 0.5mg bid, lamictal 50mg bid (for seizures) and protonix 40mg in the morning
the anxiety has gotten so bad that my ptsd symptoms have increased ten fold....it actually ended my relationship with my boyfriend '
i have called my pysch dr numerous times and for some reason he isnt all the concerned and keeps pushing off my appt so hence why i am asking here lol
OK, I may suggest you some modifications which you can discuss with your psychiatrist. This is all I can do from here
could these changes be strictly from the head injury, seeings how none of these symptoms have been present since april, and i was stable up until the head injury?
yes it is possible. Headache, dizziness, altered mood are the frequently reported symptoms by most patients
but in that case, these symptoms should subside shortly
as the times passes by
althought i will mention that neurologically i havent been the same since april...massive suicide attempt that had me in CCU on a vent for ten days and effected all of my organs including my brain
sorry to hear about that
ok that is good to know...because the way i have been feeling is not the way i would like to continue
i think if it was to not get better at all that would probably worsen my depression
don't worry about that.
When you are going to see your psychiatrist next?
honestly i am not sorry that it happened because it kind of straightend me up to never try and pull that again
thats the down side unfortunatly
i am supposed to be seeing him this sunday, but we are located on long island in new york and we are in the area that is expecing 16+ inches of snow by Saturday
because you do require some modification in your treatment
he called me today to say that I may be having to reschedule
that will be the third time since the fall and injury that i have had to reschedule for the same thing
not snow but meaning the symptoms
at what point should i consider hospitalization? even if i am not suicida;
OK, if your symptoms such as headache and dizziness are very troublesome, you can request your GP to prescribe you medicines for those symptoms.
In my view, I don't think right now there is any reason to think about hospitalization.
and regarding the paranoia and anxiety is there anything that i should do regarding that in the meantime?
You appear to be a brave girl who is managing well and is learning from her mistakes.
ok thats also very good to hear as it is a major fear of mine, as it could potentially end me up in a long term pysch hospital
i wish i could say yes lol
Have you ever tried psychotherapy
if i was truly learning from my mistakes none of this would have happened lol
yes i am currently in pyschotherapy but again my appointment is on saturday and that is potentially cancelled as well
Cognitive Behavior Therapy?
what i mean is that if i had learned from my past mistakes, i would not have signed out of the hospital ama become aggitated and paranoid to the point i was going to injure someone or pretty much run away from home (even though i am an adult) to become homeless, lose family and friends, a relationship, and continue to hurt people in very negative ways that can never be recovered
cbt is done with a social worker?
if so then yes
my next step is DBT
CBT is done by an experienced psychologist or psychiatrist
the only thing i have learned from my mistakes is not to try and kill myself
happy to hear that and I really do appreciate it.
you can try free online CBT by yourself for controlling your anxiety and depressive symptoms.
CBT is also helpful in various other mental disorders
because then i wind up in the CCU on a vent dying and being resussitaed and waking up going out of my mind with scars that i live with as a reminder everyday and the physical battles that my organs were failinh
I am giving you link for trying online CBT
ok thank you
im defineltly going to use it starting now!!
Living Life To The Full
i have actually locked myself in the bedroom several days this week due to paranoia and anxiety and my ptsd stuff so anything that is suggested that will come these symptoms is will try
in addition to that you can also try certain relaxation techniques to calm yourself if you have not tried them already
specially deep breathing exercise and progressive muscle relaxation techniques
such as guided imagery?
what is progressive muschle relaxation?
you can find the detailed information in this link above
the deep breathing generally doesnt work as i start to hyperventilate (i think i do it wrong lol)
the steps to that are clearly mentioned in this website
ok i have both sites opened in another page to save to my browser and to ensure that they actually worked for my computer
along with the CT track
CD track :)
if the pyschiatrist cancels due to the snow at least i have something to try and get me thru the weekend...barring we dont lose power again like we did during the hurricane
then if we lose power bets are all off...
ill be a mess and probably calling him every five minutes
jk on the calling every five min part
Don't worry, these relaxation techniques and the CBT should be very helpful in your case in my view
i really appreciate the links
You are most welcome.
honestly this was a good suggestion from a friend to come onto this site
glad to hear that
not only did you make me feel that the symptoms will improve from the head injury but that the emotional symptoms DO NOT require me to be hospitalized
now just cross your fingers for me that the snow is less than an inch, there is no ice on the roads, and that I DO NOT LOSE POWER EVEN FOR AN HOUR (during the storm we were out for 12 days it was freezing to say the least) and that i cna actually go to therapy and the pyschiatrist appt on sunday!!
Yes, what you are saying will happen indeed.
it will indeed happen that i get 16+ inches of snow and lose power?
thanks again and have a great night
most welcome again.
Thanks for coming to JA.
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ummm....it says you havent finished answering the question and still wont let me rate the answer
im so confused
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