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    Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that sees the afflicted patient suffering from psychotic symptoms. Read more →

    hi, i have OCD along with bipolar and psychosis. i just wanted to know - has anyone had any luck with *reducing* either the amount of times they have to do something or amount they have to check something? im on all the right medication and having therapy but i wondered if anyone had anything helpful that i could try myself? i dont mind terribly much having to check everything sixteen times but its when it gets to 16x16x16x16 (i like fours) that it becomes a problem.





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    Hey ladies, gosh I was just checking my hotmail account and the reply to my comment on pmmd from a lady called Mary. For some reason I thought her reply,as well as my comment on this page was only a few months ago. Would you believe reply dated 25 April 2015, yes almost 1 year ago. Where has this year been. Im still undiagnosed due to moving around, having some mental health illnesses I needed to stabilise first and I have to say I have. I definitely have PMDD but I am so scared of finally getting a diagnosis. Does this sound mad? I guess, just thinking out loud now, Im really scared Nick Panay or Professor Studd, whoever I go and see, wont diagnose me because for over 20years, no one has listened to me when Ive told them ie professionals, mental health professionals there's something really wrong with me, other than mentally. I just dont "feel right". Since finding out about PMDD , after thinking I had Bipolar, even giving my blood for research to Cardiff University, Professor Craddock, Bipolar research whom after filling a Bipolar length questionnaire out, said I had Bipolar, Psychiatrists looking at my paperwork said no, I was a "complex" patient and didnt know where to start. Well I did, finally, PMDD. Ive, now, almost 5yrs of paperwork, research on myself which clearly shows Im suffering from pmdd. However, Im going to be very honest here, Ive also been using cocaine for 25years. As said Ive some mental health illnesses from PTSD, self harming, anxiety disorder, now Drug Psychosis (Nov 2014) which I do believe is also slightly menstrual psychosis which Ive now read about but I emailed the professor, Ian Brockington from Action for Menstrual Psychosis who said after reading my paperwork I sent him in November 2015, he didnt think I had any form of menstrual psychosis but it definitely looked like "severe pms". However, he didnt clarify "severe pms" IS PMDD!! Anyhow, Ive his email stating this whihc I guess will help me gve to a new GP. My experience of GPs is bad, the last one, being my Dad's GP surgery, after I moved back home from sheffield to kingston, surrey after 15yrs in 2014. My, then new GP, after purely only asking for a new Mental Health referral from Sheffield Mental Health Team I was under to a new one, asI needed to get on a Psychiatrist waiting list to get diagnoised officially, as had been on a waiting list in Sheffield for over a year before moving and to get a referral to a Gynceologist. Would you believe his reply was.. and that day I was severely pms/pmdd'ing as well as had been self harming, which I showed him. His reply to my requests. Why did I want to see a Psychiatrist, just to be labelled and he said he could not do the two things I asked as he was only allowed to do 1 referral at a time. REALLY??! On that breath, I took a deep one, like my wonderful Sheffield Mental Health CPN and wonderfful Sheffield Mindfulness Kundalini Yoga Therapy teacher had taught me, I breasthed in, counted to 10 and walked out or god help him, my anger issues I had bad then, I would have thumbed him one. Not long after, I endedup in A&E and diagnosed with Drug Psychosis as had a very bad episode, myself actually calling the ambulance ! Anyway over a year on, Im doing real good but as said living here and there as Ive had to detach myself from my Father (another long story - adopted father may I add !) and Im settled now and ready to register with a new Gp in Kent. I live with a good friend whose Bipolar I and anger outbursts and recently now Osteoporosis. She said her mental healt team are wonderful and her GP so.. its time but also is it time to sort the cocaine issue but my sheffield CPN agreed with me I dont have a serious problem. I actualy have been using cocaine mainly on my ovulation days and pms days as it did/does control my mood and some physicaly symptoms. Sorry for the long waffle but any thoughts, anyone? I so need to get diagnosed but am scarred and scarred all a GP will see is the cocaine. Im going to startattending CA as there is one local.





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    I too have severe PMS and it is also destroying my life. On my ovulation days I feel so tired and depressed it's like I am a complete and utter depressive. This lasts for at least 4 days, I then have at least 7-10 days prior to my period that I am not myself. On my normal days I am such a happy and positive person, but on my bad days, family dont want to be anywhere near me. I hate myself so much and want to end my life. What grabbed me about your story was your use of cocaine, on my bad days, I actually think that cocaine would benefit me, give me energy make me feel normal. How sad is it that we have to put up with this? Why cant doctors help us with this condition? Ive spent fortunes on all sorts of treatments, none of which have worked :(

    I went through puberty very early and grew very tall from age 4.my family life was of domestic violence and then I was bullied at school re having an unusually developed body and being tall and spotty! Im 40 now and have had depression and anxiety all my life, was diagnosed schizophrenic when i had a psychosis but now the docs want to test me for personality disorder.Do you know of any help to overcome my main problem which is persistent bad memories of bullying and witnessing violence? I want to get over this!





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    Therapy/support groups. I have PTSD, and it's helped me out so much.

    I'm 42 yrs old & since i was 17 I've suffered periodically from psychosis and have been prescribed chlorpromazine, olanzapine, quetiapine, and am currently taking risperidone. my symptoms are hallucinations in my peripheral vision, paranoia, audio hallucinations, constant anxiety, fear & suspiscion. my moods are erratic and extreme. And at times I'm so manic that I'm climbing the walls & too hectic for people to deal with. my problem is i can't seem to find the right anti psychotic meds that work without causing Parkinsonism, muscle/joint stiffness & pain and my limb coordination is getting pretty poor now. i can be completely sober and will stagger like I'm drunk. I've spoken to gp's & psychiatric doctors & get nowhere. it feels like I'm being fobbed off, ignored & made to feel that my side effects are just imaginary. please can there be any alternative treatments that work without making me feel worse. thank you all. peace...





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    HI , ive had a similar problem with the same diagnosis , medication after medication appointment after appointment and all dead ends. no difference in my mental health and no explanation from any health professional , scary to think gp's and doctors don't have the slightest concern , any advice would be really great.

    there are many other antipsychotics other than risperadone. lots of people find that that particular drug doesnt suit them. just off the top of my head these are some other drugs you can ask about trying - quetiapine, olanzapine, aripriprizole, clozapine, thorazine, haloperidol and thats before you get into the combinations of them. post partum psychosis is more common than you think, even in otherwise 'normal' people. you need to demand to be referred to a psychiatrist - there a few disorders with feature depression and psychosis as part of the diagnostic criteria. there are also a lot of therapies that you can try to help with the depression and also enable you to deal with the psychosis as and when it happens. go to your GP and tell them that you want a referral to the local CMHT (community mental health team). a diagnosis in itself will not help you feel better, but with the correct diagnosis you can access the right treatments.

    Hi my mum who is 63 had a laparotomy and formation of a Colostomy 2 years ago due to Ischaemic Bowel. Shortly afterwards she developed a hernia which is getting bigger by the month. It is so bad that she is constantly growing out of her clothes which is now affecting her mood. The Drs at the hospital said that as she had an episode of post op psychosis and has Ischaemic heart disease surgical repair is not an option. She is now walking stooped due to the sheer bulk at the front which is resulting in severe back pain and the possibility of having to use a wheelchair is probably not too far into the future. What are the other options available to her?





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    Hi my mum who is 63 had a laparotomy and formation of a Colostomy 2 years ago due to Ischaemic Bowel. Shortly afterwards she developed a hernia which is getting bigger by the month. It is so bad that she is constantly growing out of her clothes which is now affecting her mood. The Drs at the hospital said that as she had an episode of post op psychosis and has Ischaemic heart disease surgical repair is not an option. She is now walking stooped due to the sheer bulk at the front which is resulting in severe back pain and the possibility of having to use a wheelchair is probably not too far into the future. What are the other options available to her?





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    I had a psychotic episode 18 months ago and with the support of family, friends, medication and psychological therapy I'm now back on track. I have been back at work for 10 months in a demanding job. I'm not yet back to the person I was but maybe that's not a bad thing and at least I'm on the right path. What really disappoints me is the media coverage of mental illness so it was good to see a positive story of recovery in the media. We need to do more to challenge negative stereotypes of people with schizophrenia / bipolar / psychosis. Thumbs up to embarrassing bodies!





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    i really sympathice with you , i too have bipolar and BPD , and am taking Epilin to control my moods , i too have gained weight sice taking my meds , 4 stone infact , which in itself is so depressing , i diet had all bllod tests all clear dont eat bread dairy produce sugar or red meat yet i gained weight ,in desperation i went to my gp who told me hede send me to see a phycirtist to see if they felt i was suitable for a gastric band , i was told exercise diet all of which i do , bearing in mind i have arthritus to in my shoulder hips knees feet and under the hospital having injections and awaiting an op on my ancle ,my colestral was 4.4 low they said , proving i dont eat fatty foods ,sadly i have such a slow metabalism ,im awaiting to see if they will concider me as i feel its a life of two evils be SLIM AND MAD { dont take my meds } or be FAT AND SANE {and take my meds } , ill keep you updated of my progress and hope you have some good fortune in getting help also my friend , wendy ...

    they wont run a brain scan - there was limited evidence that schizphrenia causes shrinkage of the brain but nothing was ever confirmed because they couldnt work out if the fact that the brain was smaller was BECAUSE of the schizophrenia or the cause of it. its since been abandoned as a diagnostic tool. they'll talk to you about your symptoms and the triggers for them. there are lots of mental health conditions that have psychosis as part of them and doctors dont just say 'you're crazy' i hallucinate fairly constantly and im bipolar. please go and see someone and try and take a friend or loved one who has witnessed your symptoms. it makes it a lot easier for the doctor to tell what is going on if you have someone independent to back you up.

    Hi, I was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2005 at the age of 33. I've found that I daren't come off the anti-psychotics. I had trouble with risperadone and now I'm on seroquel and it works for me and I've led a normal life. My psychosis relates to a family member rather than the secret service or a stranger or work colleague and as a result I've had to cut ties with that person for both our sakes so that it doesn't cause any more upset because when I've had a relapse it has involved that person. However, I'm worried about telling a potential employer if they ask me to declare my disability. Can you give me some advice please? I can't stand the way people perceive that you're going to hurt them when in fact it's the last thing I'd do.





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    im 22 and have psychosis ive only just come to terms with it im on anti psychotics and anti depressants for the rest of my life. I hear Voices and have hallucinations i see and speak to people that aren't there. So its hard for me to keep friends and make friends and have had fallout's with my family in the past. I don't leave the house on my own and have Panic attacks on a regular basis and have bad night freights , which make we wake up screaming also i sleep 2 days a week and cnt sleep properly i spend most of my time rocking back and fourth with agitation. So if anyone would like to ask me any questions i'd be more than happy to answer them.





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    I have this condition along with the most crippling endometriosis ever. I am unable to have children due to the extent of the latter, it has taken 5 years since my laporoscopy to finally get referred to a gynocologist. I want to have a hysterectemy to get everything removed, though this may not relieve my pain. I wish i only had the 2 wombs to worry about. I take seriously strong pain killers for this, which sometimes cause me to have seizures, but this is the price i must pay, i have been told. I also suffer from unipolar depressions and psychosis. Some of you ladies on here are lucky you only have 2 wombs to worry about, which in most cases will not effect the chances of you having babies, on the small occasions though the wombs are too small to carry a child. This may just be something you have to come to terms with, as I have had too. Life sucks, but at least we have air in our lungs and a roof over our heads (as you can see, my happy pills are working today). Good luck to all.





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    Hi im a 17 year old who found out that i had 2womb, 2vaginas, 2cervix, one of my vaginas is inside the other. one of my wombs was filled up with blood and i had to have a hysterectemy when i was 14 to get ride of it and since i was 14 i was told i cant have kids. i cant have a period cause i am bent over in pain. any one needs to talk reply

    Hi...I also have this condition and also have seizures occasionally. If they have you on anticonvulsants, top up your magnesium as this is depleted by the meds. Also get yourself to an endocrinologist to get your hormone levels checked to disclude the possibility of oestrogen dominance. It is possible that the fits can be controlled with progesterone..good luck :)

    Hi I am 21 years old and I have had essential tremors in my hands all my life. They got worse when I was 16 and the got even worse when I was 19, they are so bad that I can't even shave myself now, my GP put me on beta blockers when I was 16, I took them for over a year and they worked, but only if I took the max dose of 100mg a day, but I ended up with extremely bad side effects, I black out and ended up with psychosis and extreme mood changes. So the GP took me off beta blockers and, Then the GP put me on primidone and then diasapan what had no affect. I have seen a specialist and he sent me to have a CAT scan and a MRI and they can not locate the place in the brian. What is causing the essential tremors so I can not have the surgery to prevent the essential tremors, so I just have to live with essential tremors and I know they will get worse the older I get, and if I had kids, there's a 50% chance that my kids will have essential tremors.





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    some information about low potassium levels - symptoms -weakness, tiredness, cramping in arm or leg muscles, inability to move arms or legs (much like paralysis) tingling or numbness, nausea or vomiting, abdominal cramping, palpitations (feeling your heart beating irregularly - feels like its jumping) passing large amounts of urine or feeling very thirsty most of the time, fainting due to low blood pressure, abnormal psychological behaviour - depression/psychosis/delirium/hallucinations. low potassium can be very dangerous - if you're experiencing these kind of symptoms call nhs direct or see your doctor and tell them that you're bulimic. potassium is important in maintaining several bodily functions but most importantly it is vital to keeping your heart beating. its not something that is talked about that much so lots of people (especially those not in the system) dont know what to look out for.





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    well, not exactly normal. i have bipolar with psychosis but yes, its possible to live a happy life - she should however (or you can if she's not up to it) be given an appointment for a check up - either call the gynecologist she saw or go to the GP and make a bit of a fuss. two weeks out the month im in agony but i've recently been given some tranexamic acid and mefanamic acid and i've heard good things about both of those from people - one is a clotting drug (so you lose less blood) the other is a painkiller. i also find codeine works wonders but is addictive so you need to be careful with it. endometriosis is a complete pain but you adjust and do what you can - it is disgraceful that she cant get an appointment. has she tried hormonal birth control? i've heard that works well in lots of cases (i cant use it because of the mental health problems) the other option which my doctors are currently considering is bringing on early menopause which helps because you dont have the oestrogen in your system. as for having children it is slightly more difficult but still very possible to have a family - you just have to plan it a bit and involve more doctors than you ordinarily would.

    I am 35 YR male, My mum had an op soon after my birth, full details n/a. She said '2 stitch a prolapsed anus'. I am her 2nd son. She's over 60 now. My GP has referred me to hospital surgery for presenting a full prolapse of my own that "I have been pushing back in for over 5 years" now very sick medicated. I am getting F.E.A.R full prolapse ??? brown mucus when anxious, orange fruit fibre mucus when agitated, white leafy type of membrane material when I have fasted at least 36hrs. 'fasting' -nil by mouth ok V strong coffee in the morning is compromise to full 72hr Fasting. I am totally dependant on squatting to be most Frank. Now when I go to hospital next month for solutions can anal surgery cure my psychosis dual diagnosis ??? Lift depression and fix heart breaking social anxiety... plz O' Wheel, get me out of here. Mental Health lets talk about IT.





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    In reply to Annette, I'd like to add that whenever my son ended up in hospital I gave him a note book and asked him to take down the tel. numbers of any friends he made during his stay. He now has several friends that he visists. This makes up for all those friends that disappeared at the onset of his illness. His psychotic friends understand one another so there's no need to make apologies about one's slightly odd behaviour. I'm happy for him. The downside is that they are all tarred with the brush- the thought of working when the allowances they get see them through the week very nicely, thank you. I just hope the driving lessons my son is about to take cost him so much that he'll have to think about work. Yes, parents can be as devious as their crafty 'blame it the psychosis' offspring. Annette, get your care co-ordinator off his backside and make sure he introduces your son to some guys with similar problems. One care co-ordinator used to pick all the guys up and take them canoeing, sailing, clinbing. This care co-ordinater was innovative. Friendships formed through these occasions make all the difference to people's lives.





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    Hi, I have been diagnosed with Paranoid Schizophrenia for 6 years now. However my symptoms developed after my parents divorce some 20 years ago now. Needless to say I have developed some pretty good survival skills having survived University, living abroad and a full on Masters program without ever being diagnosed. Doctors do not seem to know how to diagnose mental illnesses correctly! My symptoms included paranoid thoughts - I thought my father had abused me and was a paedophile. When I was working in a factory full of men I thought they were in a paedophile ring. It was very distressing and I cut off my parents for a good few years as a result. I was eventually diagnosed after years of complaining to doctors and visits to the police to complain about paedophiles! How silly I feel now. The worst is knowing that some people with my condition have gone on to offend (Peter Sutcliffe is a paranoid schizophrenic). After speaking to my psychiatrist they explained that people who cause harm to others often have other mental illnesses not even associated with schizophrenia which did put my mind at rest a bit but it is still scary none the less. I feel that the guy who interviewed with Embarrassing Bodies is exceptionally brave as the outside world does associate the condition with violence and criminal acts. So much so that I have not revealed to my employers that I have the condition as I am afraid of being sacked or made redundant. Although i am now 'recovered' I still feel really embarrassed by my delusions when I was in psychosis. My relationship with my father has improved but I still feel really guilty for putting him through all that. Anyway I hope others share thier experiences and thoughts! Take care xxx





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    I suffered from psychosis for a while I had delusions of grandeur delusions of persecution and paranoid thoughts and believes like getting messages from the the TV and radio also I lost lots of weight through beliefs that this would make me more spiritual I was nearly anorexic I also believed I was dead. It was triggered I think by drugs mainly cannabis but things got worse when I took LSD because of the delusion that I thought it would make me more spiritual wrong!! after that I just felt nervous all the time and these feelings would remain in periods when I wasn't doing drugs. But it was cannabis that was the trigger for all this It made me paranoid so although I enjoyed the mind altering effects I preferred to smoke it alone because around people I would just get outlandish paranoid thoughts and felt like I was being psychologically bullied. But these feelings stuck with me even when I was off the drugs and this effected my work life social life and even made me scared to get the bus or go shopping or go to the job centre or go out in general as I thought the whole town was against me. I had many breakdowns and clashes with parents which led to a stint in prison where they tried to help me but I was even paranoid about that I believed they just wanted to turn me into some kind of drugged zombie and while I was in prison I believed they were conspiring to kill me and have it look like suicide. I have attempted suicide four times by overdose it wasn't until I was finally sectioned that although I tried to appeal eventually I cooperated and started on the road to remission and now to recovery and social recovery with help from medication, supportive outreach and family support. I'm doing very well but I just feel I need to do something like volunteer work and then part time paid work because I feel ready but it makes me anxious and I feel bad because of my lack of motivation I often just hang out at my folks house and I love the cinema so I usually spend time dossing about between trips to the cinema and between weekends when I socialise with family friends. I got schizophrenia in my late teens and it lasted until my mid twenties. I take a reduced dose of one 10mg olanzipene tablet every night. The olanzipene's effects were weight gain.





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    I have been doing part time work in 2011 I feel that I have recovered significantly to look for full time work I am no longer anxious or scared or nervous I don't have any delusions or voices in my head and I don't have hallucinations. I am very positive at the moment and really want to get my life back on track and forget the past and come off state benefits. I still take my medicine but which is wise because I don't want to relapse, I function well in the autonomy of life, when I told my GP that I was normal again he said that normal can't be defined because everyone is different. Thanks.

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