Sunday, September 19, 2010

Little punching seizures

I ran out of my crazy meds on Thursday. Actually, It's just Paxil, an antidepressant. I've been on it for many, many years. My shrink has told me not to let it run out because it can cause seizures to just go cold turkey off these kind of medications. Ya ok, I know this cuz I done time as a psyc nurse, I read all the info on Paxil and wrote more than my share of papers on SSRI's when I was going to grad school.

Do you think this Bipolar Nurse  listens? Well ya. Most of the time.

The shrink tells me that Paxil is one of the toughes SSRI's to come off of and I need to be weaned if "we" want to try something else. No, I don't want to come off of it. It has been the only one that has kinda sort of kept me out of the grips of depression, along with mood stabilizers to stabilize my stable instability.

There was a day not too long ago I was taking serious meds we give our seriously mentally ill patients. Medications (all at one time, as in scheduled) like Geodon, Seroquel, Klonopin, Lithium, Depakote trazadone and other scary sounding meds.
Anyway, when I have stopped taking Paxil in the past for more that a couple of days I get little shocks. I can't describe them. It's almost like my vision jumps to one side, my body punches me back a couple of seconds, all while sitting completely still. I don't lose consciousness and I realize it's happening and what's going on around me. I'm calling them my punching seizures. i really don't know if they really are the start of a seizure because I've never had one. I do notice they come easier and faster each time I don't refill my meds. Oh and the nausea, the only nausea that's acceptable is one that comes on after too much drinking.

My meds as of yesterday are on auto refill. I give in.

Oh and also, it's a lie. Having mental illness is nothing like having high blood pressure or diabetes. Yes, you take medication for the rest of your life. There has to be lifestyle changes for these such as rest, exercise and even proper diet. That's where the comparison ends.
The difference is that when you tell someone that you are affected (should I say infested?) with mental illness the words UNSTABLE are stamped on your forehead. The stigma lives on. Within the professional community as well. Invisible obstacles are placed where there were none before.

I have tried to "learn life" after coming back from my crazy (a severly manic episode) but have found it difficult without admitting that I am/have been crazy. I still feel a little weird or maybe think everyone can "see" that I am just a little off, not right. Meds make me feel dim, stupid, for sure forgetful and tired.

This is where I'm going with this. I warn you it may get dark before it gets brighter. It's not going to be easy.


  1. Wow, that was awesome! It does get darker before it gets lighter. I'm on Geodon and lamictal now. I feel like I haven't in years, happy and almost manic without the dark side of mania.
    I love your button! I think I'll snag it!

  2. I'm taking it for my "secret" site too. Email me at thebipolardiva@gmail if you want the URL


  3. Glad you liked it! It was easier than i thought to come clean with myself. It was just scary to admit it to others.

  4. got it working!!

    It is scary admitting it, but it's so freeing at the same time!

  5. Yeah! I just saw my button rolling by! Very cool thanks for grabbing it!
    I felt like a ton of bricks was lifted off my chest after blogging this.

  6. My Effexor does the same thing. I know by 2 p.m. if I forgot to take it. My tounge zaps, too. But the vision thing makes me dizzy and nauseous. It's horrible.

    And I freely admit to The Crazy. Makes people wonder if you're just kidding.

  7. I'll have to remember that Kate! make them wonder if I'm kidding or not! haha


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