06-26-2013, 08:28 AM
Join Date: May 2011
Originally Posted by bazinga
My friend who I have not heard from in a while and who also experiences anxiety, panic attacks, and depression has come back from 2 weeks and 2 days of inpatient treatment. She says she was pretty rude and non-compliant at first. They immediately put her on depakote, then lithium, then saphris, all of which she had a very bad response to. Then they put her on Latuda which helped her sleep. It was too expensive so they put her on Abilify before they discharged her.
She says they encouraged her paranoia. They assessed her and determined she has psychosis and schizoaffective disorder. I have known this girl for 4-5 years and I have never seen any signs of psychosis or schizoaffective disorder. I know she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. She told me she has depression. I do not think anxiety, depression, and paranoia constitute psychosis or schizoaffective disorder. She is far too in-touch with reality and clear-headed to be psychotic. I feel bad for her because they did not help her with anxiety or depression. Fortunately, she is going to be seeing a psychologist and a doctor now.
I also have another friend I talked to who's also been through inpatient. She says that they always screw with her meds which throws her into episodes and they've misdiagnosed her. Since then she has properly been diagnosed with schizophrenia and is on the right meds now so she is stable.
My friend (the first one) went to the same inpatient treatment my therapist wants me to go to. Now I am having second thoughts. The good thing is I do not have to stay for two weeks. I can sign up for 3 days, 5 days, etc., but I do not want them screwing with my meds.
So maybe inpatient is not always a good idea.
Having just come out of this position i can say i have mixed feelings about it. However, it was more the other end of the spectrum. I went in on 4 meds and ended up losing my antidepressant for another 1 (which has yet to prove itself and has left me suffering because the first was working) but the other meds kept the same.
The docs in the inpatient were more inclined to think it was medication induced bi-polar, yet here i am still rapid cycling and going through the motions every day (and keeping my blog alive).
All i can say is, if you need a routine and a bit of care, then inpatients is something i'd consider, but dont go in thinking that your meds will be the same. Most likely they will withhold or add on something as a means of treatment.
They didnt re-diagnose me or anything which i felt was strange. More watched over me while i somewhat stabilized, although that comfort is now gone (the stabilization i mean).
Best of luck
Dx: Bipolar I, ADD Inattentive
- GAD + Panic attacks
- Migraine Headaches
Clonazepam 2mg prn (once a week)
Previous meds: Amitriptyline 200mg, Dexamphetamine 60mg, Dosulepin 50mg, Lithium 900mg, Lexapro 20mg, Lyrica 100mg, Methylphenidate IR 40MG LA 60mg, Moclobemide 450mg, Prozac 60mg, Saphris 10mg, Seroquel 300mg, Sodium Valproate 1500mg, Thorazine 500mg, Temazepam 20mg, Topamax 100-150mg