I gave up looking for the perfect antipsychotic

After trying 6 of them I have given up :disappointed:

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and youve chosen the smallest bad one? or you re dropping them seriously? take care :wink:

I’m still on them. I have to take injections now as I can’t be trusted with pills as I won’t take them.

ok,i see. thank you. hope it will get better there.i am a little bit in the same case but nothing really helps till now. ill probably make the same choice as yours,not to attend a lot from the pills

I have too. I’ve come to realize that Geodon and Seroquel are the AP’s on which I can be the most comfortable. In the past I always wanted some kind of designer drug that would miraculously make me happy and well adjusted. One time I hitchhiked six miles into town to get an over the counter gabapentin medication. When they put on gabapentin as part of my med’s it didn’t help. I’m relatively content on Geodon and Seroquel. I’ve quit looking for the magic bullet.

For many (most?) sz pts, there is no “perfect” anti-P. BUT… there are way more than six… so I suggest continuing to work with your p-doc to develop a medication formula that stabilizes your symptoms sufficiently so that you can tackle to the psychotherapy that will disentangle your thinking from reality effectively.

The best of the therapies for that currently include…

  1. DBT – http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm
    MBSR – http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php
    ACT – https://contextualscience.org/act
    MBBT – https://www.newharbinger.com/blog/introduction-mind-body-bridging-i-system
    10 StEP – http://pairadocks.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-10-steps-of-emotion-processing.html

  2. the even newer somatic psychotherapies like…
    SEPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_Experiencing
    SMPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensorimotor_psychotherapy

  3. or standard CBTs, like…
    REBT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy
    Schematherapy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_Therapy
    Learned Optimism – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_optimism
    Standard CBT – http://www.beckinstitute.org/what-is-cognitive-behavioral-therapy/About-CBT/252/

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All antipsychotics basically work the same way with blocking dopamine.

There is no Magic Bullet AP - thats for sure.

hey i have been on every type on anti psychotic you can think of. and i have been on this one for about 4 months. its invega or how ever you spell it. you have to give these meds a whil to work you just dont take a pill for a week or even a month. i think if you keep looking you will find one. and i know the side effects suck. just dont give up allright?

I’ve tried nine within the past 1.5 years. I understand.

I spoke with my doctor & case manager today about trying psychotherapy as an alternative and they both gave the green light… something I didn’t expect. You can always use social therapy as a replacement for drug therapy, even though that is considered controversial by quite a number on these boards.

Truth is, I don’t mind the voices or the images I see. I’m fine having to see & hear these things, it just keeps me from being a normal, employed citizen.

That’s because none of them work perfect. All of them have side-effects and none of them get rid of a 100% of the symptoms. I took one AP for 8 months straight and I saw no improvement. It took a year and half on this particular med before I got a little stable. I said I saw no improvement but one thing it did was probably stop me from getting worse.

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6 isn’t that many really - check out the list here:

Six isn’t very many. I never counted how many I tried over the years, but I got sick at 14 and didn’t find something that worked until I was 25. I get it though, after a few times reacting horribly to drug, I gave up trying for a while. I’m glad I tried again though.

hey! there is no such thing as a perfect AP med. i have been on every single one. and iam not being sarcastic. these AP pills will not make you 100% better or will it make you even 70%better. but everybody body is different of course. but if it makes you 50% better take that and run with it you know what i mean. hope this helps take care

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A voice of reason (and experience) in the midst of the din of demand and belief. (Is the typical sz patient – not you, for sure – really just someone who was so confused by the culture around him that he abandoned his natural ability to see, hear and feel what is… vs. what is not? Let me think about that.)