My current pdoc suggested I may have schizoaffective disorder and wanted to put me on a mood stabilizer but I didn’t want to be on more drugs so I refused. I’ve had several psychiatrists over the years and a few different diagnoses but the majority opinion has been paranoid schizophrenia so I just go with that, but to be honest I am not exactly sure what I have, there is no blood or DNA test or brain scan that can definitively say what I have, I’m just glad the meds work.
However, my new pdoc took me off olanzapine and put me on Lurasidone (Latuda) and while it is technically an antipsychotic and can be used for schizophrenia, it is marketed on their website for bipolar depression and I have done really well on it. So maybe my new pdoc wasn’t far off the mark about schizoeffective disorder. But I don’t feel like I have a mood disorder, I don’t get depressed or manic. My main problems have been hallucinations/delusions and a little but of the flat effect.
Sza bipolar type here, currently coming out of a depressive episode. I was just diagnosed in December 2020 after previous bipolar dx. I’m not on a separate mood stabilizer anymore. I was on trileptal but my new pdoc didn’t like it, didn’t think it did much, and it has a LOT of drug interactions. Currently on just vraylar, which has stabilizing actions as well as the antipsychotic aspect.
yep sza bipolar type here, my manic episodes are starting to come back these past few months. im not on a mood stabilizer, just my injection of invega. which worked for the first 3 or 4 years keeping my moods stable, but now for some reason im back to feeling more like my previous self.
I’m sorry, I had to disable it because random people, who I never talked to or heard of before, kept sending me billions of separate inbox messages. They were quoting my comments from years ago and asking a billion questions about meds I was no longer taking.
It was stressful.
But if you feel comfortable creating a new thread and tagging me, I can talk to you there?