4th May 17:51
Why I'm here
Geodon (http://www.healthsquare.com/newrx/geo1590.htm) is an anti-psychotic.
Really, all I know is that she took probably a dozen different
anti-psychotics before this one, and all of them either didn't work or had
horrible side-effects. Not that Geodon doesn't have side-effects - the most
prominent for her is nausea.
They keep trying to label hers as "long-term drug-induced psychosis" but I
think that's a load of B.S. I think she's probably always been this way,
just that the drugs and alcohol made it worse.
4th May 17:54
Why I'm here
I suppose both could be true. However, if they're using the "long-term
drug-induced psychosis" diagnosis to somehow dismiss her, then they need a
kick in the ass! How long has she been diagnosed with BPD? Is it her only
diagnosis (besides "drug induced..."? It can take a very long time to find
a helpful med combination. I've always been weary of treating people with
BPD with anti-psychotics. They can be helpful in very small doses but the
side effects, many times, do outweigh the benefits. I took lithium, in
small doses and it didn't help me near as much as it hurt me. The
prescriber failed to inform me that it can cause thyroid diseases and it
Things improved the most for me when my life situation settled and when I
was taking Adderal (for A.D.D) and Clonapin. I got sick and tired of being
sick and tired. I couldn't bear the whole psych thing anymore. I just
wanted to be "normal." So I discontinued the counseling and continued to
take my meds for a time.
Any physician or psychologist who's worth anything will tell you that
personality disorders are in no way an exact science. The patient knows
themselves the best. What does your girlfriend think of the drug induced
psychosis diagnosis? What does SHE think she needs?
FYI, there's a great book called, "Lost in the Mirror" by Richard A.
Moskovitz M.D. which I highly recommend to sufferers of BPD.