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Old 02-20-17, 12:13 PM   #1
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I have the condition schizoaffective and I am prescribed an antipsychotic quetiapine which also helps mood and a combo of mirtazapine and venlafaxine. But its not enough to combat it, I still feel unnaturally low. I actually buy the lithium off my own back online as my doctor wouldn't give me extra. I know I need something because it's been like this for a long time. It is not easy to change doctor because In area I live in they are basically all part of the same team and a second opinion would get me nowhere so i'm screwed.

But truth is I am a little scared of using the lithium too long because it affects the thyroid and damages the liver, being a salt. But lamictal, latuda and other good antidepressants are too expensive to buy on net. Plus how do I know the right dose.

I was only given mirtazapine and venlafaxine because I stood on the roof of the hospital threatening to kill myself . I cannot afford to do that now . I am stuck between a rock and a hard place lol

Can anyone suggest a heavy duty anti-depressant (I have a high resistance) that I could try that's not an anti psychotic either though???
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Sorry to hear about your situation! I'm no real help with the medications you need advice on but I wanted to offer a possible lifestyle change option that from what I've read can help. I just started to read the book "Forks over knives", and in the book they say that a diet that cuts out meat and dairy products has shown to be helpful for reducing or improving the symptoms of a lot of emotional/mental disorders. I'm not any expert on most of them because I only have my own health to go off of but I'm about to start with that sort of diet and thought I'd mention it. There is a movie by the same title for it that is out and I think you can get at least a short version of it for free off youtube.
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Thanks for your suggestion. I should probably take more vitamins, eat more fruit and veg and oily fish. It wouldn't solve my problem though. As it is the imbalance of chemicals that my brain doesn't produce in the right amounts so it has to be medication for me!
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I understand and I hope you can find some good advice on the topic of what to take. Best wishes
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hottea654 your diet advice was well informed I appreciate it. I feel better after I have been a swim it sets me up for the day but its not possible to get to the leisure centre everyday as I have no car. I feel more relaxed at night after swimming. I can't do intense exercise at moment as I'm really unfit and my meds dehydrate me and make me lose breath anyway.
I am actually trying to eat better, but I also have IBS and meat is easy to digest for me and causes the least problems so giving it up would be hard especially bacon rolls lol i eat cheese most days and have milk in porridge every morning. I gave up dairy and red meat in early stages of IBS to see what was really aggravating it. I drunk almond milk, and eventually just a touch of feta cheese to get my fix its sheep's milk right. I didn't feel much different.
After ECT THEN I felt different. I have to change some parts of my life as well as find medication, I realise now I'm prompted to think.
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