I just finished an article in the Scientific American Mind (which has a lot of interesting articles on new research on mental health problems) about the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the official guide to diagnosing mental problems by medical psychiatrists and medical doctors. It includes descriptions of mental disorders and those fun little surveys and check lists that you fill out when you say you are depressed, suicidal, etc. The DSM-5 apparently is has quite a few new features including listing mental health problems specifically by age groups, adding new ones such as sex addiction, and the fact that it is publicly available for people to comment and review. Here is the website for it: http://www.dsm5.org/Pages/Default.aspx
I don’t find getting an official diagnoses really makes a difference for me because I get my medication/doctor visits covered 100% since I am a Canadian. But, very unfortunately, these diagnoses seem to be quite important in places where you have to deal with insurance companies a lot, which is terrible.


I have been diagnosed with many types of disorders according to doctors using the DSM-4 such as Bi-polar type 2, and Major depression with psychosis. The whole psychosis and bi-polar thing is a little annoying because they love to put you Seroquel (Quetiapine Fumarate). Which basically just knocked me out completely. Normally, I sleep very lightly but with a very tiny dose of Seroquel I cannot wake up no matter how much someone shakes. I think almost everyone of my friends who have been in the hospital have been put on this but never continued because well it’s extremely hard to function on it. I remember seeing an Ad in a magazine, so Seroquel that had a picture of a woman yelling angrily into a phone….something which is really not that bad depending on what kind of work you do. I thought Seroquel was a pretty extreme drug to be used for just some anger management… I am not against the drug or anything but it’s sooooo strong…


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Young sciency/arsty/etc girl who is highly interested in her own problem, depression and mental illness. She takes the scientific approach and is constantly reading new research and self-help books.

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  1. YES. I took Seroquel for anxiety, and holy shit. Turned me into a fucking zombie. IMPOSSIBLE to function on and made my grades plummet.

    Then when I got off of it, the rebound insomnia WAS INSANE. I literally didn’t sleep for a few days, and when I finally started sleeping again, my circadian rhythm was completely fucked up. I had to go to a sleep specialist to be prescribed Sonata and used a blue light in the mornings for a few months before I could finally sleep normally without Seroquel.

    It makes me feel a lot better that I’m not the only one who experienced this. My pdoc just kept upping my dose (15mg-30mg-100mg-200mg… seriously) and ignored me when I told her how tired it made me. This went on for months when I finally stopped taking it cold turkey without even telling my pdoc because I was sick of sleep 15 hours a day and still feeling drugged.

    Interestingly enough, when I stopped taking it, I felt no difference at all in my mood or anxiety. Makes me speculate about the effectiveness of it for most people.

    And I agree, Seroquel is a heavy drug that shouldn’t be just handed out like candy to anyone with a problem. (Especially for anger management… I imagine CBT would work for that in many cases.) Seems like most psychiatrists don’t understand how debilitating the side effects of these drugs are.

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