I have bipolar 1. I'm currently taking lithium, topamax and seroquel. I'm on high doses of all them. But Im really unwell with a mixed episode. I'm really depressed and dysphoric; I feel like I really can't cope with stuff and get really frightened on my own and I live alone. And to top it off, my dad has cancer and is having a major operation next month which has caused huge problems for my family. The local hospitals are absolute rubbish, and my social worker is no support; she just says stuff like 'what a shame' when I tell her how bad I feel. My head is like spaghetti junction with thoughts racing so fast I can't keep track of them, and I'm exhausted completely because I wake up several times a night despite all the meds. I feel like I'm living in hell. Risperidone hasn't worked; all it's done is taken away all my energy and made me cry all the time. What's the best thing? Because I am manic with dysphoric symptoms. I'm seeing the psychiatrist this week and I would like some advice on what meds I can ask for that will work quickly. I'm petrified of the christmas period because I have to keep myself alive for my dad, and I can't stay with my parents because my brother will be there and he's abusive towards me. Any advice at all, please send to me in private messages will be gratefully received thank you. x
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