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Initial Psychotic Hallucinations at 44

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  • Posted By: Kerry Ann Jacobs
  • June 14, 2013
  • 10:45 PM

I was 44 when I first experienced psychotic hallucinations. Medical staff thought this highly unusual so they scanned my whole body for signs of cancer and they monitored my brain for abnormal activity but found nothing. Then they thought it was a one-off psychotic episode so they weened my off the Rispiridone completely, because I was no longer in a stressful job. I was clear for around four months but then the voices came back again even though I had no stress in my life at that time. They tried me on Rispiridone again but this time it didn't work. So they tried a number of different drugs until a huge dose of Ziprasidone finally worked. Only then I was worse off. I couldn't function at all in daily life and I had no imaginary friends to keep me company either. My mother finally talked the doctor into reducing my medication right down and I was eventually changed to a low dose of Abilify and Lamotrigine a mood stabilizer and I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Now three years on I am back working as a lawyer but careful not to overload myself. Having psychotic hallucinations runs in my family on my mother's side, although I am the only one who has actually ever been treated for it.

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