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I saw a new psych doctor today and am feeling much better about my treatment. He reviewed my chart and said, "Was this guy an idiot". We ended up making 6 medication modifications today. Mostly removing and cutting down medicines and raising 2 to therapeutic levels. He had me switch my Abilify to morning because of the fact that I cannot sleep well and it's main side effect is insomnia. He said you actually get a little energy boost with it. We did away with Trazadone and Zoloft and raised the Abilify and Seroquel. Then changed the Klonipin from 3 times a day to 2 times a day but increased it to 1.5mg to get the same dosage. He said that the changes should make me feel much better in the morning and feel less sedated as well. I just welcome this thing called sleep at night that I have heard people talk about. All in all a good visit.

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Good for you,i finally got a pchysiatrist that made me feel comfortable.The session was an hour an a half.Every other doctor i ever had at the VA,the sessions were 20 minutes the most.From my experience most just want to write scripts and send you on your way.I hope your meds are straightened out,and you get the relief you deserve,i know what your going through,been there and still going through it,stay positive.

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I tried my new medication regimen last night and even though I still had problems sleeping, I did not get the munchies. Tonight I am actually feeling like I am starting to get tired so hopefully it will help out a lot. I think that is why I was having so much difficulty getting my school work done.

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jeffperry1134 - glad to hear it communicate with your doctor about whats working and whats not and hopefully you will continue to get some relief.

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I will definitely do that Tbird. It has only been 2 days of taking my medicine the new way and I am noticing a difference. I actually was asleep before 2am and up at 9am and only woke up once in the night. It was the most I had slept in years.

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I had a psycholigist at my outpatient clinc I saw for several months and then she transferred over to DOD in another state. She was an excellent psychologist and my sessions with her helped me a great deal. When my psychologist left, the VA did not fill her position at the outpatient clinic and the VA informed me if I still wanted to be seen by a psychologist, I would have to see one at my VAMC which is over 60 miles from my home. I am thinking about trying to get my VA PCP (NP) to schedule me with a private psychologist through the VA Choice Card program. I have never been seen by a psychiatrist, only a psychologist and a psychiatric NP who prescribed my medication.


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My first year in the VA they had me on 8 meds I am down to two now I always felt unreliable, I really shy away from the VA mental health care as it is always a fight to not be on very many meds. Glad to hear you are on a regiment that you like and have faith in its important. My mental health doc retired and winged me of all meds but I have been declining as of late and will be seeing a doc at the VA hear soon and I have no doubt that I will be fighting to not be on a ton of meds.

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Hopefully you will get a good doc. Mine said he specialized in psychopharmacology and knew the different medication combinations well.

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The new medication regimen is starting to pay dividends. I slept 6 hours last night and am actually getting tired right now.

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