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I take Depakote as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder. I have a problem with acting very erratically. I also had problems with overspending and controlling my behavior. Depakote really helps bipolar mania. I take a pretty high dose of Depakote Extended Release which is 1500 mg at night but at least I am a lot less irritable.
I take Buspar for anxiety. I have taken it for about fifteen years. I used to only take about 5 mg three times a day but I never got the full effect until I took 20 mg twice a day and I am much calmer and I find it helps me very much. Most psychiatrists feel it doesn’t work that well for panic disorder but it has helped me. I know that if I take it when I am very irritable or feel like I am having an anxiety attack, it helps regulate my breathing and within about ten minutes, I am okay.
I like drinking tea and water. I do find some caffeine is helpful and it is helpful to be hydrated because I used to mainly just drink diet coke and lattes which wasn’t that healthy for me.
I do find that smoking helps me be calmer. I currently smoke Marlboro Light because it doesn’t irritate my stomach like Benson Hedges or Camel which irritated my throat. I like the pack design since it is white and gold and looks fashionable. I like Sophia Loren and she has smoked Marlboro cigarettes. I love her sense of fashion and everything about her style and I say Ciao to people and kiss my friends and family on both cheeks to look Italian.
Dawn writes a weekly column about symptom management for Painted Brain News