I had sent my psychiatrist a few emails to let him know what I was doing with the extra tranquilizer that I discussed in another post. I decided to take a small dose of it because I felt somewhat stressed after the surgery on my meniscus and wanted to let him know that. I did not hear from him and assumed he was absent.
After I took that low dose tranquilizer for several days, I noticed that it made me feel down and somewhat insecure, so I decided to stop taking it and I sent my psychiatrist another email letting him know that. I got an email from him a while ago thanking me for keeping him informed and agreeing with my decision.
We made a pact that I inform him on every change in medication I make, and that I only do that independently with the minor ones. When it comes to making a change in the three major medications, I have to discuss that with him first. I have been contemplating making a change in my antipsychotic medication, but I wanted to hear from him first before I sent him an email about that.
The antipsychotic medication dampens my mood if I have a tendency to become hypomanic, which I very often do. Lately, though, I have been noticing that I may be taking too high of a dose. I take the first one in the morning and find it a little bit difficult to get the show on the road until late in the afternoon when it is time to take the second dose. I feel that's just about the time when I function best, so I am loathe to take it.
I would very much like to decrease the dose and have asked my psychiatrist if he agrees to that. In the meantime, I try to pep myself up with cups of coffee and glasses of lemonade. I also feel like taking lots of naps, to the point that it's not normal. I sometimes practically doze off behind the computer during the day and I am not worth much in the evening after I have taken my second dose.
Another thing is, that my schedule is still messed up and that I don't sleep steady during the night. I would like to, but I am a light sleeper and wake up for no reason at all. I never feel that I am really sound asleep. I think I don't reach that point until maybe in the morning when I go back to bed for a while. Odd as it sounds, I think it is because of the sleeping pill that I don't sleep well. I have already decreased its dose and maybe I can try to get off it.
One thing at the time, though.