Self-Portarit under Influence. Bryan Lewis Saunders.

Bryan Lewis Saunders drew a self-portrait of himself while under the influence of these drugs.

1/ 4 mg Risperdol (Risperidone)

2/ 60 mg Geodon (Ziprasidone)

3/ 90 mg Abilify (Aripripazole; after 3 months usage 3x maximun dose)

4/ 10 mg Zyprexa (Olanzapine; after 2 weeks in hospital)

anonymous asked:

I'm sorry if this is rude, but I was wondering what kind of medication do one take for schizophrenia? And also while you are on this medication does all your schizophrenic symptoms disappear?

Your question is not near of being rude. It’s actually a very good question!

Antipsychotic medications are the most commonly prescribed to treat schizophrenia. There are two major types of antipsychotics; conventional (typical) and newer (atypical) antipsychotics.

Atypical antipsychotics are the newer medications and they are generally preferred and are usually recommended as a first choice because they have a lower risk of debilitating side effects than the conventional medications.

Conventional (or typical) antipsychotics are first-generation medications. They effectively control hallucinations, delusions and confusion of schizophrenia. These medications have frequent and potentially significant neurological side effects, than atypical antipsychotics.

Atypical antipsychotics include:
Aripiprazole (Abilify)
Asenapine (Saphris)
Clozapine (Clozaril)
Iloperidone (Fanapt)
Lurasidone (Latuda)
Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
Paliperidone (Invega)
Quetiapine (Seroquel)
Risperidone (Risperdal)
Ziprasidone (Geodon)

Typical antipsychotics include:
Chlorpromazine (Thorazine)
Fluphenazine (Prolixin)
Haloperidol (Haldol)
Loxapine (Loxitane)
Molindone (Moban)
Perphenazine (Trilafon)
Thioridazine (Mellaril)
Thiothixene (Navane)
Trifluoperazine (Stelazine)

Recovery from schizophrenia is a lifelong process. Antipsychotic medications are the cornerstone in the treatment of schizophrenia – while they don’t cure the illness, they greatly reduce the symptoms and allow the patient to function better and have better quality of life. A proper medication is just one of the treatments used to treat schizophrenia. The effects of the treatments for schizophrenia will vary depending on each person; some might feel they are not benefitting from the medication, some can feel part of their symptoms lessen and some can feel they are having a massive recovery comparing what their condition used to be and even feel their symptoms disappearing.

But still, schizophrenia requires lifelong treatment, even when symptoms have subsided. Many people with schizophrenia can make a mistake to stop taking their medications after they have started to feel better but this can lead them to having a relapse. If you’re sticking to the right treatment, you can regain normal functioning and even become symptom free. People with schizophrenia can live a fulfilling and meaningful life!

~ Schizophrenia Confessions

my olanzapine  appears to have made me remember my childhod and i keep crying jesus christ this is a little overwhelming but very ok!!! wow!!!!!! this is incredible

so many memories, i am in awe and confused of what to do and i keep talking and thinking very fast

Getting a tattoo at the moment. I’m getting birds added to the tattoo on my arm, and a tattoo on my back down my spine. Sitting here waiting for it feels weird, cause I’m super excited for my tattoos, but I’ve got this horrible social anxiety which is rearing its head right now because low and behold I didnt take my Olanzapine this morning, which I’ve been on for the last two weeks because of this stupid agitation. It’s also giving me the urge to eat whenever I I’m nervous which sucks ass because body image is a big thing for me and its caused me to gain weight. I mean like somehow I’ve started using food as a comfort, which has caused me to gain like 6kg over the last few months. I’ve just started a running program and I’m on WK 3 now and that’s helping but seriously I have to be on alert constantly to make sure I’m not emotionally eating, and even then I keep failing :( I spose all I can do is keep trying.

Wow that went off on a tangent.

anonymous asked:

Your parents are so cute! Gotta love early 90s fashions! I have a friend who goes on and on about being bipolar. I am. She is not, Dr says nope. She takes antidepressants. Ssri, tricyclics, tried tons. She's had them for yrs and no mania. She gets loud and behaves immaturely but not manic. She sleeps fine and she is ok. Mood wise can be low but usually fine. Just with antidepressants. I don't know if that actually says something about her claims of being bipolar?


Urgh I had that with this girl I didn’t like, her actual diagnosis was BPD and major depression and she would sit and chat shit she was bipolar and schizophrenic, she soon shut up when I pointed out to her its called schizoaffective bipolar type and when I asked what meds she was on she said she was self medicating with fluoxetine which said it all. Also I asked her what meds she’d been on as a schizoaffective would need something like Haldol, olanzapine, risperidone, heavy duty anti psychotics and she couldn’t name any.

8 out of 10 bipolar cases on an anti depressant alone WILL go manic. If your friend is legit bipolar she either 1. needs to be inpatient or 2. needs a new psych or 3 which is the most important STOP TELLING PEOPLE SHES BIPOLAR. Fucks sake its not a cool thing to be, you know that yourself. I highly doubt shes bipolar, bipolar is an obvious disorder, even to strangers, I once talked this woman to death who was a stranger on a bus because I could literally not stop talking.

I’d ignore her or point out shes not bipolar if shes on anti depressants alone.

petrichorals asked:

i am glad you got the message about the tarditive dyskinisia and also "Surprisingly, an increasing number of case reports have demonstrated that the use of SSRIs and new antipsychotics (e.g. clozapine, olanzapine, risperidone, sertindole, aripiprazole, ziprasidone, quetiapine) is associated with cases of arrhythmias, prolonged QTc interval on electrocardiogram (ECG) and orthostatic hypotension in patients lacking cardiovascular disorders" (and you don't even lack one!)

i’m finding it v concerning that your doctor didn’t even give you a leaflet about possible side effects or gave you any information about warning signs that would mean you have to stop taking it????? ugh incompetent doctors make me so mad

yeah there’s usually a leaflet in the pack with the meds but the pharmacist repackaged it and didn’t put one in? idek. thank god for wikipedia.

Currently locked in the spare room with just a mattress and blanket because everyone is out. I ran off and my mum went searching for me, she found me at the top of the fly-over bridge ready to jump. Had a lorazepam and olanzapine to calm me down and mum has spoken to crisis team, saying I am never to see my CPN again and I need a new one. Everything is a mess and now I’m left alone, crying. I feel so lonely. I just want to end all of this, not just for my sake, but for everyone else’s too.

Bad night. Fucking olanzapine not doing its job. Triggered to all hell and out of sleeping pills.

I’m gonna go watch Harry Potter.

has anyone been on aripiprazole and can talk to me about side effects? been switched from olanzapine to this and i have no fuckin idea what the difference is