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Bipolar Disorder/Focalin XR - violent thoughts


Cee wrote at 2013-03-14 01:55:27
I can relate to your concerns about the killing and death thoughts. My grandson was put in a behavioral health center for 10 days because he drew a picture of a grave with his name on it. While on Focalin XR he had so many "dark" thoughts.  During the summer when he wasn't in school he didn't take the Focalin XR and he was his pleasant happy self. I, too am convinced that Focalin XR takes these poor kids to a dark place that they don't want to be. And the dark thoughts they have are brought on by this medication.  It's a hard long struggle for these kids and personally I don't feel there is truly any medication that will help their ADHD/ADD without giving them these horrific thoughts. I took my grandson off the Focalin XR and would rather just put up with the inattention in school and the restlessness.  The school is just going to have to put up with it as far as I'm concerned.  I am not willing to put my grandson at risk and a risk that is simply too high.  My heart goes out to these kids and their families as I have been dealing with this for the past 7 years. At least I have my happy, pleasant bouncing off the wall 12 y.o. grandson.  At least I know his brain is not forcing him to have those dark frightening thoughts that scare him too.

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I am available to answer questions of a general nature about bipolar disorder, provide online resources that address bipolar disorder in a more in-depth manner and sources to serve as a starting point for those looking for substantial information on the illness from a healthcare professional approach. I am not a doctor or a psychiatrist, my background is based in personal experience and extensive reading in my own process of understanding my diagnosis. I can also take questions that deal with the social issues surrounding bipolar disorder such as relationships; coping for family, friends, and the patient; marriage, choosing to start a family and related. Answers to questions of a legal nature will provide general information but anyone with a serious legal problem should consult an attorney licensed to practice in their jurisdiction.


I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder type II in 2000; as a SSI beneficiary, have experience and knowledge of the limitations and processes involved with the program; I understand the moods, the feelings, the worries, the doubts, and a lot more that there's not enough room to express - from the personal experiences of being bipolar. I have first-hand experience with the challenges of returning to college following hospitalizations and various combinations of medications that were tried before my doctor and I finally arrived at the most effective medication program for my treatment. My family and I have learned so much about each other in the process of dealing with the highs and lows that followed my diagnosis. I've had relationships with someone who also is bipolar and someone that is not - romantic relationships are no easier on either side! I feel that many of the ideas and beliefs that people have regarding bipolar disorder and those who have the condition promote the continuation of social stigmas associated with mental illness in general, and after learning from others with bipolar disorder, hope to guide others who may be trying to navigate the government health care system,& share information on other possible means of obtaining assistance with the cost of medications and/or mental health services and limited financial assistance programs for meeting basic living expenses for qualified individuals, dealing with problems from or with family & loved ones, co-occurring substance abuse problems, medications and side-effects (and when it feels like nothing will work, or why it's not helping the situation to ask whether or not a patient has taken their 'meds' when they seem hostile or moody to those around them).

I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts and will earn my J.D. upon completion of the Spring 2011 term after which I will be preparing to take the multi-state bar exam.

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