Look what my psychiatrist gave me

More samples! So I don’t have to pay $1,000 a month for them.

When I told her about my dramatic weight gain and anhedonia she said a decrease in my new med might help me.

Huh? I asked, How could decreasing the medication help me?

Then she pulled out a bunch of charts about this medication’s effects on different receptors in the brain. I couldn’t explain it to you here, but she made a case for how sometimes less is more.

I need to learn more about dopamine, the two different serotonin, alpha 1 and 2 receptors. Here’s a cool chart. I don’t really understand it, but I like it.

From the Rexulti prescription website:
The mechanism of action of brexpiprazole is unknown. However, the efficacy of brexpiprazole may be mediated through a combination of partial agonist activity at serotonin 5-HT1A and dopamine D2 receptors, and antagonist activity at serotonin 5-HT2A receptors.

I was doing better on half the dosage that I’m on now so we’ll see what having it does. I’ll keep you posted.

My psychiatrist asked if I felt like a guinea pig. I laughed and said, That’s what life is.

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You may be wondering why I’m not doing Day Two of 7 Days 7 Posts. I’ve decided I’m going to be doing them in my own time zone (U.S east coast), so day two 1/28 would be tomorrow. I’ll have more time tomorrow to write it and respond to comments. Stay tuned!

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As always, thanks for reading.

~Q

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About Quixie

Hi! I go by "Quixie." Quixie is a shortened version of "quixotic," which means: "exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical." It's how I described my evangelical Christian faith when I started blogging 5 years ago. Now I'm an agnostic atheist who is trying to find a balance between idealism and reality. I write primarily about my mental health journey (I have bipolar disorder), and I also discuss my deconversion, mindfulness, exercise, music, reading, and other cultural topics.