Our expert says:
Good to hear the Geodon has been so useful to you. Sometimes the tiredness can be reduced by a VERY careful reduction in dosage ( but of course, only when planned very carefully with your shrink ) ; but sometimes its a nuisance, but an acceptable price to pay for the mood swing control and other benefits it provides, especially as you had so much trouble achieving stability on the other combinations.
The bnefits you experienced on Geodon are entirely credible. Human brain chemistry is so complex, that just as some people don't respond as well as expected to drugs that ought to help them, and some o us are lucky enough to find one that suits our individual chemistry well.
As to whether the Geodon could account for some of the symptoms, that you'd need to discuss with your prescribing shrink. I think tiredness is more likely due to geodon than manic-type symptoms, though restlessness is possible.
NO drug gives anyone "character traits" - you have them or you don't. Symptoms of illness or some drug side-effects might emphasize or reveal some pre-existing character traits, as can drunkenness.
Gosh, if any drug could make the disorganized and silly become organized and efficient, they'd put in in the water supply ! But in the reverse, yes, of course a drug which slows your reactions and makes you a bit drowsy, will make you LESS organized and efficient.
YOu are no more dependent in the nasty sense, on a drug which helps you function and feel much better, than a diabetic is "dependent" on insulin. So long as you are using the drug, rather than the other way round, its not dependency.
I have re-read your posting, but have not found the silly question you threatened me with. Where was it ?
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