Our expert says:
Hi -sorry to hear of your troubles. The term "psychotic disorder" covers a number of conditions, of which schizophrenia is just one. I wonder whether it would help for you to get a second opinion, fr5om a fresh shrink ( such complex problems should ONLY be diagnosed and managed by a specialist psychiatrist, not a GP ); and ask this doctor to carefully explain what is wrong, what the risks are, and what are the potential problems and benefits of various treatments. Some forms. for instance, of Bipolar Disorder can produce psychotic problems at times, but need different treatments.
Epilim is used for Bipolar Disorder but not for schizophrenia, and Risperdal is used for various problems including both of these - bu is usually more gentle than you seem to have experienced. Shame, you seem to have had all the potential side-effects of such meds all at once.
Side-effects are generally worst in the first couple of weeks, as one's body gets used to having the drug around, and then they usually improve. But we all vary in how we react to different, even similar, drugs, and sometimes we;re much better suited by one rather than another.
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