View Full Version : im on ambilify, help?
01-31-2007, 03:04 PM
ok i've finally decided to enlist the help of a pyhcharist for meds, im bulimic and depressed and im gaining weight again, i was raw 30 days and that helped i wish i never stopped..but even when i was raw i was binegeing and purging and i knew that i need to take some actions, ive even had some holistic friends tell me that sometimes its neccessary for a short period of time to balance whats wrong...so the doctor prescribed ambilify, i dont know and im scared, has anyone taken this drug,any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
01-31-2007, 03:16 PM
You might consider balancing your meds with alternative therapies like Reiki (really helps with stress, balancing energies, calming mind) or acupuncture. I would never dissuade you from following your doc's advice, and sometimes you need a boost from an outside source to get back on track.
I have a few friends who battled bulemia, and they all say that it's about developing a healthy relationship with your body and your self. Writing a journal specifically to your body will be very telling. What we do to our body is a reflection of how we view ourselves.
Take it one day at a time. And at the end of a 100% raw day, congratulate yourself! Give yourself love. SHOW your body that you love it. Get a massage, take a bubble bath, give yourself a pedicure. Find one thing you love about your body and focus on the positive. You are a shining, unique human being and you DESERVE to love yourself. Keep your chin up and know that you have support.
02-07-2007, 10:57 PM
I agree that you must take care of yourself in the emotional state before you can fix the physical. Natural cures are never a 'quick fix' but are the most effective with long term results. It's all about self-awareness and being able to consciously facing your issues. It will come when your innate wisdom is ready to let you fix it. A good book to read is "Body Talk". I can't remember who the author is and I let a friend borrow my book.
As a nurse in a traditional MDs office, a good drug that would cover a lot of your issues would be Lamictal. It has less side effects and covers a wide range of uses.
Take care of you.
02-07-2007, 11:09 PM
Have you done research on the drug? For example - do you need to up the dosage every couple of months when in platous? What are the withdrawl symptoms like?
Do you have a therapist that you see regularly? I think raw can be a great replacement for "a good drug" but you can't expect (I'm not emplying that YOU do/did) raw to be a cure all. With raw and a good therapist and HARD WORK it can be done.
Perhaps - before you start taking the drug (or get to dependant on it) you could consider a full time therapist (a couple times a week), lifestyle changes - put yourself in a very supportive situation, and continue Raw. I had to do JUST this (I have long history of bulimia).
I saw a therapist, moved in with my family in a healthy and happy environment, decided to follow my dream, have been nearly 100% raw for the last month and have not even had to deal with one bulimic episode.
I never thought this could happen - but it is. I deffinantly think it can be done drug free. But you have to be ready to do the very HARD work that comes with it.
Big Hugs to you. I'm so sorry you are dealing with this. Feel free to e-mail if you'd like.
something-fishy.org is a really great eating disorder web site and support forum
02-07-2007, 11:41 PM
I could smack myself for not remembering the most helpful book I have EVER used in unearthing my innate wisdom and allowing it to heal me.
"Feelings buried alive never die. . . " by Karol Truman is, by far, the most instramental books I have ever read and put into use for my emotional and physical well-being. It has helped me overcome MANY emotional factors that were affecting me physically.
In chapter 1, she cites Prevention Magazine saying "It is estimated that 90% of all physical problems have psychological roots." Did you know that humans are the only species that will scare themselves starting with nothing more than a preceived thought of "what if", even thinking themselves to death? We are strange creatures indeed. BUT our innate wisdom knows better than we do, and it has the power to heal.
I would suggest purchasing this book. It is worth every penny you spend on it. I bought several copies on Amazon.com ranging in price from $6.75 to around $12.00.
Hope this helps - be self aware.
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