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psychiatry visit -- finally


nancyl

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so dan finally got to see a psychiatrist , and she was very interested in dan... and has connections with our local psychologist -- so our plan is to see the PHD here in town for a while and she will over see the medical aspect of it.. she is taking of the scripts of dans depression meds and the valium.... she is in absolute favor of doing the valium bit when dans mood goes to high.. provided its not a daily thing... it is used maybe 2x a week, and she said even 4 x per week is just fine... but dan has been working through things on his own the moods are more frequent but not as long in duration .. so a graph would be middle with spikes up and down constant.....NOW but before the graph would be low for days and then dip lower for days , come back to baseline and the pattern would repeat about monthly... so perhaps there is progress.... and i must thank Jamie -- her insight on depression and OCD has proved very valuable.. i spoke with the MD and we talked in length about the symtoms and she agrees dan is exhibiting obvious OCD traits... good news, the medication regime is the same..... one change - he is to take the med during the day AM instead of PM... no problem .... dan gave them a good example of his behavior-- the door was squeaky ( colleen will love this) and dan can not stand it -- so he dug in their garbage found a pop can with a bit of coke in it and poured the coke out onto the 2 hinges he could reach... then he proceeded to open and close that door a million times to get the squeak out... which seems like problem solving and it is and started out with it, but it became compulsive the opening and closing of the door... a nurse even came to see if all was ok... - so they got to see how a small problem solving dilema for dan ( which is awesome) turns into a very compulsive behavior... same with cleaning the bathrooms, washing a floor ( in his chair with a swifter) , playing checkers... so as i said -- Jamie suggested the what is now obvious to me... and my approach in dealing with it is different. i allow the ritual but tell him we will do this for 3 minutes and then we are done OK and it seems to help... but i and dan have had so many ups and downs that it is hard to say if the cure ( bad choice of words ) will work for long.. or not... everyday a new day -- a few good days come along with the many, many bad ones.... so again thank you jamie and stroke net ... nancyl

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Nancy, I have had a lot of advice from the wonderful survivors and caregivers of Strokenet that has been invaluable. I think therapists who worked with Ray could have given us more answers but they always seemed to hurry their sessions and there was no time for questions and answers at the end.

 

Whatever works, works.

 

Sue.

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Nancy, maybe I'm the kind of guy, Army trained, where it would take a lot to get me upset or make comments I think would bother my wife so we never dispute or get upset in what I do or I don't do!

 

On the other hand I'm just not a hard person to get along with no matter the situation at hand. It would bother me if I had to get mad or upset for any reason. Maybe I need a visit to that kind of doctor? I could be crazy and just don't realize it yet?

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Nancy, I'm glad you found a good psychiatrist who helps you with suggestions of behavior modification and not just meds.

 

Larry has always been a little bit obsessive compulsive. He sees a small piece of something on the floor and I have to pick it up right away. If I tell him I have to get the car in for an oil change, he will remind me over and over. I usually say "If you mention that one more time, I will not do it!" lol

 

Dan really gave them a hands on demonstration of his compulsiveness. I bet he would love working in a repair shop.

 

Julie

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Nancy - thank you for posting. I was so interested in how you and Dan fared.

 

I want Bruce to see his Psychologist and even if Bruce just tells her everything is "fine", I may take the appointment.

 

For one time, the concerns you had manifested and for that I am thankful. Because the pro got to see exactly one of your issues, first hand. So one issue at a time and a game plan! Some relief finally. Or a least a game plan to try.

 

Please do keep us posted. Debbie

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