1. Cians mood swings

    Posted by suejane at Sat May 19, 2012 8:32 am

    Cian aged 20 suffers from mood swings where he says he feels so low he has hit abrick wall, in his head. He has sat on the bedroom window sill several times, but iv managed to lock it now. His elder sister tried suicide 3 times.We are waiting for more counselling for him but im not sure waht else i can do for him. I drive him to college every day and sporting activities every day of the week. Does anyone have any ideas about this.He suffers from Dyspraxia with learning difficulties, partial deafness and long term anxiety disorder and he takes sertraline 150mg , i pill morning lower dose at night.He cannot rest at home prefering to out all day saying only sport helps him but im getting tired and i cant drive him around all day and every day. He doesnt have any friends here only in his college and sports groups. Thanks so much xxxxx

  2. Re: Cians mood swings

    Posted by suejane at Sat May 19, 2012 8:56 am

    ps the one place he does feel at peace is in our local county cricket ground when there is a match on and the sun is out.

  3. Re: Cians mood swings

    Posted by jo jo at Sat May 19, 2012 9:07 am

    Hi Jane just lost a post. Carl used to be like this chords around his neck running away to a footbridge threatening to jump but was also really violent to me, he has been on risperidone since about march last year after we had to call the police when he tried to throw me over the bannister. Since then we've had one incident where he damaged my shoulder still not healed but his meds weren't right. He is now such a changed young man he'll be 18 in July and we can reason with him without any agression he is also more open to trying new things whereas before he would only sit in his room.Without him being on meds I wouldn't be where I am and he would of been in residential now.
    Jo xx

  4. Re: Cians mood swings

    Posted by swissmiss at Sat May 19, 2012 9:55 am

    HI Jane
    We have been faced with choices without really knowing what would work. Risperidone has been offered but since the suggestion was that Ali take this whilst having therapies to help him longer term as the drug doesnt heal but masks and there are side effects in taking it and the therapies have so far been refused due to lack of staff or funding I have gone down the nutrition route. I do find that a diet which manages his blood sugar levels goes a hell of a long way to controlling his sudden mood swings. Ali also needs to drink a lot of water to keep hydrated and calm. The nutritionist I see for myself as well also uses homeopathy and flower essences. Doctors are not trained or mainly interested in nutrition and yet if you had a car which was stuttering you would look at what fuel you were putting in it...sometimes I think we can be doing the equivalent of putting petrol in a diesel engine and wondering why our bodies arent functioning too well!!!
    It does seem as though you and Cian have identified lifestyle choices which help him feel good which is fine whilst you can keep them up...like juggling plates it sounds??? Physical activity has to be good and it sounds to help him a lot. Personally I think Cian would benefit from a 1:1 support worker who can give him the security to pariticipate in an individual programme and take the weight off your shoulders. There are organisations who can provide this..one is Dimensions who will do a tailor made programme following getting to know the person. Southend are contracting them now...have you asked Cian's SW who they are contracting to provide this kind of service?? Have a look at http://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/.....they look good???

  5. Re: Cians mood swings

    Posted by suejane at Sat May 19, 2012 4:47 pm

    Thanks for replies. I will contact Cians SW. At the moment life is very stressful because he cant relax at home and i just wonder if our home isnt right but then probably nowhere would be with his mood swings. If he could live outside he would! xxxi I hope you are having a good day both xxx

  6. Re: Cians mood swings

    Posted by swissmiss at Sat May 19, 2012 9:16 pm

    Ali has had a bad few days again...getting worked up and hitting himself. I really could do with finding a respite place ASAP. You cant do this 24/7 without cracking up.
    Karen x :-)

  7. Re: Cians mood swings

    Posted by jo jo at Sat May 19, 2012 10:24 pm

    Carl's fine ATM meds keep him stable, I've had a hell of a week or so everything thats been happening in the last few months has all come back to the forefront. So been very tearful, but I'll get there again Jo xx

  8. Re: Cians mood swings

    Posted by swissmiss at Sat May 19, 2012 10:43 pm

    Yep, just booked my 5th counsellor...gotta do something to get my head together. It is not helped by Ali's challenging behaviour...love him to bits but soon gotta get some better help. Quandary.....counsellor can see me Wednesday...same time as Ali's Psychiatrist appt...which is likely to be most useful????
    Karen :-)

  9. Re: Cians mood swings

    Posted by jo jo at Sat May 19, 2012 11:01 pm

    I've been asked by local DC to have more counselling finished with the crisis centre about 5 weeks ago she's looking into specialised survivor counselling say's I shouldn't be doing this alone because I don't have to she's such a nice woman I know its her job but it's more she really cares. Jo x

  10. Re: Cians mood swings

    Posted by swissmiss at Sun May 20, 2012 1:28 am

    That's good Jo. I seem to be trying to bottle it but realistically need to open the bottle and do something with it as the cork keeps popping!!!
    Karen xx :):)
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