Any advice coping depression after psychosis?

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Hi all,

In the summer I experienced a full on psychotic episode which although I vaguely remember enjoying(!) has left me with amnesia (can't remember most of this year), depression, the feeling of being alone now, despair, difficulty concentrating and the overwhelming feeling that everything has got a bit pointless.

I have/am seeing an NHS psychiatrist and have been put on 10mg of Aripiprazole (about 3 months) and today my GP has upped my dosage of Sertraline from 50mg of Sertaline to 100mg as I'm still very low.

Just after a bit of advice really about this combination of medication (what to expect? Will it work?), what I can do for myself to help get normal(!!) and are there any forums/groups anyone would recommend as I do feel very isolated and it would be good to talk to someone who has been through a similar experience. I live in the Portsmouth area.

Basically I'd like to get normal but today, I'll admit, the perceived enormity of the task is getting me down!

Here's to us all getting better


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    Hi, sorry your feeling low. Depression is an isolating illness. I have not been on the meds you have so cannot give you any advice on them. I belong to a group on facebook called Believe in mental health. This foorum is for all areas. Go to google and it should come up. Hope this helps.


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    I have not taken the drugs you have mentioned but I have a friend whos on a higher dosage fo sertaline, which seems to have done him well up to now.

    My friends a mental health nurse and she say your are on a medium dose of Aripiprazole. Your GP should be able to point you to groups in your area.

    We cant put in urls on the forum but you could google "Thinking Ahead Portsmouth" and also look at Solent NHS home page and search for Mental health 

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    Thanks for the replies elizabeth20203 & Time2bebetter
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    hi there my daughter is also on sertraline and ariprazole (from southampton) she is also finding concentrating really difficult, in ffcat she cannot concentrate at all and is also restless and has aches and pains, does this also apply to you, i think it would be very helpful for people like you and my daughter to realise they are not alone as this is a very frightening and distressfull period when you are experiencing these issues. 
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    Hi , so sorry you are going through this .

    I am on aripiprazole and sertraline and i find they work really well together , i am new on the sertraline and am having bad side effects bit it isnt messing with my psycosis .

    I feel much better now on both these meds together i still have low days but much better than before .

    I hope you feel better soon . all my love x

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