I started off "sectioned" into the Mental Health Unit in a secure monitored room.
The diagnosis was paranoid schizophrenia.
I was there against my will.
In New Zealand, they can only hold patients for a certain length of time.
When that time came I was not released, so it was a court case - we lost.
All up, I spent a month in there and was glad to be eventually released.
During my time in there, they put me on 5 mg Olanzapine, which absolutely munted me.
Others were on far larger doses, and I was told that Olanzapine was completely safe "up to 500 mg per day".
After release I was monitored and then had my dosage reduced to 2.5 mg.
A while ago my diagnosis was changed to bipolar, and I was prescribed Epilim as well as the Olanzapine.
Some research showed that the Epilim was a mood stabilizer, so I did not see the point of taking the Olanzapine as well.
As part of my research, I found my way to this to medsafe.com where you can create a guest login and then search for Olanzapine. Very interesting reading.
I have felt like crap stoppint the Olanzapine cold tuirkey, even such a minimal dose;
but the days are getting better and I have my mind and my life back
I make things easier by eating really healthy, exercise by walking the dog, and take a showery and put on fresh clean clothes no matter how bad I feel.
Any comments, feedback or suggestions are welcome.
Oh, and I don't let myself get overloaded.