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Old 11-08-18, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default manic behaviour

hi,first post,struggling at the moment.gave up work five years ago to look after my partner who had been diagnosed with hd five years previous .the hd had got progressively worse.the last few months it has got really bad especially mental aspects.she has become more aggressive & much more has been particularly bad. she will not take her evening tablets & has tried hitting me a few times.awaiting appointment with specialist{have,nt seen one for 3 years} finding it hard to cope,anybody got any tips how to calm this behaviour.she is on risperidone which the doseage has just been increased by her gp this worked for about a week but now seems not to
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Old 13-08-18, 01:52 PM   #2
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Hi Bob

I can’t figure out why no one has replied to your request\plea for suggestions\answers. This forum used to be very active and it’s where I managed to pull through with the relationship between my son and myself. He was diagnosed in 2012 at the age of 25. Since then, with lots of input from a variety of sources, he has managed to “normalize” with his behaviour and any previous mental issues. Unfortunately, it’s his movement and cognitive abilities that are now losing ground fast.

It’s said that Risperidone is generally used to treat schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic depression). In a group of HD-guys known to me only two take Risperidone. The others take:
  1. Clonazepam
  2. Clonazepam & Citalopram
  3. Clonazepam & Fluoxetine & Mirtazapine & Dolmatil (Sulpiride)
  4. Clonazepam & Mirtazapine & Risperidone & Amantadine & Melatonin
  5. Olanzapine & Mirtazapine;
  6. Olanzapine & Citalopram & Amitriptyline & Melatonin
  7. Risperidone (rather than Olanzapine) & Sertraline
So, in this little group Clonazepam, Olanzapine and Mirtazapine are to the fore.

Many people in Facebook HD groups are saying that Cannabidiol Oil helps in many cases similar to your situation. Cannabidiol Oil is derived from Cannabis\Marijuana and is legal in the UK. Other Cannabis derivatives might not be legal.

We’ve also tried Lion’s Mane Mushroom capsules and Ashwagandha capsules which can have a calming influence. But as you say, if she won’t take her medication, trying anything else might be just as difficult.

Also, I’m not too sure what her GP and Neurologist might think about Cannabidiol Oil - although it does seem to “do the job” for most people.

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Scientifically, it’s proven that Cannabis\Marijuana and Hemp can be from the same plant. They can have the same genus and species named Cannabis Sativa. Hemp works as a strain for cannabis sativa. On the other hand, Marijuana can be Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa itself.

Cannabis\Marijuana is known to have a greater amount of THC, with a considerably low amount of CBD which is non-psychoactive. While on the flip side, Hemp naturally contains a high amount of cannabinoids and a low amount of THC (the illegal element that gives “the highs”.

3 drops under the tongue twice a day.

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Old 16-08-18, 11:30 AM   #3
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Default Re: manic behaviour was such behavour issues and outbursts, stubbornness and outright vileness that I used to find so hard to cope with. One thing for sure is that you can't reason with them or use commonsense - everything will turn into a massive row and it's you that gets hurt the most and torn apart emotionally inside. Sadly for many with hd it is this side of things that manifests and it's a rotten life walking on eggshells and being blamed for everything and anything and it sure takes it's toll on your own well-being and health and marriage. For us getting my husband on meds that controlled this side of things was a godsend and now he's totally different - remembering those days though really depresses me. I tend to put everything down to phases and...for what it's will eventually subside. Feel for you though
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