Through the eyes of a carer for someone with a mental illness

Diagnosis, medication, BPD.


I thought I would tell you a little more about Chris and his diagnosis and also the medication he is on at the moment, just to give a bit of the background information really. As well as being diagnosed BPD he has a ‘suspected underlying mood disorder’ but he has proven so complex that at the moment no one is really sure what’s going on. We are awaiting his Psychiatrist to hold a ‘case conference’ so all the psychiatrist will look over his notes and see if a few heads are better than one.

In terms of medication Chris is currently on…

  • 20mg Escitalopram
  • 10mg Diazepam twice a day
  • 50mg Piportil depot injection once a fortnight
  • 5mg Procyclidine three times a day to combat side effects from his injection
  • 1-2mg Lorazepam PRN for real emergencies
  • 30mg Lansoprazole because he has ruined his stomach overdosing

I can’t count the number of different tablets he has tried, or the combinations he has tried them in but touch wood at the moment this seems to be the best one we have found. There was even talk at one point he might have epilepsy or possible brain damage causing his symptoms from all his head injuries as a child, he’s had a CT scan and we are awaiting an EEG. As Chris uses overdose to either harm himself or with intent on committing suicide our GP prescribes his medication in lots of three days, so I am what feels like forever in the chemist! We have a safe where all the medicines go and when Chris is showing signs of being very unwell, only I have access to the key for his own safety, though in the past this alone still hasn’t stopped him overdosing.

As far as a form of ‘therapy’ goes he was deemed too unstable to have Psychotherapy, and he prefers not to see his psychologist very often at the moment. However he is awaiting news on whether he will be joining a ‘Therapeutic community’ should really hear soon about that because it’s been months since the application was sent off. Our GP sees him once a week and his care coordinator (social worker) sees him once a week or as and when he needs her.


Author: acarerseyes

I am a mum to four gorgeous girls, and a carer to my former partner of eight years, Chris who has a mental illness, BPD. I blog my experiences.. life is tough! We live in Greater Manchester, UK.

2 thoughts on “Diagnosis, medication, BPD.

  1. piportil – really? thats probably not helping………or is it?

    • Yes piportil, and yes its helping, this is the most stable he has been for months, only issue was the side effects that caused him in the words of our GP ‘to look like someone with parkinsons’ but thanks to the procyclidine those have more or less gone. Any reason your suprised?

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