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Re: Zolfot induced hypomania

Posted by Molly Straight on January 9, 1999, at 23:08:12

In reply to Zolfot induced hypomania, posted by Sean on January 8, 1999, at 15:53:22

> I was treated for depression in my early 20's (with
> amitriptyline and lithium) and went as longs as 4 years
> on these drugs, and then went off, then on because I
> kept wanting to be medication free. The last time I went
> off, my doc prescribed zoloft and I landed on the moon.
> Now it looks like I'm headed for combination therapy
> again.
> In the past few years I've noticed my ups have become
> increasingly intense. It seems like what used to be
> a quasi-unipolar situation has mutated into something
> like bipolarity and seems to be getting worse.
> Having read about kindling, and antidepressant induced
> mania, I'm starting to get concerned about my crazy
> mood swings. I actually like them in a way (I'm a musician
> and songwriter) but my energy levels are making it
> hard to work and I suppose it is possible I could be
> headed for full blown mania.
> Given the risk/side effects of the mood stabilizers,
> can any of you offer experience or input on the possible
> course of my particular illness? I'm beginning to think
> I need to head this off at the pass but I'm actually
> avoiding going to my doc because of medication fear.
> So I'm medically awol at the moment, but suffering.
> Can anybody relate? Have suggestions?
Please go to your doctor. Hypomania is great, but mania could kill you! Find a psychopharmacologist that understands your misgivings. Good luck.




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