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Re: My 18 yr. old son w/bi-polar and anger

Posted by MelindaJ on May 25, 1999, at 11:55:26

In reply to Re: My 18 yr. old son w/bi-polar and anger, posted by jj on November 9, 1998, at 12:49:55

> > He's taking 150mg of zoloft. Can be very sweet most of the time, but his anger is very quick and very fierce. I don't know how to help him. We love him, but can't live with his anger. He won't take anything to help him sleep at night. HELP! please.
> My daughter has bi-polar and anger just like her father. She began with Zoloft, haldol which was switched to resperidol (sic). Now she takes 200mg of Effexor and 350 mg ofdepakote. The Zoloft and Effexor are for her depression. The other medicines were/are for her aggression. She is doing well.

I have an 8-yr old step-son who was diagnosed bi-polar last summer. He takes Depakote combined with an antidepressant
and, for the most part, does well. Most of his blow-ups seemed to take place during times/situations when he had
a great deal of anxiety. Zoloft is a good drug but your son would probably do better on a combination of the Zoloft and
a mood stabilizer like Depakote. Depakote is often prescribed for kids and adolescents because they tend to be "rapid-cyclers"
and Depakote is a relatively fast acting drug. Good luck with your son, bipolar and puberty are a tough combination!




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