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Re: Atypical Depression or BiPolar II?

Posted by Erin on June 26, 1999, at 22:30:42

In reply to Re: Atypical Depression or BiPolar II?, posted by JohnL on June 26, 1999, at 19:10:07

Hi John,

Thanks for your reply-

Maybe it's too early in my self-diagnostic stages for me to say, but I feel like my hypomanic episodes may be (and I hate to say this) as disabling as my depressive stages because of the irritability, oversensitivity, anxiety, and insomnia.

Argh! I just can't sort everything out right now and it's driving me bonkers. I am scheduled to see a specialist at the top diagnosis/treatment center in the state but that appointment is a few weeks off. The great thing about all of this is that I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) which is triggered by anxiety. So, on top of not sleeping well I also can't eat anything until I get my stomach to calm down (which of course won't happen until I can get my anxiety under control which won't happen until I get in to see the specialist and get some sort of a diagnosis and definite treatment plan). Sorry to unload all of this on you- my reserves are completely exhausted and I guess I just need to vent. Thank you for reading/listening.

And, lastly, I do have a couple of questions-

Seeing as how I don't get up into the high manic phases of bipolar (if that is even what I am dealing with- I don't even know right now), would lithium/depakote/lamictal serve to take the irritability/hypersensitivity/anxiety/insomnia out of hypomanic phases. I thought that those three meds generally "turned down the volume" on manic phases (i.e. were used to prevent someone from doing something that could have serious repercussions like overspending during a manic episode).

Also, and it sounds like you've had the same experience I've had with this, I'd still like to know why hypomania is toned down while taking an antidepressant.

I'm not directing this question (or the previous one) specifically at you so please don't feel obligated to answer.

Thanks again for for your time and replies-





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