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Severely depressed and wanting feed-back

Posted by Cass on August 6, 1999, at 20:30:13

I am 32. I suffer from severe and suicidal depressions. Lately, I have been extremely moody. I get depressed and paranoid. Then in the span of, say, four or so hours the depression will break and I'll feel unaturally high and emotionally buyont. This has been occuring severely for over the past four months. The last AD I tried was Remeron, which did not seem to help and also seemed to make me gain weight. I have been so depressed lately that speaking is difficult and my cognitive skills seem to be impaired. My memory is extremely poor. I also feel weak and lose my balance easily. Today I cut my leg pretty badly as a result. I also have lupus which adds to my symptoms. I have three very uncertain explanations for what I've been going through. One being that I may be bipolar. I plan on asking my doctor about Lithium on my next visit. However, I am a little worried about that because I tend to become dehydrated. Lithium, being a salt might add to that problem. Second, I'm wondering if the mood swings are caused by hormonal imbalances. Although, to a degree, I have always had moodiness. It has just become much more severe recently. Third, my dealing with some resurfaced family problems may be responsible for this. I went through a childhood full of parental rejection and oher kinds of emotional abuse. My father has been in jail (not for a crime against me). Appeals and publicity about the case bring back unpleasant memories and issues.
I know that no one can make a diagnosis from the information in one paragraph. I just want positive feed-back of any kind. Got any?




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