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Re: Bipolar & OCD

Posted by Sean on August 31, 1999, at 15:15:26

In reply to Bipolar & OCD, posted by Curt on August 31, 1999, at 14:22:49

> I was diagnosed with OCD over 10 years ago, and more recently diagnosed with manic depression, although the ssri's virtually eliminate the symptoms of the OCD, they have the affect of making me manic. I have been on Luvox now for almost a month and subsequently have become severely Manic, feeling extremely euphoric and/or very agitated. My doctor told me to stop taking the luvox, but I haven't out of fear of my obsessions returning. During the periods of agitation I tend to sedate myself with alcohol, but this had produced a mixed state of mania and depression. I have been prescribed various anti-psychotics in the past along with a mood stabalizer and an ssri, but the anti-psychotics impair my ability to think clearly or concentrate, and seriously impairs my ability to function at work. I am at the end of my rope now, and don't know what else to try. What is a person supposed to do? Aren't there any other treatments available for people with this co-existing diagnosis?

Hey Curt -

Sounds like a rough time. I can relate to the
ssri-mania deal. Have you tried the 2nd generation
antipsychotics like Olanzapine and Risperidal?
They are much easier on the mind and body than
the old ones and can be used at lower dose for
bipolar people.

Also, I read somewhere that gabapentin helps with
anxiety and obsession in some people. Since this
is a mood stabilizer as well, it might be worth
a shot...





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