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Re: is hyperthymya connected to BP at all?

Posted by crinn on December 19, 2001, at 7:56:26

In reply to is hyperthymya connected to BP at all?, posted by Anna Laura on December 19, 2001, at 0:08:07

anna laura, I'm in the process of trying to figure this out for myself. I was on Zyprexa, and it helped a great deal for a while, but then I sunk into a deeper depression. I'm trying Lamictal and basically what my pdoc said is if the lamictal works, then I'm BPII. I'm also on xanx and Effexor XR, although as soon as I am on a "working dose" of the lamictal he has promised I can go off the effexor. I'm reading touched by fire by Kay Redfield Jamison (recc. by my pdoc) to see if my basically high-energy personality (when I'm not depressed) is actually Hyperthymic. Sorry to have rambled on. But I'd try the mood stablizers and see. You can always go off of them.
> I've done a few researches on the net for hyperhymia (which is a kind of mild hypomania within normal ranges of social and working functioning) and found that it could be considered as a condition belonging to the bipolar II spectrum.
> I've been hyperthymic all my life through before getting depressed and i somehow sense it's still there even though i'm dhysthymic; subtle signs of it show up as soon as i feel better, even though it happens only for very short periods.
> Do you think this could be an evidence for a treatment with mood stabilizers? Are any of you been diagnosed as bipolar II or III since they've been hyperthymic? Are mood stabilizers contraindicated for people suffering from anhedonia since they might sometimes flatten the affect ?
> Thanks in advance




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