Posted by Carter on December 19, 2001, at 9:19:44
In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers, posted by S. Belmont on December 18, 2001, at 23:50:10
> Hi everyone. I was just recently diagnosed as cyclothymic, and I swear I have to be ADD also (although the clinician says all the ADD symptoms are part of cyclothymia). I just started taking wellbutrin 5 months ago and like some of you have noticed irratibility. Any advice you might have for a newbie would be greatly appreciated. Might I also add that its great to finally have people to talk to who have heard of this. So many ppl ask "whats that?" then i have to explain. Its quite a hassle. Thanks!
I can't help you with the Wellbutrin irritability because it works for me. Or my mood stabilizer, Depakote, counters it. Have you talked with your psyst. about your side effects? It's a good idea to.
Now about having to explain to others...it's tough...I usually start by explaining that there are steps, Bi Polar I, Bi Polar II, and Cyclothymia. But you have to watch it. Some people really don't know how to react the minute you say bi polar. But don't feel bad about it, they are just not educated about the subject. I wasn't until I started therapy and such. The very best thing you can do is arm yourself with knowledge. And don't take what you do find as the "written in stone" truth. Not all websites are accurate. But I have found that in searching for info, I have ben successful when looking up bi polar. It's usually in there somewhere.
A word of caution: be careful who you tell. The only people I have told about myself are family and a handful of close friends.
I wonder, statistics say that in men this often develops in the mid to late twenties. I was 26 when I was diagnosed. Anyone else in their twenties?