Posted by polarbear206 on April 16, 2002, at 10:40:35
In reply to Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers, posted by Mondeo on April 16, 2002, at 8:55:25
> Hey,practically there are some more modern approaches to the issue bothering you and I am referring to Lamictal which seems to be a better med.than Depakote,dueto its specific AD quality,missing from the other known Mood Stabilizers ; I suggest you to discuss it with your doc.,moreover that he has indeed a correct opinion about extra AD's administration(trying to avoid hypomania,rapid cycling etc.)
> good luck
> > Hey, I have recently been diagnosed as having bipolar II, though I kinda disagree and think I just have cyclothymia. My psychiatrist put me on 750 mg of depakote and said that it was real small dosage, I just started taking it and was curious about other people's experience with it.My psychiatrist wont put me on an anti-depressant for now cuz shes scared of me going manic. Personally, I think that when I'm manic I'm not that manic and I do great things, even if i don't manage to do them for real long periods of time...but that's because I start going down again. Is there anyway to keep highs without having lows? I think this forum is a great idea and don't know if anyone still reads this. I know this post is a little long winded...so I hope you all forgive me. Thanx.;)
The upswing of this illness can just be periods of energy and getting alot accomplished. You don't have to present a textbook case of hypomania to be diagnosed as bipolar 2. In my case, my bipolar is depression dominated and my highs are just increased energy and a hyperthymic personality comes out. Many people don't realize that there is a very broad spectrum to bipolar dosorders. The various levels of bipolar illness other than true manic depression were thought to be rare and even, according to the current edition of DSM. However, research over the past two decades and in recent years, indicates it is considerably higher and perhaps may account for half of all clinical depressions. I find this very interesting!