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A budding bipolar ??

Posted by colin wallace on April 30, 2002, at 13:28:30

Need some advice here: although I have (mostly) got may depression/anxiety under control with a low dose sam-e/zoloft regime ,I still suffer from periodic mood crashes;I can be in an upbeat, carefree mood one minute, and utterly crash into an angry, bitter,enraged mood in a few short moments.I have no control over these mood crashes, which vary in length(from minutes to hours) and frequency (occurring maybe once/twice/even three times daily, not at all, or even just once a week.The last few years have taught me that the higher the dose of AD (any AD), the more extreme the mood volatility.As I am highly med sensitive, and am otherwise doing very well (save the mood crashes), I am wondering whether to broach the possibility, with my GP, of trying out lithium for size.
I am now beginning to suspect I may be bipolar 11, as I believe that may account for the downward swings, without the corresponding highs.
Having said that, every account of a bipolar 11 diagnosis I have dug up seems to be a little vague.Do my symptoms ring true with anyone with a bipolar 11 diagnosis? Any drawbacks to a lithium trial I should really know about? 'Grateful for any insights.





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