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That Bitch Bipolar II

Posted by TomG on May 21, 2002, at 1:05:58

I have recently been diagnosed with bipolar type II disorder. My deprsession, agitation, and terrible irritability plague me more than some of the hypomanias that I have experienced through my 26 years. It took four psychiatrists before I found a competent one who I believe has finally correctly diagnosed me. I have taken a slough of AD before my current diagnosis. None of them seemed to do the trick by themselves. My current drug therapy started with lithium 900mg/day. By day 14 the "switch" I hear so many talk about finally flicked in my head. The fog lifted and feelings of normalcy came over me like nothing I've ever felt. Definately not hypomania. After five days this went away. Too good to be true. My blood test showed my levels to be a bit low (.57mmol/lt) so my doctor raised my dose to 1200mg/day. This dosage drove me up the wall with extreme agitation. I had this pressure in my brain like something was building up. I guess like I was literally going blow my lid. Felt like I needed to scream. I dropped my dosage to 600mg and added Nardil 45mg. I've been on Nardil for 24 days total but only 14 days at 45mgs. Four days ago I added 2.5 Zyprexa. I feel as though some of the problems are lifting, but it doesn't fell as natural as the lithium. Has anyone had this experience with lithim. Is that normal. What is a typical effective Nardil dose? I really don't know which medicines are working. I think I should have given the Nardil longer without adding the Zyprexa. I'd appreciate if anyone has similar experiences with biplolar II or especially lithium to write. The medicine game is all too confusing.




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