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Re: non-sedating med for BP2?

Posted by Lyrical13 on July 19, 2004, at 16:53:24

In reply to Re: non-sedating med for BP2? Lyrical13, posted by SLS on July 18, 2004, at 15:55:32

> How severe are your manias or hypomanias? Are they manageable? If they never prevent you from functioning, perhaps you can afford to experiment with a few different drugs. Have you spoken to your doctor about any in particular? What about depression. To what extent is that a problem? How often do you cycle between mood states without medication?
> There are a whole bunch of things you can try.
> - Scott

My bigger problem is depression. In fact, until recently, my dx was depression with anxiety. We just recently realized that I had periods of hypomania and that really explained the problems with my checking account that periodically happened. My worst spending spree was probably $200 at a craft store (keeping in mind that bills had not been paid yet). My worst hypomania was last spring when I was on Effexor. I slept about 4 hours per night and then was on the go non-stop all day until about 11pm and would get up 2-4 hours later and do it all over again for about 4 days straight and then I'd sleep maybe 6 hours for a day or two and then back to 3-4. I had literally 15 projects going on at one time. I was somewhat irritable and very impatient with people who tried to slow me down.

My depression has been a definite pattern for the past 13 years....every fall like clock work. Like I said, the hypomania has been more subtle. Mostly sleeping less, some spending sprees and many projects. Nothing too extravagant... no real grandiosity. Just LOTS of projects, many of which never got finished. My hypomania seems to hit about March or April and last a few months. Depression is August through January. The months in between the two main cycles seem to be transition July, I'm starting to get more sluggish and a little sad at times but am mostly OK. In Feb I have more energy and feel pretty good but am still keeping normal hours and not spending a lot of money. I see my pdoc next week so I'll see what he has to say. ONe of my main complaints with him is that he still doesn't believe me that I'm sensitive to meds and often require only pediatric doses. He must think it's typical manic thinking...not wanting to take meds. But he's seen the results from a few different meds so far and the side effects and effectiveness from smaller doses. I don't know why it's so hard for him to accept my particular metabolism. Very frustrating.





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