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Re: Upset :( Rich

Posted by alienatari on May 17, 2005, at 1:11:23

In reply to Re: Upset :( alienatari, posted by Ritch on May 16, 2005, at 10:42:13

Thanks. I really dont know. I did have one manic episode though, which was in hospital and the doctors there said I was manic so Im confused. Is there a way for me to get the information from the hospital? My new pdoc is friends with the pdoc that treated me in hospital so maybe he can get the information off him?

I really dont know. I guess im scared to stop the Depakote. Everyone in my family is begging me not to stop it. When I stopped it before is when I went off. When I stop the anti-manic meds I dont sleep for weeks, start to halucinate and hear voices .etc I really do think I am bipolar.

The Anafranil is helping a lot with the Anxiety. I love it actually. I really cant wait to up the dosage so It can help my OCD as its really bad at the moment.

Take care.

> >...I got all the information from what my psychatrists that I have seen have said and here is what they have diagnosed me with, i'll just post the relavent parts:
>
> "I think Chris has an underlying Generalized Anxiety Disorder, with symptoms of Obsessive Compulsiveness and depression secondary to this"
> That was from my first doc
>
> second doc after being hospitalised:
>
> "Christopher is suffering from a very severe obsessive compulsive disorder with generalised anxiety and social phobia and also some major depressive symptoms"
>
> And the latest report:
>
> "Christopher suffers from Bipolar Affective Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder"
>
> So Im really confused about my diagnosis after reading what the psychatrists have been saying about me. I got all the information today to show my new psychatrist as he wanted the information. He doesnt seem to think that Im Bipolar, he mainly agrees with the second pdoc that said I have a very severe form of OCD from what he has told me in our one and only meeting. But I think its too early for him to make judgements about my illness (he said so himself).
>
> They have also talked about sending me to the Anxiety Disorders Unit at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney. Has anyone ever been there? If Anafranil doesnt work out I seriously think I will give it a shot as NOTHING is working for my OCD and its totally destroying my life.
>
> What other meds could I try? It seems like Ive been on everything! Why am I still on Depakote if im not Bipolar? How will I ever KNOW that Im Bipolar? Its so confusing.
>
> Thanks for reading and take care.
>
>
> Did you ask your latest pdoc why you were still on Depakote if you're not bipolar? What did he say? It sounds like they suspect that bipolar is the root of your anxiety.. I definitely have bipolar and lots of anxiety and when the bipolar worsens (one way or the other) t
he anxiety gets worse, too. Do you think the Anafranil is making things *worse*? I think that going to the anxiety disorders unit is a good idea. You might run into a pdoc specialist there that can weed out a differential dx of bipolar better than your previous pdocs seem to be able to (they might do a better job of getting your dx straight).


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