Posted by detroitpistons on February 3, 2006, at 9:40:50
In reply to Re: UPDATE II -- Diagnosed bipolar II » detroitpistons, posted by 4WD on February 2, 2006, at 22:04:21
I don't know. This is exactly what happened to me with Paxil, Cymbalta and Celexa. But it happened for the first time when I was 48. I wouldn't think that bipolar could suddenly emerge at that age. I never had mood cycles other than being more anxious in the morning.
> It's all a big guess, isn't it?
Yeah, it sure is all a big guess. But as long as this new strategy of mood stabilizers works though, I don't really care what the label on the problem is.
I think that there is some evidence that bipolar disorders can develop or manifest later in life. I just typed "bipolar late onset" and some other variations into google, and just in a couple of minutes I've seen several indications of late onset bipolar. I found an academic article about a research study comparing early onset (prior to 20, 25, or 30 years old) vs late onset (after 20, 25, or 30 years old) bipolar disorder. By virtue of the fact that the study considers onset after the age of 30, I'd say that it's not that uncommon.
So maybe it's not that far out of the realm of possibility that you may have developed it late. Do you ever feel extremely irritable or angry? Do you ever feel like blowing up on someone?
You have insomnia, right? Does it feel like you can only get a few hours of sleep and still be rested? Personally, I have all of these symptoms. Whether or not it is solely related to taking Effexor is another matter.