Posted by 4WD on February 14, 2006, at 12:29:25
In reply to Re: I know this is a med board but need input......, posted by fiftylager on February 11, 2006, at 9:25:51
> Thank-you so much. I am hoping the dr. will refer me to a p-doc based on the letter. Considering I have a history of suicide even if it was in my teenage years may convince her of that. Also I was in the psyce ward once as a teenager too. I do want to see a pdoc because I'm losing the ability to function and I don't want this to affect my kids and marriage and really when I go through my episodes it's quite unbearable. I also can't stomach the thought of going on another med that will make me feel so horrible. I've done so much reading and am so confused. Was it an agitated depression. Dysphoric hypomania, I don't know. The one thing that baffles me is I don't really have insomnia so to speak and that is a big part of bipolar. I sleep too much but when going through my episodes I will sleep but I will wake up lots through the night and have very vivid dreams that seem real. Also when I'm going through my episodes I'm too agitated to be creative. I just get obsessed with the internet. However, I go through periods when I'm at my most normal where I will start projects but I will only be into it for a week or so and then I let it go. Although, I will be almost obsessed with it. I feel like I fit some of the criteria of bipolar but not others. I know I need a pdoc to sort it out but when I'm feeling just plain anxiety with depression I can't even describe myself. I am just so grateful I'm feeling better now, but now stressed about doc. Thank-you so much for responding, I really appreciate it. In the past two weeks, I could have diagnosed myself with bipolar, agitated depression, and atypical depression. It will be fun for a pdoc to figure me out, lol. Oh well, wish me the best, please!!!
The episode you described sounds just like me for the last few months. It started when I switched from Effexor to Paxil. It continued through trials of Cymbalta and Celexa.
It has finally about ended. What made the difference was the addition of Depakote to my medications. In less than a week, the mixed episodes were much, much less. If I could take 500mg of Depakote, I think I would feel pretty normal. It made a great difference for me. I am pretty sure my episodes were med induced or at least exacerbated by meds. I am now taking a tiny dose of Effexor (about 15mg a day) plus Depakote 250mg and .5 Klonopin and I feel so much calmer than when I was on Celexa, or Cymbalta, or imipramine or Paxil.
You might want to add a mood stabilizer. The atypicals did not help me or had terrible side effects.