Posted by Johann on May 10, 2007, at 23:44:48
In reply to Bi Polar/Recurrent Unipolar and Antidepressants!!!, posted by john anderton on May 10, 2007, at 16:08:07
> 1. How many of you have had success with the use of anti depressants on a long term basis without them pooping out or agitating you to wear you quit the med or switch to a new one?
Not me. After about 30 years I switched to mood stabilizers after realizing I had Bipolar Spectrum Disorder.
> 2. How many of you either with diagnosed bipolar or undiagnosed bp but maybe on the spectrum have had long term success on AD's with a combination of mood stabilizers?
After a cycling response (near suicidal), I stopped with ADs.
> 3. How many of you successfully use just a mood stabilizer or combos of mood stabilizers?
Yes to that.
> 4. It appears that the best mood stabilizers are lithium, which helps with classic bipolar 1, depakote which can help with rapid cyling and mixed states, and lamictal, which has some perpensity for bipolar depression in some people but just failed several test for the treatment of acute illness.
I would agree.
> Do you all think that it is reletively safe to use anti depressants so long as a mood stabilizer is aboard?
It's not uncommon.
> This may seem like a bit of a stretch, but I think that recurrent unipolar depression is a form of bipolar disorder...
I think it's probably more complex than that.