Posted by JadeKelly on December 13, 2008, at 21:30:40
In reply to Re: MAOI plus Sam-E, posted by uncouth on December 13, 2008, at 19:58:44
> hmm, interesting. how long were you on it before it gave you that? what dose? did you taper up? what is your diagnosis. was it a euphoric hypomania, or was it a dysphoric hypomania...how long after you went off of it did it take for the hypomania to disappear?
> my doctor and i kinda agree that we need to push me to a hypomania, then tamp down with a mood stabilizer, but a mild hypomania would probably be good for me.
> for one thing, i think for many people, mild hypomania's are the first time they've actually felt better in some time, so a lot of bottled up things occur. i think if you actually left someone in a mild hypomania for a while it would moderate. the idea is that a sense of feeling good is such a "new feeling" for a long term depressive that changes in thinking are going to occur that could be scary or feel out of control, but if one works with them, they can turn mild hypomania into wellness.
> note this assums a firm dx of bipolar 2 or 3, and not bipolar 1, where a hypomania could rapidly turn into a mania.
> anyway, your Sam-E details would be helpful.
Something you said in your post has been on my mind a lot lately, and that is I actually have a bit of fear about becoming well, if you can believe it. I've not had the courage to say that to anyone, as I have been as desperate as the next person here to be well. I'm on Parnate 9 weeks, mood is better, if I can eliminate this fatigue, well it may mean back to my life. I fear things like relapse in the middle of that VERY busy life (back to work full time,etc.) So much will be expected of me. And I've devoloped bad habits that will be hard to break. Any way, thanks for saying that out in the open. I don't feel so strange now, haha! Maybe when I'm really feeling strong I'll do a thread, probably wouldn't go over too well. (I have a little ways to go before that happens, I'll have to plan for that)
Thanks, any thoughts on this, please post!
PS-how do you "push to a hypomania?"