Posted by SLS on November 18, 2009, at 18:02:30
In reply to BP II meds?, posted by SheilaC on November 18, 2009, at 16:53:21
> I cannot take Lamictal due to the rash.
Did you use the manufacturer's starter-pack to begin Lamictal therapy?
It sounds like you might benefit from Depakote or Topamax.
I am a weird kind of bipolar. Some of the non-antidepressant drugs that I found helpful were:
You still might need an antidepressant. Parnate, Effexor (or Pristiq), and Wellbutrin are worth a look at.
How does your irritability manifest?
You know, irritability and anxiety can be symptoms of unipolar depression, especially early in the course of the illness or during adolescence. If you are bipolar, you might experience episodes of unmitigated rage, pressured speech, racing thoughts, and the sensation that the people around you are not able to think or move as fast as you, leading to frustration. Some people also experience grandiosity and hypersexuality.
The problem in identifying bipolar II disorder is that it can look quite different from person to person. Pure hypomania can be very energizing, pleasant, and exhilarating. Mixed states can be pressured, rageful, and uncomfortable. There is a bipolar spectrum of presentations that includes various combinations and severities of symptoms.
What is it about your symptomatology that indicates bipolar disorder?