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Re: Gabapentin for Bipolar2 KarenRB53

Posted by Horse on June 29, 2016, at 3:56:44

In reply to Re: Gabapentin for Bipolar2, posted by KarenRB53 on June 28, 2016, at 15:56:26

My understanding of BPll is that it's not dx'd unless there is an episode of major depresion. At least that's what a few doctors have told me. When you say long standing depression, I wonder if you'd consider your depression as dysthymia. I ask because I am dx'd as BPll as well, and was so during an episode of major depression after a lifetime of dysthymia. Originally I was dx'd with cyclothymia, and I could say I was excitable expressed though way depression, mild hypomania, and most of all, anxiety. In some ways, I consider the rugged, quick mood changes the most impairing. The greatest relief for this symptom has been Lamictal (lamotrigine). Gabapentin could be useful as stress relief, but personally I doubt it'd help beyond that for BPll. This is all my biased opinion based on experience and a little reading, but I thought to share for what it's worth.

> I have had depression most of my life and I've been on antidepressants for over 25 yrs. Prozac was first one and because it "lifted " was like a miracle really. Looking back, i was probably hypo manic. My friends said I was like a different person! Anyway, I thought it was great at the time and it worked for me for aboutb5 yrs or so. I did use Buspar at times because I was a little too excitable and impulsive. So on it went, trying to find an antidepressant that would work as well as the Prozac but never did. Anyway, about 3 or 4 months ago, after being on Celexa..I asked my dr if I could try Prozac again as Celexa just kind of kept me going...well he put me on Prozac and I tapered off Celexa and the Prozac didn't make any difference so we agreed that I'd get off both, just use Ativan prn and get it out of my system. So, here we's been over 3 months without antidepressants and even though I'm very emotional I'm not depressed so he said he thinks I'm bipolar2..(my sister was bipolar, committed suicide and my father was bipolar or manic depressive as it was called then. So..Gabapentin! Or a mood stabilizer is what he thinks is what I should be on now. No more antidepressants. Sorry to go on like this but wanted to explain.




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