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Re: Do Antidepressants worked for bipolar 2? linkadge

Posted by rovers95 on August 21, 2019, at 14:34:05

In reply to Re: Do Antidepressants worked for bipolar 2?, posted by linkadge on August 21, 2019, at 12:10:25

> Short answer is yes, but not for all individuals. Some people with bipolar II do well on antidepressants alone. Some do well on antidepressants + mood stabilizers and some need all mood stabilizer.
> I (may) have bipolar II. I currently take effexor 37.5mg, Remeron 7.5mg and lithium 300mg. For me, sleep is the key. If I can sleep for 9 hours a day, then I mostly operate on a mildly depressed, but stable level. I can handle mild depression with portioned levels of coffee.
> Abilify is an effective mood stabilizer, but it can cause insomnia (perhaps more as a start-up effect). You may need to take it earlier in the day, and/or reduce the dose for now. If the insomnia continues, I would switch to something like Seroquel.
> I find too, that DHA helps stabilize me.
> Linkadge

Yep I agree with the sleep thing. Allow dose abilify has improved my mood instantly, but I'm certainly not hypomanic actually. I think it will poop out over time looking at the experience of others.

My baseline at the moment is depression and I need to pick that up...hoping lamotrigine will help.

I was quite encouraged by this paper on pramipexole (although it is not an easy drug to tolerate).




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