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Rapid cycling? Obsession? What!? :-( :-(

Posted by AMD on April 18, 2004, at 13:40:59


I've been on an up-and-down ride for about three months now, where I'll feel "normal" for about a week, and then something will trigger a depression, which will be terrible for a few days, but then subside.

I've been diagnosed bipolar I and am taking 25 mg Lamictal and 40 mg Celexa daily (in the mornings).

Is this rapid cycling?

Something odd, though, is that the depression never just comes on. It only comes on when I do something to trigger it, which in my case is typically health related. For example, last week I noticed by pupils were different sizes, and within a day, after obsessing, I became very depressed and left for about 36 hours. I went to the doctor twice just to confirm I was OK.

By Friday, I was feeling good, mind alert, productive, intelligent. Then, I'm riding on an escalator, and I think I feel a slight shock (a buzzy kind, not a sparkish kind) while touching a metal part below the hand rail. As silly as it sounds, suddenly I'm obsessed that I've done electrical damage to my brain... I ruminate, and within a couple of hours I'm debiliated by depression. Again, I've slept all weekend. Now it's Sunday, and I'm hoping this will subside soon, but I'm still obsessing and depressed -- my mind is full of thoughts such as 'you did brain damage,' or 'you'll never feel the way you did Friday again' ... and I don't feel as lucid in my communication.

What is this!?


Re: Rapid cycling? Obsession? What!? :-( :-( AMD

Posted by Rainee on April 18, 2004, at 16:26:40

In reply to Rapid cycling? Obsession? What!? :-( :-(, posted by AMD on April 18, 2004, at 13:40:59

I know this all too well anxiety where you ruminate about your body .. Obsession no fun and it is depressing. You need to tell your Doc so it doesn't get worse. you might need to up the meds.
The ER new me all too well.... You'll be ok .. You'll get it under control.



Damaging obsessions... Rainee

Posted by AMD on April 18, 2004, at 16:40:14

In reply to Re: Rapid cycling? Obsession? What!? :-( :-( AMD, posted by Rainee on April 18, 2004, at 16:26:40

Thanks for your message.

It's ridiculous -- I've been obsessing all day. I can't get the thoughts out of my head. I even 'feel' electric-like. Although, I think, this can't be possible. My anxiety is through the roof. But I get so frustrated I just want to scream!

My doctor has prescribed Zyprexa for obsession, but I'm afraid to start it. I wonder if I shouldn't first exhaust all the other possibilities before taking high-risk antipsychotics. Do you know of any other options? What medications did you take to help control your negative thoughts? I can't even concentrate today, trying to work. This cycle is so frustrating!


Re: Damaging obsessions... AMD

Posted by Rainee on April 18, 2004, at 22:23:07

In reply to Damaging obsessions... Rainee, posted by AMD on April 18, 2004, at 16:40:14

go ahead and try a low, low dose of the zyprexa I hear it can stop this stuff dead with in a matter of hours. ans sometimes all it takes is a tiny bit. I aways start very low on meds to see how I react. Years ago Prozac stopped those ruminating thoughts for me. I'm in my 40's now and don't get them as much about my own body. I get where I wish something would happen to me.. not funny I know but I'm tired. I go back to the Dr Tuesday hopefully to try something else to help me from this pit I can't seem to pull myself out.
never could.

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