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Re: Cyclothymia mood stabilizers

Posted by ThatGuyJohn on September 7, 2001, at 17:05:40

In reply to Cyclothymia & mood stabilizers, posted by andrewb on August 7, 1999, at 10:33:51

Hey. I've been looking around for info on this subject as well. My condition is essentially major depression with hypomania. Like a lot of you here, I sort of came to enjoy the highs. I make a living in a creative field, and I think that tendency toward mild mania has helped me at times.

Now here's my question: I first came to see my shrink when I was really in a hole, and suicidal. We talked for a while and he suggested that I may have a cyclical problem, but without any tendency toward really dangerous full-blown mania.

He prescribed Wellbutrin, which from everything I've been reading, can activate mania. But it really evened me out. The depression was soon under control to the point that talk therapy could do me some good, but I didn't feel any of the mania that I have since learned is typical of this drug.

Since then, a few years ago, I have had some anxiety attacks, so we added Celexa and Trazodone to the mix. That combination in particular seems to have a very sedating effect, and I feel a lot less "spikey" the day after.

Anybody else have an experience like mine, stabilizing on simple anti-ds?




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