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BP Disorder Irritability

Posted by RRCarlo on November 20, 2003, at 10:07:57

I'm new to this board and I'm amazed at the wealth of knowledge here.

I have been diagnosed as having Type-2 Bipolar Disorder. My pdoc has been treating me with 20mg of Celexa once a day and 300mg of Lithobid twice daily. That made sense for a long time because the primary manifestation of my BPD was depression coupled with occasional irritabilty.

Well, that's changed. I won't bore you with my life story but these past six months have been very hard. My mom, who was my best friend, died a month ago. But her death was only the latest in a series of rough passages.

The result of all of this is that it's irritabilty and anxiety, not depression, that's eating me up. In a classic bit of displacment, I've deveoped a phobia around severe weather, which is just peachy since this is the worst year for severe weather in the DC area that anyone can recall. I know it's displacement! I know what I'm really afraid of. But, as i have been told, anxiety and irritability are "lagging indicators." Just knowing the real scoop doesn't make the symptoms go away -- at least not right away.

My pdoc's only repsonse, besides discussions, has been to up my Celexa to 30mgs a day. I'm not sure that's enough since I'm a big man. And it does squat for my irritability.

Any suggestions?




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