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Re: p.s. wendy b.

Posted by beardedlady on June 8, 2002, at 11:29:34

In reply to Re: p.s. beardedlady, posted by wendy b. on June 8, 2002, at 9:22:47


Those who know me would complain that I am too analytical, that I try to get to the underneath of everything, and it's very rare that I do something "unconsciously." Really, I don't bully my docs, knowingly or unknowingly.

It's lucky for you that you found Zoloft. That was what I was initially prescribed, and I cried for four weeks, and I didn't sleep a wink. It was a miserable experience for me, as was the Xanax I was prescribed before it, sometime during it, and after it with another med. It doesn't mean another one wouldn't work, but most of them list insomnia as a side effect. Serzone actually improves sleep, as it is an anti-anxiety med. If I took a higher dose, I'm sure it would work as an AD while still helping me with sleep, but I am doing well at my low dose.

I don't know how one who is depressed "becomes" bipolar, but I know little about mental illness. I have a cousin who has severe bipolar (and at least five suicide attempts under her belt), and she inherited it from her father. Now her teenage daughter has been diagnosed with it. In each of these cases, though, the person had the signs of it since childhood, manic episodes and all. A close friend was so terribly Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde with me, so I suggested she may have it (several years ago), and she sort of agreed but refused to get help. I couldn't take the abuse, so we are no longer friends, and she is, I hear, still having "accidents"--fires, car wrecks, etc.

Can an AD cause a switch in brain chemicals and make you prone to BP? Does BP run in your family? It's probably normal (pardon my oxymoron) to go from one disorder to another, but I just don't know much about it.

I am, at this point, sorry I brought this up. It's difficult to explain to people who don't know you what kind of person you really are, and I'm finding it odd that I have to defend my choice not to wish to explore medications in search of something that will make me feel chipper, especially if my therapist, who is very good, thinks there are other methods IF--and it's a big IF, since there's been no dx--he finds something unusual.

We'll have to agree to disagree.





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