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Quick to dx?

Posted by All Done on April 2, 2004, at 17:39:28

Iíve been talking to my T for a little while now about going back on ADís. Iíve been hesitant because Iíve only been on two. Paxil made me feel suicidal and Zoloft (which I stayed on for quite sometime) left me feeling not depressed but not much of anything else either. I hate that feeling. Anyway, Iím also in the process of finding a new pdoc (probably not looking as hard as I should), so my T suggested I go to my GP to get an rx for Zoloft until I find a new pdoc. (Enough abbreviations for you in that sentence?) So, I finally went, and my GP asked a few questions and said perhaps Iím bipolar and need a mood stabilizer, but he would like to try a different AD (Lexapro) for eight weeks first. If after that point I am feeling like I did on Zoloft, he wants to switch to a mood stabilizer.

Ugh. This probably sounds like it should be on the med board, but my thoughts arenít really about the medications. Iím wondering about the dx. My husband and I saw our coupleís therapist yesterday and we told her what my GP said. She seemed surprised at the dx and a bit frustrated that he was trying anything different with me at all. She wants me to get to a pdoc.

Obviously, Iím going to talk to my T about this tomorrow, but Iím just wondering what you guys think. Was he too quick to throw out a dx? Iíve done a little more reading on bipolar since then and I donít know that I fit the characteristics all that well. I have plenty of ups and downs, but Iíve never considered myself manic at any point (although my GP says some bipolars donít experience the manic episodes as strong as others but may fall deeper into depression). I guess I just don't know. Well, enough rambling. Iím not looking for you all to diagnose me, I just wonder what you think about my GP trying to do it at one 15 minute visit.

Thanks, in advance, for your thoughts.

All Done




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