bipolar I/bipolar II or depression?
Posted 23 March 2010 - 09:18 PM
Posted 23 March 2010 - 11:12 PM
I was diagnosed as having clinical depression. I was put on celexa (an antidepressant). I started to feel euphoric! I was thinking that this was the way I supposed to feel all of my life! Turns out I was manic. My friends told me that I was not myself and I was overbearing. Well, it turns out that the doc thinks I am bipolar 2 because of the reaction to the celexa. I stayed on a lower dose of celexa but he added Lamictal ( a mood stabilizer ). I was okay for a while but then I started having mixed episodes of depression and mania at the same time. It was bizarre and frightening. I researched the net and found out about these mixed episodes that bipolar 2 people get. My doctor immediately took me off of the antidepressant and upped my mood stabilizers. So far it is working but the meds are terribly expensive, especially without insurance. I get them from a Canadian website for a fraction of the cost.
Typically bipolar 2 people get depression and occasional hypo-manic or mild forms of mania.
Google around, there are some good websites that helped me communicate with my doctor too zero in on what is going on.
Mixed states from Wikipedia -
"In the context of mental disorder, a mixed state (also known as dysphoric mania, agitated depression, or a mixed episode) is a condition during which symptoms of mania and depression occur simultaneously (e.g., agitation, anxiety, fatigue, guilt, impulsiveness, irritability, morbid or suicidal ideation, panic, paranoia, pressured speech and rage). Typical examples include tearfulness during a manic episode or racing thoughts during a depressive episode. One may also feel incredibly frustrated in this state, since one may feel like a failure and at the same time have a flight of ideas. Mixed states are often the most dangerous period of mood disorders, during which substance abuse, panic disorder, suicide attempts, and other complications increase greatly."
I sure as heck don't know what your diagnosis is. I am pretty sure that I am bipolar 2 but looking back, I realize that I have been manic at times in my life. I don't know if there is anything between bipolar 1 & 2 but that's where I think I am at.
All I can say is keep working with your doctor. Hopefully, together you will find a diagnosis or a medication regiment that brings you back to a healthy state. It take time. It is hard to be patient but you will get there. Hang in there Sassy. Bob
Posted 23 March 2010 - 11:19 PM
Posted 09 April 2010 - 06:12 PM
I also suffer from Bipolar II. It took 10 years to finally get this diagnosis after trying to treat clinical depression. I finally went to a new Pdoc at a specialized Depression/ Bipolar clinic who looked at my past with antidepressants and questioned why none of them worked for any length of time. After asking me a few key questions about my symptoms she gave me this diagnosis. I have since read a lot about bipolar symptoms and the bipolar spectrum and can see that I do fit this diagnosis.
The key is to find a professional you can talk to and share all of your symptoms with. It can be a long road to get the correct diagnosis, but it is worth all of the work.
Posted 02 May 2010 - 12:11 AM
Posted 19 June 2010 - 03:34 PM
Posted 22 June 2010 - 11:46 AM
It took years for me to get clued into bi-polar II because it had not been recognized yet, but a nurse-practitioner brought it up for consideration after hearing about it at a conference, she was a smart one. There was no literature for patients then and all I had were the criteria from the conference. I called people who have known me all my life, and at different times of my life and went over the criteria with them and it was a resounding yes to bi-polar II. Once I was on mood-stabilizers it was drug experimentation again. I have still struggled with severe depression, but I think I must keep searching for a qualified doctor that takes Medicare, as I have not found one yet. It is indeed very frustrating and painful to say the least. I credit therapy greatly with my ability to cope and crawl out of depression better. I mostly credit BtB for the constant support, caring, home base, light-hearted fun, distraction, friendships, great advice, and an outlet for me to pour all the compassion I have out, which needs to go somewhere and seems okay here.
Keep with it dear and stay with us we will be by your side the whole time if you let us.
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