Another question about Bipolar symptoms and treatments?
So i have been going back and forth trying to find out what would help, and my symptoms of whatever i got don't totally fit the cycle period. For me i can be extremely happy and then in the SAME DAY without change of anything be extremely mad or depressed. The depression periods can be totally different in lvls as to what some would say "suicidal". I have talked to about 3 doctors and 3 therapists and most of them (5/6) say i have bipolar disorder but on the other hand the "switch" doesn't make since. My Happy level can be really high...feel extremely good about myself, very content and pro-active, but not over the top. My anger can get to a point where i have broken 2 nuckles, at least 3 fingers, holes in many walls, have took sledge hammers to bikes and stuff to tire myself out...and much more. Depression periods can be very bad, as this year i only attended 68% of school (so far) as many days there was just no way for me to get out of bed (and days i had to leave before i snapped) ,most times i wished i was dead (excuse was that i built up an ammunity to LEXIPRO 20mg...but from the beginning it never put it away just calmed it a slight bit). Things this year have been worse than ever...as how its inflicting in my life... (senior year should be happy...) besides missing school for being very depressed, some days when i would go, i just couldn't concentrate, no control of thoughts, things just rushing like crazy...sometimes it becomes sort of like a dream, so much that i would drive home going 100-120, sometimes hit corners that i shouldn't have made, close my eyes...just like i wasn't there... There were and still occasionally are times where i get soo PUMPED? that i feel like i could take anyone, there was like no pain...always want to start fights and its extremely hard to hold it back...EXTREMELY HARD. well, i really don't know what to do... when im happy i pray that it stays that way and i do everything i can, but then in the same day i find myself in a 100% different frame of mind, angry at everyone, everything... and just don't care. my doctor/ therapist thinks putting me on Bi-Polar meds is bad because he says it would make me like a zombie...and it would be better to try other things. Im currently on 300mg of Wellbutatain (srry no idea how to spell it) and 20mg of aderall (believed to help me be able to concentrate so it wont get me as angry trying)...ive only taken these for about 1month and 2weeks and it seems to help more than Lexipro but the changes are still there and big enough to control me. So my questions: Could it be that these meds will clear everything up in time? and i just need to wait? Do you think that its a form of bipolar disorder or something totally different? Also is there any bipolar medications that do the job without making you a "zombie" as the therapist put it...? im pretty lost and have spent all available time seeing people, trying things, and talking on the computer to try to get help... in 6 months im going to be in college, and i want to have this under control by that time....is there a way it could even pass? although moth of my life i have been like this, as long as i can remember.
Asked By: jto_76g - 1/7/2009
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Answered By: John E - 1/8/2009
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What you are describing is a labile mood, not bipolar. Manic and Depressed episodes have to last a week or 2 weeks in order to meet criteria for bipolar. There are also mixed episodes in which you meet criteria for both mania and depression, but if a person seems to have only mixed episodes, that's not usually... More
Answered By: elle - 1/7/2009
If your therapist really thinks you have bipolar disorder, it is TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE to put you on an antidepressant without a mood stabilizer! And not all bipolar meds make you a zombie either - I only ever had that problem with lithium, and that was only on the 6th try taking it, over the years. If you do get... More
Answered By: gardensallday - 1/7/2009
it might be spelled wrong it's called ABILFY it's a new bi-polar drug Works great for a kid i know ask ur doctors or ask ur phararmist & get a read sheet for side effects,I hope the best for u.U might have to find s differ net doctor that is willing to work with u to help u .It sounds like the ones u mentioned doesn't... More
Answered By: cats - 1/7/2009
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