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Title: Bipolar 2
Post by: unconditionallove on December 03, 2009, 05:52:57 pm
My psychiatrist thinks I have bipolar, but I've never been told that before. Have been having depression and anxiety for years. I've been on several different medications for different lengths of time. They always seemed to help for a while or at least a little bit.

Just had another patch of depression, and had moved to Denver. I got a new psychiatrist and she thinks I actually have bipolar, but not the usual kind. She says it's possible to not have the bad mania that some people have, but still have bipolar. I guess that's me.

I just started a low dose of Abilify. She says to watch out for facial tics and jerking in my hands or legs. Kind of disturbing, but if it helps I'll give it a try. She is also lowering my dose of Efexor, which I have been on for a long time.

I have never heard of people having bipolar before unless they had big mood swings. Haven't found a lot of good information online about this.
Title: Re: Bipolar 2
Post by: HairRaiser on December 07, 2009, 10:21:57 pm
My psychiatrist told me that seasonal affective disorder, which is my problem, is related to bipolar and maybe even has the same genetic cause. So far, I seem to do well by going on Lexapro during the winter, which is when the seasonal depression is at the worst. I'd love to do it without drugs, but I've tried that and I'm sick of suffering. I've tried everything!

I was asking my doctor what she would recommend if the Lexapro ever stopped working and she was saying that it might be worth it to try adding a mood stabilizer. She didn't say what kind.

Our problems aren't exactly the same, but wanted to tell you that you're not the only one who has ever been told about bipolar maybe showing up different than you usually think about it