Post Edited (loving frustrated wife) : 2/12/2008 12:01:46 PM (GMT-7)
I was just curious. Has your husband actually been diagnosed with bipolar by a psychiatrist? If so is he seeing his doctor regurlarly? I ask because you said "My husband must be bipolar..."
If he has been diagnosed with bipolar why is he only being treated by his psychiatrist for depression & anxiety only? He needs proper medication for bipolar.
It also sounds like he could benefit from seeing a therapist for sure. Has he considered this option?
He has been seeing a psychiatrist for about 2 years mainly because he was going through withdrawal from valium. His MD doctor wouldn't continue giving it to him. Other doctors had given him Strattera which helped him for ADD but made him nauseated. None would give him any other ADD med. Other doctors had given him Zyprexa (a mood stabilizer?) which helped him but we couldn't afford it and also it made him binge eat. Then it became scary to us because of possible liver damage. He has been on other medications over the years that he didn't like at all.
The pyschiatrist he sees now only asks him how he is. Dh tells him a rosy story and he writes his prescriptions. He said that dh could go to a therapist in another county to be tested for ADD and that he wouldn't give it to him without the other doctor giving him the diagnosis because he worries about giving out such a control substance. He only finally agreed to that after getting tiffed at me for pushing him to give dh something for ADD. The doctor hasn't mentioned bipolar or bpd or anything else. He has him on klonopin, cymbalta and requip. He hasn't gone to the therapist because the psychiatrist only gave him the referral at our insistance. I just feel like he has more going on and an ADD med might make him manic. And he is manic enough.
I agree that he needs to be diagnosed but it has been difficult to find a doctor around here that will be thorough enough to get a diagnosis done. But hopefully dh will find one.
Post Edited (Dasa) : 2/13/2008 2:26:48 PM (GMT-7)