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Nirvana
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   Posted 2/19/2008 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi.  I'm new to the forum and I'd like to introduce myself.  I'm Nirvana (or at least I'd like to be).  I was just recently diganosed with BPII after being treated for regular depression for the past 15 years.  Recently, things fell apart in my world and led me to a crash with finally got me the correct diagnosis.  I guess good things do come out of bad situations.  Now, I see a therapist every two weeks, and have started with Lamictal while at the same time being weened off of Effexor that I had been taking for the depression.  I would like to know from those of you out there what medications you're taking and how they are working for you.  I am finding the Lamictal to be working (i think), but the meds cost a lot of money and my medical coverage isn't great.

sukay
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   Posted 2/19/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Nirvana, :-)
 
Welcome aboard! I am glad that your doctors found your correct diagnosis. I too was treated for depression & anixety for years before I had my meltdown and diagnosed properply.
 
As far as meds are concerned, there are a lot to choose from and each cocktail of medications is different for everyone. It is something you will need to work on with your pdoc to find your correct balance.
 
I was on lamictal for a while but it eventually lost it's effectiveness for me. But that is only me. It will be different for everyone. A lot of people with bipolar do quite well with lamictal. Just remember that it takes a while for the medications to work effectively in your system. You may still need an adjustment dosage wise but this is very typical.
 
I am currently on Trileptal & Wellbutrin. I also take xanax for my anxiety and Trazodone to help me sleep.
 
I am also glad to hear that you are seeing a therapist every two weeks. This is esssential.
 
Good Luck to you. I Hope to continue seeing you around here.
 
Sincerely, 
~sukay~
Diagnosed Bipolar - August 2004
     Crohns disease - 1995 
Arthritis & Fibromyalgia 
 
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mommy.michele
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   Posted 2/19/2008 11:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Nirvana.  My story is very similar to yours.  I too was treated for only depression for years before catastrophe led me to the BP diagnosis, new meds and new therapy.  I am on zoloft and risperdal.  Both are working wonderfully for me.  Working well enough that at first my dr. wanted to start switching me to seroquel, but because the risperdal is working so well she doesnt want to mess with my med regimin right now.  I go to therapy by myself every other week and with my husband the other week, without the therapy I doubt I would be living with bipolar as well as I am.
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" ~ Maria Robinson


enoughalready
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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey There Nirvana:

I too was diagnosed with depression and treated only for depression for at least 15 years. It took a breakdown to have anyone decide I was BP.

I am on Lamictal, Cymbalta, Hydroxizine (as needed for anxiety and panic), Wellbutrin and Seraquel. I hate some of the side effects (weight gain, slight short term memory loss and insomnia a few others I can't think of off hand.

I was told by pdoc the trade off is to suffer those minor inconveniences to feel better. I have however gotten off of other meds due to the side effects.

He doesn't understand it is a vicious circle. Depressed take meds, get depressed because of med side effects (weight gain).

As for the costs, tell me about it. My husbands company recently changed insurance programs and I now pay monthly what the other insurance charged for mailaway three months worth. Anyway, depending on your financial situation, your doctor can write a note for you to the company that Lamictal is made by, there is a program in place that will supply your meds either free or at a lower cost.

I wish there was such a thing as either trading or returning unused so that others can benefit. I have destroyed so many sent them on their way in the toilet that would have benefited those less fortunate. I do however understand the reasoning behind it all. If such a thing were in place it would have to be someone diagnosed with proven RX's need.

In our state you can prove your mental state and belong to a state program and your meds are free. I participated for a while but didn't like the Pdoc so I chose to go with my hubby's private insurance.

Hope this helps.

Enoughalready

serafena
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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Nirvana:

Welcome to HealingWell, we're happy you're here. Like others have already said, I am also BP II, was treated for depression and anxiety for years before getting the correct diagnosis. I have been on Lamictal for years now and it works very well for me. I'm also on Serzone for depression, Topomax for mood stabilizing, and Abilify for anti-psychotic (mania). That's a lot and I'm hoping my doc will take some away at my next appt.

You should feel free, however, to tell your doc when you can't afford your meds. If you're at all likely to stop taking them because you can't afford them, he/she will give you something cheaper that will work more or less the same. There are a zillion brain meds out there. As you can see, I'm on 2 mood stabilizers, and the Lamictal is much more expensive.

Hope this helps,
again, welcome.
serafena
Serafena
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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare


spalomo
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   Posted 2/20/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, I am also a new member.  I have not yet been diagnosed with BP but am experiencing severe depression and anxiety for the past 15mths, the anxiety the past 4.  When you experience crash or meltdown that confirmed BP, what exactly do you mean?  Thanks so mich!

serafena
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   Posted 2/21/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Spalomo,
Welcome to Healing Well. I hope we can offer you some answers here. With bipolar, many patients go misdiagnosed for years, or they truly do spend years depressed but then something triggers a mania in them. With people being treated for depression, it can sometimes be the medications themselves: antidepressants can bring about manic states in bipolar patients. Because bipolar exists on a spectrum, these manias look different for everybody. For some people, it's full-blown mania with flights of creative fantasy, spending frenzies, and sleeplessness, for others it is less extreme: it's major irritability, sleeplessness, a tendency towards poor judgment. But whenever you get manic, there is always a crash into depression. That's the crash everyone's referring to. After being manic, it's a deep and very black depression. Those two symptoms together (the mania and the depression) are how you get diagnosed a lot of the time. You need both. But remember, bipolar symptoms are different for everyone.

hope this helps,

serafena
Serafena
Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum

Bipolar II
It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare

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