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   Posted 4/20/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I had been on zoloft for years for depression and synthroid for my thyroid. I found myself in a very stressful situation at work and did not take my meds for 4 days which send me in a spiraling manic episode. This end at the Ec with a diagnose of stress and anxiety. I followed up with a psch doctor who said the zoloft actually accelerates the highs and max all the negative feelings. He has me on 1000 mg of depakote but I feel myself slipping back into a depressed state.I never felt "maniac" on zoloft just functionable. I have always been easy going and happy spirited and I have a hard time believing that this was my maniac side. My "other" episodes consisted of no sleep, no eating, continually talking etc for 72 hrs- true maniac state. I guess I am  just feeling discouraged and scared.

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   Posted 4/20/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amylou85,

First let me welcome you to HealingWell and to our board. I hope we can offer you some advice and friendship here.

Next I would say it sounds like you could use a second opinion. You don't agree with the doctor's diagnosis, you feel your symptoms are worsening and you don't trust your doc, try a new doc.

Don't feel scared, try and be proactive instead. Have you tried keeping a mood chart? Here's a link to a site that has mood charts and instructions for completing them. Track your moods and take it in to your doc to show what your moods have really been like. That will help give an accurate picture.

Hope this is helpful. Again, welcome.

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   Posted 4/21/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I found this post and will be using this chart.  Thanks for the info - I have a Pdoc appointment next week and plan to give this to him so he can have a better understanding of how I'm feeling.
Thanks again for the link.
Take care,

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   Posted 4/21/2008 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been using a mood chart for sometime now, and it has been really helpful. It lets me see where I have been and what my triggers have been. So that I can try to avoid those things that shift my mood.
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