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Sharann
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   Posted 11/19/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I am from the Crohns board but have been "diagnosed" as having Bipolar. The Doc isn't even sure of it. I feel that the Effexor I had been on for anxiety/panic disorder was such a high dose for me it induced a mania. No depression just months of leg tapping and talking constantly, not sleeping etc,,,
Now on Lamictal and Buspar and went into a depression and the Crohn's kicked up too. So, my question for all you people here who seem very up to date is can this be possible? I just started back on the Effexor but at a very low dose(37.5). I had been on 150mg when all heck broke loose and I lost 4 months of my life.
Thanks for being here, sorry if this is so depressing sounding to anyone.
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serafena
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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sharann,

Welcome to the bp board. Glad to have you. I'm sorry to hear you've been having a hard time. Well, two things -- are you seeing a psychiatrist? That can make a lot of difference. And second, I think you probably won't feel better really until you have a second opinion. What you describe -- the leg tapping, talking, not sleeping, etc can be a low grade mania. You might have bipolar II. I don't know if your doc described the differences between bipolar I and II. Here's a link. www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/symptoms.shtml

There are loads of different drugs for bipolar, and it could be you just haven't found the effective ones yet. But I would try another psychiatrist and get a second opinion so you feel confident, first.

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Sharann
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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much serafena. I am seeing a psychiatrist who has really supported me all along but he just can't figure me out.
Seems like I am hypersensetive to drugs and even small doses can make me unwell.
I appreciate the link, I will take a look. This has all been confusing and distressing.
Thanks
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tyno3
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   Posted 11/19/2008 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Effexor can initiate a manic like state. i watched my brother go through a "wildman"state with it. the nortriptiline did it.

Precious Gem
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   Posted 11/20/2008 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Sharann,  I too am very sensitive to medications.  I have been on so many I can't remember them all.  Just started a new one last night, keeping my fingers and toes crossed that "this is the one!"  It seem BP is hard to diagnose, so many factors to consider.  As a child I was always told to "slow down", I had so much energy all the time.  Never was really a depressed person but once I hit a certain point/age in my life, I was so manic, then later came the depression, then came the rapid cycling, which to me is the worse.  But anywho, you just have to take one day at a time and do the best you can to keep yourself well.

Good Luck and have a great Friday Eve!


Sharann
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   Posted 11/21/2008 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
Thank you for the replies. I am also waiting for this AD to kick in so maybe things will smooth out(hopeful).
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