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   Posted 1/9/2009 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone, I'm usually on the depression board but thought I would post here too because of the news I got today from my Dr. Was wondering if anyone could tell me what they think about my situation or the meds I was prescribed. Hopefully it's ok to post the same thing on another board if not I'm sorry.
Anyway I was prescribed Lamictal and Strattera. She explained to me what each med was for but my son was interfering and I really didn't grasp much.....She also said that she thinks I have bi-polar with depression......I don't even know if that makes sense.....But I ended up looking up the meds online and one of them is for bi-polar, the lamictal. And the other is apparently used for adults with adhd, strattera. I do have a little better understanding after reading about both of them....I also want to add that I suffer from having a racing mind and often have conversations with myself, also feel stressed, tense and have a hard time relaxing because of this.......That's embarrassing to admit but the Strattera will help with that alone and the Lamictal will help with all the sypmtoms together.  I was just a little surprised to hear about the bi-polar part.....She did tell me that she can't really have a definate diagnosis until we see how the meds do.....I've often wondered if I was bi-polar but I could never relate to the manic part....But maybe it's because of my racing thoughts, my mind running, having the conversations with myself and not being able to relax.....It almost just feels like from the time I wake up my mind is on a mission lol, that's how I describe it.....She did elaborate that those symptoms is what she was referring to as bi-polar.....I do want to add that I suffer from depression as well as these other things I've described. I'm happy for the meds and I know it will be a few weeks or even up to a month for them to start working but I just feel like I can't grasp this right now.....If anyone needs to know a little bit more infor about my situation just ask me, thanks!

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   Posted 1/9/2009 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I know you are looking for answers....i needed to aswell. I was diagnosed with Bipolar and medicated with mood stabilisers called valporate with is commonly used for epilipsy and put on a strong antidepressant....The drugs made it worse and then they decided to change there mind to borderline personality disorder and medicated for that...Things continued to get worse. Turns out I had neither of the two and lost nearly 2 years of my life swaping and changing drugs because i wanted answers to my pain and confusion. I believed i was nuts so i became nuts!...When i left my husband and went off all meds...I was fine, Mentally speaking anyway. The shrink put it down to a drug indused psycosis and that can last days, weeks and aven years. I wish i didn't look for answers....because thats when all the real problems and lables and meds just made me worse. I know this probaby has nothing to do with your situation but just becareful not to get to wrapped up in being labled and drugged as it will stay with you for life.....Best of luck to you. I do hope things get better soon. gillxx

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   Posted 1/10/2009 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear wishdreamhope,

The mood swings you have described sound like bipolar disorder. I suffered from racing thoughts, wrote garbage, went on shopping missions, had suicidal ideation, spoke to myself and was sometimes delusional. This went on for over 15 years and finally I was diagnosed after a psychotic episode. I went through 8 psychiatrists and psychologists before I was finally diagnosed correctly. Getting a good psychiatrist is difficult but you have to work on finding one that works for you.

Racing thoughts and an unsettled mind sound like the hypomanic phase of bipolar. Depression is the other side of the coin. There is bipolar I, II and there is cyclothymia - you have to be correctly diagnosed first.

Hope this helps.


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   Posted 1/10/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi wishdreamhope,

I can also hear why your doctor may be thinking bipolar for you, and I agree with shebsy that you sound more hypomanic than manic. Obviously neither of us are doctors though. Bipolar occurs on a scale, and your doc probably wants to see if you react well to the meds (then you're bipolar) and how bad your mania is (are you Bipolar I or II). Let me give you a couple of links with info about bipolar. Maybe they'll be useful:

There are more great links under the Sticky Bipolar Thread called "Bipolar Disorder Resources" that you might want to check out too. It's at the top of the page.

Hope this is helpful,
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   Posted 1/11/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the responses.....I ended up talking with my mom she's a BHT and she's been working in the line of behavioral health for almost 7yrs.....Which helps me because she knows about the medications and she gave me a better understanding of all my questions....I really think that when people hear the word bi-polar it's automatically a big and scary thing......But what I realize is, that there are different degrees.....I'm feeling much better about everything now and I'm feeling very optimistic about the meds.....I also feel very confident in the Dr that I'm seeing and I'm just so ready for the treatment and therapy.....After the talk with my mom I'm feeling more exepting to everything and like I said I've often wondered if I had bi-polar and learning of the degrees and what degree I could possibly have it's not so scary.
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