Hello all! I've been on this forum for a while, but for the Crohn's part. I've had 'depression' most of my life. At least that's what i've always said. Been to see counslers and stuff, never really told them the entire story, just bits and pieces.
Anyway, long story short. I am 32, married, 2 young kids. Recently began having a completely meltdown midlife (i guess 1/3 life??) crisis whatever u wanna call it. Realized I have got to stop living like this and I need to seek help. So, I went to the counslers and told them EVERYTHING. And boy do I mean everything. lol At first I was told that I had schitzoaffective disorder by a regular family counsler, then a phycologist decided i had major depression with psychotic episodes. But, just came from the Physictrist today and got an official ::clears throat::: diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder 1 Rapid Cycle with Psychosis, Anxiety disorder, Panic disorder and agoraphobia (i think they can take the panic and agora off, haven't had those problems in years)
My cycles are crazy right now, I have them as often as every few days, but sometime they can extend a week or more. They used to extend month or more. But ever since about March it's gotten a lot worse. I'm moody as heck and I really go to the extremes - been very difficult to live with I can only imagine.
My question to all..is anyone else have the psychotic part too?? He has started me on Abilify 5mg. Any weird and/or common side effects that i should be looking for and not be worried about?? I see him again in 3 weeks and he will start me on Depakote ER also. Because I react strangely to meds sometimes he wanted to start me slowly and work up one drug at a time.
I appreciate any feedback!