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UC Dude
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   Posted 10/8/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Psd I met with thinks I am bipolar II "mixed".

Everything I have read about bipolar is that you have mood swings that you can't identify a reason for.

My mood swings and subsequent energy level changes seems to be closely tied to my interactions with people. For example if I get praise at work for a project from a VP etc... it sends me into a great mood/energy place. If I feel my boss is down on me or ignoring me my energy wanes and I get angry, defensive and a bit paranoid.

Does this sound like what you know about II or "mixed"

Thanks,

UCDUDE
 


serafena
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   Posted 10/8/2009 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi UCDude,

It doesn't matter what your particular triggers are, if you are having truly marked swings between deep poles of emotion (do you feel just good when you get praise, or do you go out and spend $300? When you get grief from your boss, do you get overly defensive, physically angry? If your emotional responses are inappropriate -- over the top -- compared to others in the same situation, then it's probably bipolar. I think many of us react very sensitively to other people, which may be a possible reason so many of us have trouble holding down jobs. And anxiety (which it sounds like you may have a bit of as well) is very frequently co-morbid with bipolar, so that keeps a lot of us away from others too. The swings can come and go without a reason, but often there is a reason as well, something that tips off a mood which then just keeps getting worse.

To be safe, have you considered getting a second opinion? Psychs can disagree. As long as your getting treatment, that's what counts. Are you in counseling or therapy yet?

serafena
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UC Dude
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   Posted 10/8/2009 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the response.

I my mood swings don't generate over the top external outcomes like bad purchasing decisions or cheating on my wife, but I realize that my responses are not "normal".

I have been to normal counseling in the past and it has helped. Recently I sought out a exam for ADHD for the inability to concentrate, pay attention, racing thoughts etc. I am going to talk to the Psy MD in a couple weeks to review the dx and perhaps talk about meds. Depending on how that goes I may seek a 2nd opinion....
 


BipolarPorch
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   Posted 10/8/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
UC Dude,

It sounds like BP to me. If your mood swings are creating problems for you(ie you have already been to a professional) then it is likely that the diagnosis fits.

Tell me, do you have any relatives with BP? Does it run in the family?

How old are you?

Post Edited By Moderator (serafena) : 10/8/2009 9:47:46 PM (GMT-6)


UC Dude
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   Posted 10/8/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
41... perhaps some history on my moms side.... no formal dx however that I am aware of.

IF I have it... what is life like on meds like lithium?
 


BipolarPorch
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   Posted 10/8/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I am also 41. Yet I have been diagnosed since 2004 and likely had it prior. My dad is bipolar and his sister is likely bipolar as well. My brother-no. Me-yup.

Lithium medication is the oldest, rounding out like 50 years of use I think. It is very tolerable although there can be side effects. Without listing these, check out sites on the web for these side effects.

You may likely be prescribed a mood-stabilizer as well. I am on not just lithium for example, but also Lexapro. The latter is an anti-depressant and it helps me to avoid clinical depression although getting depressed will still occur, just not so much that I will want to taste some metal.

Then, of course, perhaps if you are still in an acute phase, an anti-psychtic may also be prescribed such as Abilify. I think this is used to get you out of mania faster. It is good for the short term while lithium is expected to work best over the long term.

Regardless of how side effects affect you or not, being unmedicated WILL affect you, your marriage, your financial health, your friends and family, and certainly your physical well-being. WHatever you experience as side effects, they are in no way worse than living without medications, believe me.

Post Edited By Moderator (serafena) : 10/8/2009 9:48:01 PM (GMT-6)


serafena
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   Posted 10/8/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Life on meds is better than life without them, but it's still hard. It takes a while to find the right medications to stabilize you. You have to find the right "cocktail" and that means trial and error and living through some annoying side effects. Once you have the meds right you can expect to feel better, but you will still need to adjust them periodically, change it up now and then. But life without medication and treatment means the craziness of ever-shifting emotions and unpredictablility.

Stick with treatment. Get a second opinion if you need to, but if you're feeling mental disturbance, don't ignore it. One thing bipolar always does when untreated is get worse.

serafena
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UC Dude
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   Posted 10/22/2009 2:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Update... met with PsyMd yesterday. Felt my concerns and symptoms were more consistent with ADD and started me on Strattera. Thanks for all the help and support!
 

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