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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/10/2009 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm 29 and a mother of 3. Ages 7, 20 months and 8 months. I was diagnosed with PPD in 2001 then eventually diagnosed with severe depression.  I have been on several different medications just switching from my latest Zoloft 150mg to Venlafaxine 75 mg plus Ativan 1mg. BD runs in my family as well as depression.  With this medicine I'm on currently I feel as if I'm doing worse. My family has mentioned I need to get tested for BD b/c I'm constantly on edge, I'm frantic one min and then completely calm the next, I have severe mood swings, I'm more down than up, I can't sleep, I feel hopeless and exhausted, I can't concentrate on anything, I have no energy to do anything although I make myself but I feel so out of it, I feel as if I do not want my children anymore, I feel like I don't want to be married anymore. I don't know if I'm overwhelmed with it all b/c I have 2 babies and they both constantly cry and I mean constantly.  I lost.  I feel horrible for having these feeling and feel like I'm a terrible mom for even thinking the way I do. I want to enjoy life and my kids but I just can't seem to get out of this "hole". Suggestions are appreciated. 

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   Posted 11/10/2009 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lostandhopeless,

Welcome to HealingWell and the bipolar board. You are not alone. Your feelings are frustrating and scary, but they're not unusual for people suffering with depression and/or bipolar disorder. I agree with your family -- talking to psychiatrist would be the natural next step for you to get screened for bipolar. Even if it's not bipolar, your meds aren't working, and talking with your psych will get you on the track to something else which may help more.

Keep us up to date with how you're doing.

Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum
Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER

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