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itsjustmemyselfandi
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   Posted 1/28/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello again guys, its been a while since I have been on here. Dont know were to start really, I got diagnosed with depression about 3 years ago and got perscribed Citalopram 40mg and sleeping tablets. I then went back a few months ago because I thought they werent working and considered myself to be Bipolar but diddnt want to tell the doctor. I then got perscribed Mertizapine and dont have a clue why I am on them because they arent doing a thing. I'm back at the doctors tomorrow but I am sick of going over all the same things and problems I have, I have had a bad few weeks with work and friends and stuff and cant be bothered talking to anyone or doing anything anymore... The doctor told me the tablets are supposed to make me not goin on highs or lows and just make me stay inbetween but im still constantly low and sat in my room in the dark thinking about absolutely nothing and im thinking im starting to loose the plot! I'm thinking about telling the doctor that I think I have bipolar but I dont know weather its that easy to persume I have it... Has anyone ever been miss diagnosed with depression instead of bipolar?
Any advice from anyone is a real help.
Thanks
John

cloudmom
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   Posted 1/28/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I actually got diagnosed with depression before I got diagnosed with bipolar. I was diagnosed with the depression in '02, bipolar in '03, and borderline personality disorder in '06. They also have diagnosed me with severe adjustment issues in '06 as well. I believe they were spot on with my diagnosis's. Trying to find the right meds, doses, and combinations was the tricky part. Some worked, then stopped....some didn't work at all...and some worked too well. Some weren't working until I had another med adjusted and so on. It took a good 4 or 5 years for me to find the right combinations of meds. It is important to ask others to let you know if you begin acting bizare or out of it or anything that is abnormal for you. I know, for me, at times, my husband would tell me I was acting like a zombie, but I hadn't noticed it at all. I went to the doc, the meds were adjusted once again, and I was fine after that. I can say, that right now, I have been symptom free of all of my disorders for 1 1/2 years. I (with the supervision of my doc and therepist) was able to come off of all of my meds four and a half months ago. I am proud to say I am still symptom free. My therepist is flabergasted to say the least! He saw how far "gone" I was when I began treatment with him almost four years ago. It is possible for that to happen, but never try to go off of your meds unless you talk to your doctor first! And if you believe you have bipolar disorder, I wouldn't hesitate to talk with my doctor about it. I say, let him know how you are feeling. He'll ask you what symptoms you are having, so you'll have to go over them yet again. Good luck!
Proud spouse and mother


mogli
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   Posted 1/29/2010 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Don't give up. I know it's hard to not feel like it's all hopeless, but you need to keep fighting. I think it's important that you get the diagnosis figured out, so don't be afraid to be open with your doctor, because it is in your best interest. And I know deep down although you're frustrated (as am I right now with myself, so I know how you are feeling) I know that you truly want to feel better. Unfortunately getting well involves work and it's really tough to do that work when you're feeling so low. 

I was dx'd with depression first for a few years and then bp in 2005. Since then it's been the same story for a lot of bps...trying to find the right meds etc. It's hard, but I try not to give up.

You have support here, let us know how you are doing and I really suggest talking with your doc. It will be to your benefit.  Take extra care of yourself.

Mogs


Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Methoprazine 8mg/day, Mirapex 1.5 mg/day & Lamictal 400 mg/day.


serafena
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   Posted 1/29/2010 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi itsjustmemyselfandi,

Welcome back. I think MANY people were diagnosed or suffered from depression before being diagnosed with bipolar. I certainly was. You should be honest with your doc about your concerns. If the drugs aren't pulling their weight, then they need to be adjusted. How long have you been on the mirtazepine? What makes you think you're bipolar?

serafena
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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


itsjustmemyselfandi
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   Posted 1/29/2010 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi spoke to my doc today and let it all out! I felt better with myself and said to her that i think i might have bipolar because of the symptoms. Shes asked me to see a psychiatrist and things to help me get back on my feet and tried me on some other medication called venlafaxine and said if these dont make me feel any different then she will look into treating me for bipolar. I think I might have it because im not responding to my medication for depression and my mood swings a highs are getting worse and my friends have started to notice. Thanks for your help and advice guys.
Really helped :)

itsjustmemyselfandi
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   Posted 1/29/2010 3:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again guys, sorry if im going to confuse you lot here but i have just done a little research into the new medication she has given me, and she said if they dont work she will consider treating me for bipolar but it says on a website that mertizapine and venlafaxine are treatments for bipolar, yet my doctor said she is still treating me for depression with these drugs. Im confused lol

mogli
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   Posted 1/29/2010 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
No need to feel confused, this is new to you, yes?  Some bp meds are used in depression from what I have read on the depression board, sometimes I see people there taking the same meds I am.  Just like depression meds are used to treat bp sometimes.  Medications can have several different uses.  Glad you talked with your doc, must feel a bit better about that? Hopefully you can see a pdoc soon.
 
Keep us updated, things will get better!
Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Methoprazine 8mg/day, Mirapex 1.5 mg/day & Lamictal 400 mg/day.


serafena
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   Posted 1/31/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Venlafaxine is primarily an anti-depressant, but sometimes used in conjunction with a mood stabilizer for people with bipolar. I was on it for a while, but I think if you asked who had been on Effexor on the depression board, a ton of people would respond. If your mood sky rockets out of control, call your doc.

I hope you feel better soon,
serafena
Serafena
Co-Moderator, Bipolar and Depression Forums
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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