Does Bi-polar worsen as you age?

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alilderanged
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   Posted 5/9/2005 1:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Does bi-polar get worse as you get older? It seems to have for me, I was diagnosed at 18 and am now 32 and I have gotten alot worse. I am now on Depakote, Klonopin, abilify and trazadone.
 
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Jennifer

psychnurse
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   Posted 5/9/2005 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   

I love your screen name haha!

To answer your question, unfortunately for most it does.  I was diagnosed type II at 25, but had all the symptoms in my early teens, but got a promotion to type I a couple of years ago.  (I am 40).  I am on Trileptal, Seroquel, welbutrin and Lamictal.  Finally found the magic potion!  Just make sure you are in frequent touch with your pdoc whenever you have a  swing and don't let it go more than a week or less.  I still have mood swings, mostly between mild-moderate high and mild-moderate low, in most every season except summer.  It seems to stay consistent then.  (I live for summer, go figure).  But overall, it's MUCH milder than it used to be!


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   Posted 5/10/2005 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm afraid it does in the majority of cases.  The trick is to get a handle on it as early as possible and keep it in check.  I was diagnosed BP II when I was 25, now I'm 40 and got promoted to type I.  Nice.  You sound like you're on a good combo, how does it work for you?  Are you pretty stable?
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