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curlybekah
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   Posted 6/26/2015 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone, I have had depression and on Zoloft for that. However the side effects of that were too much for me to handle. I myself stoped taking it with out dr. apporvel. I know that is Is NEVER GOOD. I have an appt on July 2 for a medication check. My therapist that I see suspects I may have hypomania right now. Can this happen? I am not sleeping, I am talking more, my speech is rushed, I have a self esteem that is unreal. Any advice when me helpful. Thanks

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   Posted 6/27/2015 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi curlybekah,

Welcome to the Bipolar forum :-)

I'm sorry the Zoloft wasn't working. I would recommend you contact your doctor even via phone and let them know. It is always good to inform your doc of the side effect you're experiencing.

The symptoms you described sounds like hypomania. However, you doctor would be the one to confirm this.
I would suggest you use some coping techniques. You therapist can recommend some to help .

I hope your upcoming app will go well. Keep us posted on how you're doing.

UA
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MapleLeafBear
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   Posted 6/28/2015 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bekah, I am still really new to bipolar and it took me a long time to pinpoint hypomania and I still have periods of serious doubt about it. For me, it is usually not sleeping and heightened anxiety/paranoia. My T highly suspects that periods of extreme anxiety could also be hypomania. So I think it's different for everyone. When she mentioned to me that my periods of high anxiety could be "my" hypomania, that was a real eye opener so I would definitely consider what your therapist is saying - especially if he/she has been seeing you for a long time; they've seen you in a few different phases if it's been a while and they can see a pattern.

Taygeta
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   Posted 6/30/2015 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bekah,

Stopping an AD cold turkey can definitely be an issue. I stopped Cymbalta cold turkey, without letting my Dr. know, and I spent a month going through all kinds of withdrawal symptoms, things I never imagined. I understand how SEs can be rough, so I sympathize with your situation. I have experienced hypomania on numerous occasions. I have OCD too though, and fortunately I have been able to use it on many occasions to keep my hypomania in check by putting my OCD to work in useful ways. That may sound strange, but I brought it up to my therapist at my most recent appointment, and he agreed that my OCD was beneficial in that aspect of my bipolar.

As you are experiencing, during hypomanic episodes, I have experienced less sleep, feelings of euphoria, and talking more (and rushed at times). My therapist saw me in one of my periods of hypomania at an appointment - and pointed it out to me because I really didn't see it as clearly as he did. I have to agree with MapleLeafBear, that some periods of hypomania could be extreme anxiety, because I have that too at times.

Keep us updated. We are all here behind you. - Taygeta

curlybekah
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   Posted 7/2/2015 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Well my therapist was right... I do have bipolar after all. I have bipolar 2 and rapid cycling. Now an lamictal. THank you everyone for the help!
Anxiety, depresson, chronic pain, TMJ disorder, RSD

CuriousAthena
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   Posted 1/5/2016 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband is Hypomanic. He will not get diagnosed. He is a naturopath. He thinks he knows everything. He goes into the total emotional abuse pattern when he goes manic. He is in a longer stage of mania now going on 4 weeks and told me 2 days ago again (for the 20th time) that he is going to Divorce me. How do you get someone to go see a doctor that does not believe in the drugs for this ailment? What are the drugs given to people. He is a classic case with all of the symptoms.

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   Posted 1/6/2016 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello CuriousAthena,

Welcome to the forum :-)!

Just to clarify, is your husband seeing a Naturopathic doc? Or is he just practicing on his own?

He must be willing to accept help. If he does not want to go to the doc, he will not go. If he does not want help, he will not accept help.
When his mood is calm, try talking to him about seeing the doc. There are different meds that work differently for everyone. Maybe he can see a therapist to begin with if he does not want to start on meds immediately.

I hope he will be open to accept help soon. Check out out resources area for more information on Bipolar. Please also remember to take care of yourself. Living with someone who is Bipolar can affect you as well.

Take Care

UA
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Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder.
Chronic Pain - Cervical Kyphosis, Cervical Spondylosis, Thoracic Scoliosis.
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