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Brandy34
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Date Joined Aug 2017
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   Posted 8/5/2017 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I'm new to this, I was just recently diagnosed with bipolar so I'm still trying to get it under control. I also have lupus and epilepsy. I'm 34 years old married with one child. I'm taking abilify and Wellbutrin right now...

EDIT: Added a subject to your post.

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Tim Tam
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   Posted 8/5/2017 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
It's good that you're getting treated.

I also have bipolar, and also have other ailments. They include diabetes, and sensitive ears to noise, to the point where I can't drive a car because the engine is too loud.

In the last some years, I've gotten to where I could ride in the backseat of a car with someone else driving, meaning I could go to a doctor's office.

I can now get to a store, but I can't go into it because they almost all have functional music, which my ears cannot tolerate.

What was going on prior to your being diagnosed as a bipolar. Were you having, like, a lot of trouble.

I think I had, like, a nervous breakdown, which got my attention, and which also got me misdiagnosed as a depressive, since I went into the doctor's office depressed, and that's what they latched onto. Not bothering to wonder, if I might be manic-depressed.

I think that misdiagnosis, of depressive, happens a lot with bipolar people. Were you ever diagnosed as depressed?

Were you having trouble before going to a psychiatrist? I'm taking Lithium for the mania, and Mirtazapine for the depression.

You said newly diagnosed and still trying to get it under control. How is it affecting you now?

It's good that you reached out for help.

Brandy34
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Date Joined Aug 2017
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   Posted 8/5/2017 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed in April after I checked myself into a rehab hospital because I was losing it. After five days they diagnosed me with bipolar, I'm on abilify 20mg and Wellbutrin 100mg but I'm still having manic episodes and horrible mood swings so I'm gonna ask my doctor if maybe we should try something new . Does the lithium work for you?

Tim Tam
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   Posted 8/5/2017 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, the Lithium works for me.

After being miss-diagnosed for many years as a depressive and being treated only with an anti-depressant, after about 10 years of that I finally got diagnosed as bi-polar.

Well, they gave me Lithium for the first time to treat the mania, and as soon as I took the first pill, I felt like the air was let out of an over-tight balloon.

What was that again, Lithium? I mean gosh, there I was feeling like I was about to explode all the time, and they kinda missed the mania part for about 10 or more years.

You asked, does the Lithium work for you? Yes. I can still function, I don't notice any loss of awareness, and I haven't been manic since I've been taking it for many years.

You said you are now taking abilify for the mania and wellbrutrin for the depression. I've never taken those, so I don't know much about them.

You said you began taking those in April, but that: "I'm still having manic episodes and horrible mood swings so I'm gonna ask my doctor if maybe we should try something new ."

Has the abilify lowered your mania? Maybe, if it works a little bit, they can increase the abilify, rather than changing to a new med. That's just my opinion as a bipolar.

Did the abilify seem to help after a few days or week or two of first taking it? Did it like, reduce mania by about 50%? Were you glad?

What do you think, they should increase the dosage or change meds?

You said you're still having mania, after some 3 months, I don't know if that's a long time or not. Are you telling your psychiatrist about this? What does he or she say? What do you think?

Again, you say, " still having manic episodes and horrible mood swings" Mood swings seems to suggest that both of those are not working.

Is your wellbrutrin not taking away your depression? How much is it working, 50%? Are you less depressed now?

How bad were you before you got diagnosed and started taking your meds?

You and I are dickering over what is the best anti-manic and depressive medicine. My mother's mother did not have either of those when she was mentally ill in the 1920, 30s and 40s, and into the 50s.

And she was in constant agitation, and had to be put into a mental hospital, diagnosed as schizophrenic, for bipolar was not known. So we can be thankful that here in 2017 that they not only have one medicine for those ailments, but several or more.

UserANONYMOUS
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   Posted 8/8/2017 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brandy34,

Welcome to the forum smile!

Thank you for sharing about yourself with us. I suffer from depression and some chronic pain.

Are you also attending therapy? Both therapy and meds work together. I attended therapy for a while for my depression. It was helpful as I learn some coping techniques. I am glad you are going to talk to your doc about the meds. I hope you find the right combination that will work for you, and you feel better.

Again, welcome... and I hope to learn more about you.

UA
Moderator - Bipolar

Brandy34
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Date Joined Aug 2017
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   Posted 8/8/2017 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, and yes I'm attending therapy as well I didn't feel I alone with the medicine was strong enough. So I'm learning still,and I appreciate anything you may have to add.
Thank you again,
Brandy

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   Posted 8/9/2017 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Great Brandy! Hope the therapy is helping.

How did the chat go with you doctor?

UA
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