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Jade11
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   Posted 3/16/2006 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I have been under a lot of stress lately.  I am in a professional program in college.  This program is something that I have been working towards for several years.  My problem is that now that I am in this program I am having trouble passing.  My first two tests were just under the grade for passing(a passing grade is 77%).  I know that on the second test the majority of the class did not pass it, but that does not change my grade.
 
Lately I have been down on myself about it.  I mean I never thought that I would fail out of this program.  I am really stressed out about this whole thing.  However, I don't know if this stress has almost caused me to become depressed.  I keep thinking negative thoughts even when I try not to.  Sometimes I feel so discouraged I even have trouble getting motivated to study.  I know this stress has contributed to a lower mood than usual.  However, I know if school was going better I really would not feel this way.
 
Maybe I should talk to my Psychiatrist about how I have been feeling lately.  I know with bipolar disorder that one should always be cautious of mood changes.

Ellie 1
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   Posted 3/16/2006 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree that stress can make a person depressed. I've had a litttle experience with that lately myself. I would talk to the pdoc about it if I were you. Can't be too careful with the mood swings.
I'm sure the school thing will work out. Try not to be too hard on yourself.
Take care Jade and have a good night
Ellie
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Ellie 1
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   Posted 3/17/2006 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure manipulating a dr. to give you a drug that YOU"VE selected is necessarily a good idea. Adderall is not appropriate for all bipolars. For many of us it can induce a manic phase. Always consult with a physician before taking any medical advice you recieve elsewhere.
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bdr1
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   Posted 3/17/2006 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,

In terms of the post about manipulating your doctor -- I'd completely agree with Ellie1 on this one! Your physician has been through a lot of training to manage psychotropic medications. Additionally -- in my practice, I always reserve Adderall XR for patients as a 2nd line option because Methylphenidate has such a high response rate (especially with the addition of Concerta). However many physicians advocate Adderall as a first-line option. Again -- your physician definately knows best.

As is mentioned above -- any stimulant medication can induce a hypomanic, mixed, or manic episode. A recent study by Dr. Perlis at Harvard Univ studied ADD/ADHD & Bipolar D/O and found that once your stablize a patients BPD symptoms on a mood stabilizer (+/- atypical), it's acceptable for a trial of methylphenidate in children for the ADD symptoms. However -- he makes explicit mention of patients that relapsed into a hypomanic episode.  Additionally -- this is part of an ongoing trial called "STEP-BD" which was not designed to test this hypothesis explicity.  Further, it was only a trial in children.

Hope that this helps!

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Jade11
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   Posted 3/17/2006 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I really doubt that I have ADD/ADHD.  Up until now I have been doing fine in school.  I was admitted to this program with a 3.5 GPA on the prerequisites.  Some days I am able to put in about 8 hours of studying, so I know I can concentrate when I really focus.  It is just that some days I find myself wasting too much time, and not doing the studying that I should.
 
I just feel so discouraged.  I am suppose to graduate next year, and then I will have a career.  I am begining to wonder if I actually will graduate next year or not.  I start to imagine myself not ever having a career and just working marginal jobs the rest of my life.  I know I should have more positive thinking, but I seem to shift towards negative thoughts.
 
I did have really bad depression years ago.  I am amazed at how easily those depressive thoughts slip into my head.  It is like I go into this mode where everything is negative.  Even if some of those thoughts are not even logical, I can't really stop myself from thinking that way. 

bdr1
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   Posted 3/18/2006 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever seen a cognitive behavioural therapist?

Jade11
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   Posted 3/29/2006 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   

No I have not ever seen a cognitive behavioral therapist.  Maybe it it would help me though.  It almost seems like I do have a bad way of reacting to stress.

Anyway, I did really well on the last test I got back.  I got an A grade, so that brings my whole average up to passing.  It was weird because as soon as I got that test back I felt my stress levels go down.  With it a lot of my negative thinking vanished as well.  Although I do think that I need to develop a better way of handling stress.


Ellie 1
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   Posted 3/29/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Well Done! Congrats Jade, knew you could do it.
Ellie
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