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   Posted 10/19/2006 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,
Bipolar disorder is not uncommon to my family, and recently I was diagnosed with depression, the docs say they are unsure if it is bipolar or not...and they tell me it will take time to "come out"......anyway they told me to watch for "hypomania" and "depressed" moods..I am currently on lexapro which has def made my mood swing easier to deal with....but I am still fighting sudden mood changes (in the sense that I get instantaneous mixed emotions, that I cant truly describe but you can tell the change in mood immediately from my physical response)...anyway I also have times during a day, or for several days were I have extreme energy, I talk a mile a minute and get a lot of work done and I overwhelm the people around me, when this is through I am exhausted...I also have down days, but it is not depression, its just me wanting a quiet, slow alone day..does anyone else out there share these experiences?  Does it sound like I may be I said the anti-depressant has helped balance out my mood swings..but sometimes they are still too sudden and too strong to control without a great deal of addition I have been experiencing these weird "kinda" high energy times followed by exhaustion and every couple of days I want a quiet along day... are these signs I should be looking for or am I having anxiety about all this? I would appreciate any feedback!!!
Thanks Rinnie

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   Posted 10/20/2006 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rinnie,

Welcome to HW! -- I hope you feel comfortable here and visit us often! :)

Ah, the old diagnosis-when-not-manic problem! -- Basically, docs can't diagnose bp without evidence of mania, which is what they mean about seeing if it "comes out". Ironically, the Lexapro might do the trick, as the thing with bp is that, although an anti-depressant is often used in the meds combination to treat this condition, when used on their own with someone who is bipolar, they can trigger a manic episode. So watch this closely.

It sounds like you *may* already be experienceing this effect (the high energy, fast-paced stuff) *but* this could also be early anxiety side-effects from the Lexapro. How long have you been taking the Lexapro? When are you seeing your doc again, and is your doc a psychiatrist (needed for bp diagnosis and prescriptions)?

Really nice to meet you. Sorry the board is a bit quiet at the moment. -- I was out all day yesterday (exhausted at the moment!) and it looks like I wasn't the only one!! :) It *will* pick up!!

Rosie x

People are not like fish: they do not work well battered.

When I'm not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded...


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   Posted 10/21/2006 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Rosie,
Thanks for your input and welcome, I have always had these high energy moods my entire life in fact my family members used to say that I was "manic" as a joke, prior to my world falling down this last time!  I have been on the Lexapro since last Febuary/March, (I honestly dont remember), it had def helped me with my mood swings, but at the same time, it has made me very flat, its kinda funny really, before the lexapro I was generally numb (except during my outbursts) now I am not necessarily numb, but just flat!  Anyway thanks again for talking with me!

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   Posted 10/22/2006 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   

I was on Lexapro last winter, and like Rosie said, it cause a manic state. I talked to a nurse friend of mine and she told me that Lexapro shouldn't be prescribed for bipolar disorder because it is more likely to cause a manic episode than most other anti-depressants. I've also heard of anti-deppresants causing slight mania in some people without bipolar disorder, but I saw that on TV so I'm not sure if its true.

I've been recently diagnosed as bipolar NOS, which means that they're going to watch me for a time to see what type of bipolar disorder I have. I understand the frustration and impatience you must be feeling with this wait-and-see approach, but it's really the only way to get an accurate diagnosis.

Hang in there!
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