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gaz
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   Posted 4/29/2007 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
been in touch with emergancy doc explained symtoms he was right first time ive ever experiaced a mixed episode all because of coming of lithium he told me to start taking lithium at a dose 0ff 600mg on 0mg at the moment for a week and hope that stops this episode unfourntally have no lithium tablets left i got to go to hospital to pick up my tablets tommorow. 

olivia of course
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   Posted 4/29/2007 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Gaz,

I have had a mixed episode this past August for the first time too, and it was horrible.

I would definetly talk to a Dr. asap and try to get things under control as early as possible.

All I remember I was a mess with the mixed episode, could barely function and was losing touch with reality. So I def. needed the meds, and I am grateful for them.

Hope it gets better soon for you.
@~ Olivia

"What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story,
And the greatest good is little enough:
for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams."
~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Life is a Dream


APG
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   Posted 5/1/2007 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Could you explain what a mixed episode is? Is it the same thing as ultra rapid cycling bipolar? I've seen my husband cycle 3X in an hour.

Thank you.

olivia of course
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   Posted 5/1/2007 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
APG,
 
It's actually different than rapid-cycling.  Mixed episode is when you have both symptoms mannia and depression at the same time.

In the context of bipolar disorder, a mixed state is a condition during which symptoms of mania and clinical depression occur simultaneously (for example, agitation, anxiety, aggressiveness or belligerence, confusion, fatigue, impulsiveness, insomnia, irritability, morbid and/or suicidal ideation, panic, paranoia, persecutory delusions, pressured speech, racing thoughts, restlessness, and rage).

Mixed episodes can be the most volatile of the bipolar states, as moods can easily and quickly be triggered or shifted. Suicide attempts, substance abuse, and self-mutilation may occur during this state.

I hope that was enough information for you.  :-)


@~ Olivia

"Don't let your yesterday, ruin your today"

Post Edited (olivia of course) : 5/4/2007 10:28:36 AM (GMT-6)


APG
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   Posted 5/2/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
 
 
Olivia of course,
 
Thanks for the information.  I'm so sorry that you have had to deal with this.  This does sound like my husband when he was at his worst.  He later said that he could start a sentence while manic and be depressed by the end of the sentence.  I just thought this was rapid cycling.  He has been doing great for about 3 weeks since the lithium was increased to 1500 mg.  He is also on 3 or 4 other drugs for his bipolar condition.  APG
 
 

APG
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   Posted 5/4/2007 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
 
I went to the pdoc yesterday with my husband for his regular visit.  Joe had been zoned out for a few days.  Anyway, his blood lithium was 1.9 and the doctor got us on the phone on the way home stressing how serious this amount is.  SO, he's off the lithium totally until Monday or so.  He was at 1500 mg.  I just called home and he sounded horribly down and depressed.  No telling what will happen when I go home.  He will be tested again on Monday.
 
I get very afraid when he goes manic and very afraid when he gets depressed.  This has to be worse on me than on my husband.  He isn't fully aware of how bad the situation is at times.  I see it all and know how much of himself he has lost.
 
The doctor said yesterday that he has a really bad "case" of bipolar and had had the disease all his life.  It was only diagnosed upon a complete breakdown 17 months ago.  Now, it's all getting to be more than I can handle and we don't have anyone to  help us.
 
Anyone else had 1.9 blood lithium levels?  WHat happened? APG
 
 
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