Desperate for some insight into hypomania and Bipolar II experiences

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Newbie25
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   Posted 9/12/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Recently diagnosed Bipolar II and desperate for any insights VIEW IMAGE VIEW IMAGE  

I was diagnosed as BP II just this last Friday. I always believed that I was Dysthymic and had some anxiety issues. I had been taking antidepressants for years at low doses, most recently (2 yrs) Effexor was my prescribed med. I was improving a bit but then I started going downhill when the meds were increased.
My thoughts were have always been extremely negativistic, my anxiety (possibly hypomanic???) skyrockets to the point of causing me to almost act obsessive-compulsive with certain thoughts, ideas, etc. I do have racing thoughts and seem very hyper during these times, I cannot sit still. My shopping, which always has been an anxiety-relieving crutch is almost uncontrollably-impulsive. I sought help when my husband said he can not live like this, he's always walking on eggshells wondering if I'm going to blow up, not want to get outta bed or go on a new tangent and obsess about it endlessly, at the cost of eating or sleeping.
I was wondering what kinds of behaviour los/ highs others with BP II, or even major depressive, or anxiety experience, if you have similar highs/ lows. What medications they have found helpful, and what successes anyone has had with treatment. I am being sent to a Psychiatrist for diagnostics, meds and because the waiting list is soooo long I have booked myself a session with a highly regarded therapist. I'm just looking for anecdotal accounts of living with this disorder, or with someone with this disorder instead of all the clinical/ diagnostic information I have been reading. I'm really screwed up about this diagnosis, how I could have missed it when I have a Masters in Psych - how Freudian? Any thoughts insights would be tremendous!
Thanks a lot.

Newbie25
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   Posted 9/12/2007 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I should also mention that this has been my experience since I was a teen. I do experience rages but the Anti-dep meds helped. It almost seemed that when my dosage of anti-depr meds were increased it took away some of my lows and I had more days of being unable to slow down. I also have quite the family history of mental illness, alcohol abuse and drug abuse.

serafena
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   Posted 9/13/2007 7:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Newbie,

Welcome. Amusingly, we were just having this exact conversation in Kat24's post "When does recovery begin?" Check that out. Ignore my grumpiness there, if you can.

I'm BPII. I'm on Effexor 225, Lamictal 400, and Topomax 100. Ativan for anxiety as needed. Seroquel for extreme anxiety and sleep as needed.
I'm also a pretty obsessive person. I also shop for comfort and obsess about time management (control issues.) I binge eat and have had problems with self-injury in the past, but that's more or less cured, thank God. I also come from alcoholic, depressed stock and grew up in a violent household. (Isn't it funny how we can say things here we don't tell any but our closest friends in real life?)

It's not surprising you missed the BPII diagnosis; it's only recently been getting any attention. I was officially diagnosed as chronically depressed for 5 years before I switched psychiatrists. My old doc wouldn't even consider any other diagnosis and wouldn't give me anything but Prozac despite the fact I knew it wasn't working anymore. He threatened to drop me when I pressed him on it. So I "fired" him. My new doc re-diagnosed me right away and I've been much better. I've only had one major episode in the four years since being re-diagnosed.

Welcome to the board. Feel free to ask for support.

serafena
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yogamom
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   Posted 9/25/2007 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Your story sounds very familiar, very similar to mine...depressed since teens, SSRI for extended period (zoloft for over 10 years) and yet still no consistant relief.  I was diagnoses as Bipolar II in April after a 5 night stay in a mental hospital for alcohol abuse.  I am currently on Lamictal (btw 100-200mg/day in am) and Seroquel (50mg in am and 100mg in pm).  This seems to be working out ok but not perfect by any means.  I still don't understand very much about this disease except that I should take the meds and hope for the best.  Good Luck finding meds that help.
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