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Livin Life
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   Posted 11/21/2007 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
hello, my doc diagnosed me as being bipolar about 4 months ago. I am still so confussed about what it is. She put me on Lexapro as well and I was wondering if anyone could help me out with information about the 'disease' and the medication (such as side affects, if anyone is on lexapro n have some information about it i would greatly apreciate it)
 
thanks,
Missy

olivia of course
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   Posted 11/21/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Livin Life,
 
Welcome to the Bipolar forum, I am glad you found us.  I hope you find the support you are looking for here.  I think we all go through the same state of confusion when we are first diagnosed.  It took me about a year to accept my illness.
 
Are you taking Lexapro alone?  Most Docs would also prescribe a mood stabilizer just in case the antidepressants was to send one into a manic episode.  I have taken Lexapro in the past, and I personally didn't do well on it.  But there might be others on this board that can tell you more about it.  I am sorry I can't give a better personal experience.  In the mean time here are a few links that might be helpful.
 
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Livin Life
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   Posted 11/21/2007 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Olivia,
Thanks for those links, I will check them out.... I also take Effexor and Xanax for depression n anxiety issues....
 
 

Sincerely,
Missy


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   Posted 11/21/2007 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Livin Life...first and foremost...welcome to healingwell...glad you have found us for the support you need.

Now, you are on Lexapro, and Effexor? Is that correct?

What are your dosages of all these meds, if you don't mind me asking?

And, you are bipolar, depressed, and you have anxiety issues? Am I correct?

I don't mean to make you explain yourself a million times, I am jsut a bit confused, and don't want to hand out an opinion without fully understanding you. So, if you don't mind sharing the information, I will try to help you the best I can.

I was on Lexapro for about 6 months, and it did ok for me for a while. Helped with my anxiety, and depression. But, it pooped out on me quickly, so my pdoc switched me to Effexor XR. I never took them both at the same time though...that is why I am curious on that.

Again, welcome to healingwell, I hope you find the answers and support you need!
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Livin Life
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   Posted 11/22/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks tammy,
Yes i am on both Effexor and Lexapro. My dosage of Effexor is 150mg twice a day and im on 10 mg of lexapro a day. I am bipolar, Depressed and have public/socail anxiety issues.  

Sincerely,
Missy


serafena
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   Posted 11/22/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Livin Life,

I'd like to welcome you to the board too. Good to have you.

I'm no doc but it strikes me as odd too that your doctor doesn't have you on a stabilizer as well. Most bipolars don't do well on anti-depressants alone. Next time you see him/her, ask them about that. We usually need the mood stabilizers to keep us from "swinging" from one pole to another and anti-depressants alone can bring on mania, so most docs don't prescribe them like that.

Are you seeing a psychiatrist or a general practitioner?

Here are some good sites to give you some more info about bipolar: You've probably already done some net research so you know there are different "degrees" of bipolar. I'm Bipolar II (or BPII).

www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/complete-publication.shtml

www.mayoclinic.com/health/bipolar-disorder/DS00356

www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&Template=/TaggedPage/TaggedPageDisplay.cfm&TPLid=54&Contentid=23037

Again, welcome.
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