Newly diagnosed, please help

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 12/4/2007 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,
I just got out of the hospital, and while there I was diagnosed.  I'm now taking Depakote but it's only been 3 days.  I'm wondering, in a mixed state as my doctor suspected, do you find yourself mad or irritated for no good reason, or even verbally jumping on those around you for nothing?  I do this and it's uncontrollable, and I feel so upset afterward.  Please help guys

olivia of course
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   Posted 12/4/2007 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Sophie,

Welcome to the BP Forum.

What you are experiencing in pretty normal for most people experiencing a mixed state. A mixed state is usually a state of both mania and depression. Most are usually irritable and get angry like you for the smallest thing. You are not alone, I am irritable and angry whether my mood is up or down. Mixed states are the worst for me, like you things seem uncontrollable. I have yelled at people, and even got in a few fights when I was in this state. Just try to hang in there till the effects of your med kick in, Depakote is one of the top choices for mania or a mixed-state. It takes up to a week for you to fully feel the difference. Please know you are not alone and we are here for you.
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   Posted 12/4/2007 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sophie:

Olivia is absolutely right. I've been in a mixed state for weeks, and often so irritable and angry for no reason. I have to work to not jump on people. But I'm just as likely to be mad at myself -- even more so, really. And sad, of course. That's my mania for you -- I don't get happy, I get angry and irritated. My doc actually "apologized" to me. She said "I'm sorry you don't get the positive, happy manias some people do." Yeah, well, thanks, doc. :-)

Anyway, you're not alone. Feel free to vent here and let us know how you're doing.

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