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   Posted 1/10/2008 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually post on the depression board, but today I was at my psychiatrist for a med check up and the cymbalta I take is not helping me get out of the stuck situation i am in. I have been bawling my eyes out for the past 15 months really and none of the meds. have helped me feel back to my old self. SOO I told her I was having obsessive thoughts an wasn't able to let them go, and the constant urge to want to wash my hands, and how I get angry, then I'm fine and all that stuff. I never feel good, and laughing is not something i do often. We both decided i also have BP2.
Does anyone else have this same thing? What happens to you and how do you deal? Any books to read that might be helpful to me? Thanks.

olivia of course
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   Posted 1/10/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the Bipolar Forum. I hope you find the support you are looking for here.

There are a lot of people on the board who also have BP2, and can give you a lot of insight. Below are books that might be helpful.

-An Unquiet Mind By Kay Jamison

- Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder By Jim Phelps

- Bipolar Disorder Demystified: Mastering the Tightrope of Manic Depression (Demystified) By Lana R. Castle and Peter C. Whybrow

Please do not hesitate to ask questions, and keep posting.
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Post Edited (olivia of course) : 1/10/2008 9:49:26 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/10/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you so much. illbe looking for some of these books. thanks again

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   Posted 1/11/2008 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Misspstink:

I'm bp2. I'm sorry that you've been having such a hard time for so looong a time. You must be really tired. A new diagnosis at least opens up the possibility for new treatment, and it worked for me. I wish you luck with that.

What happens to me? How do I deal? *Laughs* It's different for everyone, naturally, but, once you've got your meds balanced out you'll feel more stabilized. Then you'll be better able to tell when your moods are cycling so you can manage them as they happen. You'll be aware of when your mood is going up and down. BP2's don't generally get the hyper-euphoric manias of BPI. We get something else. You mentioned you feel angry. I get angry too. Irritable and itchy-feeling. It's different for everyone though, and it can change. So we go from hypomanic to depressed and back again and it cycles. The goal is to get stable. I won't lie. It's not easy. But it does get better -- lots better than it sounds like you're feeling right now.

What drugs did your psych put you on? Did she take you off the cymbalta?

Welcome to the board. We're glad you're here.

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It is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare

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   Posted 1/11/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
we are slowly decreasing the cymbalta. I dont think ill be off of it completely, but im not 100% certain of her plan as of yet. I went into her office holding back the tears and once I sat down they came flooding my face. so her main goal was to get me stable and i go back in two weeks. I know we are trying Limictal and this other one that starts with a z, zyprexa? that one works a lot faster than Limictal so she wanted to get me up while the other one gets in my system since LL takes so long.
Let me just tell you that one of the two knocked me right out. so it's a good thing i didn't go anywhere lastnight. i was fast asleep by 4 pm. LOL
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