Bipolar misdiagnosed question

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   Posted 3/17/2008 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, I don't normally post in this forum but I was diagnosed as bipolar (rapid cycling) a few years ago. Since I have been pregnant I have been completely off my medications - Seroquil and Celex (even 6 months prior) so well over a year and a half now and have never felt more stable in my life. Recently I have started to learn about Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and reading the symptoms I am wondering if its possible for someone who has PMDD to be diagnosed as bipolar? These are the symptoms of PMDD

1. Very depressed mood, feeling hopeless
2. Marked anxiety, tension, edginess
3. Sudden mood shifts (crying easily, extreme sensitivity)
4. Persistent, marked irritability, anger, increased conflicts
5. Loss of interest in usual activities (work, school, socializing, etc.)
6. Difficulty concentrating and staying focused
7. Fatigue, tiredness, loss of energy
8. Marked appetite change, overeating, food cravings
9. Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or sleeping too much
10. Feeling out of control or overwhelmed
11. Physical symptoms such as weight gain, bloating, breast tenderness or swelling, headache, and muscle or joint aches and pains

I have never really had PMS (and never get any physical symptoms) before but when I really think about it all my 'mood swings' that they diagnosed as bipolar seemed about 2 weeks to 1 week before my period. I guess I am asking if anyone has known anyone to be re-diagnosed as not bipolar but having PMDD. Moderator for HIV/AIDS Forum

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   Posted 3/18/2008 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
WOW I sounds Like your not Bi-polar to me. If your not having any symptoms and your not an any meds and you feel fine I beleive if it isn't broke don't fix it. i am no proffesional anything. Just a bi-polar,depressed and have chronic neck and back pain so this is just my little old opinion. If I was you I would go to m therapists or better yet my shrink and find out what they say. Don't listen to me listen to the profesionals. I cannot even spell it correctly. Good luck and come on over to the chat rooms and join any room that has people in and tell your problem and se what they say.

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   Posted 3/18/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
acaisha, in the end, the treatment is a hell of a lot more important than the diagnosis (though obviously insurance and things force our doctors to choose). if you feel much better without medications, fabulous! but i encourage you to keep an eye on your moods and have faith that if your loved ones say anything, they mean it in your best interest.

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   Posted 3/18/2008 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   

I chose to stay on my meds while I was pregnant, but I have never felt better, truly. Those hormones are killer.

I've never known anyone to be rediagnosed with PMDD, but that's not surprising, it sounds remarkably underdiagnosed. Like everyone else has said, I would just straight forwardly ask my psych. The one thing is, the psych meds don't really work unless you've got a condition to treat, so if you've used them and they were helpful, you've got some kind of condition. Now maybe they'd work on PMDD, I don't know. It's a really good question you've got here. If you do talk to a doctor about it, will you please let us know the outcome? I'm really curious.

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   Posted 3/18/2008 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I did read the do sometimes treat with antidepressants. But I was also never on a very high dosage of seroquil (at most 100mg's but only a short while, mostly 25mgs). I will let you know because I really doubt if I was bipolar my symptoms would have completely disappeared while pregnant.. would they? It seems more hormonal. Moderator for HIV/AIDS Forum

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I am not a medical professional and therefore cannot diagnose or offer professional medical advice. Any advice given is purely the opinion of someone with experience around HIV/AIDS and should not be used as a replacement for seeking the help of a trained medical professional.

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