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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 7/8/2008 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with Bipolar I in january.I started Lamictal and was up to 200mg and was on Seroquel.Didnt see any changes so i stopped.i didnt know that you have to wean off slowly so i got more angry,depressed,cried all the time.
Then in march i went back to my doctor and started the whole process again with Lamictal,starting at 25mg and now im on 400mg.Also take 400mg but if that doesnt work i sometimes take 600mg Seroquel,if i dont workout i gain weight but i only take it for sleep.He gave me Topamax and Klonapin.
Its now July and i still feel the same if not the same since April.I have the worst mood swings.If im not at work or keeping my mind busy i get sad and angry.The one person that doesnt deserve none of this is my husband of 4yrs.
He has been there for me and even went with me to my doctor so he can learn more about the Bipolar disorder.He asked what he can do when i feel like crap and i go to that dark place.He told him instead of running away and ignore the problem,he should be there for me.
Well he was there for me but not lately.He is training for an Ironman race which is on july 20th and i have been supporting his hobby since 2005.Why cant he see when im sad,depressed?why do i always have to nag and tell him when i dont feel good??
I had thoughts of hurting myself and just end it all but i cant do it because i have some hope that i will be happy one day and be normal but im giving up.Its like my life is passing me by.
Im going to see my doctor 7/9 and im gonna tell him that i dont see any difference.I cant take this anymore.
Has anyone been on any meds that havent worked or did you give it some more time??
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 7/8/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe we have ALL been on meds that haven't worked. Six months is a long time to suffer with severe mood swings, Jenna. I'm sorry to hear you're suffering so. But you will be okay. You definitely have to tell your doc your meds aren't working. Tell him/her exactly what you've written here. You're very frustrated, and believe me, I can definitely relate, I bet most of the bipolars on this board can relate. It's a trial and error process to finding the correct meds and you've only scratched the surface. Absolutely don't give up now. Give it more time. You will get better. Hang in there.

Remember too, if you can, that your husband needs to have his own life so that he can care for you more effectively. But tell him, gently and calmly, that you need him to be more attuned to your moods and more observant of how you're feeling. Tell him you feel like you're nagging him when you have to bug him to help you.

Be strong, hang in there.
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 471
   Posted 7/8/2008 10:58 PM (GMT -7)   
*hugs* I can relate. Lately I've been taking things out on my boyfriend and I feel horrible about it. He's been the most supportive person I've ever met, but when I get in my moods I start to resent that he goes to school, does gardening, or even him going to work. I try to make myself understand it's the disease making me feel this way and he's not doing anything wrong. Like serafena said our significant others need lives too. Do you have any other people for support? I don't really so I have too many expectations for my partner. I have to realize that this is a hard disease for us to deal with let alone someone who's never dealt with it themselves. I think it's great that your husband had gone to the doc and everything with you to try to help. I know it's hard, but try to think of the all the stuff he has done to try to help you when you start feeling down. Like you said, he's been busy with this ironman thing so maybe that's why he hasn't noticed you're down. Since he's been doing this for so long I take it that it's pretty important to him, but I'm sure if he knew you felt alone or neglected he would make time for you too. Also keep in mind this will be over after the 20th. I don't know how often he does those things though. That's what I've been doing. I keep telling myself that my boyfriend won't be in school forever, that this is just temporary. I'm rambling...anyway to end's good that you're seeing the doc soon. Tell him all you've been dealing with and that you feel you need a change. Hopefully you can find a combo that works for you. Have you tried therapy too? I haven't had the best of luck with it, haven't found a therapist I'm comfortable with, but I hear they can help a lot. Just another thing to think about.
27 female
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, and in the process of being diagnosed with crohns. Too many meds to list!

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 285
   Posted 7/9/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been angry with my husband for about two months. He's a good guy but I am just angry. i am on Topamax, Geodon, Welbutrin, Lamictal, and Klonopin. You'd think my moods would be, uh, stable.

Keep hanging in there. Something will work.

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 471
   Posted 7/11/2008 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
just wanted to check in on did your appt go? did they make a change for you? I hope all is well...update us when you feel up to it. *hugs*
27 female
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, and in the process of being diagnosed with crohns. Too many meds to list!

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