"kind of" bipolar?

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/24/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
my dr. says ive got depression genes and bipolar genes. he put me on cymbalta for depression.. which absolutely works for just that.. but he put me on abilify for my bipolar... that does nothing.. in fact if it does anything at all it makes me tired and pissy and i lash out at anyone who talks to me. im on clonopin for the lashing out and stressing out and anti-social anxiety.
anyone have thoughts on that mixture?
im getting very used to the clonopin.. i lie and say im talking what they say which is three a day.. but i need about 5 at a time so i skip days.
also i know i have some kind of bipolar.. but i never have those crazy highs.. only really low lows, or really manic pissy crazy highs.. like mean, kill you, highs... and then very low lows.. then im ok for about a week...... then all over again.. anyone here like that... you know, bipolar without the crazy happy highs?

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   Posted 7/25/2009 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Cindyluloo,

Welcome to Healingwell, I'm sure you will like it around here.

I want to let you know that it doesn't help you if you are not truthful with your pdoc.  Why do you feel the need to this?  The best treatment you can get for yourself is by being completely honest with your pdoc. 

There are a whole slew of different type of medications out there for you pdoc to choose from.  If one is not working or you feel you need more you need to let him/her know so they can make the proper adjustments.

It takes a long time to find the right dosage and combinations of medications to see what works well for you.  So you are not alone with needing different combinations of meds. Most  bipolars are!

Appointments with your pdoc will be close together while this adjustment period takes place and is not unusual and pretty standard infact until you find a happy balance for yourself.

Once you find a happy balance, it doesn't mean that THAT cocktail will work for you for life.  A lot of things contribute to how the medications and bipolar works out for us like, stressors and just the coarse of how bipolar take us on.

Good Luck...I hope this information helps some. blush

 Bipolar - 2004
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Leo Buscaglia

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/25/2009 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
do you think i can really be bipolar if i just have the downs.. and the major epic downs, manic craziness.. but not any highs?

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   Posted 7/25/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi cindyluloo,

There is a type of bipolar called bipolar II which is primarily just depression and a manic downess. It's not much fun. Here's a link which explains it a little better: www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_bipolar_types

But, it too requires medication, and you have to take the meds according to how your doc prescribes them. If you got taking them all over the place, you're not giving them a chance to work as they should -- building up a slow, steady presence in your bloodstream. Talk to your doc, be honest -- it's nothing he/she hasn't heard before -- and start again.

You will feel better. Use this board as a resource. Come here and vent when you're feeling crazy -- don't pop 5 pills!

Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum
Bipolar II

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