32 and just now diagnosed! Advice??

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   Posted 8/5/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all! I've been on this forum for a while, but for the Crohn's part. I've had 'depression' most of my life. At least that's what i've always said. Been to see counslers and stuff, never really told them the entire story, just bits and pieces.

Anyway, long story short. I am 32, married, 2 young kids. Recently began having a completely meltdown midlife (i guess 1/3 life??) crisis whatever u wanna call it. Realized I have got to stop living like this and I need to seek help. So, I went to the counslers and told them EVERYTHING. And boy do I mean everything. lol At first I was told that I had schitzoaffective disorder by a regular family counsler, then a phycologist decided i had major depression with psychotic episodes. But, just came from the Physictrist today and got an official ::clears throat::: diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder 1 Rapid Cycle with Psychosis, Anxiety disorder, Panic disorder and agoraphobia (i think they can take the panic and agora off, haven't had those problems in years)

My cycles are crazy right now, I have them as often as every few days, but sometime they can extend a week or more. They used to extend month or more. But ever since about March it's gotten a lot worse. I'm moody as heck and I really go to the extremes - been very difficult to live with I can only imagine.

My question to all..is anyone else have the psychotic part too?? He has started me on Abilify 5mg. Any weird and/or common side effects that i should be looking for and not be worried about?? I see him again in 3 weeks and he will start me on Depakote ER also. Because I react strangely to meds sometimes he wanted to start me slowly and work up one drug at a time.

I appreciate any feedback!

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 8/5/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jeny,

I'm glad you came clean and finally told the whole story and are seeing a pdoc.  I just want to encourage you to give the medications a while to get into your system to see the true effects.  You'll mostly need a combination of a few other medications added to it that we call a "cocktail" around here. 

Let your pdoc know of any side effects or any changes in how you feel.  Even the slightest little adjustment in the dosages makes a world of difference.

Also, most BP's find that meeting with a therapist helps their treatment/wellness/support package a lot!

I have crohns too and if you take entocort at any time, keep a close watch on yourself.  I am only able to tolerate 2 a day before it will send me in a manic episode.

Good luck.  I'm sure you will find a lot of support here on the BP forum.

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