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   Posted 8/18/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I'm Stephanie. This is really hard for me to be here, as I have been in denial for a long time. My therapist from 6 years ago, when I was diagnosed with Crohn's, mentioned bipolar and I stopped seeing him. I couldn't handle it. I recently started seeing a new therapist (about 6 months ago) and she has diagnosed me with bipolar II.

After dealing with a hyperreaction to a skin cancer treatment on my face, I developed severe depression. They doubled my zoloft and it apparently set off a manic episode. I can't even begin to tell you everything I did. But suffice it to say, it was out of character for me. My therapist is coordinating with my PCP to determine the best course of medication.

What medications are used? And are they necessary? I mean, I can see anti-depressants being used, and have no issue with that. I have two toddlers and would not want them to suffer from me being depressed and not wanting to do anything with them, or worse, hurting myself. But the hypomania part-it makes me fun to be around, I feel so happy, nothing stresses me out. I don't want that to stop. I seem to be coming off that cycle and feeling fairly normal right now, but I kinda want to go back to the hypomania phase. Can anyone relate?

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   Posted 8/18/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Chrisnsteph1022,

Thank you for joining the bipolar board. I can totally appreciate how scared you are. This is an overwhelming diagnosis but it is totally manageable with lifestyle changes and medications. You can do this.

First of all, while I can certainly appreciate you have a great therapist, is she a medical doctor? You need to see a PSYCHIATRIST. There are tons of very complicated medications which a PCP just isn't going to have the same level of knowledge about. Talk to your therapist about finding a competent psych. There are far, far too many medications for me to list, but I can tell you Anti-depressants aren't going to cut it. You're going to need a mood-stabilizer too. The meds all do differenet jobs.

You're not alone in liking the mania, but unfortunately it gets worse, though. It's unpleasant. It gets bad. I welcome you here and hope you enjoy the board,
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   Posted 8/18/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
She's a psychologist and is discussing meds with my primary doc. I have a good relationship with my pdoc and she knows of all my 'activities.' She actually suggested bp2 before my therapist did. But no, I've never seen a psychiatrist.

Hypomania doesn't necessarily get bad, right? I mean, I know mania can, but with bp2, it won't get too bad, right? Just enough to make me feel 'high' and have fun.

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   Posted 8/18/2009 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I went to my pdoc today (upper resp. infection) and she said she had just talked to the therapist. They both agreed that I should see a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner so she gave me a referral and I'm waiting on them to call back to schedule an appointment.
Stephanie, 29, married for 10 wonderful years and mommy to two awesome toddlers
dx with Crohn's 4/2003, in remission since 11/2003
dx with bipolar II 8/2009, still trying to figure it out

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   Posted 8/21/2009 11:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Christnsteph,

Glad to hear that you will be seeing a psychiatrist.  Most here list a psychiatrist as their "pdoc".  I'm sure this change will make a big difference for you in your treatment plan.

I'm glad to hear that you are also seeing a therapist.  Most of us bp'ers see one as well as part of our wellness team for support and guideance.

Good luck and keep us posted. blush

 Bipolar - 2004
     Crohns disease - 1995 
Arthritis & Fibromyalgia 
Leo Buscaglia

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