"(I've been in treatment approx. 15 yrs, but initially was only being treated for depression and anxiety. The bi-polar diagnosis was 2 years ago)"
This seems to be a familiar situation. The patient goes in depressed. The psychiatrist never says a thing during the 50 minute evaluation.
He sees the patient depressed, he gives the diagnosis as "depression." Wait a minute. What if the patient is manic-depressed?
Why can't the psychiatrist ask about the possibility of mania going on in the same patient, and ask questions about that, such as "Do you ever have racing thoughts?"
OK, once we have miss-diagnosed, we then miss-medicate, by giving only an anti-depressant, which can throw the patient into mania, which will be untreated. Or in your case, "approx. 15 yrs, but initially was only being treated for depression and anxiety. The bi-polar diagnosis was 2 years ago"
That's about how long I went diagnosed as depressive only, and only given anti-depressants.
Now, maybe they don't want to give Lithium (which calms down the mania) too soon, I was about 30. I don't know why they miss-diagnose, but I've heard a lot of stories like that.
You said, "Now, were you being treated when you were in deep depression? (Yes, I was being treated with Celexa and Wellbutrin)"
I wonder why the anti-depressants weren't holding during the deep depression?
So the Abilify (a Lithium type med to treat the mania) didn't hold during the mania, and you went into hypomania.
You were on meds, you just weren't on the right meds. Whoa!
Doctor then prescribed "Wellbutrin and now Latuda also." With the Latuda to treat the mania, you said, and the Wellbutrin for the depression, you said.
This Latuda med, to treat the mania, has got me going.
Many years ago, I was getting very depressed for several weeks, it went untreated, then that turned into some days of anger at my mother for all my problems, which lasted a couple of days, and then I had nervous breakdown from that, then went to a psychiatrist who gave me Stelazine anti-psychotic.
Now, the plot thickens, the psychiatrist, socially, we'll say, knew my mother. From the horrible reaction I had with the Stelazine, I never knew if that doctor was trying to kill me, cause I was mad at my mother, or help me.
The Stelazine was gosh awful. Here's what it did. I was really angry at my mother for two days. To try to get me to calm down, my mother had me go to this psychiatrist, which caused me to have the breakdown.
I got to the psychiatrist's office, and he gave me Stelazine right then. The anger is what they were going for, and the nervous breakdown, but it took away all my other emotions, also. Like, feeling good. No such thing with that med.
So when you say, you're being described Latuda, which the net says is an antipsychotic, I'm going back in time.
Then when it says, "Latuda is also used to treat episodes of depression in adults with bipolar disorder (manic depression)" I'm really starting to wonder.
Then whe it says for possible side effects:
•feeling restless or being unable to sit still; or
•tremors, muscle stiffness, problems with muscle movement.
I'm almost wigging out.
These are the memories this is bringing back/
With Stelazine, when I sat down at a table to eat, I would have to tap my left foot, for what I really wanted to be doing was walking in circles around the room. And the side affect says, "feeling restless or being unable to sit still."
And "tremors, muscle stiffness, problems with muscle movement."
This is almost like going back and looking at my high school annual. That far back.
Whew. I'm not predicting what the news anti-psychotics are like today, or predicting anything, it's just throwing me back down a rough memory lane.
I'm sure the new anti-psychotics are better. And can you always, ask the doctor if you can change meds.
At least I now know, well, at least the psychiatrist wasn't trying to kill me.
What do you think about all of this?