Pregnant and newly diagnosed.

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/20/2006 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
This is really weird to me.Horrifying really.
For years I have dealt with massive moods swings,anger,depression,feelings of hopelessness,forboding doom,paranoia and social nervousness.
Of course intermingled with great fleeting joys,confidence,feelings of grandiose power and engery.
I thought this is just my personality.I just wondered if life was this hard for everyone..
Today, my Pdoc, diagnosed me with mild Bi-Polar and mania? I dont really know what this means.I was given a VERY low dose of Serquel 12.5 mg to be taken at night.
I am also very pregnant, with symptoms intensifying.
My Husband and I have decided that I will NOT take this medication, untill the baby is safetly here.
Why risk my baby's health, for a disorder, that I have managed alone all these years.
I will begin taking it after the baby is born, to be sure I am helping myself ~thus helping my family ect..
I dont really know what my question is.How do they know for sure you have this disorder? How do you accept it? How do you know what type of med is safe/good for you?I am worried the affects may be worse, than the daily dealing with my ups & downs and yelling ect..
I am confused.Hurt.Angry & sad that this a reality?Or do Doctors just come up with these 'disorders' , and over medicate everyone? Could my 'disorder' just be a natural reaction to struggles of life?
Can anyone reccomend a med that has helped thier 'mild' disorder?
Thanks for the board, support .

Ellie 1
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 6/20/2006 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Lyla,
I have six children, between the ages of 24 and 2 1/2. I made it through every pregnancy unmedicated. I'm not saying this is the road you should take. That is a very personal decision between you and your doctor. I personally had few problems with my pregnancys and the mild hypomania I experienced after their birth actually helped me through some of those early sleepless nights. But this is not the case for everyone.
I have had long periods where I've done fine unmedicated and have the occasional episode that requires me to seek treatment. I had more than a decade med free and am now only on anti-anxiety medication.
Often it helps to know that you are not alone. I have found alot of support and encouragment here. Feel free to post as often as you need.
Take Care
Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/21/2006 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks alot Ellie for your thoughts.I would like to tackle this naturally, throught he pregnancy and even after..possibly with anxiety meds.

I am grateful for your comments ~they make me feel like I can face this with a good attitude.

The label feels quite distressing.

thx. :)
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