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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/7/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been suffering from BiPolar 1 disorder for 15 years. I have been on every drug that I can think of. The latest is Abilify and it makes me a raging "meanie". My kids and husband know that it is a new med and understand I am in the guiena pig stage of this medicine but I have been on it for 8 weeks. Long enough to know it may not be working. I suffer from manic episodes about 2 times a week and some are violent rages. I get very verbal and say horrible things. I have a meeting with my Psych on Thursday and am asking to be put on something else. Any reccomendations??
DX : Bipolar I, IBS, BPD, OCD, GAD

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 3/7/2007 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
hi spanell78 i  suffer from bipolar 2 and have been on lots of meds since i was 15 now 30 none have really worked for me either but i still take them been put on serquel recently also take lamical and lithium but coming of lithium i also have major anger problems when i go high last time was in december when i had to go in hospital you say 8 weeks give it a bit longer but if you feel that it is not helping then ask for another med also 2 manic episodes in one week seems pretty bad what does your doc say about it do you get on with your doc anyway i wish you good luck let us know how you got on this forum i really helpful given me lots of help over the
years good luck 

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   Posted 3/10/2007 9:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I went to my PDoc and she kept me on Abilify and added Lamictal. So we will see how it goes. Lamictal is added slowly due to a "rash". So we will see how it goes. I went to go see my counselor and she said Bipolar doesnt seem to be my only issue, she thinks I may be in "remission" from a personality disorder. Doesnt suprise me since I have always heard I had BPD and then 2 months ago was told no it was Bipolar.
What is the difference between I and II Bipolar???
DX : Bipolar I, IBS, BPD, OCD, GAD

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/11/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   

I currently take Lamictal and Wellbutrin.  Lamictal is probably the only decent medication I've ever taken for BP 1.  It wouldn't help with a maniacal state but if you take it during depression it levels you out well, and I haven't felt maniacal since.  So far, it's been over a year since I've felt out of control.

The only immediate side effect I experienced were headaches.  Otherwise, it only seemed to impair my spelling and ability to use language effectively for 5-6 months.  It's possible that I'm still impaired but you forget about how smart you were at some point.  200 mg of Lamictal has worked well for me so I would suggest giving it a shot.


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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 3/11/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   

Hang in there! I've switched from Zyprexa (10 years) to Abilify and have also noticed bouts of extreme rage where I want to punch people. I snapped at my boss the other day and had to apologize later. It's hard when your friends, family, co-workers and the like have no idea what you are going through and they just see you acting like a lunatic. Be patient with the new drugs, the do work for me but I find I need a little booster dose in the evenings. Remember, you are in the drivers seat and the pdoc, is guessing as much as you as to what works.

I really can empathize with you and so can everyone here. You are surrounded by good and experienced people here.


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   Posted 3/12/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
You can't be in a remission from a personality disorder. If it is gone, you have experienced a cure! Most counselors are taught to believe that one cannot cure a personality disorder, that they are ingrained and permanent. This is not the case. Healing is something that the sufferer has to want and they have to see that the way they function in the face of the personality disorder doesn't work and they can change. They DO change and it is not a remission, it is lasting. I suspect your counselor feels that these things are incurable, but she is incorrect.

I think that you know that you are not behaving the way you wish to towards your family is further proof of a cure of sorts with regard to your life. You need to see the psychiatrist because this is not working. A medication can make you feel better, but what does that count if it makes such a rift in your family as you are describing. You need a new medication.

You have to understand, as many of us on the bipolar board do, that medication is not an end all, not a cure, not even necessarily a permanent fix for the problem. We know not to look at 100% better, but perhaps at 75% better. We all know that we'll have to learn to control ourselves to make progress for what the medication doesn't help. It can be done. Progress, not perfection! That said, I think it is quite reasonable and intelligent to give a medication a shot for 8 wks and if you come unglued at the seams, it is not working, then go back to the doctor and be straight. Take your family in part or all and let them talk about it. They are a constant relationship for you and the doctor cannot be. THey have more insight into your medication and reactions than anyone else, even you.

Good luck and remember, you are not alone...we are here for you.
The Lady Dragonfly
Yes, it was me...I know because I was there when I did it. Lupus sufferer, bipolar II sufferer. Currently on Indocin for chronic pericarditis related to lupus, and cherishing every deep breath without pain. Currently in graduate school for mental health counseling, class of Fall 2007. Vegan and loving it!

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