Depression or Bipolar?

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   Posted 3/23/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi.  I am a 42 year old with a history of bi-polar in my family (my aunt and uncle).  I have suffered from depression in the past and Prozac has helped.  The Prozac pooped out and now have been suffering from anxiety and depression the last 3 years or so.  However, the depression/anxiety seems to lift every once in awhile and I feel back to old self, but have never had mania that I know of....just feel like doing the old things I used to do.  I've been evaluated by 3 psychiatrists and non have diagnosed me as BP, but wanted to see what you all thought.

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   Posted 3/23/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karlie,

If you were manic, you would know it. You get high energy and do wreckless things, get restless, and a lot of times, people talk a lot and rapidly. People go on spending sprees, you name it. They do it. Also can get moody. Irritable and angry.

It sounds like you are going from depressed to feeling good. That isn't bipolar as far as I know. Unless the highs get too high. To where you get really high (happy) then drop really low (depressed).

Have you read any on the bipolar board? They might have better answers there than here, but you are more than welcome to stay here. Just thought you might find it interesting.

I hope that you feel better soon.

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   Posted 3/25/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   

I am with getting by. People with bipolar usually experience the extreme highs and lows. But if you have any more questions please don't hesitate to post in the Bipolar Forum.

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   Posted 3/25/2009 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I just also wanted to add that the highs aren't necessarily always extreme. With bipolarII people experience hypomania which is a lesser degree and never experience full blown mania. Anyway if your really concerned about it what do the dr's tell you?
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   Posted 3/25/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
We have discussed hypomania, also, and don't really think I fit in there, either.  Can you describe some of the symptoms of hypomania?  I just feel more energy when I am feeling good, back to how I usually am, but I don't think anymore more than usual.  I am experiencing more anxiety now than anything.  YUCK!
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