I am dx with bipolar 2 since 2000 after my husband death. I have been mild depressed and definitely low energy and motivation for the past 2 months. January and February has always been hard because it our wedding anniversary and anniversary of his death. I am on Seroquel 800mg qhs and Cymbalta 60mg. bid ( my pdoc increased my cymbalta in Dec. I didn't see a huge improvement. Last week my pdoc prescribed Deplin 15mg qd. It is describe as a medical food that is dispense by prescription, to supplement antidepressants I have been on it for a week and have noticed that I am feeling better and my head clearer. Has anyone else taken Deplin and what effect did it have. Dr G, What is your opinion of Deplin. How long has it been being used? Any studies. Thanks for any informationView Thread
Hi I'm currently going through a manic phase and I am on trileptal my doc just switched me to zyprexa from...
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Hi I'm currently going through a manic phase and I am on trileptal my doc just switched me to zyprexa from seroquel and I'm scared I've been waking up at 4am every morning and taking a Benadryl to go back to sleep I don't know what to do I don't want to have a meltdown like I always do. Has anyone else had this problem on zyprexa? Does medication even help? I'm so worried every spring I have a breakdown and I want to avoid it so badly this time.View Thread
Ever have a weird day physically and mentally but not sure why? That was me most of yesterday. Physically, I was dizzy off and on much of the day. At one point, almost feel over a few times at the store. Felt drugged. When i got home about 5 p.m., I could hardly keep myself upright. If i sat down, I fell asleep almost instantly. I knew i culdn't go to bed that early lest i be up for the day by midnight, so i forced self to stay away till 10:30, unheard of for me to go to bed that early.
Then on top of that, was hallucinating off and on all day. One time even when on the phone leaving message with my therapist, I saw from corner of my eye, someone roll over on my bed. I freaked out because was startled, and screamed in phone. I asked her to please call me. She hasn't yet, but sh could be out of town or something cus she told me she always returns calls even on her days off.
But not only was i hallucinating, but involuntarily, i had the feeling in my body like i was going to explode. like too much energy in my body that had to be released. .....SPOILER.....i would hit myself in automatic reation,hit, legs, hit head, hit head with items, bite my hands, scream...THEN, on top of that, I was talking uncontrolably - like, I literally had no control over what I said or when I said it, and the words made no sense. I mean, the words themselves were normal words, but they didn't fit together to make sense as sentences. That has happened on several occassion when in bed, but not typically in day time. I can't figure out what happend. I didn't take any med that i don'ot normally take other than night before i did take something to sleep, which i hadn't in a long time. but its something ive taken for years, so can't see why that would have that reaction.
Today im still not 100% and had one minor hallucination. i just looked at myself to see if i had taken a shower yet, cus i coldn't remember. in mornig was still feeling physically w/o energy, but seems a bit better now. I do'nt know if therapist is pissed off at me that she don'ot call or what. i really can't see that being the case, but never know.
Ok, so i don't know, just wanted to share my weird day for some reason. hopefuly today will be better, and i hope also you all have good day.
Hi all! I've been seeing a Psychiatrist for a few years for depression, and in the beginning he mentioned possibly a "touch" of cyclothymia. Since the initial few visits we've tried many different medicines to get control of the depression and my inability to sleep. I've been on everything from Lithium, Seroquel (which was great but I gained too much weight), Wellbutrin and we have now settled on cymbalta. Cymbalta has been working very good for the depression, and I haven't had any real big mood swings in a while (over a year). Only when my sleep goes off schedule does my mood shift dramatically, so we are very careful to keep control of it. About 3 weeks ago, I was doing great, finally felt like I had a future, and was coping with my stressors, then in almost an instant I was crying and wanted to die. I went straight to sleep that day (so as to stay safe) but threw my sleeping schedule off. Since then I feel out of control, I am defiant At work (which was never me before a few years ago), I'm drinking large amounts of alcohol (and enjoying it) and experimenting with different amounts of old pills (anything in the medicine cabinet) to get "good" sleep. I've been having major anxiety attacks as well. My boss has had to have talks with me about my attitude, and the staff I supervise are threatening to quit because of me. I've talked to my psychiatrist and he is keeping an eye on me and working with me to keep myself in check at work. When i feel I'm getting angry or "bitc*y" at work I go home sick and just stay away from people. My psychiatrist told me he was proud I was able to "handle it" . I don't feel I am "handling it" but I'm having a hard time explaining that to him. Other than the first time or two he saw me, we have never discussed bipolar again. My uncle was diagnosed with it years ago and I saw what he went thru. The last time I was in with my doctor he wanted to raise my cymbalta because I was crying in his office. I'm trying to tell him I'm scared of what I've been doing and of what will come next. I feel like luck has been there so I see where I'm headed (drinking & pills) so instead I'm able to just knock myself out and sleep instead of impulsively taking random pills & drinks. But I feel that one of these days I won't have the "sense" to do this.
I guess my question is this: is this defiant/Bitc*yness anything to do with bipolar or is this just me now? Also, although I don't go spend tons of money, have major energy bursts, and go out partying (I've always been a homebody) does that have to be there for this to be mania/hypo mania? Where does irritability fit in, or is that just who I am now. I get restless...feel full of energy, but CRAVE sleep. I've never been physically active so "getting energy out" doesn't work for me. I know my therapist can't understand how I can feel so restless, full of energy, but accomplish nothing but being "lazy" in bed all day and only want to sleep. It doesn't make sense to me either.
I'm about to be fired from work, I can't stop crying (fear, I believe, not depression)and I'm fighting with everyone. I know the alcohol doesn't help, but all of this stuff happens sober. Anyone else see anything familiar or have some insight. Up until my depression hit about 5 years ago (when I was about 30) I was a goody two-shoes person who would never dream of talking back to a supervisor and was known as the perpetually positive person. Now it seems my life is nothing like what it was and I don't recognize this person some days. Any thoughts. I have no one to talk to about this who would understand. I just don't know where to turn. It seems weird to go in and tell my doctor "I think I'm crazier than you think".View Thread
Hello everyone, I enjoy writing Happy Birthday Posts but I have some B-days written on my calender on the wrong days. Also there are new ppl. in this community and I do not have B-day dates for them and would love to write them in my calender so that I may wish them a Happy B-day in this Community. To make things a bit more private I have written a post in Grumpy Groupies asking for Birth dates. Grumpy Groupies is a little more private than this board. So please go to Webmd.com/grumpy-groupies and add your B-day.
Is it true that Wellbutrin can cause hyperness? I've been on the same dose of it for years now but my new doctor says it could be making me hyper. He also changed from Xanax to Klonopin because I haven't been sleeping more than like 5 hours a night.View Thread
I find we can be our own greatest ally or our own greatest nightmare. How many of us spend many hours (intermittently of course), talking to our selves. The little voices in our head that go - do this, no don't do that, OMG, seriously dude - then there's - if I hadn't done this or so and so said that - We get to that point time and time again. But how many of us engage in some serious self "shop talk"? It's OK to say 'do this' or 'don't do that'. But how often do we listen to our selves. I have a fun poll to engage in see where it takes you...View Thread
Take from each day, all that it offers you, return to it, nothing less than the very best that you can offer.
Hi All, Looking for Help and Advice on Bipolar Disorder & Depression. My older Son 20 years old has Bipolar Disorder. I have never joined anything like this before and don't really know what to do and how to do it...lol ~ So any help advice and discussions I would love to be a part of. So if anyone would chat with me on what to do and how to keep in contact with all of you about Bipolar Disorder Depression Anxiety any of these things you may know about would be great. Thanks for taking the time to read this hope to hear from someone. KatView Thread
Mood: Feel like I'm back on track again. Good focus, exercising and in the mood for drawing at the moment. Far cry from lingering mild depression (oversleeping and overeating) - yippie! Constant imagining winning the power ball lottery but have procrastinated buying tickets.
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