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Can bipolar disorder just go away?
October 28, 2006
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I dont know if its jut the pregnancy but I havent had any bipolar symptoms. Can bipolar disorder just go away or do you think that it will come back after baby is born?

October 28, 2006
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RW - true bipolar disorder doesn't go away, not that I know of.

However, your body chemistry has changed and your hormone levels are different and that may be affecting your moods, helping them stay more level than before.

You have other children - did this ever happen during your pregnancies with them?

Perhaps you don't have true bipolar and may just have mood swings affected by hormone level changes? Something to consider and look into.

Also - I don't know if bipolar is a chemical disorder or if there is a neurological malfunction caused by a physical abnormality in the brain. If it's chemical, then maybe it's just the hormones helping it.

did I make any sense?

October 28, 2006
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Random, Rising is right on the money.

October 29, 2006
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Hi Random,

Congrats on your pregnancy! I also have bipolar and gave birth to my LO last June.

Pregnancy affects us all differently. Thats probably why we women love to talk about it so much is cuz everyone has a different experience, you never know how it is going to be, and it varies within the individual everytime as well.

My bipolar simply vanished for that time I was pregnant. As much stuff that went on at that time in my life (I left the jacka**)...it didn't matter..I felt GREAT! I think the hormones affected me in a positive way. I cut down to 10mg of Prozac a day even.

I was very worried about post partum depression, I thought no way will I escape from it, so I prepared myself. I'm still on guard, I guess it is after the first year when you are considered in the clear if you don't have any symptoms. I would say enjoy it, and try to prep yourself to cope with ppd in case it strikes...that is...get a support system, discuss this with a therapist and psychiatrist, tell your midwife so she can keep a close eye on you as well. All this I did and it has kept me on track. Please take this seriously because we are at high risk for ppd. I have heard of other women in that experienced this with bipolar so it is a fortunate aspect of pregnancy for some.

Again, congrats! keep me posted:)

October 29, 2006
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thank you all for your replies. I have also worried about Post partum depression. I am going to tell my counsler about this and maybe for the first month after baby is born I can see her every week just to make sure I am alright. Right now I see her every 2 weeks but it wont hurt me to double up. I am not currently on any meds are there meds you can take while you breast feed?

October 29, 2006
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Random,

I was pregnant last year but miscarried and at the time(before I got pregnant) I was having major anxiety issues where it was hard for me to leave the house. The pregnancy calmed me down and it seemed the anxiety went away. I had some mood swings because of the hormone change but nothing crazy like I am with my bipolar. I wasn't even diagnosed with bipolar until after the pregnancy. I think that being pregnant changes your body. Maybe it is a chemical thing. I don't know but that happened to me too. Hopefully you won't go through ppd. I will keep praying for you as I always do.

Jewel

October 31, 2006
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Hey random

Forgot about your post...sorry!
Prozac has extensive research that shows it to be one of the safest drugs to take while pregnant and breastfeeding. I was on that the whole time. Lamictal, a popular mood stabilizer has also been shown to be fairly safe as well. I quite it though when I was 3months but only because 1. I didn't know I was preggers until I was 4months along...looong story
and 2. because I blamed it on my heart racing when I increased the doasage and insisted I be taken off it because it was giving me all these weird side effects. My psych thought it was odd and had never heard such side effects assc. with the drug before but lamented and took me off it...

Funny though...those side effects I was feeling....not the lamictal...but PREGNANCY. HAHAHAHA
What a dope! My doc thought it was pretty funny too when I told him...he said..I knew it was odd! LOL

October 31, 2006
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That is funny. After baby is born and if I have problems I will go back on meds

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