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WD...your opinions please
January 28, 2005
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Hi WD,
I just posted a thread "MaC, Sew/C..Diagnosis". Sew suggested that I ask your opinions in regard to what I spoke of in that thread. I am not familiar withyour background, so if you can shed any information regarding the followig I would appreciate it.
Last night I saw a psychiatrist, and was diagnosed as bipolar/depressed. I was given Lamical and seroquel to take. This was based on the fact that two of my sons have been diagnosed as bipolar (the oldest) and the youngest, manic bi-polar 2. My father was diagnosed many years ago as paranoid/skitsophrenic, and the Dr. I saw last night (also both of my son's Dr)said that many years ago,par/skitsophrenia was actually bi polar, and that I may have inherited it from my father. My ex husband is manic depressed, and his mother was bi-polar...my boys didn't have a chance!

My concern is if I have been diagnosed correctly. I had seen my medical Dr. last week and he wanted to put me on anti-depressants, but decided to wait for thyroid tests to come back...which turned out to be negative. I have a follow up appt with him this afternoon.

I supposed I do mimic some bi-polar mania attributes, will go for days in deep depression and then a few days of being okay. I have never taken anything in my life but Paxil 4 yrs ago for 6 months to get through a depression stage.

Do you know anything aobut this disorder, and do you know anything about the meds to treat it? I am beside myself, trying to decide whether or not to take these things. I do know that I can't go on as I am...and then label it codependent. I hope this is not confusing in content, but would you have any advice? Thanks, omw

January 28, 2005
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just moving this up from today.

January 29, 2005
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More later, but for now...

I don't think they ever mistook paranoid schizophenia for bipolar disorder, which has sometimes been called manic-depressive syndrome.

One of them is about being moody--the other is just plain nuts.

Sorry for the technical jargon.

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Here' a quick self screening test.

http://www.psycom.net/depressi.....ening.html

January 29, 2005
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Here's an articles suggesting caution regarding use of antidepressants for bipolar disorder--idea is that lithium may be better.

January 29, 2005
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Here's a good list of links to articles

http://www.psycom.net/depressi.....polar.html

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Okay, probably the worst risk here is suicide, and you need support to deal with depressive episodes. Look for specific support groups.

Whenever I hear someone say they think they may be codependent, and whenever I hear about a woman who is severely depressed, I feel it is right to rule out family and intimate realtionships as a problem causing depression.

Specifically, I am talking about intimate partner abuse.

So, is there a chance that you are ina relationship where there is a pattern of you being physically, sexually, verbally, or emotionally abused?

Does your partners say or do things to make you feel worthless,confused or afraid?

January 29, 2005
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Hi WD, Thanks for the reference sights, I am getting ready to take a look at them. Regarding my depression, it has become severe because I feel like I have no control over my life, but those who know me know I am a control freak. Couple this with my biblical background, divorced from a 17 year emotionally, abusive, verbally abusive realtionship with a man who was manic,then dated my divorce attorney who broke my heart after 3 years, a single parent of 3 boys, my mother is very needy as she is 82, couple all of this with guilt, feeling worthless because I just did not measure up to my families "perfect" standards I guess it is a recipe for depression. HOWEVER, then I find out I am ultimately responsible, I made all of these decisions, I find out I am codependent, and I'm intelligent so I try to be stronder...and basically it turns out I am becoming more confused, not sleeping, my boss is walking on eggs with me, and I went for an evaluation becaue I knew I was depressed. I could not even get out of bed on the weekends, but I have a family so I have to show up for life, and stuff it all down a little bit more, unitl I find a quiet moment to let these emotions out. So, I build and explode, build and explode, because I have this thought process that I have to be in control, and so together for EVERYONE. Sorry, didn't think I would write all of this, but I have. I saw the same psych my youngest son, 17 is seeing for his manic/bipolar 2. He gave me a written test to guage my emotions and how I handle my life from day to day. I also talked to him for 1/2 hour...then he told me I am bipolar/depressed. Looking back on my life, I have been depressed most of my life. My ex husband and I were talking yesterday about this diagnosis...our marriage did not have a chance, we both just sucked the life out of each other due to the depression and the codependency. Three VERY awesome boys later, thank God except for the genetic diganosis of biploar in the oldest and the youngest, they are great young men.

The meds I have been given are Lamictal and seroquel. I decided to take them to see how I do on them for now. I really don't know much else to do, except eat right and exercise, which I do anyway. 51, and I just can't get out of this downward cycle. I have been told most people are "even"..I'm not, I am up and down.

Thanks for getting back to me, appreciate your wisdom. I'll keep in touch though, ok?

January 29, 2005
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I just read 2 of the websites. Both of the tests for bipolar and bipolar depressed were giving to me, my score was 19. The Lamictal is a mood stabalizer and fights depression. The seroquel is for sleep but to speed up the effects of the Lamictal, as if I were only taking the Lamictal I may not feel results for 2-3 weeks.

The Dr. told me that if I had been diagnosed earlier in life, that my lofe may have been different...clinically speaking, yes. But I thought, too late now! He also told my oldest who is in college for EMS that he should change his career due to the fact that he is bipolar. My son very nicely told him to stick it where the sun don't shine. He refuses to take anything at all, except the seroquel to establish normal sleep patterns.

This is all very different for me, so I suppose I should get used to it, and hopefully see a new and focused, and directed person evolve from getting the chemical imbalance under control. I am at my office working this morning nad it is a Sat., then off to the grocery store...I have plans today, which is something positive...would rather go sailing, but maybe when it warms up a bit!

Thanks WD, we love you here. It is too bad we can't all meet at some point in time.

January 29, 2005
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Try the meds they may work for you. and if they dont they will try other meds, i had a few friends in my life who were diagnosed with this and ive seen them be just fine with the right meds. But once you start and they work you need to keep taking them or it all comes back. thank god you got the help some dont.

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Thanks destino, decided to go ahead and taked them...3rd day and I notice a difference, I am actually functioning like a normal person, and it feels very good.

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