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Mild manic-depressive?

Posted by bee on October 19, 2000, at 11:40:35

Is there such a thing as mild manic-depressive? I have been on medication for 9-10 years for depression. Currently (and mostly) elavil. I have had no luck with the SSRIs; made me to agitated, insomnia, aggressiveness. Have also tried augmenting my elavil with another tricyclic in the hopes of lowering my dose of elavil to get away from the cravings and weight gain. When augmenting, especially with ludiomil, I felt really funny. Tingling/buzzing at the base of my neck on left side and felt like I was going to convulse or have a seizure. So, now, I'm back on elavil.

I have been asked before if I have ever had the highs and lows of mania. I said no but I'm starting to wonder if I have. My husband, one day recently, mentioned that maybe I am manic. He's noticed that I get pretty low, not suicidal, but nothing pleases me and everything is awful, no motivation, look at the bad side of everything. Then the next day or so, I want to redo the kitchen floor or get new countertops, etc... I seem to flip back and forth between these emotions.

How do you know if you are manic-depressive? Do you try the MAOIs and see if they work? Is there a good one of this class for insomnia and no weight gain? I can't take any of the stimulating types of drugs. Any thoughts?





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