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maybe esp if w/ anxiety(Re: Depakote for dysth...) JahL

Posted by S.D. on January 13, 2001, at 19:52:37

In reply to Depakote for dysthymia?, posted by JahL on January 12, 2001, at 13:51:49


> What I'd like to know is, has anyone successfully treated UNIpolar depression with this stuff (alone)?
> I am particularly concerned with treating anhedonia/cognitive dysfunction.
>

I still haven't seen any journal articles, but with phillybob's excerpt from dr. Hume ( http://www.pshrink.com/wisdom/bipolar_disorder.html ), I now have seen two doctors' opinions from experience with multiple patients (the 2nd being dr. jim phelps http://www.psycheducation.org/bipolar/02_diagnosis_app.html#Anchor-GAD-25741 ) and another's (dr. martin t. jensen http://www.drjensen.com/method3d.html ) example of a single patient.

I think you probably know of these already but I thought I'd put the links to all three in a reply here.

None of these mention anhedonia specifically, but the 2nd and 3rd do specifically mention poor concentration. That may be a clue if it is similar to the cognitive dysfunction you mention.

Also the 2nd and 3rd both mention anxiety and either irritability or anger. So if you have these, it may be another indication that mood stabilizers are likely.

Unfortunately my suspicion is that identical presentations can have any of several causes, or at least may require any one of many possible (unknowable a priori) med combos.

S.D.


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