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Re: wrong diagnosis ??? orthius

Posted by JahL on February 3, 2001, at 14:06:16

In reply to wrong diagnosis ???, posted by orthius on January 31, 2001, at 22:08:14

> I have been diagnosed with bp although i have never had a manic episode or anything closely resembling one my main symptoms sem to be irritability inability to sleep and no tolerance for other people concentration is also poor and memory seems to be shot can not even remember anything that i have just read and input would be appreciated thanks

You should find the following link on BP II diagnosis helpful; http://www.psycheducation.org/bipolar/02_diagnosis_app.html#Anchor-GAD-25741 .

It mentions profound insomnia & concentration difficulties as indicators of good response to mood-stabilizers. As you know, irritability (which could translate into intolerance of others) is also suggestive of BP II.

Your description of yr condition sounds *uncannily* like my own, esp. the intolerance of anything human-like (pets don't wind me up). People have a hard time dealing with how agitated their very presence makes me feel. It's not an emotion that illicits much empathy.

Anyway, I seem to be coming round to the same dx as you (even tho' like you I've never been manic) & given how similar yr condition sounds to mine, I would be interested to know: 1) which meds (if any) have helped you so far & 2) how you progress from here.

My new pdoc is trying me on Depakote currently (it's a favourite of his) but looks like putting me on Lamotrigine next, for exactly the symptoms you describe.

Ta,
Jah.


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