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Re: Help-I think might be Bipolar JohnX2

Posted by JennyJen on June 3, 2002, at 22:12:14

In reply to Re: Help-I think might be Bipolar JennyJen, posted by JohnX2 on June 3, 2002, at 0:27:22

Dear JohnX2,

Thanks sooo much for your time. Here is some answers to your questions.

I have always been very shy and anxious. I actually was so nervous, I had irritable bowel syndrome (bad stomach cramps, always having to go to the bathroom, etc.). I started getting panic attacks at age 24 during grad school. Klonopin 0.5mg/day stopped that, but depression ensued 1 year later. SSRI and TCAs helped by about 50%, but still disabled. Then I was giving parnate .... all of the anxiety lifted and I was finally able to socialize and date. I also got insomnia and the diet was tough. So I tried lamictal and neurontin .... once again maybe 50% improvement, but still disabled.

Then I started reading about bipolar II, and I thought that with my failure with SSRIs and TCAs, maybe I was bipolar II. So I tried lithium and depakote, which made me feel more depressed and apathetic. My pdoc says I am just anxious/depressed, but I don't want to make this disease worse with parnate (I heard antidepressants can induce rapid cycling).





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