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Dysthymia versus Bipolar type 2

Posted by Mr.Scott on December 30, 2004, at 3:16:02

Am I a blind fool for not being able to tell which one of these I have?

I would have to say I have a chronic depressive/chronic anxiety condition with occassional Major Depressions. I also have lots of anger issues. My father is a lifelong dysthmic. My doc however says I have bipolar 2. Mood stabilizers offer me no noticeable benefit that I can see. When I take antidepressants I can experience an initial hypomania. But since the ssri's help me so much with my anxiety, I can't tell if they actually worsen my depression by increasing my cycling or if I just am totally upset that they work for my anxiety except that they cause me a number of very unpleasant side effects. I can basically be talked into having any depressive/anxiety/bipolar disorder at this point.

The reason I posed my initial question is because I am stuck between whether or not I should pursue antidepressants or anticonvulsants.

A part of me wants to say to hell with it all and go back to using alcohol and drugs even if it kills me!





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