... taking Fluoxetine which was prescribed by my Doctor when I went for an appointment with him to discuss how I'd been feeling for quite some time. He told me he thinks that I am suffering from Depression. And while I do have lows which I do get upset about, it's not just simple feeling low. I get almost so upset that I am uncontrollable, hysterical. I even contemplate hurting myself, not to kill myself, I think it's just a cry for help if I'm honest. I don't experience real 'highs' like I have read people do with Bipolar Disorder. But I do go for days where I am completely happy. Also I have really bad mood swings, I fly off the handle and can be really aggressive and violent, which sometimes makes me cry after I've experienced this as well. I also become very paranoid about everything and everyone. And have a real sense of failure about myself. I really hope someone can help I don't know whats wrong with me, I don't know if it is just depression. I've started getting very drunk when socialising too. I think this is maybe a way of blocking things out.
5 Jan 2010
That's a tough one. I would suggest trying an Antidepressant with Seroquel and seeing if that works for you. If you do have Bipolar disorder the Seroquel will help with that as well as the depression (The FDA approved the drug for depression when taken with an antidepressant as well as Bipolar Disorder). This should be a good combination for you. I hope this helps and works out for you! Good Luck!
5 Jan 2010
Well, only a doctor can REALLY diagnose you, but it sounds like you could be bipolar. If you're taking the Fluoxetine AND drinking, then that may be where your anger/aggression is coming from because the Fluoxetine will intensify the effects of the alcohol. If you don't agree with the doctor's original diagnosis or if it was just a regular MD you saw, then I'd say go to a psychiatrist and see what he/she may think is wrong. Better to have a specialist's opinion before you start having doctors prescribe you all types of meds. Hope this helps.
6 Jan 2010
I will tell you what my thoughts are. I have been and still am at times in the same quandry as you. And if I was told what I am going to suggest to you I would be over the top pissed off. You need to talk to someone. Psychaitrist they prescribe pills. Family docs well they are alottted so much time for patients which is normally 15 minutes for a routine blood pressure check a cold and so on. They do not have the setting for the time people with more involved symptoms have. I hated the word counseling. But now after 3 months of taking myself off of about 8-9 meds such as trazadone lyrica effexor xr ativan neurotin topmax and so on becuase I just thought I was on too many meds from too many specialist none of whom corresponded with each other about any of my pain issues depression sleep apnea. I fired all of the doctors and found one doctor to manage all of my issues which are complicated and needed continuity for management of all the medications. It has been about 6 months of hell.
I did things like call my husbands co-worker and told them person information about my husband and my marriage just because I was pissed off at him. I called a woman he worked with 15 years ago and accused them of having an affair I like you felt like I wanted to hurt myself although I kow i am too dammed scared to do anything
I also screamed and cried and lost my passion for everything that was important to me. Make a long story short if I knew then what I know now from this experience I would have been on the right track alot sooner than I am now. I am struggling everday to get this monster who lives inside of me will take a long hike and never come back. I want me back before I forget who I am. So with this I say get help from a therapist or a psychaitrist who knows this medicine like he/she knows their own name. I am not saying it won't be a hit and miss until you find a answer to why you feel his way or what medications is any will help you but please give it a try you are worth it and so are your family or friends. Also know the best way to see if you have a fever is to take your tempature and the best way to see if your behavior is different you are aacting in slow motion you seem confused or ditzy is to ask you family and very very close friends to make you aware because you may not realize it yourself. I also hope this helps if you ever want to send me a private message please feel free to. I am nor a medical professional I am just someone with first hand experience. I hope this helps Good Luck andGod Bless Barb
6 Jan 2010
seems like it could be Bipolar II (no manic state) or a possible borderline personality which i think seems to be more likely (can just be major depression, you dont have to be sad EVERY day to be depressed, just most of the time for a 2 month period). either way antidepressants are a treatment option. I would suggest psychot herapy
7 Jan 2010
i went through a very similar state but your drinking gave me flash backs of my horrible drinking binges to the point when i didnt even care only about that didn't want to go to work and just was irrate and not even knowing why and would have a guilt and then thats when the cycle started all over again plus other issuses very very high's and very low low's i'm on effexor, depakote, ablify, tranxene,(anxiety attacts), ambien(to sleep well) your not alone good luck!!!
7 Jan 2010
Hello, This is from ArtemisGreece. How old are you? I have some experience with this sort of behavior with my adopted brother who commited suicide in 2001. Bi-polar is a very over diagnosed problem. Drinking is not a good idea generally when you are feeling the blues... exercise,diet and finding something that interests you helps enormously. Be very careful what you are taking as far as medication. Antidepressants can have the opposite effect,instead of making you happy they can do the opposite. Hopefully you have a competent Doctor who is not just going to prescribe and misdiagnose you. It is always a good rule of thumb to ask alot of questions and be completely honest with whatever Doctor you deal with. Beware when they want to give you something after a 2 min. conversation.
24 Jan 2010
bipolar.two.california: Many psychiatric medications should not be taken with alcohol, so if you are drinking and taking meds you may be harming yourself.
How upsetting it must be to have such strong feelings and behaviors and not understand them. I can identify strongly. Rather than make guesses about your condition, I want to urge you to get appropriate professional help.
Take the symptoms you describe to a good psychiatrist.( and to a second one if you don't trust the first answers you get.) Your symptoms sound difficult to group under any one diagnosis, but astute dialogue should find their commonality.
Your internist or family doctor is under-qualified to prescribe psychiatric medications.
You seem to want a diagnosis but to also be afraid of one. A diagnosis is just a lable, a tool for describing you. The crucial thing is how that lable helps you live a well and happy life.
You know some of the things you are doing are hurting you. Drinking plus medication in "social" situations may make you a victim.
Online support is good, but find a support group in which other people can look you in the face and care about you. Some people find a bible study or scrabble club, or a book club, or 12 step groups and depression groups. Keep looking for help to feel safe and in control of ourself.
You may be judging yourself too harshly.
I remember how frightened I have been when I can't understand my feelings or my behavior, and I think there are many people who have been there who are rooting for you. Find the help you need. Keep in touch.
24 Jan 2010
that is a hard one to answer,here it goes,ok,there are three types of bi-polar,i thought the same as you,major lows and major highs,and im telling the doctor im mostly always low,i dont get highs,my last high per say,i say happiness,lol,was 5years ago,and the world was mine,and i did some crazy stuff,over spending,et cetera. bi-polar isnt just lows and then highs and then lows. im am like you,when i get mad i fly off the handle too,i go overboard,i too feel a sense of failure about myself. no anti-depressant seemed to work,and thats because they say im bi-polar,and after im on the anti-depressant for awhile,then they introduce an anti-psychotic medication,not that your psychotic,i hate that word,but here are examples of different types of bi-polar
copy and paste this and read up on all of it. there are more than just one type of bipolar. hope this helped some,and good luck to you:)
24 Jan 2010
Hello,Mudita.Getting professional advice is always the best pathway to understanding your condition. You need to ask questions, do your own research on the availability of treatment options, medication, counseling, support systems such as groups, family and loved ones. As a Meditation practitioner and addictive behavior counselor, I suggest also looking into the practice of Vipassana Meditation. Ask your Doctor and Therapists about this. Also, do your own research regarding this advice. Look at all your options and choose the best pathway that will help you to succeed.
26 Jan 2010
it really does sound like you have the symptoms ..there are different forms of bipolar disorder..i heard you said that you do suffer from lows but not the exstreme highs ..see i thought because off this i didnt have it..my dr told me you don necessarily have to have high high.but there is some evidence that you have some highs.and the mood swings are a deffinate sighn.you need to talk to your doctor again..good luck
31 Jan 2010
You didn't specify whether you went to a general practitioner or a psychiatrist. If you haven't already, I highly recommend getting tested by a psychiatrist. GP's deal with the body, not the mind. Many times people are misdiagnosed as being depressed since people usually only go in when they are feeling down in the dumps. You need to get a full evaluation. In addition, if you're bipolar and are taking antidepressants, it WILL trigger mania. I spent years suffering from bipolar because I kept going to the wrong type of doctor. Being bipolar, I do experience these symptoms; an inability to sleep--thoughts just going around in my head, like a broken record; inability to concentrate or read (I find it hard to remember what I read, or I tend to read every other sentence), extreme mood swings, feeling aggressive, crying spells, a vague sense of paranoia and weird phobias (like avoiding my mail).
I feel at times I'm having a sensory overload, and loud noises/touching just makes me want to lose it. Also, it's hard for me to carry on a conversation at times, since I have so many ideas in my head I want to get them out all at once. It's like a stream of non-sequiters coming from my mouth. Bipolar people do have a tendency to self medicate. If you are drinking or doing drugs, you need to stop as it's very much like throwing gasoline into a fire. You may think you're helping things but it only makes the mood swings worse. Do you have bipolar? It's possible, but again, you need to get a qualified person to get the full picture of what's going on. Hope this helps.
9 Feb 2010
Honestly, bi-polar is such an overused term today. Everyone thinks they are bi-polar because one day they're good, and the next they are a rage-a-holic. I'm not a doctor yet, but carry a Master's in Psych. Honey, I think before you label yourself anymore (as this can actually bring on bouts of bi-polar behavior) get yourself tested. Twenty years ago you would either accept your behavior as normal, or run to catch an opinion from the nearest doc. No one can say just by your description. You need someone qualified to say yes, and up to this point your physician says no. Take his word because it may just be hysteria created by the knowledge of a known condition. Unfortunately, many conditions can be classified with your symptoms, and you can't go on them like you are now. You said yourself some of the things you do are a cry for help, and that leads me to believe it has nothing to do with bi-polar disorder. If you were to walk in my office, I wouldn't treat it as such...
2 Mar 2010
although some of your symptoms are indicative of bipolar disorder, I would suggest that you ask your doctor to refer you to a psychiatrist. there are a number of criteria that need to be met for dx. as well. sometimes md's aren't as aware of the medications that need to be prescribed and a psychiatrist would better understand all your symptoms and the medications. Sometimes antidepressants can worsen your symptoms. PLEASE GET A PSYCH CONSULT QUICK.
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