My mother's old manic-depressive behaviors (fear, OCD, financial insecurity, lethargy, depression, mood swings) kicked in about the same age I'm at now. She took Norpramine over the course of several winters to combat what they may have thought was Seasonal Affected Disorder and she didn't have a depression again. I have some truama and PTSD in my background, and have done plenty of therapy -- looking for some answers after a yr on Lexapro at a low dosage that doesn't appear to be working. Please help.
6 Oct 2011
Yes, I'm sorry it is the same. And I'm sorry I just realized myself that it is pretty much hereditary or cycled through the family. I new of my mood swings and all but when I took my 11 year old who is now 12 and they said she was bipolar it hit me like a ton of bricks that they was describing me. I pretty much councled my self all my life took me along time to control. I'm glad she is now on lamictal and it is helping her tremendously!!! Please try to see a psycologist get yourself some help. Someone to talk to don't be worried it is gonna be ok I promise once you understand it and wants you learn how to manage it you will learn how to live more relaxed and how to manage the cycle to not reflect as much on other family as much to save stress on future generations it has really came along way since your mom has had to deal with it they have learned more ways to help so it doesn't distrupt your life as much. I wish you good health and happiness take care and please keep in touch. Yf jaime}litlmommag
29 Sep 2009
Yes, Bipolar Disorder does have symptoms of Manic-Depressive episodes.
For yourself, if the Lexapro dose isn't working I recommend you see your doctor. Your dose may need to be increased or your doctor may decide to put you on another medicine, which may help better.
5 Dec 2011
Hi Q32 - Yes, they are one in the same, but its not necessarily a new term. There are some good answers here, but the most important aspect of the disorder, which is not mentioned here, is that there are 3 degrees or levels of severity in symptoms, and all are treated in a different manner. From least severe to most, these are: 1) Cyclothymia, mild cycling 2) Bipolar 2, can usually be treated with mood stabilizer, anti-psychotic and/or anti-depressant, and 3) Bipolar 1, most severe, and most often treated with both anti-psychotic & mood stabilizer, but rarely anti-depressant, which can throw you into manic episode. But, this must all be diagnosed properly by a Psychiatrist, who prescribes the meds, and not a Psychologist. Then, you will go through the trial & error period and arrive at the correct combination of meds. There are definite genetic markers for the disorder. Good luck! Jillian
4 Dec 2011
I have ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression and I take Vyvanse 60mg, Adderall 30mg and Bupropion 150mg. I would reccomend all of those in their respective order along with Nuvigil, Requip, and Memantine as drugs to consider as well. They're all great drugs and I would take them all if I could.
4 Oct 2011
I went thrugh years of thinking I had "severe depression" I suffered, so did my family. I finally at 36 was diagnosed as bi-polar/manic-depressive. I tried several medicatins including lexepro, most actually made me worse (suicidal) but with patience I finally found abilfy and remeron and trileptal..my life has changed so much, I am actually happy, I am stable and do not feel like I did before..my only regret is that I was not diagnosed sooner, I feel I suffered for too many years when life could have been like this I look back and am filled with so much regret knowing I could have been feeling good through all of the ups and downs..
4 Dec 2011
Bi Polar is indeed just the new name for manic depression. The symptom that allows such a diagnosis is experiencing a manic episode (BP1), or a hypomanic episode (BP2).
To control BP usually a doctor will prescribe and anti depressant and a mood stabiliser such as lithium but there are many more today. Lexapro on it's own cannot control BP
In fact many anti d's are known to trigger manic or hypomanic episodes. You and your doc must be monitoring for such in the event of a med change. But do ask for a mood stabilizer. Are you seeing a doctor? If not you should as they know this stuff best.
6 Dec 2011
I thought manic depressive and bipolar were the same thing? I was diagnosed with severe depression because I have never had any "highs" but then they diagnosed me as bipolar 2 years ago and found the right medication for me and boy has life changed! Once you get the right diagnosis they can get you on the right medication (I take abilify,remeron) I understand there are 2 types of bipolar bp1 and bp2 one has manias and one is like me, mostly downs..good luck, hope this helped..
19 Aug 2011
Bipolar is the new name for manic depression. Bipolar disorder has underlying disorders such as ocd major depression, agoriphobia, mania and more. Most people are diagnosed between 18. And all the way to 35. The best thing to do is go to a psyc. Discuss it with them they can find new meds. This could take awhile.
4 Oct 2011
The term bipolar was first coined in 1980, to reflect what it is - two polar extremes of mood. Probably the reason for changing the terminology was to reduce the stigma attached to identifying someone as a manic-depressive. Just to answer the original poster... it is difficult to suggest new drugs in lieu of what the psychiatrist has recommended, as bipolar disorder takes so many different forms... with some tending more toward mania, and others tending toward depression. So IMO, the only person who can decide which drug is best for a patient is the psychiatrist, based on each person's unique history.
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