I have anxious depression that is not responding to high doses of medicines or any medicine for that matter. Now the doctor wants to put me on a mood stabilizer or anti-psychotic in addition to my antidepressant and Ativan . He’s trying to figure out if I am bipolar or just have some underlying mood swings along with the anxiety and depression. Thanks. I am beyond confused. Been like this for two years with little relief.
Hi, Hys! Have you ever discussed adding Abilify or Rexulti to your AD? Great combination to start with. When I was taking antidepressants it was always with Abilify.
I wasn’t diagnosed bipolar but have severe anxiety, depression, and mood disorders. Carbamazepine worked really well for me and leveled me out and kept me calm, also Topamax works well too. I know it’s annoying being prescribed so many different medications, but it worked wonders for me even without the use of benzodiazepines.
Hi, I do have bipolar but find the use of an older 'typical' antipsychotic to be quite beneficial as it stabilizes my thinking. Stable thought equals less extreme thoughts for me.
I sincerely hope that you find relief but two years is nowhere near as bad as it could be in my experience.
Hi, I Would go with the mood stabilizer. I am schoprinic and antipsychotics are a very bad med. They will mess you up more than they help you. Don't even get started down that road. Sorry to be so blunt. Best of luck to you!
I don’t know much about you & your situation I will give you some background about myself and experiences I have had in the past 16+ years or so...
I’m not bipolar or anything... I have ADD, PMDD, PTSD, Agoraphobia w/ panic disorder, & GAD... throughout the years I was misdiagnosed many times- I was bipolar & borderline back and forth... in reality- it was because, of my medication.
I was put on antidepressants at a young age-that made me have worsening symptoms. I became more moody & impulsive.
When, I was young I didn’t know much about medication or that many of my symptoms were because, I have had adverse reactions to antidepressants and antipsychotics.
I was put on zyprexa- because, it was very calming & the only antipsychotic I can take... a few different times in my life for my panic disorder. I felt great on zyprexa calm & everything was great... until, the rapid weight gain. I gained A LOT in a short period of time. I asked my doctor multiple times to D/C it. Once, I reached 331lbs I begged my doctor to finally, DC it. I stopped driving not wanting to be seen because, in my mind people in other vehicles could see me & I wouldn’t leave the house because of it either. There are a few antipsychotic meds out w/neutral weight gain or loss. Saphris, is one of them. I had tried pretty much every antidepressant, antipsychotic, mood stabilizer out... between 2000-2016. In June 2017 I tried Prozac- I wanted it to work more than, anything... I felt- I was out of control. I became & felt like a complete lunatic...
I was put on “Topamax” (I was originally put on topamax because, I had and Eating Disorder at a young age-20) it’s a medication that has helped most keep me stable in my life. I was on it for many years. I have only been off of it for about 8months because, my insurance will no longer pay for brand-(I have trouble with generics at times)...
Topamax, made me feel relaxed & chill, I didn’t overreact about the little things, nor feel impulsive- I was also, in less pain while I was on it... The only side effects I have had was, pin & needles in my hands and feet & weight loss... sometimes, slowed thinking or cannot get words out- “brain fog” (that was on a high dose)... the pins & needles like your foot falling asleep but, a little worse- it goes away once, your body is used to it & at the correct/stable dose. It doesn’t last forever...
I know everyone has different effects on medication some- don’t experience any side effects...
Topamax, is my first pick... I would still be on it now... when, I was 19y/o it was the only medication I was on & I was doing well. Once, I changed doctors & was put on medication after, medication masking the side effects of the meds I was given at very high doses is when, I was Misdiagnosed with borderline personality. After, 12yrs of seeing this doctor. I went to the hospital & stopped most of the medication she had me on & have been seeing a different doctor since. I am not on antidepressants or mood stabilizers. However, the hospital put me back on benzodiazepines for my panic disorder...
You spoke about Ativan-it is a fast acting w/a short acting peak in your system for a benzodiazepine. It works well, for instant relief whenever- it’s needed if, not taken everyday... if, you need to be on a benzodiazepine. Xanax is not long acting but it has a better onset than, Ativan... Klonopin or Valium would be best since, they are longer acting & easier to wean off. Benzodiazepines, in itself- are very difficult to wean off after, taken for some time. As, I myself am very sensitive to withdrawal... Valium, is easier to decrease & wean off (besides Librium) ... Valium (diazepam), May also- help improve mood and become more stable.
Have you ever been on Buspar for anxiety?
I would try topamax before, going the more extensive benzodiazepine route.
I would also, ask you doctor or pharmacy if, any of your symptoms could come from any current medication as well.
I hope that everything works out well for you.
If, you have any questions or need me to clear anything up for you... feel free to ask anytime!
I'm on an antipsychotic, and not bipolar. I have major depression W/psychotic features. I've been on sooo much. I'm tired of them to be honest. It's an exhausting experience to try to figure this mess out. Presently, I'm on resperidol. I have done nothing but eat!!! Hehehe. The best med for me was navane. Only one side affect I had from it was I drunk a lot. Not alcohol. But anything else I drunk, to the point where I have been limited to 2 liters of liquid a day because it started messing with my metabolic factors. Worst one I've been on is Geodon. All I remember was everything had a dark hue to everything. Felt like I lost everything just putting one foot in front of each other in a dark room. It's been exhausting, but there is happiness and sanity out there, I've been there. Surely that place is still there.
Take into consideration Type 2 Bipolar Depression. Its symptoms are mainly depression but are accompanied by bouts of manic (your mood swings). Now, when people think of mania they think of that person who is not sleeping, thinking they are on top of the world, but that is type one bipolar. Often, type 2 manic is extreme anger, anxiety, isolation: much of what you experience in depression but its depression on steroids.
I was diagnosed as bipolar when I was 18 by a family physician. As I grew older, I was consistently given antidepressants. Its been a back a forth. I would research Lamictal. If you truly are depressed, it is often what psychiatrist go to when typical depression meds are not working or you've built a tolerance. If you are bipolar, your misery on antidepressants is probably due to the fact that when a bipolar person is given antidepressants without a mood stabilizer they go full manic. That is why I cannot take antidepressants. I do not sleep, I am extremely agitated, I have panic attacks, etc.
I have had extreme success with Lamictal. It has done wonders for my anxiety and panic.
Again I am not a doctor but its something to consider. I have been on a roller coaster of meds since I was 18 and I feel I have finally found a proper diagnosis and prescription routine.
This may be a little different, but I was put on Cymbalta (for pain) along with oxycodone for pain management a few years ago. The Cymbalta really helped to keep my moods regulated from yo-yo of the pain medication. It also helped to make withdrawals more manageable when i eventually was weaned from the pain medication. Just wondering if the cause of the anxiety may be diagnosed because sometimes with anxiety, it's the not knowing that makes you more anxious? If that makes sense. When we start to believe, oh it's just all in your head, without a definitive it's more difficult. If you are open to it, you may want to seek a mindfulness practitioner, and see if you can be taught how to meditate and that may help alleviate some of it.
From my personal experience, I found out it was a lot more in depth toward a spiritual awakening of my own soul, and I discovered I'm an empath, intuitive and have clairempathy. Some of the anxiety we take on are from others, and manifest into becoming our own. Not really discussed among modern practice, but some therapists are educated in it. (Unfortunately I found out much later) but often the anxiety and worry about being mentally ill cause so much anxiety it becomes overwhelming. You may find your path is supposed to be different... ex, if you're sensitive, compassionate, empathetic by nature, you could be an empath also. Not that it's an easier "diagnosis" per say, but there are many more ways to manage that than with medication. It might not hurt to google empath and see what it says and if you fit any of the description. I have a history of "bipolar" disorder in my family, also, but now discovering it may be a family of empaths that never learned they were and not taught how to process it. Just a thought. You might find out a whole different vision of yourself than you ever realized.
Hello. I'm so sorry you are going through this tough time. I have anxiety, depression and ADD. I'm on meds for all 3. Prozac, Adderall and Ativan. I am not bipolar. To me, it doesn't sound like you are bipolar. I've had a lot of experiences with adult and child bipolar people. But that doesn't necessarily rule it out. Everybody shows things differently. I did a medication shuffle for 10 months. It was so hard. I'm sorry I don't have any solid answers for you. I just wanted to give you extra support. Keep trying. The right help is out there. My heart goes out to you.
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