I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 disorder 3 months ago at age 51. I had been misdiagnosed for years. I was diagnosed with depression at 22, but have had depression since I was 15. I was also anorexic at that age due to a distorted body image, which I still have. I have been on many different antidepressants and none have been of much help. I completed a masters degree in 2012. My PCP prescribed adderall IR, which helped tremendously with my concentration, but due to its short half life, I was prescribed Vyvanse. Other than my recent diagnosis of bipolar 2 disorder, I have anxiety, hypothyroidism, ADD and insomnia. I'm currently taking fluoxetine 40mg, vyvanse 60mg, clonazepam 1mg 2x/day, lamotrigine 150mg and quetiapine 100mg. My anxiety and depression seem to be worsening. At about 2:00 every afternoon I have so much anxiety that my hands and arms shake and at the same time I'm crying. I am a Family Nurse Practitioner and I loved the job I had to leave. I could no longer concentrate or function at work. I had anxiety and depression almost every day. I have not been able to work since March. Prior to resigning from my job, for 2 1/2 years I had to go to bed when I got home from work and I stayed in bed the entire weekend. I was not able to take a bath for several days at a time. A lot of days I was in a catatonic state. I would just
lay in bed and look at the ceiling. I thought I was going crazy. I'm terrified to leave my house. My family does not understand what I am going through.
The psychologist who thoroughly evaluated me and diagnosed me with bipolar 2 also suggested the medications I am on, which my PCP prescribes.
Does anyone out there think Depakote can help me? I have got to get better so I can go back to work to avoid bankruptcy, however I'm also terrified about going back to work. I'm desperate. I need help.
Bipolar 2 Disorder: Can Depakote Help Me?
- 2 Dec 2016 by fnp2012
- 20 December 2016
- depakote, depression, bipolar disorder, disorder, diagnosis
Hi, I don't have a definitive answer for you but thought I would reach out as my story is not dissimilar.. I'm 53 and in the midst of a terrible depression..been cycling since about age 16, diagnosed..undiagnosed... mainly treated for depression all this time but have tried many mood stabilizers... and probs about to start another one and finally OWN my bipolar DX..type2... I had a bad experience with depakote... I became sort of out of it and could NOT stop eating, so this won't be an option for me. I take paroxetine, trazodone, clonazepam @ night and Adderall 2x/day. Again, I'm now in a terrible depression and seeing doc again tomorrow... something will change for sure with medicine... I need a mood stabilizer but could never tolerate them well... will keep you posted... did u try the depakote??
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