She is currently taking abilify celexa risperdal. she is showing signs of bipolar disorder. Could she have been misdiagnosed?
7 Oct 2010
I was recently diagnosed with bipolar w/ mixed episode's, it took along time to get the right diagnosis, initially i was told it was depression,& put on antidepressant's they didn't help, the mood swing's were a nightmare,so is the lack of sleep, but i tried Serequalxr, it helped alot with sleep but not the mood issue's, but i devel. a reaction to it & had to stop,i'm also ADHD, now i'm on Lithium & Adderall, the lithium has really helped the mood's, and i'm not as anxious, or aggitated, for me it's working , and since we've increased the mg it's now helping with sleep, my advice is talk to your dr. again, if the med's aren't working or there are characteristic's coming out, then they really need to addressed, so she can get on the right med's. to help her.
10 Oct 2010
Without a doubt don't hesitate to get a second or third opinion on this, not only regarding the diagnosis, but also the meds. Mood disorders (there are many),
is a serious diagnosis, and if the Dr. is WRONG she will be labeled with that and that label will stick. If after seeing one or two other Drs. and they're conclusion re: diagnosis and treatment is the same, then you can trust she's got the right diagnosis. If her meds don't seem to help, then you have to persist until you succeed in getting her on the medication regime that works for her. You're probably going to have to develope a thick skin and assertive/aggresive attitude on this, but it will be well worth it.
One of the MOST important things is to be informed... of the diagnosis, and the meds and the outcome these meds are supposed to have as opposed to what they are having.
I can't stress enough how important it is to be well informed and let the Drs. know you know what you're talking about AND what they're talking about.
In Michigan, we have an umbrella group, not affiliated with the state, more a support and information group for parents called "Michigan protection and advocacy group." I don't know their phone hours, but their number is (517)-
882-7074. If you try that number today, it will be a fax line, so they must have regular hours... I tried. Their address is 4095 Legacy Parkway, Delhi Township, Michigan,
There were several years when my son was your daughters age having mental health problems, and it wasn't the 'professionials', but this group that really helped me stay headed in the right direction to get help appropriate for him. Their services are free. Perhaps you could call them and they may know of a similar group in your state.
One final thing. One of the hardest things I've had to endure in my life was the time that my son was your daughters age and his mental health problems were emerging. You WILL NEED support for yourself. Please find it, whether in non-judgemental friends, regular support groups or any way you can find. It will help you immensly.
Good luck and don't hesitate to email me if I can be of further help.
11 Oct 2010
Let me just add a couple suggestions, since I've been through almost every mood-stabilizing medicine... Lamictal 200mg twice/day is great for mood dis. especially b/c it has fewer side effects... which i've experienced with a number of mood stabl. Also, topamax 1-200mg twice a day is also very beneficial in creating a balanced mood.if anxiety is a component of mood dis, compazine 5-10mg 3-4x a day is just the right amt. hope this helps a bit. abilify did absolutely nothing for me. I hated celexa b/c it made me more depressed and caused excess hunger. and risperdal i found too sedating, making me feel 'out of it' and constantly groggy. you want your daughter to get to a point where she is so balanced out by her meds that she can't feel them. my philosophy: if you can feel your meds, you're on too much or the wrong combo. my suggestion for anti-depres in place of celexa: ssri-prozac or ssnri-cymbalta or effexor/xr; wellbutrin.
in place of abilify,risperdal-- anti-psych meds: geodon, i found better for awhile. my suggest. for new regimen: geodon 20-40mg 3/day, compazine (as needed for anxiety) 5-10mg, and effexor xr, starting at 75mg twice a day& up it if depression& mood swings are still bad.wish u the best
21 Oct 2010
Not only could she have been misdiagnosed, but she could also be underdiagnosed (if that makes any kind of sense). I was diagnosed at nineteen with bipolar disorder. Turns out that at age forty I found out that that was only PART of my diagnosis. I actually have Borderline Personality Disorder which umbrellas many other disorders, such as Bipolar Disorder and Oppositional Defiance Disorder, which masks itself as ADHD. Please do not think that I am diagnosing your daughter as Borderline as well, just a thought or something you may want to look at.
15 Mar 2011
Yes, she could have been misdiagnosed. What 15 year old does not have moods? Its quite normal because her body is going through a lot of changes as she grows up from teenager to a woman, Psychotropic drugs can be very harmfull and have nasty side effects, Having her every mood analysed is damaging to her natural developement. Let her be a teenager and grow up naturally. She will be much healthier without constant drugs in her body.
1 Nov 2011
My first concern is whether medication caused her to be bipolar and if she didn't show these signs before then she needs to be taken off the meds that is most likely the source. You don't want to lose your daughter completely mentally. Sometimes with children if they experienced anything traumatic it may be that a temporary abduction, a molestation, a rape, incest, Or poor education, poor communication with family members, could be the cause. I would try to find out if a crime has been committed against my child, whether i need to put my child in a better school system or give them supplemental work in addition to class work, listen to my child more before inflicting harsh discipline, which a parent may find at times that one could be in error; give them an outlet of self expression like music, dance, art, or writing, sports, and pray with your child and feed them plenty of water and balanced meals, even counseling before concluding that the child needs medication. Im living today because i didnt take every word from a doctor as a word from God.
2 Nov 2011
Yes I am with you, godispower. But I will be honest about this also. There actually IS a risk if you have bipolar, in the absence of drugs. You WILL have an episode if it's bipolar I, and you act upon your own instincts, and throw doctor's educated guesses about what it is to the winds.
After seven years of drug consumption, I abruptly quit, Because (as you state) there are some nasty side effects attached to these drugs, which I got. I abstained for 13 months, and got the side effects eliminated (i.e huge weight gain). But heck, then I had another manic episode as a result. Now I am in the position of new side effects on a new set of drugs... but I'm not calling the shots independently myself now, and am abstaining from abilify with my doctor's permission. I am just taking a mood stabilizer (depakote), but of course know that there is a risk here again. So all I can say is that the psychiatrists know more than we do very often, and just speaking from my own experience, this time around I'll leave guesses and decisions in the hands of my doctor. Alternative methods are fine, but the hard facts are that true bipolar people NEED the drugs.
27 Nov 2011
First of all, if we neat picked our children they would all have problems wrong with them. Put, they can learn to control their mood swings. With therpy. Breathing and other skills to help control their minds. Like self talk. Good self talk. Medicine should be the last resort. I don't understand why shes on two a-typical antisocidics? Some people NOT kids need two. At her age. She needs proper nutricion diet and exercise. I know its hard to get her to start but once she starts walking, running, bicycling, and other hobbies to keep her busy she will relize that she has nothing wrong with her shes just got to much energy. The reason why young teenagers are so good in sports is because their so horny. I'm not being stupid its the truth. I'm studing to become a D.O. If you can get her to eat proper and get exercise in her life you will see a better result then her just taking medicne. Medicne alone is not enough.
therpy, diet, exercise and good self talk, good self esteem. Many books out their to deal with a people who have mood swings can be controled my natural herbs. Message me and I can get some info on some homepathic way of treating her sysptoms but they will most likey go away with proper diet and exercise. When you exercise you rease all the stress and takes away her mood swings(bi polar).
hope that helped some
23 Mar 2012
Yes. I would get another opinion. My daughter was diagnosed with Bipolar Schitzo-affective mood disorder. I went to serveral Doctors because I just could'nt except that. My daugther has been on all the medications you have discribed. risperdal was the one that seemed to cause more problems for my daugther, this medication also made her lactate.
15 year olds have a lot going on in there heads these day or not enough, they are very drama dramatic and don't care who they hurt, affend, amoung other things. First I'd get her Hormones checked include with is a lymes desease test, Thyroid and anemia. All can cause symtoms you are discribing. Your daughter is young and most likely very rebellious. Has she always acted this way and continually gotten worst or has she always acted in the mannor that needed for her to go on all these medications?
4 Aug 2012
What type of Mood Disorder does she have? Celexa is most likely the problem. SSRIs are known to cause mood episodes with people who have a Mood Disorders. With the Abilify and Risperdal she probably is getting EPS(Extra Pyramidal Symptoms) thats makes her movement change.
She is also on two atypical antipsychotics.
FYI Bipolar Disorder is a Mood disorder
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