For the last two years I have been jumping from different anti depressants until I found venlafaxine about 6 months ago. venlafaxine really seemed to stabilise my mood. Until recently when a traumatic event in my job occurred where I had to stand up to my boss as she was bullying me. After this For four days straight I did not sleep and had all the symptoms of a Hypo Manic Depression episode. On the fourth day I visited my GP who referred me the the psychiatry facility for an assessment. I had never experienced a Hypo Manic episode before venlafaxine or since I have started taking it. But I was told the additional serotonin that was realeased whilst fighting back (verbally) counteracted with the serotonin in venlafaxine . The psychiatric nurse believed I was experiencing Hypo Manic tendencies but did not have Bipolar - just expressing some tendencies. At my meeting today with the psychiatrist which is 4 days after the Hypo ended - he believes I was misdiagnosed and I have Bipolar type 2 . What I am wondering is should I remain in venlafaxine with an additional dosage of Lithium to treat Bipolar? venlafaxine seemed to work for me during the last 6 months stabilising my mood to an even keel but due to the Hypo episode the psch I am seeing wants to change my medication altogether. If you have any advise I would really appreciate it!
Venlafaxine - Misdiagnosed with Depression and Anxiety?
- 28 Oct 2016 by EvyWevy
- 29 Oct 2016
- depression, bipolar disorder, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, venlafaxine, antidepressant, mental health
Added 28 Oct 2016:
****Background - I was being treated for Depression and General Anxiety disorder for a year and a half prior to experiencing this Hypo that occurred 1 week ago and it lasted for four days until I could see my GP"*******
Hi, Evy! I was not *misdiagnosed* as there are no tests for psychiatric disorders, but I was treated for Major Depression/Anxiety Disorders until I began having hypomanic episodes provoked by the use of antidepressants which changed my treatment plan to one appropriate for Bilpolar disorder. Now, I'm taking lithium and Vraylar, an anti-psychotic, and they've set me back to *normal*.
Antidepressants should be used with great caution in anyone with Bipolar II or with a tentative diagnosis of such. I'd see what your psychiatrist says and follow her/his advice if you're comfortable with it.
Best wishes to you and good luck! Wildcat
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