I know this is long but I'm new here and would really appreciate some feedback and advice. I have had quite an ordeal with mental illness in the past few years. It all started when I was around nineteen and had a panic attack at college. For years I had a history of OCD but it was never treated medically. My anxiety built up to the point where I just had a mental breakdown. I went to the hospital for fear of not knowing what to do and somehow landed in the psych ward although I was not exhibiting any signs of depression or the desire to hurt myself or anyone else.
I spent a week there and then they admitted me to their intensive out-patient program. Again... not what I needed at the time. No one ever helped me with my obsessive thoughts and I began to become depressed. No one ever listened to anything I had to say. Over time I began to become very angry with my whole situation and very depressed. They then diagnosed me with bipolar disorder which wasn't even what I came to the hospital for in the first place. I was placed on Seroquel XR and over time I became started to go into violent fits of rage so much so that I had to be put back into the hospital where things just got worse.
That was three years ago and I recently just got off the Seroquel since I switched doctors. I'm now on Saphris and I finally feel like I have my life back. I don't feel angry anymore or depressed. The only setback is dizziness and frequent headaches but overall, I feel great. My question is: do you think I really had/have bipolar disorder? Did it develop somehow? Or was I just on the wrong medication? Am I still on the wrong medication? Even though Saphris does make me feel better it is still classified as a bipolar medicine. Shouldn't I be on an OCD medicine? Thanks! :)
Enjoy for now the fact you are feeling so much better. Do not get hung up on the use of medications for a particular diagnosis of bi-polar, depression or anxiety. They are often used interchangeably for depression and bi-polar. Your current Doctor appears to have solved the symptoms so maybe the particular diagnosis is not critical at this point. Talk to your doctor, it appears he knows what he is talking about. Glad you are feeling so much better!
Hello Light. Be thankful that what you are taking now has gotten rid of the obsessive thoughts, depression, and anxiousness. It doesn't matter what the medication is "generally" used for - as many medications can treat other things rather than what they were originally made for - and that is miraculous! If you can live with the side effects of the dizziness and headaches, and it's better than the alternative, that is a blessing. And whether you are bi-polar or not is irrelavent to how you are feeling and progressing. I'm so happy to hear you are taking something that is working for you. Stay positive, and let us know how you are doing! StarGlitter
I am a psych pt. I've been through what you been through. If I were you I would research OCD medications. Have a extremely polite and respectful conversation with your psychitatrist about your care. Maybe there can be improvement. I live successfully with paranoid schizophrenia and take Saphris with no dizziness at all. Keep on taking the Saphris. Keep posting I know a lot even though I am not a medical professional.
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