I was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder in late 2005 and went through several meds after that. Abilify led to a seizure, Seroquel came with severe low blood pressure (hypotension), and Geodon gave me what the doctor in emergency referred to as symptoms of heroin withdrawal. The atypical antipsychotics and I do not get on well with each other. However, if you’ve read this post, you know my shrink *loves* Seroquel, which is apparently her go-to drug for bipolar. I refuse to take it, so my best friend and I often joke that I can triple the dose if she likes. Three times a dose of nothing is still nothing. 🙂
Said shrink and I are likely to have another meds conversation soon. Last month was awful in terms of bipolar crap. I started the month with a light depression, but about halfway through, I got rather suicidal. The depression was horrible, but my thoughts were racing. I was depressed out of my mind with more energy and less sleep than any one person should ever have. I think that’s called a lovely little mixed episode.
I do not enjoy mania. My ‘euphoric’ highs tend to turn rather disturbing in the end. Fortunately, I don’t deal with mania often. That makes more time for depression (dark humour).
Has anyone found success on meds for bipolar depression? I know it’s a real bugger to treat, but I also know having near-constant depression isn’t acceptable, even if it’s typically light depression. The shrink mentioned lithium and Depakote last summer. There’s also a new med called Cymbyax that is, I think, the first to specifically target bipolar depression. It’s a combination of Prozac and Zyprexa. Not sure about the antipsychotic, especially as the dosage of it couldn’t be adjusted separately from that of the antidepressant.
What are your experiences?