I'm new to these boards...as far as posting is concerned, but not new so far as browsing and reading. I seem to be at a bit of an impass however where my BP is concerned and how it's relating to my ability to live my life (without feeling constantly kicked into mania or depression), especially dealing with any stressor that prompts a low point. Currently (well, for the last 6 months or so) I'm dealing with an issue with my boyfriend that seems to come and go (we all know that feeling) and the realization that part of the stressor there is that whenever I get in a "funk" he acts like I'm a bother and doesn't want anything to do with me. Anyways...blah blah...I could go on about that for awhile.
The main question here is...I'm on 1000mgs of Depakote and while it definitely has put a ceiling and floor on my life, my lows are still pretty low. I've spent the last four days feeling distinctly less in control, very overwhelmed, and consumed with negative thoughts. I see my Doc on Thursday and am wondering if I should suggest being put on a med in *addition* to the Depakote to further control the depression? I cycle so rapidly and truthfully am still trying to figure out what life is supposed to look like when leveled out...but this doesn't feel level, this feels shaky and like I could very quickly turn WAY way down.
Honey I think you have every right to ask for something in addition to a mood stabilizer. I Take Geodon as a mood stabilizer but, I have to take prozac and welbutrin to keep my chin off the floor.
You have a right not to be depressed. You should learn what even is. It's like an awakening. You CAN feel that way. There is help and hope. Your cocktail is just a little lop sided right now.
I know this isn't nice but, tell bf to grow up and get over himself. He is dealing with a person with a major illness. Would he act the same way if you had heart disease? You have a deadly brain disease and you should be treated appropriatly when you show symptoms as long as you're not violent or abusive.
I don't know if this helps at all. I hope it does.
Last edited by princesspea; 02-22-2005 at 09:10 PM.
I was put on Geodon for Bipolar II and It over sedates me and my dr, told me to take it at nite instead of morning and i did that last nite and I sleep for 16 hours! My wife has ordered me not to take it anymore since its over sedating me, has anyone else had this problem? I am thinking of asking my dr to put me on something else thats not sedating for my bipolar. I have heard that lamictal is good?
Welcome to the boards! I am relatively new to BP so I am not an expert. But I thought I might share with you. I was first Rx'd Geodon...Geez! Woke up a Day and a half later. I reacted the same to the other drugs in this classification. Now I'm on Lamictal and Trileptal. They keep me off the couch but make me a little anxious. Others here have much more experience than I and have a mountain of knowledge. Not to mention much love Hope you feel better.
Geodon, Has been a God send for me. Compared to ALL the other meds I've tried it's not been sudating at all. It might be because I'm only on 80mg. At first it actually made me a little hyper. I guess that just goes to show how different we all are.
Thanks for the responses. So far it looks like we're going to increase the dosage of the Depakote to continue the leveling-out process and then possibly introduce something else to use on an as-needed basis.
Thank goodness for a great doc who said, "You call me next time you feel like this! You don't have to deal with this alone." And who also told me, as she has gone through the rollercoaster of my relationship with me (through my weekly visits), that it's time to let go of a man who triggers episodes and doesn't accept me for *me*, including the BP.