I haven't been stable for the past 1.5 years, but my new pdoc added Fluoxetine to my med cocktail in January after I complained about feeling severely depressed during the autumn and winter months.
When I was IP in December, I asked the attending pdoc if he could give me an anti-depressant, but he declined due to my history of rapid cycling and the risk of inducing mania.
Even though I didn't notice any results for 8 weeks, I can now say that I'm starting to feel a difference in the severity and frequency of my depression. I don't feel as depressed as often as I used to and don't feel as suicidal as I used to either.
My pdoc and I both feel that adding an anti-depressant to my med regimen was a good decision.
Atypical Bipolar I Disorder with Rapid Cycling
Risperdal 1mg titrating to 6mg/day
Klonopin .5mg (2x/day)
Trazodone 100mg or 200mg PRN
Last edited by dreams in neon; 03-14-2009 at 10:02 AM.