Originally Posted by CarenR
Some doctors are saying that Bipolar gets worse as we age..... have you experiened this?
I have. Research has also proven this to be true if it is left untreated.
I started experiencing clear symptoms of bipolar at age 20.
I was medicated in 1991 for severe depression and auditory hallucinations, but the Lithium and Prozac I was put on did not help either one.
However, the Lithium did prevent me from having more severe manic episodes.
I was later switched to Paxil along with Lithium for my depression which helped it to some extent, but not enough to keep me out of the hospital.
I decided to stop taking meds somewhere around 1997 since a large part of my depression centered around losing my hearing and I was receiving proper training in alternative communication techniques at that time.
I was able to function well until December 2004-March 2006 when I experienced my first manic/psychotic episode. I was manic and started hearing voices more intensely than usual. I also became extremely paranoid.
I ended up losing orientation x3 (person, time and place) in February 2006 which required involuntarily commitment for a little over a month.
My bipolar stabilized while IP, but then became worse 12 months after I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder bipolar type. I started rapid cycling, so my diagnosis was changed to rapid cycling BPI.
In December it was changed yet again to atypical BPI with ultradian rapid cycling.
I've been unstable for the past 1.5 years, but this was due to an inattentive pdoc who refused to treat me. Whenever I said I was rapid cycling or manic, he would tell me to schedule an appointment with him in 3 months.
I'm now seeing a wonderful pdoc who I can't say enough good things about. He takes my treatment seriously, allows me to be an active participant, he accepts my input in regards to the meds I'm prescribed, he addresses my symptoms immediately, permits me to take extra meds when I am rapid cycling, anxious or manic and has been upfront with me about the severity of my bipolar. I appreciate all of these things because I now have a better understanding of what I'm dealing with and feel comfortable knowing that if I'm struggling with mania, mixed episodes or severe depression, he will be there to help me through it.