I hope to be an active member of this site! I need some help to help decode something. I know I shouldn't "self diagnose" myself, but sometimes I feel like I may have BP. My sophomore year of high school I was diagnosed with depression after multiple trips to the ER and then being put in a PHP program. Now in my sophomore year of college, I feel as if nothing has happened. I've been on zoloft, buspar, lexapro, welbutrin sr and now I am on effexor and trying to taper off lexapro. I've gone through five therapists since first being diagnosed and have only had a good connection with one therapist, but she was at school and I've since graduate last year. What makes me feel like I may be suffering from something else is some of the following:
- I distance myself from my friends when I'm down,and as soon as I am fine again I want them back.
-I've gone through many many friendships and cut off my friends for months at a time.
-Shoplifted for over a year of cosmetics
-When I went away to college I loved going out all the time to escape my depression. Smoked a lot and got drunk A LOT.
-Now living at home and going to CC because I did bad first semester (obviously)
-I stay up all night a lot and just think and cry
-Get crying spells out of the blue when I should be happy
-Sometimes I get a lot of energy for no reason while other times I can't get out of bed.
Well, that was a lot, but I just don't know what I should do. I'm seeing my aprn (lady who prescribes medication for me) again this week because she increased my effexsor dosage. Should I see a psychiatrist for a second opinion since i was diagnosed with major depression back in 2008?
It is very clear that you are depression, the problem is that you must find the right treatment for you, perhaps effexor is not good for you when in two months you do not feel any improvement, you can go to same psychiatrist and tell to try another Antidepressant, or when you want, you can try an other psychiatrist, but make no sense when the first can switch to another AD, the second can do same, also to try another AD or to combine two AD, or to combine an AD with an antipsychotic, but this can you tell to your current doc too and you see his opinion.
I think you might find help and strength dealing with your problems by visiting with a psychologist instead of psychiatrist. You have certainly tried many different meds with no real help with your problem for extended periods. So you get upset or shut down for no apparent reason, but there is in my opinion always a reason. Maybe a psychologist could help you figure out what that reason is, and better ways you can handle it on your own without meds. With activities, exercises, or even just gaining a better perspective on who you are and what makes you tick. You might find that all you needed was someone to talk to as well. hope this helps and good luck