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    Old 01-16-2004, 12:56 PM   #1
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    Question Bi-polar vs Bi-polar II vs Bi-Polar Rapid Cycling

    I am so confused. I was initially diagnosed with major recurrent depression and generalized anxiety disorder. The pdoc started me on anti-depressants... Zoloft made me TOO happy, Wellbutrin made me TOO irritable and restless, and Lexapro sent me into a bad depressive state to where I was finally hospitalized a month ago. While in the hospital I was taken off AD's and put on mood stabilizers and diagnosed Bi-Polar.

    Then I went in to see my regular pdoc after the hospitalization and he said I was Bi-Polar II. Then I just went back today for a med check and after talking some more and filling out some questionaires, he now says I am Bi-Polar with rapid cycling.

    I am just SO confused now. I know the text-book definition differences of each, but I guess I am still stumped. So, am I Bi-Polar? I just don't get it. I thought everything was figured out when I was told I was Bi-Polar II, and now I have this different label of Bi-Polar Rapid Cycling and I just feel like a lab rat being tossed around.

    Any feedback appreciated.

     
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    Old 01-16-2004, 01:12 PM   #2
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    Re: Bi-polar vs Bi-polar II vs Bi-Polar Rapid Cycling

    Well, it sounds like you are bipolar, particularly the part about antidepressants pushing you too far up. That is a classic sign of bipolar.
    It's not that unusual to go thru several diagnoses before hitting the "right" one.
    I think you can be rapid cycling whether you're bipolar I or bipolar II, though. Rapid cycling means more than 4 swings in a year. Depending on whether you hit true mania or just hypomania, that determines the I or II part.
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    Old 01-16-2004, 02:22 PM   #3
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    Re: Bi-polar vs Bi-polar II vs Bi-Polar Rapid Cycling

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    Well, it sounds like you are bipolar, particularly the part about antidepressants pushing you too far up. That is a classic sign of bipolar.
    It's not that unusual to go thru several diagnoses before hitting the "right" one.
    I think you can be rapid cycling whether you're bipolar I or bipolar II, though. Rapid cycling means more than 4 swings in a year. Depending on whether you hit true mania or just hypomania, that determines the I or II part.
    What is a person that switches mood 2-3 times daily? Mis-diagnosed?

    I think thats me

     
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