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BiPolar Disorder

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  • Posted By: Littleotter
  • June 1, 2009
  • 07:44 PM

In my search for the answers to what was the root cause of my chronic depression, I have been labeled with the following labels.

Bi Polar 1 disorder
Paranoid Neurotic
Paranoid w Schizophrenic Tendencies
Schizoid( this is the latest diagnosis)

I have treated with many antidepressants and some anti psychotics Medications, NONE of which have helped me.

I do not know what to do now, except to come off the latest drug: PAXIL CR

I personally suspect that I have Aspergers Syndrome, it just fits.

Where do I go from here:confused::confused:

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  • How old are you? The defining characteristic of bipolar is mania. Do you suffer from recurrent manic episodes? Bipolar is difficult to diagnpose--there are different types. The medical professional who diagnoses it should have a detailed history from you going back at least five years. What has led you to suspect Asperger's Syndrome?
    bearhugs 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • You don't mention many of the symptoms of Asperger's syndrom, only chronic depression. I can tell you only what I experienced. Twenty four years ago, I was hospitalized and diagnosed with major depression recurrent. I took anti-depressant after anti-depressant but the depression always came back. It turned out that I was hypothyroid even though my T3/T4 blood levels were always normal. They finally measured the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) in my blood, which is controlled by the pituitary gland, and it was sky high. Once I began thyroid supplements, the antidepressants worked better. But, I would still become depressed and have to change to another medicine, although it was not as often. Finally, after 20 years of dealing with major depressive episodes over and over, someone asked me about my moods. From that one interview, it became apparent that I was bipolar. Years ago, if a patient did not experience any psychotic breaks from reality, there was no diagnosis of mania. And today, we know that not all bipolar illnesses include psychotic episodes. They include episodes of hyper functionality, less need for sleep, racing thoughts, inability to concentrate, delusional thinking, and many other symptoms. very specific symptoms. When the mania is not controlled, there is an inevitable dive into depression. And the higher you fly, the deeper you dive, even if you are taking antidepressants. Bipolar illness requires a mood stabilizer first of all; either an antipsychotic or a medication which is commonly used to control seizures, either Lithium, Depakote, Tegretol, Lamictal, Topomax, or others. Often, a low dose of antidepressant is also prescribed. But sometimes not. The mood stabilizer is the key. But: a thorough examination of your endocrine system plus a complete physical must occur before deciding on a bipolar diagnosis. Many underlying physical illnesses can cause chronic depression. I hope this helps. Oh, and never, NEVER allow a general practioner to prescribe psychoactive medications for you. Always go to the best psychiatrist or treatment center you can find.
    Vickie in Phoenix 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Asperger's can be in combination with Bipolar Disorder, and there are many cases of this comorbidity.Check about it.
    Anasthasia 22 Replies Flag this Response
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