I been diagnosed for depression for about 5 years now, I was on Zoloft for year until I got into a relationship and I had no sex drive so I decided to switch. After about 5 medicines later and feeling no better only worse I decided to see a social worker, she suggested my PCP should no longer prescribe my medicine and to see a psychiatrist. Her thought were that I was definately depressed and possibily bi-polar since unofficially my mother is.
After going to the psych. he decided I was indeed depressed but not bipolar due to the fact that i don't have the mania only the depression. And also that I have depression with something that looks similar to dementia that is causing my horrible memory. He was sure to include I do not have dementia. So he prescribe I continue taking an antidepressant and to take Seroquel starting at 50mg working to 300mg.
My symptoms are trouble sleeping (often but not every night), depressed, occasionally very happy but it's fleeting and won't last more then a few moments, mood changes with irrtability.
So my question is, can you take a mood stabilizer and not be bipolar ? My dr. says im not that im depressed so then why the mood stabilizer? I know I have changes in mood and can be irratable over nothing but is it a medical condition ?
EDIT: I also have anxiety but currently it's being controlled by medicine we believe.