Bi-polar, 34, mama to a 6yo Aspie (Asperger's Syndrome) boy, and almost 11month cutiepootieboy.I've only been half-ass diagnosed by various psychologists over the years, but I'm classic bi-polar, and sometimes I think I'm absolutely frikken nuts. I hope my kids don't grow up thinking I'm a total whackjob.I'm on a very low dose of Welbutrin right now since I'm breastfeeding, and I think I'd like to look into an anti-anxiety med as well (any suggestions?). Mostly I joined because I'm interested in reading about everyone's cycling, wanting to compare it to my own to see how extreme I might be. I probably should see a psychiatrist one of these days, eh?Anyway, "Hi".ETA: It didn't occur to me when I made my intro to list the ADs I've tried...Welbutrin (currently)ZoloftProzacCelexaSerafemPaxilOne or two that I can't remember the names of, but if I remember I'll edit them in
Welcome to the community =)You do know that taking an antidepressant without a mood stabilizer could result in a major manic attack, right?
I'm no stranger to panic attacks. But since I've been on Welbutrin I haven't had any. I don't know if it's the Welbutrin or just luck.
yeah- what apeystar said! thats how i found out im bipolar! as for anxiety- i was on paxil. it worked very well for me BUT it spun into a 6 month mania. also it isso extremely difficult to get off of that i coul never recomend it to anyone who wasnt in to making a life long commitment to it.cycles- when im unmedicated my moods flux about a hundred times a day."im so happy!""im going to kill myself""i hate you!""i love you more than life!""im going to kill myself""i am soooo happy!"etc so forth.
Sounds like my cycles when I'm unmedicated. I still have cycles on Welbutrin, just not as closely packed together - more like days instead of hours.Paxil had a really scary effect on me that's hard to describe. It made me think about death constantly, but not in a suicidal way. I was always pondering when this person or that person was going to die and thinking gruesome thoughts about how they might die... I thought I was going crazy. I quit the Paxil cold turkey and the death thoughts lasted for months, and I wasn't sure they would ever stop. I thought it may have damaged my brain for good. Thankfully the effects finally played out and ended.
oh wow. thats awful. paxil is so weird. it helped my anxiety soooo much but screwed me completely!